The trip will be for 10 days and 9 nights and would probably have 25 dives as well as land excursions planned as part of the adventure. The schedule below is obviously an example schedule and is subject to change based on weather conditions and other eventualities. Our 10 day trips are planned to take you to the outer reaches of the Raja Ampat area, exploring both famous and lesser-known dive sites. Raja Ampat is an enormous area, covering some 50,000km2, so the trip will take you either to the north of the park to the Wayag area, or to Misool in the extreme south.
Sample Schedule for Misool trip:
- Day One : Meet at 08:00am in the Hotel Meridian in Sorong, West Papua (directly opposite the airport). You will be met by our staff who will arrange check-in procedures and assist with any travel or accommodation needs you may have for after the trip. You will then be taken to the pier in Sorong where you will board the fast ferry to Waisai, the capital of Waigeo, one of the Four Kings that give Raja Ampat it’s name. Arrival in Waisai should be around 11.30am where you will be transferred directly to the KLM Jaya, your home for the next 9 nights. If you are staying at our Raja Ampat Dive Resort – we will depart directly from the jetty to the Jaya. After settling into your cabin we will help you with setting up your equipment and familiarizing you with the boat and our safety procedures before dinner. Meanwhile the Jaya will be travelling overnight to Pulau Misool.
- Day Two: Wake up in the stunning Misool area of beautiful Raja Ampat. For our first days diving there will probably be 3 dives and a trip to the beach.
- Day Three: Four more dives, 3 by day and 1 by nights as the Jaya continues to explore the Misool area
- Day Four: Three dives and a beach visit
- Day Five: Four dives, 3 by day and another night dive
- Day Six: An easier day today but no less exciting as we do 2 dives in the morning then spend the afternoon snorkeling around Misool’s magnificent Tomolol cave, an epic limestone cave formation before the Jaya starts to sail north again
- Day Seven: Three dives in the eastern Dampier area, one morning, one afternoon and one night dive as we start to explore the centre of Raja Ampat while restocking the boat.
- Day Eight: Four more dives including a night dive.
- Day Nine: Three dives and a beach / village visit.
- Day Ten: Wake up early for a walk to see the Birds of Paradise on Gam Island. After returning to the boat slowly cruise back to Waisai. Disembark in Waisai at 12pm for transfer to the Wicked Diving shop in Waisai town, where your adventure with us sadly comes to an end. If you are staying at our Raja Ampat Dive Resort – we will depart directly from the Jaya to the resort.
Southern Areas visited during 10 Day Raja Ampat Diving Exploration Trip:
Northern Misool: Farondi – Daram: Situated in the Northern section of the Misool Marine Protected Area (MPA) these small island chains are stunning both above and below water. In Farondi limestone cliffs drop vertically into the water, giving impressive views above the sea and lovely drop-offs underwater, filled with caves and overhangs to explore. In Daram lovely white-sand beaches meet the sea topside, while underwater coral-filled ridges and plateaus are absolutely teeming with life. The pristine reef and incredible biomass here make for classic Raja Ampat diving.
Central Misool – Boo / Fiabacet: In the centre of the Misool MPA lie the island of Boo and the island chain of Fiabacet. Tens of small limestone islands are dotted around the area with truly world-class diving at almost any spot you choose to jump in! Mind-blowing coral gardens with turtles and hunting blacktip reef sharks, submerged ridgelines that attract pelagic life like tuna, barracuda, grey reef sharks and occasional mantas, it can be sensory overload as you really have life all around you.
Some of the most famous dives in Raja Ampat are here such as Boo Rocks, Nudi Rock, Tank Rock and Magic Mountain (also known as Shadow Reef). Our
Western Misool – Wayilbatan / Pele: No, not the Brazilian footballer but another area full of limestone islands both small and large, with small lagoons hidden around corners, picturesque jungle-covered bays and the undersea world hiding incredible amounts of life. Ridges extend out from island corners or rise up unseen from the depths, attracting big shoals of batfish, trevallies, barracuda and more. Sharks are often seen here, including Raja Ampat walking sharks, an endemic species found only here in Raja Ampat. The soft coral is spectacular, the sea fans massive – that’s if you can see them through all the fish!
Arborek / Western Mansuar: Arborek is a picturesque island at the Western edge of the Dampier Strait, where we often go to play Frisbee on the beach or wander around the welcoming local village. Also home to a splendid macro night dive under the jetty where you can even find the Raja Ampat walking shark. Right at the edge of the strait runs a large complex of sandbanks and submerged ridges that channel the current flowing throught the strait, creating impressive hard coral walls and reef flats. Currents here can be challenging but the reward is worth it – we’ve seen both grey and blacktip reef sharks cruising past here while shoals of bumphead parrotfish munch on the coral cover. Dolphins are regularly seen here on the surface (and even underwater if you’re lucky) but the highlight is very clear – large numbers of Manta Rays that come to these waters to feed, clean, or just play in the current. Not the easiest diving in the area but the reward is well worth the effort.
Dampier Strait / Eastern Mansuar: One of the most famous areas in Raja Ampat and home to many of it’s biggest name sites. The currents running through the area bring large amounts of nutrients to the huge fish populations in the area. Reefs are as always in Raja, generally in very good condition, and the dive sites range from very easy to more challenging. What they all have in common is huge aggregations of fish and other marine life. Often it’s hard to even see the reef through the huge clouds of fusiliers, snappers and sweetlips here. And of course this abundance of smaller fish brings the predators – sharks, tuna, enormous Spanish mackerel, barracudas to name just a few. Add in the chance of mantas, wobbegongs and small critters like pygmy seahorses and you can see why this area is so renowned.