This ten night liveaboard adventure on the elegant S/Y Indo Siren takes in the finest dive sites of Raja Ampat in eastern Indonesia, considered by many to offer the most spectacular and varied diving on earth.
Raja Ampat, known as the Four Kings, is a group of four remote islands that sits just off West Papua in Indonesia at the very heart of the coral triangle region.
In addition to larger marine life such as sharks and manta rays, the region boasts over 500 species of coral, 1500 species of fish and 700 species of mollusc, ensuring its place as the epicentre of marine biodiversity.
Divers can expect to encounter enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, manta rays and turtles in addition to countless macro species and exceptional coral reefs.
We are fortunate to be able to offer the services of sought after marine biologist and photographer Dr Richard Smith for this expedition - Richard has travelled widely throughout the Asia Pacific region and regularly leads trips to some of the world’s top dive destinations. He studied marine ecology and evolution, completing the first ecological research on pygmy seahorses as part of his Phd to become one of the world’s leading experts. An acclaimed photographer and engaging speaker, his work has been published widely in the UK, USA, Europe and Australia, including his regular column for Sport Diver magazine.
An expert in this region, Richard will guide you through the mind-boggling array of marine life to be seen in the area, with informal evening talks and expert advice on how to find, identify and photograph species, ensuring you get the most from your Raja Ampat adventure.
Days1-1: Depart the UK for Manado
Days2-3: Transfer to your resort for an overnight stay
You'll be met on arrival and transferred to Cocotinos Resort & Spa, where you can relax for the rest of the day, enjoy dinner and a sip a cocktail while admiring the views over to Bunaken National Park.
Days3-3: Join the S/Y Indo Siren in Sorong
After a morning flight, you will be met and transferred to the S/Y Indo Siren, your home for the next ten nights of incomparable adventure. You'll get to meet your tour leader Richard today, along with all other guests.
Days4-11: Explore the Four Kings
Spend your days exploring the very best of this extraordinary region. Each day consists of four dives, made up of three day dives and a sunset or night dive.
Your days begin with a light breakfast before the first dive, followed by a full breakfast and time to relax before dive number two. After lunch, you return to the water for your third and fourth dives. Each day finishes with an evening meal together and time to chat, plus an informal talk from Richard on the fascinating local marine life.
Highlights of the week’s diving include Batanta Island, known for its exceptional muck diving, the dramatic underwater scenery and vibrant coral gardens of Misool and the Dampier Strait, renowned for exciting big fish encounters.
Days12-12: Final day's adventure on the S/Y Indo Siren
Enjoy two morning dives on your final day, allowing plenty of time to off-gas before disembarkation.
Days13-13: Disembark and enjoy a final night in Manado
Disembark this morning back in Sorong and fly back to Manado for a final night, once again staying at Cocotinos Resort & Spa. Those looking to extend their trip can do so with more time to dive Bunaken National Park.
Days14-15: Depart for home
Day15: Arrive back to the UK
You should note: Marine park fees, currently €110 per person, are payable on board.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 daysfrom £4,495 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 13 daysfrom £3,295 pp: Boat only
Single supplement: From £Enquire
Group size: 15
Departures: Please contact us for departure date details.
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
2 nights accommodation in Manado
10 nights S/Y Indo Siren liveaboard
Up to four dives per day on liveaboard
Complimentary Nitrox for certified divers
Complimentary equipment rental, if required
Services of expert tour leader Dr Richard Smith
Additional fees: Marine park fees
Known as ‘The Four Kings’, Raja Ampat is an is an archipelago of majestic islands at the epi-centre of the Coral Triangle. Relatively unexplored until recently, it is the most bio-diverse marine region on earth and is now at the top of many divers’ wish lists.
Ideal for viewing: manta ray, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorse, napoleon wrasse, tassled wobbegong shark