Raja Ampat Budget Liveaboard

Between November to May our budget Raja Ampat liveaboard “Ratu Pelangi” is the perfect way to experience Raja Ampat.  She is a traditional phinisi boat, extensively renovated in 2018 and rebuilt into a scuba diving liveaboard.

We will be cruising around Raja Ampat and Misool offering 7, 8 and 10 day cruises in one of the best diving spots in the world.

Have a look at our boat page for more information and pictures.

Insurance is mandatory on our liveaboard trips, and not included within your trip price. Guests must have their own travel insurance, personal dive insurance and trip cancellation insurance with no exclusions for Acts of God and Force Majeure events. You will not be permitted to join our liveaboard trips without presenting insurance information when you check in.

Before booking please have a look at our Terms & Conditions.

Included on our trips:

• Full room and board on trip
• Tea, coffee, water and electrolytes
• Tanks and weights
• Dive guides
• Lots and lots of delicious food
• Good times, great memories and lots of fun

Excluded:

• Pick up from other areas
• Flights – domestic or international
• Use of dive equipment (this can be rented per day and includes a dive computer)
• Soft drinks and beers
• National Park Fees and other Local Government Fees
• Bad attitude

 

Day 1

  • We meet up at 7 – 7.30 am at Je Meridien Hotel before leaving Sorong around 8.00 am to get the ferry to Waisai on Waigeo Island
  • Check dive at an appropriate dive site in central (Mioskon, Friwen or Yenbuba).  These are all stunning dive sites, easy to dive and its possible to see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses
  • Overnight stay in the bay between Mansuar and Kri Island

Day 2

  • Head over to Kri island to dive the amazing Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam).  This site is excellent for pelagics such as tuna, Spanish mackerel, grey reefs sharks, white/black tip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and big schools of fish
  • For the second dive, we’ll move closer to the world famous Cape Kri, where schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, snapper, small reef fish, rays, sharks, turtles, and groupers, as well as the coral itself, are out of this world
  • For the third dive, we move west of Mansuar to dive Sawandarek village jetty, a protected dive site with a stunning reef and good for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, common octopus, wobbegong sharks and schools of jacks under the jetty
  • After that you’ll either do a night dive around Arborek Island, in the Dampier strait between Gam and Mansuar or visit Barefoot Conservation to get information about mantas and where they’ve been spotted so we know where to go the next day

Day 3

  • There’s a 15 minute ride out to either the Manta Sandy or Manta Ridge cleaning stations where we can usually see 4-5 mantas being cleaned at the same time
  • We then head west to Penemu and Fam Island to dive Melissa’s Garden, named after the diving pioneer Max Ammer’s daughter.  Thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more can be found here
  • For the third dive, we’ll move to the Kerou Chanel which can be a great drift dive if we get some current.  Featuring a beautiful reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals (excellent for macro), there’s often some larger fish out in the blue too
  • You can then visit the Bintan Lagoon viewpoint, before we start the 6-7 hour night crossing north up to Kawe Island, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites

Day 4

  • We start off diving around Kawe Island and Eagle Rock with their stunning reefs and big fish action.  The highlight here is seeing the mantas coming in to be cleaned
  • On the second dive, we move over Black Rock, one of the best reefs in the north, with a beautiful soft coral reef and insane amounts of different schooling fish.  Black Rock is also great for pygmy seahorses, turtles, black tip reef sharks and marble rays in the deep
  • After the second dive, we’ll move back to Eagle Rock again, where normally the current will have changed  and we can dive on a different part of this fantastic site
  • We then moor up inside the stunning Alyui Bay for a night dive at the famous pearl farm, but make sure you prepare your camera and macro lens for muck diving!

Day 5

  • We start off with another wonderful dive in Alyui Bay at Chanel #5, a dive site featuring swim throughs, big schools of sweetlips, and fusiliers and white tip sharks sleeping under the rocks. Here, we can also encounter dolphins, so keep looking for them on the safety stop.
  • Then, we move to the Yangeffo Islands for our second dive on a site discovered by our Cruise Director a couple of years ago. This offers a great mix of macro and bigger stuff too, keeping everyone happy. There’s a sloping reef down to 15 metres, then a sandy bottom where it’s possible to see flamboyant cuttlefish, robust ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipe fish, decorator crabs, nudibranches, shrimps, and frogfishes if you are lucky. After a while, you’ll hit the reef again where we have seen eagle rays and manta rays cruising by.
  • After a stop around Yangeffo, we’ll continue the trip for our last dive of the day in Gam. The famous Citrus Ridge, is a very fishy dive site to see stunning coral garden, yellow soft corals, schooling barracudas, sweetlips, tunas, Spanish mackerel, nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, frogfishes, and others.
  • Next, we take a trip back to the east part of Dampier Straight, directly to Waisai to load up with fresh food and water

Day 6

  • An early start, but definitely worth it, we will wake you up at 04:45 for a small breakfast before heading onshore to watch the birds of paradise.
  • Back to the boat for a proper breakfast while we make our way over to Blue Magic close to the island of Mioskon. On good days, this submerged reef has 5 meters visibility because the whole dive site is covered with schools of fish. We can also encounter the oceanic manta rays here.
  • For the second dive we move to Sardine reef with a submerged sloping coral reef which should be dived in current to ensure plenty of fish life. It’s very good for big stuff as you’ll see school of fusiliers, rainbow runners, barracudas, sweetlips, giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, grey reef sharks and much more. If there is current, you can get loads of hunting action and hear underwater thunder when the small fish move fast as the tunas strike the bait ball.
  • Then, we move down to Kri Island again to visit the homestay and trek to the amazing viewpoint over Mansuar Island. You can just bring snorkel gear if you don’t want to do the trekking and later we do our third dive of the day, a night dive on the Yenkoranu Jetty. It’s a coral sloping reef with sand and bommies in the beginning and more reefs later which is very good for macro. There are pygmy seahorses, bobtail squids, pipefish, walking shark, mandarin fish, octopuses, cuttlefish, and even sleeping turtles on the reef to see there.

Day 7

  • There’s an opportunity for one dive in the morning before we head off leaving plenty of time to dry your equipment on the way back home to Waisai. Our guests usually want to visit Blue Magic again or other sites around Kri Island.
  • On our way back, we’ll have lunch around 1pm and we will do a final briefing, exchange emails and photos, and say our farewells and the crew will organise transportation for the ferry back to Sorong.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Day 1

  • We meet up at 7 – 7.30 am at Je Meridien Hotel before leaving Sorong around 8.00 am to get the ferry to Waisai on Waigeo Island
  • Check dive at an appropriate dive site in central (Mioskon, Friwen or Yenbuba).  These are all stunning dive sites, easy to dive and its possible to see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses
  • Overnight stay in the bay between Mansuar and Kri Island

Day 2

  • Head over to Kri island to dive the amazing Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam).  This site is excellent for pelagics such as tuna, Spanish mackerel, grey reefs sharks, white/black tip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and big schools of fish
  • For the second dive, we’ll move closer to the world famous Cape Kri, where schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, snapper, small reef fish, rays, sharks, turtles, and groupers, as well as the coral itself, are out of this world
  • For the third dive, we move west of Mansuar to dive Sawandarek village jetty, a protected dive site with a stunning reef and good for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, common octopus, wobbegong sharks and schools of jacks under the jetty
  • After that you’ll either do a night dive around Arborek Island, in the Dampier strait between Gam and Mansuar or visit Barefoot Conservation to get information about mantas and where they’ve been spotted so we know where to go the next day

Day 3

  • There’s a 15 minute ride out to either the Manta Sandy or Manta Ridge cleaning stations where we can usually see 4-5 mantas being cleaned at the same time
  • We then head west to Penemu and Fam Island to dive Melissa’s Garden, named after the diving pioneer Max Ammer’s daughter.  Thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more can be found here
  • For the third dive, we’ll move to the Kerou Chanel which can be a great drift dive if we get some current.  Featuring a beautiful reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals (excellent for macro), there’s often some larger fish out in the blue too
  • You can then visit the Bintan Lagoon viewpoint, before we start the 6-7 hour night crossing north up to Kawe Island, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites

Day 4

  • We start off diving around Kawe Island and Eagle Rock with their stunning reefs and big fish action.  The highlight here is seeing the mantas coming in to be cleaned
  • On the second dive, we move over Black Rock, one of the best reefs in the north, with a beautiful soft coral reef and insane amounts of different schooling fish.  Black Rock is also great for pygmy seahorses, turtles, black tip reef sharks and marble rays in the deep
  • After the second dive, we’ll move back to Eagle Rock again, where normally the current will have changed  and we can dive on a different part of this fantastic site
  • We then moor up inside the stunning Alyui Bay for a night dive at the famous pearl farm, but make sure you prepare your camera and macro lens for muck diving!

Day 5

  • We start off with another wonderful dive in Alyui Bay at Chanel #5, a dive site featuring swim throughs, big schools of sweetlips, and fusiliers and white tip sharks sleeping under the rocks. Here, we can also encounter dolphins, so keep looking for them on the safety stop.
  • Then, we move to the Yangeffo Islands for our second dive on a site discovered by our Cruise Director a couple of years ago. This offers a great mix of macro and bigger stuff too, keeping everyone happy. There’s a sloping reef down to 15 metres, then a sandy bottom where it’s possible to see flamboyant cuttlefish, robust ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipe fish, decorator crabs, nudibranches, shrimps, and frogfishes if you are lucky. After a while, you’ll hit the reef again where we have seen eagle rays and manta rays cruising by.
  • After a stop around Yangeffo, we’ll continue the trip for our last dive of the day in Gam. The famous Citrus Ridge, is a very fishy dive site to see stunning coral garden, yellow soft corals, schooling barracudas, sweetlips, tunas, Spanish mackerel, nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, frogfishes, and others.
  • Next, we take a trip back to the east part of Dampier Straight, directly to Waisai to load up with fresh food and water

Day 6

  • An early start, but definitely worth it, we will wake you up at 04:45 for a small breakfast before heading onshore to watch the birds of paradise.
  • Back to the boat for a proper breakfast while we make our way over to Blue Magic close to the island of Mioskon. On good days, this submerged reef has 5 meters visibility because the whole dive site is covered with schools of fish. We can also encounter the oceanic manta rays here.
  • For the second dive we move to Sardine reef with a submerged sloping coral reef which should be dived in current to ensure plenty of fish life. It’s very good for big stuff as you’ll see school of fusiliers, rainbow runners, barracudas, sweetlips, giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, grey reef sharks and much more. If there is current, you can get loads of hunting action and hear underwater thunder when the small fish move fast as the tunas strike the bait ball.
  • Then, we move down to Kri Island again to visit the homestay and trek to the amazing viewpoint over Mansuar Island. You can just bring snorkel gear if you don’t want to do the trekking and later we do our third dive of the day, a night dive on the Yenkoranu Jetty. It’s a coral sloping reef with sand and bommies in the beginning and more reefs later which is very good for macro. There are pygmy seahorses, bobtail squids, pipefish, walking shark, mandarin fish, octopuses, cuttlefish, and even sleeping turtles on the reef to see there.

Day 7

  • We’re flexible on this day and discuss with all the guests what they would like to see and plan the day diving around that.

Day 8

  • There’s an opportunity for one dive in the morning before we head off leaving plenty of time to dry your equipment on the way back home to Waisai. Our guests usually want to visit Blue Magic again or other sites around Kri Island.
  • On our way back, we’ll have lunch around 1pm and we will do a final briefing, exchange emails and photos, and say our farewells and the crew will organise transportation for the ferry back to Sorong.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Day 1

  • We meet up at 7 – 7.30 am at Je Meridien Hotel before leaving Sorong around 8.00 am to get the ferry to Waisai on Waigeo Island
  • Check dive at an appropriate dive site in central (Mioskon, Friwen or Yenbuba).  These are all stunning dive sites, easy to dive and its possible to see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses
  • Overnight cruise to Misool which takes around 18-20 hours

Day 2

  • Check dive at Wagmab or Gamfi
  • Our second dive is at Farondi Cave, with a shallow soft coral reef, long sloping tunnel, and a white sandy bottom covered in sea fans and barrel sponges.  An ideal habitat for tiger shrimp and unusual creatures like the signal goby, divers can also expect to see stalactites and other limestone formations covering the arching ceiling
  • We’ll end the day at Wagmab, or the three sisters, before moving south east

Day 3

  • We start the day chasing after Yellowtail Fussiliers and other sea critters at the No Contest dive site
  • The next dive will be at the Two Tree Island, famous for mobula rays hunting bait balls of anchovies
  • Finally, we’ll do our last dive at Baby Rock, full of thousands bait fish before heading south on a night crossing

Day 4

  • The first dive of the third day is at Shadow Reef, a seamount south of Boo with abundant fish life.  You can expect to see baby white tip reef sharks sleeping under the table corals and schooling barracuda and batfish.  Manta rays might also be seen circling the cleaning stations if you are lucky
  • After Shadow Reef, we’ll continue the journey north west, making Boo Window your second dive site.  Boo Window is one of the most famous dive sites due to its unique topography where you might see wobbegong sharks under the table corals.  If conditions permit, we could head over to the pinnacle, often surrounded with schools of fusiliers and plate-sized batfish
  • Our third dive will take place at the huge island of Yilliet, stretching east to west, where we look for barramundi cod, hawksbill turtles, and schooling barracuda
  • At the end of the day, we’ll head south west

Day 5

  • You’ll start your day around the Fiabacet chain, to visit the Nudi rock, which gets its name from looking like a nudibranch from a distance.  It is a favourite dive site for critter enthusiasts and macro photographers, with pygmy seahorses, cowries, shrimp and cling fish all being found here. If we have current, we’ll go around pinnacles crowded with larger pelagics, barracuda, big-eyed travelly and grey reef sharks
  • After Nudi Rock, we’ll continue the trip to Tank Rock and finally to our last dive at Whale Rock.  Expect to see an abundance of fish life, pygmy seahorses galore, nudibranchs, colourful anemones, reef sharks, and perhaps a wobbegong shark
  • After these dives it takes about 15 to 18 hours to do the crossing from Misool to reach Melissa’s Garden

Day 6

  • For the first dive we’ll return to Melissa’s Garden to get back to some of Raja Ampat’s best hard coral
  • We then head west to Penemu and Fam Island to dive to see thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more
  • For the third dive, we move to the Kerou Chanel which can be a great drift dive if we get some current.  Featuring a beautiful reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals excellent for macro and often see some larger fish out in the blue
  • We then visit the Bintang Lagoon viewpoint for sunset before moving back to the Dampier Straight, directly to Waisai to load up with fresh food and water

Day 7

  • Head over to Kri island to dive the amazing Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam).  Excellent for pelagics like tuna, Spanish mackerel, grey reefs sharks, white/black tip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and big schools of fish
  • For the second dive, we’ll move closer to the world famous Cape Kri, where schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, snapper, small reef fish, rays, sharks, turtles, and groupers, as well as the coral itself, are out of this world
  • For the third dive, we move west of Mansuar to dive Sawandarek village jetty, a protected site with a stunning reef great for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, common octopus, wobbegong sharks and schools of jacks under the jetty
  • After that you’ll either do a night dive around Arborek Island, in the Dampier strait between Gam and Mansuar or visit Barefoot Conservation to get information about mantas and where they’ve been spotted so we know where to go the next day

Day 8

  • We start the day with a dive around Arborek Island
  • The second dive is at Manta Ridge or Manta Sandy in the Dampier Strait to view the majestic manta rays in action
  • Our third dive takes place in Yenbuba Jetty at Mansuar Island where we’ll be looking for wobeggong sharks
  • Spend the night in the bay between Kri and Mansuar Island

Day 9

  • The first dive is at Cape Kri at the Northeast point of Kri island.  Here, divers can find huge schools of big-eyed trevally, barracudas and snappers.  You’ll also have a chance to see a dense school of sweetlips around the bommies and grey reef sharks, groupers and pygmy seahorses
  • Our second dive will take place at Sardine Reef northeast of Kri Island, with various soft and hard corals, rock formations and numerous schooling fish
  • Next, we’ll explore Lau Lau or Blue Magic, slightly further north east, large underwater pinnacles with great schools of fish that block out the light, jacks, tuna, trevally, and wobbegongs and grey reef sharks
  • At the end of the day, you can head to land for some trekking on Kri Island

Day 10

  • There’s an opportunity for one dive in the morning before we head off leaving plenty of time to dry your equipment on the way back home to Waisai. Our guests usually want to visit Blue Magic again or other sites around Kri Island.
  • On our way back, we’ll have lunch around 1pm and we will do a final briefing, exchange emails and photos, and say our farewells and the crew will organise transportation for the ferry back to Sorong

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Pre-requisites / Experience Required

While not always as challenging as some of the Komodo currents can be, Raja Ampat can still be tricky at times.  Our highly experienced guides choose dive sites, times and locations according to the experience level of the guests to make sure each dive is safe and suitable.

We do mandate that every guest has recent diving experience (within the last year) before joining the Komodo liveaboard.  If not, you will need to do a “scuba tune-up” or refresher.

We can also do an Advanced Course with you whilst on the trip if you want to improve your skills.

Dietary Requirements

If you have dietary restrictions we must be notified of this before your arrival, however, due to our remote location and nature of the trips we can’t guarantee that they can be met.  Where possible, we are happy to prepare meals with food that is brought on to the boat and we recommend purchasing this back home or somewhere like Bali as you may not find what you need in Sorong.

If someone suffers from severe allergies or conditions we strongly urge you to reconsider joining these trips or making sure you have adequate treatment with you.  The medical facilities here are minimal and evacuation to the nearest major hospital (Bali) can take 12-24 hours in good conditions.

Between November to May our budget Raja Ampat liveaboard “Ratu Pelangi” is the perfect way to experience Raja Ampat.  She is a traditional phinisi boat, extensively renovated in 2018 and rebuilt into a scuba diving liveaboard.

We will be cruising around Raja Ampat and Misool offering 7, 8 and 10 day cruises in one of the best diving spots in the world.

Have a look at our boat page for more information and pictures.

Insurance is mandatory on our liveaboard trips, and not included within your trip price. Guests must have their own travel insurance, personal dive insurance and trip cancellation insurance with no exclusions for Acts of God and Force Majeure events. You will not be permitted to join our liveaboard trips without presenting insurance information when you check in.

Before booking please have a look at our Terms & Conditions.

Included on our trips:

• Full room and board on trip
• Tea, coffee, water and electrolytes
• Tanks and weights
• Dive guides
• Lots and lots of delicious food
• Good times, great memories and lots of fun

Excluded:

• Pick up from other areas
• Flights – domestic or international
• Use of dive equipment (this can be rented per day and includes a dive computer)
• Soft drinks and beers
• National Park Fees and other Local Government Fees
• Bad attitude

 

Day 1

  • We meet up at 7 – 7.30 am at Je Meridien Hotel before leaving Sorong around 8.00 am to get the ferry to Waisai on Waigeo Island
  • Check dive at an appropriate dive site in central (Mioskon, Friwen or Yenbuba).  These are all stunning dive sites, easy to dive and its possible to see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses
  • Overnight stay in the bay between Mansuar and Kri Island

Day 2

  • Head over to Kri island to dive the amazing Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam).  This site is excellent for pelagics such as tuna, Spanish mackerel, grey reefs sharks, white/black tip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and big schools of fish
  • For the second dive, we’ll move closer to the world famous Cape Kri, where schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, snapper, small reef fish, rays, sharks, turtles, and groupers, as well as the coral itself, are out of this world
  • For the third dive, we move west of Mansuar to dive Sawandarek village jetty, a protected dive site with a stunning reef and good for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, common octopus, wobbegong sharks and schools of jacks under the jetty
  • After that you’ll either do a night dive around Arborek Island, in the Dampier strait between Gam and Mansuar or visit Barefoot Conservation to get information about mantas and where they’ve been spotted so we know where to go the next day

Day 3

  • There’s a 15 minute ride out to either the Manta Sandy or Manta Ridge cleaning stations where we can usually see 4-5 mantas being cleaned at the same time
  • We then head west to Penemu and Fam Island to dive Melissa’s Garden, named after the diving pioneer Max Ammer’s daughter.  Thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more can be found here
  • For the third dive, we’ll move to the Kerou Chanel which can be a great drift dive if we get some current.  Featuring a beautiful reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals (excellent for macro), there’s often some larger fish out in the blue too
  • You can then visit the Bintan Lagoon viewpoint, before we start the 6-7 hour night crossing north up to Kawe Island, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites

Day 4

  • We start off diving around Kawe Island and Eagle Rock with their stunning reefs and big fish action.  The highlight here is seeing the mantas coming in to be cleaned
  • On the second dive, we move over Black Rock, one of the best reefs in the north, with a beautiful soft coral reef and insane amounts of different schooling fish.  Black Rock is also great for pygmy seahorses, turtles, black tip reef sharks and marble rays in the deep
  • After the second dive, we’ll move back to Eagle Rock again, where normally the current will have changed  and we can dive on a different part of this fantastic site
  • We then moor up inside the stunning Alyui Bay for a night dive at the famous pearl farm, but make sure you prepare your camera and macro lens for muck diving!

Day 5

  • We start off with another wonderful dive in Alyui Bay at Chanel #5, a dive site featuring swim throughs, big schools of sweetlips, and fusiliers and white tip sharks sleeping under the rocks. Here, we can also encounter dolphins, so keep looking for them on the safety stop.
  • Then, we move to the Yangeffo Islands for our second dive on a site discovered by our Cruise Director a couple of years ago. This offers a great mix of macro and bigger stuff too, keeping everyone happy. There’s a sloping reef down to 15 metres, then a sandy bottom where it’s possible to see flamboyant cuttlefish, robust ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipe fish, decorator crabs, nudibranches, shrimps, and frogfishes if you are lucky. After a while, you’ll hit the reef again where we have seen eagle rays and manta rays cruising by.
  • After a stop around Yangeffo, we’ll continue the trip for our last dive of the day in Gam. The famous Citrus Ridge, is a very fishy dive site to see stunning coral garden, yellow soft corals, schooling barracudas, sweetlips, tunas, Spanish mackerel, nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, frogfishes, and others.
  • Next, we take a trip back to the east part of Dampier Straight, directly to Waisai to load up with fresh food and water

Day 6

  • An early start, but definitely worth it, we will wake you up at 04:45 for a small breakfast before heading onshore to watch the birds of paradise.
  • Back to the boat for a proper breakfast while we make our way over to Blue Magic close to the island of Mioskon. On good days, this submerged reef has 5 meters visibility because the whole dive site is covered with schools of fish. We can also encounter the oceanic manta rays here.
  • For the second dive we move to Sardine reef with a submerged sloping coral reef which should be dived in current to ensure plenty of fish life. It’s very good for big stuff as you’ll see school of fusiliers, rainbow runners, barracudas, sweetlips, giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, grey reef sharks and much more. If there is current, you can get loads of hunting action and hear underwater thunder when the small fish move fast as the tunas strike the bait ball.
  • Then, we move down to Kri Island again to visit the homestay and trek to the amazing viewpoint over Mansuar Island. You can just bring snorkel gear if you don’t want to do the trekking and later we do our third dive of the day, a night dive on the Yenkoranu Jetty. It’s a coral sloping reef with sand and bommies in the beginning and more reefs later which is very good for macro. There are pygmy seahorses, bobtail squids, pipefish, walking shark, mandarin fish, octopuses, cuttlefish, and even sleeping turtles on the reef to see there.

Day 7

  • There’s an opportunity for one dive in the morning before we head off leaving plenty of time to dry your equipment on the way back home to Waisai. Our guests usually want to visit Blue Magic again or other sites around Kri Island.
  • On our way back, we’ll have lunch around 1pm and we will do a final briefing, exchange emails and photos, and say our farewells and the crew will organise transportation for the ferry back to Sorong.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Day 1

  • We meet up at 7 – 7.30 am at Je Meridien Hotel before leaving Sorong around 8.00 am to get the ferry to Waisai on Waigeo Island
  • Check dive at an appropriate dive site in central (Mioskon, Friwen or Yenbuba).  These are all stunning dive sites, easy to dive and its possible to see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses
  • Overnight stay in the bay between Mansuar and Kri Island

Day 2

  • Head over to Kri island to dive the amazing Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam).  This site is excellent for pelagics such as tuna, Spanish mackerel, grey reefs sharks, white/black tip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and big schools of fish
  • For the second dive, we’ll move closer to the world famous Cape Kri, where schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, snapper, small reef fish, rays, sharks, turtles, and groupers, as well as the coral itself, are out of this world
  • For the third dive, we move west of Mansuar to dive Sawandarek village jetty, a protected dive site with a stunning reef and good for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, common octopus, wobbegong sharks and schools of jacks under the jetty
  • After that you’ll either do a night dive around Arborek Island, in the Dampier strait between Gam and Mansuar or visit Barefoot Conservation to get information about mantas and where they’ve been spotted so we know where to go the next day

Day 3

  • There’s a 15 minute ride out to either the Manta Sandy or Manta Ridge cleaning stations where we can usually see 4-5 mantas being cleaned at the same time
  • We then head west to Penemu and Fam Island to dive Melissa’s Garden, named after the diving pioneer Max Ammer’s daughter.  Thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more can be found here
  • For the third dive, we’ll move to the Kerou Chanel which can be a great drift dive if we get some current.  Featuring a beautiful reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals (excellent for macro), there’s often some larger fish out in the blue too
  • You can then visit the Bintan Lagoon viewpoint, before we start the 6-7 hour night crossing north up to Kawe Island, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites

Day 4

  • We start off diving around Kawe Island and Eagle Rock with their stunning reefs and big fish action.  The highlight here is seeing the mantas coming in to be cleaned
  • On the second dive, we move over Black Rock, one of the best reefs in the north, with a beautiful soft coral reef and insane amounts of different schooling fish.  Black Rock is also great for pygmy seahorses, turtles, black tip reef sharks and marble rays in the deep
  • After the second dive, we’ll move back to Eagle Rock again, where normally the current will have changed  and we can dive on a different part of this fantastic site
  • We then moor up inside the stunning Alyui Bay for a night dive at the famous pearl farm, but make sure you prepare your camera and macro lens for muck diving!

Day 5

  • We start off with another wonderful dive in Alyui Bay at Chanel #5, a dive site featuring swim throughs, big schools of sweetlips, and fusiliers and white tip sharks sleeping under the rocks. Here, we can also encounter dolphins, so keep looking for them on the safety stop.
  • Then, we move to the Yangeffo Islands for our second dive on a site discovered by our Cruise Director a couple of years ago. This offers a great mix of macro and bigger stuff too, keeping everyone happy. There’s a sloping reef down to 15 metres, then a sandy bottom where it’s possible to see flamboyant cuttlefish, robust ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipe fish, decorator crabs, nudibranches, shrimps, and frogfishes if you are lucky. After a while, you’ll hit the reef again where we have seen eagle rays and manta rays cruising by.
  • After a stop around Yangeffo, we’ll continue the trip for our last dive of the day in Gam. The famous Citrus Ridge, is a very fishy dive site to see stunning coral garden, yellow soft corals, schooling barracudas, sweetlips, tunas, Spanish mackerel, nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, frogfishes, and others.
  • Next, we take a trip back to the east part of Dampier Straight, directly to Waisai to load up with fresh food and water

Day 6

  • An early start, but definitely worth it, we will wake you up at 04:45 for a small breakfast before heading onshore to watch the birds of paradise.
  • Back to the boat for a proper breakfast while we make our way over to Blue Magic close to the island of Mioskon. On good days, this submerged reef has 5 meters visibility because the whole dive site is covered with schools of fish. We can also encounter the oceanic manta rays here.
  • For the second dive we move to Sardine reef with a submerged sloping coral reef which should be dived in current to ensure plenty of fish life. It’s very good for big stuff as you’ll see school of fusiliers, rainbow runners, barracudas, sweetlips, giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, grey reef sharks and much more. If there is current, you can get loads of hunting action and hear underwater thunder when the small fish move fast as the tunas strike the bait ball.
  • Then, we move down to Kri Island again to visit the homestay and trek to the amazing viewpoint over Mansuar Island. You can just bring snorkel gear if you don’t want to do the trekking and later we do our third dive of the day, a night dive on the Yenkoranu Jetty. It’s a coral sloping reef with sand and bommies in the beginning and more reefs later which is very good for macro. There are pygmy seahorses, bobtail squids, pipefish, walking shark, mandarin fish, octopuses, cuttlefish, and even sleeping turtles on the reef to see there.

Day 7

  • We’re flexible on this day and discuss with all the guests what they would like to see and plan the day diving around that.

Day 8

  • There’s an opportunity for one dive in the morning before we head off leaving plenty of time to dry your equipment on the way back home to Waisai. Our guests usually want to visit Blue Magic again or other sites around Kri Island.
  • On our way back, we’ll have lunch around 1pm and we will do a final briefing, exchange emails and photos, and say our farewells and the crew will organise transportation for the ferry back to Sorong.

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Day 1

  • We meet up at 7 – 7.30 am at Je Meridien Hotel before leaving Sorong around 8.00 am to get the ferry to Waisai on Waigeo Island
  • Check dive at an appropriate dive site in central (Mioskon, Friwen or Yenbuba).  These are all stunning dive sites, easy to dive and its possible to see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses
  • Overnight cruise to Misool which takes around 18-20 hours

Day 2

  • Check dive at Wagmab or Gamfi
  • Our second dive is at Farondi Cave, with a shallow soft coral reef, long sloping tunnel, and a white sandy bottom covered in sea fans and barrel sponges.  An ideal habitat for tiger shrimp and unusual creatures like the signal goby, divers can also expect to see stalactites and other limestone formations covering the arching ceiling
  • We’ll end the day at Wagmab, or the three sisters, before moving south east

Day 3

  • We start the day chasing after Yellowtail Fussiliers and other sea critters at the No Contest dive site
  • The next dive will be at the Two Tree Island, famous for mobula rays hunting bait balls of anchovies
  • Finally, we’ll do our last dive at Baby Rock, full of thousands bait fish before heading south on a night crossing

Day 4

  • The first dive of the third day is at Shadow Reef, a seamount south of Boo with abundant fish life.  You can expect to see baby white tip reef sharks sleeping under the table corals and schooling barracuda and batfish.  Manta rays might also be seen circling the cleaning stations if you are lucky
  • After Shadow Reef, we’ll continue the journey north west, making Boo Window your second dive site.  Boo Window is one of the most famous dive sites due to its unique topography where you might see wobbegong sharks under the table corals.  If conditions permit, we could head over to the pinnacle, often surrounded with schools of fusiliers and plate-sized batfish
  • Our third dive will take place at the huge island of Yilliet, stretching east to west, where we look for barramundi cod, hawksbill turtles, and schooling barracuda
  • At the end of the day, we’ll head south west

Day 5

  • You’ll start your day around the Fiabacet chain, to visit the Nudi rock, which gets its name from looking like a nudibranch from a distance.  It is a favourite dive site for critter enthusiasts and macro photographers, with pygmy seahorses, cowries, shrimp and cling fish all being found here. If we have current, we’ll go around pinnacles crowded with larger pelagics, barracuda, big-eyed travelly and grey reef sharks
  • After Nudi Rock, we’ll continue the trip to Tank Rock and finally to our last dive at Whale Rock.  Expect to see an abundance of fish life, pygmy seahorses galore, nudibranchs, colourful anemones, reef sharks, and perhaps a wobbegong shark
  • After these dives it takes about 15 to 18 hours to do the crossing from Misool to reach Melissa’s Garden

Day 6

  • For the first dive we’ll return to Melissa’s Garden to get back to some of Raja Ampat’s best hard coral
  • We then head west to Penemu and Fam Island to dive to see thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more
  • For the third dive, we move to the Kerou Chanel which can be a great drift dive if we get some current.  Featuring a beautiful reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals excellent for macro and often see some larger fish out in the blue
  • We then visit the Bintang Lagoon viewpoint for sunset before moving back to the Dampier Straight, directly to Waisai to load up with fresh food and water

Day 7

  • Head over to Kri island to dive the amazing Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam).  Excellent for pelagics like tuna, Spanish mackerel, grey reefs sharks, white/black tip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and big schools of fish
  • For the second dive, we’ll move closer to the world famous Cape Kri, where schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, snapper, small reef fish, rays, sharks, turtles, and groupers, as well as the coral itself, are out of this world
  • For the third dive, we move west of Mansuar to dive Sawandarek village jetty, a protected site with a stunning reef great for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, common octopus, wobbegong sharks and schools of jacks under the jetty
  • After that you’ll either do a night dive around Arborek Island, in the Dampier strait between Gam and Mansuar or visit Barefoot Conservation to get information about mantas and where they’ve been spotted so we know where to go the next day

Day 8

  • We start the day with a dive around Arborek Island
  • The second dive is at Manta Ridge or Manta Sandy in the Dampier Strait to view the majestic manta rays in action
  • Our third dive takes place in Yenbuba Jetty at Mansuar Island where we’ll be looking for wobeggong sharks
  • Spend the night in the bay between Kri and Mansuar Island

Day 9

  • The first dive is at Cape Kri at the Northeast point of Kri island.  Here, divers can find huge schools of big-eyed trevally, barracudas and snappers.  You’ll also have a chance to see a dense school of sweetlips around the bommies and grey reef sharks, groupers and pygmy seahorses
  • Our second dive will take place at Sardine Reef northeast of Kri Island, with various soft and hard corals, rock formations and numerous schooling fish
  • Next, we’ll explore Lau Lau or Blue Magic, slightly further north east, large underwater pinnacles with great schools of fish that block out the light, jacks, tuna, trevally, and wobbegongs and grey reef sharks
  • At the end of the day, you can head to land for some trekking on Kri Island

Day 10

  • There’s an opportunity for one dive in the morning before we head off leaving plenty of time to dry your equipment on the way back home to Waisai. Our guests usually want to visit Blue Magic again or other sites around Kri Island.
  • On our way back, we’ll have lunch around 1pm and we will do a final briefing, exchange emails and photos, and say our farewells and the crew will organise transportation for the ferry back to Sorong

Please note this is a proposed itinerary only and we will assess weather and sea conditions during the trip to determine our actual route.

Pre-requisites / Experience Required

While not always as challenging as some of the Komodo currents can be, Raja Ampat can still be tricky at times.  Our highly experienced guides choose dive sites, times and locations according to the experience level of the guests to make sure each dive is safe and suitable.

We do mandate that every guest has recent diving experience (within the last year) before joining the Komodo liveaboard.  If not, you will need to do a “scuba tune-up” or refresher.

We can also do an Advanced Course with you whilst on the trip if you want to improve your skills.

Dietary Requirements

If you have dietary restrictions we must be notified of this before your arrival, however, due to our remote location and nature of the trips we can’t guarantee that they can be met.  Where possible, we are happy to prepare meals with food that is brought on to the boat and we recommend purchasing this back home or somewhere like Bali as you may not find what you need in Sorong.

If someone suffers from severe allergies or conditions we strongly urge you to reconsider joining these trips or making sure you have adequate treatment with you.  The medical facilities here are minimal and evacuation to the nearest major hospital (Bali) can take 12-24 hours in good conditions.

Liveaboard Prices

• In addition to these costs there are marine park fees and harbour fees of US$140 per year
• Equipment rental is US$20 per day
• 15% discount for non-divers
• 40% Surcharge for single occupancy of twin cabin
• Alternatively your group can charter the whole boat making a truly unique trip for US$3,000 per day

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Dorm

The dorm sleeps 6 people comfortably in bunkbeds with aircon.

Twin Cabin

The twin cabins have 2 beds with aircon.

Facilities

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Schedule 2018 – 2019