Located on the northwest tip of West Papua, Raja Ampat is an archipelago consisting of the islands Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo and over 1,500 small islands and cays.
The pristine beauty of the area both above and below the water is truly unrivalled. The variety of marine life can be amazing offering encounters with enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, manta rays and turtles. The islands that make up Raja Ampat are mostly uninhabited, with only the faint glow of a few night lights from small villages and fishing boats on the horizon and this lack of population pressure ensures abundant marine life and vibrant habitats.
Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries vary in length from 8 to 14 nights. The itinerary below is based on an eight night trip on board the M/V Mermaid II. There are a variety of other liveaboards and itineraries available.
For all you divers out there who want a feast of marine life and want to enjoy the search for unknown species, this is the perfect getaway for you!
Day1: Depart the UK for Jakarta, Indonesia
Day2: Arrive Jakarta and overnight
Day3: Fly to Sorong and begin your Raja Ampat liveaboard
A variety of liveaboards ply these spectacular waters offering itineraries from 8 to 14 days in length.
Home to more than 1,000 fish species with a world record of 284 spotted on one single dive at Kofiau Island, Raja Ampat it truly is a diver’s paradise. However, this is a remote and isolated location and encourages the explorers amongst you to venture there. The weather and dive conditions can be unpredictable so there is no fixed itinerary.
Day11: Disembark and depart Sorong via Jakarta
Day12: Arrive UK
You should note: The above itinerary is a sample only and your actual liveaboard itinerary may vary. Marine park fees and fuel surcharges may apply. Prices based on a berth in a twin-share cabin.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 12 to 18 daysfrom £3,895 pp
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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
Ambon’s intriguing shoreline has a habit of throwing up the weird and the wonderful, most famously the new species of frogfish discovered in 2008. Muck diving in the region has become legendary, and Ambon as a must visit destination in Indonesian diving.
The remote Banda Sea in eastern Indonesia is a vast expanse of water which includes Ambon, the Banda Islands, Seram, Wetar, Kai and Aru Islands. Best explored by liveaboard, it offers abundant marine life on pristine reefs, steep drop-offs, and pelagics and critters galore.
Ideal for viewing: banded sea krait, olive sea snake, dogtooth tuna, manta ray, pilot whale
Cenderawasih, along with Raja Ampat and Triton Bay, makes up the Bird’s Head Seascape, a vast bay with healthy coral gardens and dramatic vertical walls. Reached only by liveaboard, the area has recently shot to fame due to its unique whale shark population.
Ideal for viewing: whale shark, green turtle, pygmy seahorse, tassled wobbegong shark, spotted eagle ray
This itinerary is available on the liveaboards shown below.
Please contact us for further recommendations.
This 57 metre long, three masted topsail schooner moves with grace and stability through the waters of eastern Indonesia, concentrating on exploring Raja Ampat, Ambon, East Flores and Komodo.
A spacious 33 metre yacht, the M/V Mermaid II offers comprehensive seven night itineraries covering Raja Ampat or Komodo, and is suitable for divers of all certification levels. Nitrox is available on board.
The luxurious Tambora has been engineered for a minimum of noise and vibration and aims to take you on an exhilarating journey through the Indonesian archipelago, unique in diversity and home to the world’s best dive sites.
This 28 metre steel motor yacht offers comprehensive nine night itineraries to Raja Ampat and Komodo. She accommodates 15 guests in a variety of cabins, with a large dive platform, equipment rental and Nitrox.
The MS Aurora is a luxurious double masted traditional phinisi, designed for a discerning clientele. Cruising Indonesia year round, there are a variety of itineraries to choose from, all showcasing marine biodiversity at its best.
This 52 metre luxury phinisi first set sail in 2010 and was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient traditional methods. Enjoy up to four dives per day on itineraries throughout Indonesia.
Operating in Indonesia - and, on occasion, Micronesia - the MSY Damai II is a traditional Indonesian schooner. There are a variety of itineraries available, and she is accompanied by two custom designed high speed tender boats.
The Pindito is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard, accommodating 16 guests in spacious cabins. Depending on the season, she cruises Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, visiting dive sites of unparalleled excellence.
This luxurious liveaboard offers spectacular itineraries around Raja Ampat, Ambon, Cenderawasih and Triton Bay in eastern Indonesia, providing guests with exceptional diving adventures throughout the year.
A traditional phinisi, handcrafted from ironwood and teak, this luxury Siren fleet boat cruises the Indonesian archipelago throughout the year visiting world-class locations in Raja Ampat and Komodo.