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 South. 24+ dives are planned during the trip.
We will be waiting for you at Sorong airport to take you to the harbor where our crew will welcome you aboard Kira Kira. Following refreshments and a short tour with boat briefing, your safety on board and intended plans for the voyage, we will set sail in the evening and cruise through the Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool by morning.
In East Misool, we will enjoy three fantastic dive sites, No Contest, Love potion and Three Rocks. You will be delighted by the sight of sheer vertical walls and fantastic coverage of soft corals, lots of fish with schools of Platax, aggregations of Snapper and Bump Head Parrotfish. We spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside an almost closed bay surrounded by high rocks. In the late afternoon, we take the speedboat into another lagoon located further into the rocks where we can swim, listening and searching for the native cacatoes.
After a short morning navigation, we reach South East Misool and start another great day of diving in the vicinity of Misool Eco Resort. Boo Rocks with 2 large opening windows in the lava stone that completely pierce the island from the surface at 5 meters depth, Fiabacet and Fantasea, other excellent dive sites, again, expect an explosion of colors and fish density… Kira Kira will then sail further South and to the West with an overnight sailing in the Wayilbatan area. An optional night dive may be available.
In the Wayilbatan area, we will enjoy a complete diving day at 3 fantastic dive sites, Barracuda Rock, Wedding Cake and Neptune’s Sea Fan. These dive sites offer impressive range of marine diversity and topography, huge Gorgonian Sea Fans, overhangs and caves, forests of Black Coral, Trevally, Turtles, Eagle Rays, Pygmy Seahorses and much, much more.
In the afternoon, we will take time for some kayaking amongst some of the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the area.
We will sail to Pele at the very South East of the Misool area. Along the way, we will dive the famous dive site named Four Kings, four incredible pinnacles, each covered in more soft coral and colorful tunicates than the last. The range of colors on this site is simply amazing. We will then continue on to Pele where we will dive 2 of Pele’s more famous sites, Kaleidoscope and Pulau Kecil. Late that afternoon we will set sail for an overnight sailing to Penemu and the Fam islands.
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 will dive at Melissa’s Garden, an extraordinary dive site famous for its extensive hard coral fields. In the afternoon, we will have time for a short trekking to admire more of Raja’s wonderful lagoons and landscape. We spend the evening under the stars, enjoying a BBQ on a deserted tropical beach.
We will start the day with a short navigation to the Yangefo area, where we find some of the most stunning dive sites in West Waigeo, Citrus Ridge, Mayhem and Way Pretty Shallow. In the right conditions, you can expect some of the most high voltage diving in Raja Ampat with currents bringing massive schools of fish, Barracuda, at least three species of Fusilier, Trevally, Batfish, Bump Head Parrotfish, Wobbegong Sharks and more… In the afternoon, we make our way to Arborek in the Dampier Strait where we have time to visit the local village before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier.
We will start in the morning with a dive at one of the most reliable Manta Ray congregation spots in the Raja Ampat. After breakfast, we dive at Lalosi, a hard coral seamount with extremely diverse fish life, when the currents are running. In the afternoon, we dive at Mike’s Point: during World War II, the US Air Force mistook this rock for a camouflaged Japanese ship and bombed it repeatedly. The top side of the island is blown away but underwater the reef has come back to life in an amazing way and is now home to large concentrations of fish and other marine life.
If the weather conditions are favorable, we will trek into the jungle for an early morning bird watching adventure to find the famous Red Bird of Paradise. We’ll follow the day’s program with two dives at Mioskon. 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. An optional night dive may be available at Batu Lima.
We save the very best for last! During our final diving day, we’ll discover two fabulous dive sites, Blue Magic and Cape Kri. Both of these sites offer some of the largest concentrations of big fish in Raja Ampat. Large schools of hunting Trevally, Chevron Barracuda, Bannerfish, Giant Sweetlips, Yellow Fin Tuna and big Red Snapper congregate on these sites. Large Grey Reef Sharks can also be seen at Cape Kri. In the afternoon, we will have time to relax on one of Kri’s secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong where we arrive later in the evening…
End of the trip and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedules
The route and dives are always organized according to the weather conditions, the currents and tides.