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Raja Ampat diving liveaboard is an unrivaled experience. Seeking for a taste of the legendary marine biodiversity of the bird’s head seascape, set sail in the richest oceans the world has ever discovered. Diving cruise Indonesia is the ultimate way of discovering pinnacle of underwater paradise—without missing any of it. Raja Ampat is known as a part of the largest manta rays sanctuary in the world, thanks to the decision of banning manta fisheries in Indonesia.

Today, Raja Ampat is one of the very few places where people can meet and swim with both reef mantas and oceanic mantas. As the global center of marine biodiversity, Raja Ampat is the prized Crown Jewel of Indonesia and conservation efforts thrive. Say hello to Raja Ampat and welcome the experience of a lifetime.

A place where life flourishes—almost all of the marine lives known to mankind live and thrive in the nutrient-rich oceans of Raja Ampat.

Sail in the renowned indigenous wooden sailing vessel

One of Raja Ampat diving liveaboard’s unique features is to be able to sail in a Phinisi, a sailing vessel created by one of the local tribes hundreds of years ago. Phinisi is a traditional Indonesian boat that originated from the well-known ethnic group of Bugis of South Sulawesi. It is a type of schooner, noted to be an amalgamation between the Pinky Schooner and the Tancook Whaler, although the structure of the vessel had existed centuries before those two boats. This native Indonesian boat is a masterpiece among sailing vessels. Particularly to the aforementioned local Bugis people of Makassar, they are the lifeline of the economy as much as they are an important component of transportation.

Today, the UNESCO listed the art of building the Phinisi boat in the category of Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. The Phinisi is more than just a luxury liveaboard yacht—it’s a part of the centuries-old Indonesian culture.

Exploring the Indonesian archipelago and its thousands of islands is a challenge in itself. Raja Ampat is a famed destination when it comes to appreciating the full glory of the Indonesian archipelago. However, getting to Raja Ampat itself takes a long time even when you’re already in the country. And getting from one spot to another takes time, as the areas worth visiting are numerous and spread across such a large area. This is where discovering Raja Ampat through the luxury liveaboards Indonesia, especially on a phinisi, tops many other options. Aside from being able to discover the astounding wonders of Indonesia, liveaboard or dive cruise is an excellent way to experience the Phinisi of today.

Explore uncharted territories only reachable by boats

Living underwater, thousands of species create a magnificent ecosystem. In 2013, Raja Ampat was declared as one of the very few sanctuaries for manta rays and sharks in the world. With this declaration and other conservation efforts, Raja Ampat is the most protected marine areas in Indonesia, and in extension, the world. This makes Raja Ampat diving a must-do for nature lovers.

Experience the possibilities and flexibilities to explore Raja Ampat diving sites that aren’t possible to reach on a day trip. Raja Ampat regency houses brilliant diving sites of colorful marine lives spread over the area. Sailing with a dive cruise Indonesia will remove the limitations of the areas you are able to explore. With a solid diving itinerary, you will be able to explore so much more compared to when you’re staying on lands.

Wake up to a view of unobstructed sunrise across the horizon. Taste the salty winds and its passionate caress over your skin. Appreciating the richest sea in its full glory is the reason why Raja Ampat diving liveaboard is here.

How to get to Raja Ampat

From Bali

As of now, there is no direct flight from the Ngurah Rai International Airport Bali to Raja Ampat. You have to get to Sorong, a city in West Papua, Indonesia. If you’re flying from Bali, these are your options:

Bali Ngurah Rai Intl. Airport (DPS) to Sorong Domine Eduard Osok Airport (SOQ)

  • Bali (DPS) → Makassar Sultan Hasannuddin Airport (UPG) → Sorong (SOQ)
  • Bali (DPS) → Manado Sam Ratulangi Airport (MDC) → Sorong (SOQ)
  • Bali (DPS) → Surabaya Juanda Airport (SUB) → Sorong (SOQ)

From Jakarta

Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia. If you don’t plan on spending some time in Bali, then flying directly to Jakarta is a good option. There are only a few direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong compared to flying from Makassar and Manado. They are usually either operated by Garuda Indonesia or Batik Air.

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) to Sorong Domine Eduard Osok Airport (SOQ)

  • Jakarta (CGK) → Sorong (SOQ)
  • Jakarta (CGK) → Makassar (UPG) → Sorong (SOQ)

From Singapore

Singapore is a very close neighbor of Indonesia that share the same timezone as Central Indonesian Time (this includes Bali). A lot of tourists coming from Asian countries; Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, and many other countries transit in Singapore.

Singapore Changi International Airport to Sorong Domine Eduard Osok Airport (SOQ)

  • Singapore (SIN) → Jakarta (CGK) → Sorong (SOQ)
  • Singapore (SIN) → Jakarta (CGK) → Makassar (UPG) → Sorong (SOQ)

 

Once you get to Sorong, the dive cruise or liveaboard team will pick you up. And off you go! Getting to Sorong is half the battle won. Now all that’s left is for you to enjoy your much-deserved treat to Raja Ampat.

Note: the information provided here merely act as a guide or reference to help you plan your trip better. Airline routes and such can change without notice. Always do your own research to make sure the information you’re getting is up to date.

Happy thoughts from our customers

Something magical happened while my cruise. It was one of the most beautiful things that I've ever experienced. Thank you so much for this trip ! - Cassie Damler

The crew was very attentive for the customers. Delicious food every day, and the dives are insane ! - George Kohen

What an adventure ! I was so impressed by the Komodo dragons ! First time I saw them, it was very incredible. Thank you Tanaka team for the quality of your service. - Margot Briez

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