Raja Ampat is all about diversity of species as well as dive sites. There is an enormous diversity of different fauna and flora. In some areas soft corals dominate the area, sea fans and hard corals dominate other areas. Many seagrass beds, mangroves, shallows reefs, drop offs, caves, black or white sand and much, much more.
And let’s not forget the fish, lots of them in more shapes and sizes than anywhere else.
Come and enjoy these amazing areas, on board of one of our best liveaboards in this area.
Day 1 departure:
Sorong Papua departures for Raja Ampat and Biodiversity Specials: The majority of local flights need to be booked in Indonesia. Some airlines accept internet bookings such as Silk Air and Lion Air and surely more will come on line too. However we are also happy to assist and only add a nominal service fee to cover banks and service charges. Guests are strongly advised to arrive at least 1 day prior to their cruise to avoid any delays.
Sorong Raja Ampat Transfer Times : We will co-ordinate your arrival and collect you from the airport or your hotel and bring you direct to the vessel. There are several reasonable hotels in Sorong plus there are some wonderful island retreats around and about that you may wish to stay at before or after your cruise. We are happy to assist with ground transport, accommodations, resort stays/local diving, air fares etc.
Check-in on board KM Mermaid II. As guest arrivals take place all through the day depending on flights you are welcome to board when you arrive and spend some time looking around Sorong, gearing up etc. Following the boat and safety briefing - its overnight to the Misool area. It is almost impossible to put together a daily itinerary due to the magnificent diving everywhere we go. No trip is the same with so many different sites to visit and explore. If there is somewhere in particular you really have your heart set on please discuss with the Cruise Director who will do their utmost to get you there . conditions, ship and your safety allowing!
Day 2 - 4: Misool Island
Misool area . with literally hundreds of dives around this magnificent area we will be in diver’s paradise for a few days. Soft corals, gorgonians . some of the pretties corals in the world. The kingdom of the pygmy seahorse! Pinnacles with masses of fish. Blue water mangroves (crocs depending!) Islands we will thoroughly enjoy the Misool area including Sagof Islands, Wagma and Farondi islands; Wailbatan and Warakaret Island, Kalig, Pele Islands (total 12 dives)
Day 5 - 7: Fiabacet - and Farondi Isl., Waigeo Isl., Batanta Isl, Yanggefo Isl.
Fiabacet and Farondi Islands and after the 3rd dive of the day spend some time going around the lagoons in the dinghy for amazing sights and wildlife. Then we may head north to Waigeo Island Perhaps we will spend the day around Batanta Island, a black sand environment. Great muck diving! The Mantas call us to Dampier Strait where they hang out at their cleaning stations. But this place is also fabulous for macro diving with critters such as Pegasus, Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse, pipefish etc. And two dives at a small island called Arborek, with a lovely village and a jetty great for diving! The jetty pillars are covered in soft corals, a photographer’s delight and also good for macro such as signal gobies, nudibrancs and more Pohtohis etc. Dive around the island of Kawe a great place for schooling fish, and beautiful reefs covered in black coral bushes. And dive Alyui Bay (or a full day around Alyui Bay). In Alyui Bay there is a pearl farm. We can tour the pearl farm and learn how they harvest the pearls, and the whole process of pearl farming. You can even buy pearls. Diving in Alyui bay is good for macro and wide angle. Walls covered in soft corals and sea fans with lots of nudies and pygmys. Also a great night dive in the jetty; Raja Epaulette Shark (walking sharks), wobbegongs, crocodilefish, toadfish and frogfish.
Dive around the island of Yanggefo - beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and purple soft corals, and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish, and pygmies.The Strait of Dampier is also well known for the amount of schooling fish. There are several pinnacles with zillions of fish. Also the tips (capes) of several islands with again lots of schooling fish; schools of barracudas, school of bigeye jacks, snappers, zillions of fusiliers and surgeonfish and a lots of wobbegongs (total 16 dives)
Day 8: Strait of Dampier
2 dives in the Strait of Dampier. More of the same. Fish, fish, fish, glorious corals and all! Then back to Sorong we must go. The crew will take care of rinsing and packing your equipment during this 4-5 hour run, overnight at Sorong (total 2 dives)
Day 9: arrival day
After breakfast transfer ashore to continue your vacation.
Note: Schedule and Itinerary depending on the weather conditions and the discretion of the Cruise Director and Captain and depends on currents, dive sites activities, light, objective, sailing times etc. The spots are possible, but not guaranteed.
land transfer from hotel / airport from destination start from Sorong to boat, all nights’ accommodation on KM Mermaid II, all meals & snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water, tanks, weights, weight belts and diving with experienced Dive masters/Instructors, minimum 26 dives
Prices do not include:
Any international or domestic airfare & hotels (can be organized by us, just contact us in advanced), Transfers outside of the free of charge zones, National Marine Park fee*, fuel surcharge (if applicable), rental diving equipment, Nitrox, 15 l tank rental, PADI / SSI Diving courses, alcoholic beverages, massage service, Tip, diving- and/or travel insurance (See note below)
Please book in advance if you need to rent to rent any diving equipment, diving computer or underwater camera.
* Marine Park & Harbour Fees
Total (payable on board) 200 Euro (payable on board)
Please note that the above Fee is set by the Indonesian Goverment and is subject to change without notice.
**** Rental Equipment:
• Full set Equipment (BCD, Regulator, Mask, Fins and Wetsuite) rental (18 Euro / day)
• Computer (5 Euro / dayy)
• Camera excl. strobe (20 Euro per day)
• Nitrox 32 % (6 Euro per fill or 120 Euro per trip)
Domestic Flights: Departure Port is Sorong - West Papua. The majority of local flights need to be booked in Indonesia. Some airlines accept internet bookings such as Silk Air and Lion Air and surely more will come on line too. However we are also happy to assist and only add a nominal service fee to cover banks and service charges. Guests are strongly advised to arrive at least 1 day prior to their cruise to avoid any delays.
Malaria: Raja Ampat area
There is malaria in the region for the Raja Ampat cruise – this area is around the equator and we recommend you discuss this with your doctor. Certainly when we walk in the jungle early mornings you will need to cover up well and also use mosquito repellant. We have a supply on board but suggest you bring your preferred brands. And from the Raja Ampat TourismAssociation: Papua is a malaria area and you are advised to take precautions and follow the advice from your local health centre. Note that the medication Lariam has limited effectiveness in this area due to a resistant strain of Malaria and is not recommended. Alternatives could be Malarone or doxicycline.
Charter: KM Mermaid II is also available for liveaboard charter; please contact us for more details to make your scuba vacation special for you and your friends.
Including medical repatriation insurance is mandatory on all our trips. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable insurance package. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting, scuba diving, cycling, cruises, trekking etc. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc., are quite inadequate to cover you our tours, so make sure you check the policy before your travel. You are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, we will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not able to respond adequately in case an emergency if you do not have the right insurance. Please also contact your doctor for further preparations regarding to your chosen travel destination including immunizations.
There are two very good option diving insurance companies on the market. If you are a European Citizen, you can get your diving insurance directly online with us. Just follow HERE and enter all your details, you will get a confirmation within 24hrs. For outside Europe Citizen you are able to visit the Webpage of DAN to apply for your diving insurance: http://diversalertnetwork.org/
For those who are still looking for a good Travel Insurance with a worldwide coverage. No matter from which country you are, just follow the link HERE and get your insurance package. Buy, extend and claim online, from anywhere in the world, even while you away from home and already on the way.
Price is quoted per person and subject to change without prior notice