Who are those 4 Kings everyone is talking about ?
Raja Ampat (The 4 Kings) is a group of 4 main islands (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati et Misool) and some 600 other small ones, cays or shoals, located in Indonesian West Papua, next to Sorong.
Raja Ampat is all about biodiversity! It’s said to be one of the few hotspots of underwater biodiversity on earth. In the whole area scientists have counted more than 1800 different species of animals, more than anywhere else in the world!
Some of its remarkable inhabitants are the Carpet Sharks (Wobbegong), several species of Pygmy Seahorses living in stunning colorful reefs, and not forgetting the graceful Manta rays, whose 2 species (reef and oceanic) can be found here.
The “right” season runs from November to April, giving us enough time to properly explore the area. To get the most of these wonderful places, we recommend that you take your time and we offer 2 itineraries lasting 10 to 12 days:
North Cruise, with the famous Dampier Strait, Cape Kri or Penemu
South Cruise, around the incredible Misool and its National Park, Boo Windows or the “3 Sisters”
Pick the one that best suits you and join us for a journey through “royal” waters on the Tidak Apa’Pa!
Length: 12 Days / 12 Nights (Approximately 32-35 dives in total)
Experience level: Advanced Open Water recommended – 30 minimum logged dives required.
While this is the description of a typical dive trip, actual trips may vary due to wind and sea conditions, weather or guests preference.
Please note: There are about 500 nautical miles (nm) to cover during this 12-nights cruise. We are mostly diving 3 dives a day and then travelling at night. This cruise is not advised for people who get very sea sick or who are unable to sleep whilst the boat is under way.
Day 1 (1-2 dives):
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the boat.
Welcome drink and introduction of the boat, cruise and team.
Check dive in Sorong Area or on the way to Dampier Strait depending of the flights schedule.
Day 2 (3-4 dives):
3 dives on the worldwide famous Dampier Strait, such as Sardine Reef, Cape Kri, Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, Arborek Pier and so on…. No comment, just get ready…. 🙂
Day 3 (3 dives):
3 dives among the numerous nice ones, Most well-known will be Melissa’s Garden, My Reef, or Keruo channel. Amazing landscapes and bays, climb Pianemo hill for the MUST Shot !
Night navigation to Misool (about 12-14hours)
Day 4 – 6 (8-10 dives) :
Arriving from the North, we’ll stop first at Wagmab and the Farondi area. Tunnels and caves lovers, you are at the right place here as the topography is clearly unique, such as at Goa Besar. Macro Rock will let the photographers satisfied as well.
Next day will see us diving around Fabiacet, Boo Rocks and its famous window shape, or Nudi Rock for the macro lover. Night dive possible on one of the spots around.
Wayilbatan and its Four Kings (as Raja Ampat) or Barracuda Rock will keep us busy before heading to Pulau Pele and dive Kaleidoscope Reef, and leaving the Four Kings behind and having a night navigation to Koon.
Day 7 (3 dives) :
Koon Island off the coast of Seram is a dive with a huge concentration of fish, as one of the dive site will tell you “Too Many Fish” : you won’t know where to look at anymore ! Several dive sites possible around depending upon weather conditions.
Night navigation to Manuk.
Day 8 (2-3 dives) :
Manuk is also known as the “Snake Volcano”. Odor of sulfur, Hot rocks and ascending bubbles remind us about the volcanic activity. And once underwater, you’ll be surrounded by sea snakes, lots of sea snakes ! But harmless, even posing for the shot, proud to be your stars !
Night Navigation towards Banda Islands (65nm)
Day 9 (2-3 dives) :
The Banda area offers a good variety of dive sites, from volcanic rock at Pohon Miring to the black sand in Banda’s harbor.
Sunset dive on the pier in Bandaneira to look for some of the Mandarin Fish hiding there. Night on the mooring. Possible Land excursion : Banda Neira and the nutmeg plantation, historic forts, local village, traditional market.
Day 10 (3-4 dives) :
Leaving the Bandas, we’ll stop at Pulau Suanggi which offers amazing dive sites like The Pinnacle and the East Corner.
Night Navigation to Nusa Laut (60nm)
Day 11 (3 dives):
We’ll do 3 dives around Nusa Laut, looking for potential dugongs, eagle rays, city of groupers, clear water and nice walls !
Night navigation to Ambon (45nm)
Day 12 (1-2 dives):
Ambon Bay and it’s muck dive sites are welcoming you here for 3 to 4 beautiful and amazing dives such as Rhino City, Twilight Zone, Silale, Laha…! Be ready to see weirds small critters, and let’s go for the psychedelic frogfish !
Depending upon the flight schedules, there can be 1 or 2 last dives here.
Day 13 :
Breakfast on board and transfer to Ambon airport.