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 offer this itinerary lasting 7 days : North Cruise, with the famous Dampier Strait, Cape Kri and Penemu.
Join us for a journey through “royal” waters on the Tidak Apa’Pa!
Length: 10 Days / 10 Nights (Approximately 30 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.
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the boat. Welcome drink and introduction of the boat, cruise and team.
Dive 1: First dive check in Lampu Merah, Sorong area
Dive 2: Possible if flight schedule allows it.
Day 2 – 3
7 or 8 dives in those spots:
- Sardine, THE seamount of the strait.
- Cape Kri, one of the Dampier Straight highlight. An impressive marine life. Large school of barracudas, big eyes trevallies, sweatlips, snappers, Encounter with grey reef and blacktip sharks, spanish mackerel, turtles…Intense!
- Friwibonda, perfect for a check dive
- Blue Magic, submerged reef, grey reef sharks, barracudas, tazars, sometimes manta rays.
- Myoskon, maximum depth 25m, Wobbegong or carpet sharks, sweetlips, black tip sharks, snappers.
- Arborek Pier, sublime corals fixed under a pontoon, even better at night!
- Manta Sandy, cleaning station for manta rays.
Dive 1: Passage, between river and sea. Encounter with turtles, sharks and especially nudibranchs.
Dive 2: Citrus Ridge, a reef that is covered in citrus colours from the many orange, yellow, pink, green, and purple soft corals that carpet the area.
Dive 3: Mayhem, the site has a remarkable number of fish that are drawn to the site for the nutrients that are brought in by the currents. This brings in the large numbers of larger pelagic fish hunting the smaller fish.
Dive 1: White Arrow, wall full of coral, nudibranchs.
Dive 2 – 3: Channel Island, deep dive up to 40m, perfect macro.
Possible visit of the ATLAS pearl farm.
Dive 1: Galaxy, this site is located in front of the lagoon of Penemu. Easy dive in an intact coral Garden.
Dive 2: Barracuda Point, well named for those incredible schools of chevron barracudas.
Dive 3: Melissa’s Garden, famous dive site in Raja Ampat. It is absolutely stunning and full of life! Field of unharmed staghorn coral in the safety stop area. So uplifting to find such an preserved coral nowadays! Some underwater ridges from each part of the site guarantee the sight of pelagic and sharks coming from the deep.
Possible night dive.
Dive 1: Melissa’s Garden, Another chance to visit the fabulous coral garden.
Dive 2: My Reef, is a submerged ridge with a wonderful hard coral garden and a hotspot for fish activity.
Dive 3: Keruo Channel, is a spectacular wall covered in colourful sponges and nudibranchs.
Short hike on Pianemo Hill to enjoy an amazing panorama on those sugar loafs.
Dive 1-2-3: Pulau Dayang, diving around this little island, macro and sometimes manta rays.
On evening, possible in-land tour to look for the coconut crab with the rangers.
Day 9 – 10
DAMPIER STRAIGHT – SORONG
4 dives will be chosen between the numerous spots the straight has to offer.
Heading back to Sorong (4-5 hours), dinner on land and night on board.
End of the trip and transfer to airport according to your flight schedule.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.