Enjoy a splendid cruise in Eastern Indonesia: explore the incredible Raja Ampat archipelago! The following itinerary has been designed to access the most engaging locations Raja Ampat has to offer, with intent to dive three times per day. Depending on the weather forecast, we will either plan a route starting from the Southern or the Northern part of the Park. The following itinerary presents a route starting from the North. 19+ dives are planned during the trip.
We will be waiting for you at the harbor of Waisai where our crew will welcome you aboard Akomo Isseki. Following lunch and a short tour and explanation about the vessel, your safety on board and intended plans for the voyage.
We set off the direction of the famous Dampier strait, the first of many areas we will visit during the trip. While we move to the Dampier area, you can relax and take in the sights, before an afternoon check dive around the small island of Friwibonda.
The morning will start with a light breakfast followed by the first dive at Mioskon.
After this, we will dive around Blue Magic, one of the most popular sites in Raja Ampat. It is well known for its great biodiversity, the reef is overgrown by beautifully coloured soft and hard corals.
The third dive will be at Chicken Reef where the sun is often masked by a magnificent array of schooling Glassfish.
Then after a substantial supper, the chance to chill under the stars lit sky, listening to the gentle ocean sounds.
In the morning, we start diving at the village of Yanbuba. You’ll observe hunter groups of Trevally, feeding on the millions of small fish under the jetty. You may find also giant Manta Rays, as they circle their cleaning stations or a vast array of macro species hidden in the lush coral slopes.
A second dive can be organized at the famous Arborek Jetty.
Between dives, you can visit the village that owns the jetty, meet the locals and see some of the Manta Ray conservation projects based here.
Our next location, for the third dive of the day is the long reef of Lalosi. There are some beautiful resident Anglerfish and colourful corals which offer a secure home to Wobbegong shark, the wonderful walking shark.
A revisit to the jetty as a night dive, allows one to contrast the species found at different times of day.
Early in the morning, we’ll arrive at Penemu‘s famous reefs, home to one of the largest population of fish in the area, very impressive, especially in a brisk current.
After breakfast, we’ll dive at Melissa’s Garden, an extraordinary dive site famous for its extensive hard coral fields, followed by an expedition to My Reef.
In the afternoon, we’ll have time for kayaking and short trekking to admire more of Raja’s wonderful lagoons and landscapes.
We’ll spend the evening under the stars enjoying a BBQ on a deserted tropical beach.
In the early morning, we’ll sail to the North of the Gam area.
After an extensive breakfast, we visit the locations around Takat Yanggefo and the surrounding pristine Blue Mangrove forests. Those dive sites are great for schools of Barracuda, Bumphead Parrot Fish, Wobbegong Sharks and a myriad of other marine life.
The first dive will be at Mayhem. Then after a short break, we will explore Citrus.
In the afternoon it will be time for the third dive at Way Pretty Shallow. You can explore huge orange and purple soft corals covered with thousands of glass fish and a white sandy bottom full of surprises…
We focus on the top diving spots today, heading to and around Aljui. After diving Wofoh at the stunning Black Forest, we will visit a pearl farm and learn more about the pearls and how they are harvested.
The diving around Aljui offers great muck diving and we will provide two further dives, observing a lot of strange marine life beneath another beautiful jetty with big, big schools of fish for one of the best night dives in Raja Ampat. If we are lucky enough, we could observe the walking sharks as they are very common in this area.
Early morning, Akomo Isseki will move to the North and anchor in the magnificent lagoons of Wayag.
After an early morning dive in paradise, you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast while you savor the breathtaking landscape of Wayag.
From this extraordinarily beautiful location, you can take a kayak and explore the untouched nature surrounding us here. Crystal clear blue water and small islands overgrown with palms and other tropical vegetation.
In the afternoon, we will ascend a ridge and you will be able to take amazing pictures or just relax and enjoy the view. Diving is also possible this day.
Sailing overnight in the direction of Gam.
We follow the day’s program with two dives at Mike’s Point and Cape Kri.
Both of them are excellent dive sites with reefs full of schooling fish, Fusiliers, Surgeonfish, Giant Trevally, Rainbow Runner, Sweetlips and huge schools of Bannerfish. The reefs there are also very beautiful, decorated with Sea Fans, Soft Corals and Orange Elephant Ear Sponges.
Late afternoon we aim to visit land, to enjoy drink and final sunset together.
While we sail back to Waisai enjoy breakfast, and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Akomo Isseki will say their fond farewells before organising your transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.