From Misool to the Dampier Strait, this cruise offers worldclass diving and some stunning landscapes. This loop, compared to the Southern one, will fit to people not only focused on scubadiving, but also keen on discovering the Raja Ampat archipelago on land.
The island of Misool in Southern Raja Ampat is the second largest of the Four Kings and its surrounding waters has some of the best diving in all of Raja Ampat – with several of the reefs in the south-eastern archipelagos so good, many consider them to be the best in the world!
The Dampier Strait sits directly in the path of the Indonesian throughflow. On most of the dive sites of the area, the sweet spot is where the current hits the reef, bringing some high concentrated nutrients waters. Schools of fish, cruising pelagics and sharks are all concentrated on that strategic point. Famous also for its birds of Paradise, labyrinthine mangroves, lush forests, white sand beaches and traditional Papuan villages, The Dampier Strait is full of surface interval activities.
The minimum level of certification is OWD + Adventure Deep Dive or AOW. Possibility to do the Adventure Deep Dive certification on board (40EUR to pay on board), or in any dive centers on land.
While this is the description of a typical Diving trip, actual trips may vary due to wind and sea & weather conditions and guest preference.
The sailing route may be adapted to Non Divers (Snorkeling)
Upon arrival in Sorong, you will be picked up at airport by our team to join the boat. Welcome drink, boat briefing including safety rules on board and introduction of the crew members.
After approximately 1 hour of navigation, we will have our first dive check in Lampu Merah.
Overnight sailing to Misool.
Pele Area, Misool
Dive 1: Pele’s Playground, western corner of Waaf, often attracts schools of anchovies.
Dive 2: Kaleidoscope, underwater ridge in the North-West tip of Pele. Bushes of black coral and multicolor fields of sea fans.
Dive 3: Fubar, this underwater pinnacle is a real sanctuary for the wobbegong sharks. Mooring on the West of Pele.
Wayil Area, Misool
Dive 1: Orange Peel, a wall covered with orange sea fans. Grey and blacktip sharks, sea turtles,
Dive 2: 4 Kings, one of the highlight of Misool. 4 submerged pinnacles in the middle of nowhere. Pelagic action, soft corals, fishes and fishes…
Dive 3: Wedding Cake, a mushroom shaped rock with multiple overhangs.
Mooring in the North of Wayil.
Fiabacet Area, Misool
5:30 am departure to Fiabacet.
Dive 1: Fiabacet Ridge, another Highlight in Misool area. Underwater ridge linking Tank Rock and Nudi Rock dive sites. Wobbegong, groupers and yellow fins barracudas.
Dive 2: Fiabacet, pinnacle famous for the numerous schools of fish.
Dive 3: Whale Rock, just like almost everywhere in Misool, you can find here a great variety of pygmy seahorses such as Barbiganti and Denise.
Mooring between two limestones in the lagoon of Fiabacet.
Boo Area, Misool
5:00 am departure to Magic Mountain.
Dive 1: Magic Mountain, another highlight! Seamount in the Eastern part of Warakaraket, a theater of marine life at its best. Sharks and pelagics are part of the show!
Dive 2: Boo Windows, for the wide angle photographers!! After spending your non-decompression time following the ridge and the pinnacles of the site, you will be excited to cross a beautiful 10 meters deep plateau covered of big boulders and surprised by the famous Boo windows in the last 5 meters. By calm sea, you would have fun to cross this passage back and forth.
Dive 3: Yiliet Kecil, famous for all the red sea fans covered with white dots.
Mooring in the North of Yiliet.
Babulol Area, Misool
6:00 am departure to Taka Saleh.
Dive 1: Taka Saleh, this seamount is made of four pinnacles. From the smallest to the biggest, this underwater reef has an explosive marine life.
Dive 2: Baby Rock, the eastern part of this tiny rock has an exceptional topography: wall, canyon and pinnacle… On the West, a great fish activity can be observed on the slope.
Dive 3: Balbulol Corner, shallow dive in a wonderful cave. Entrance via a canyon full of soft coral. Haven of peace for all the nudibranchs.
Dinghy ride in the stunning lagoon of Balbulol. Sugar loafs, crystal clear water and breathtaking landscapes.
Departure to Penemu for an unforgettable sunset. Arrival early in the morning.
Penemu and Yangeffo
Dive 1: 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.
Dive 2: My Reef, a ridge one that cannot be found on the marine maps. Located in the North of the island of Penemu. Yellow fins barracudas, jack fish, reef sharks and groupers…
Dive 3: Citrus Ridge, a submerged ridge which crosses the strait, separating Gam from Yangefo.
Dive 1: Manta Sandy, cleaning station for the Manta rays.
Dive 2: Sawandarek Jetty, a pontoon covered of purple soft coral which attracts a lot of fish. Some pygmy seahorses can be spotted (Pontohi).
Dive 3: Sorido Wall, close from Cape Kri, this site is amazing during high tide.
Mooring in the South of the island of Kri. Walk on the beach and sunset, a taste of paradise!
Dive 1: 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!
Dive 2: Sardine, You don’t want to miss that one either…
Dive 3: Tapokreng (Night dive), the best night dive in the area. Octopus, rhinopias, ghost pipefish and numerous species of scorpion fish are spotted there. A must!
Mooring in front of the village of Tapokreng.
For the most motivated ones, a trekking at dawn to observe the famous Birds of Paradise will be organized. Please note that people willing to do it could not join for the morning dive.
Dive 1: Batu Lima, a beautiful sandy area with multicolor coral boomies.
Dive 2, Blue Magic, highlight to end up this cruise with last beautiful underwater session. Grey sharks, barracudas, wobbegong, big eye trevallies, spanish mackerel and who knows, some oceanic mantas could come to say goodbye!
5 hours sailing to Sorong.
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.