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 Ntional 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: 10 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 31-34 dives in total)
Experience level: Open Water – 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.
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 on Sorong area and 2nd if flights schedule allows.
Day 2-3 (7-8 dives):
3 dives around Kri island that day, such as Sardine Reef, Cape Kri, Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, Arborek Pier and so on….
Most of them worth to be dove not just once, such as Cape Kri or Manta Sandy, cause they have so much to offer !
Night dive on Sawok and Arborek Jetty.
Day 4 (3-4 dives):
We’ll explore that day the channel between Tanggefo and Gam islands, for a couple of dives such as Citrus Ridge, or leave to Mayhem Reef a bit more outside west.
Day 5 (3 dives):
Day dedicated to macro life on those different dives sites such as White Arrow or Channel Island, repeated as much as you want ! Visit of the Pearl Farm possible.
Day 6 (3-4 dives):
Let’s go for bigger hunt on Galaxy and Barracuda Point. And finally go down the island to reach famous Melissa’s Garden. Night dive possible.
Day 7 (3 dives):
3 dives among the numerous nices ones, Most well-know will be Melissa’s Garden, My Reef, or Keruo channel. Amazing landscapes and bays, climb Pianemo hill for the MUST Shot !
Day 8 (3 dives):
Let’s dive around Pulau Dayang, everyside ! On evening, possible land tour to look for the Coconut Crab with the rangers.
Day 9-10 (4 dives):
Back to DAMPIER STRAIT
Free choice of the guests for the favorite dive site of the cruise, or those which have not been explored yet, on the heart of Raja Ampat and its stunning marine life ! Can;t get enough of it, right ?
Day 10 : Heading back to Sorong via 4-5 hours navigation. Time to clean and dry all the diving gear !
Arrival at Sorong on the afternoon. Exploration of the city, diner on board or in the city, night on board.
Day 11 :
Breakfast on board, transfer to the airport or hotel.