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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 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.
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Day 1 (1 dives):
Pick up from the airport and transfer to the boat.
Welcome drink and introduction of the boat, cruise and team.
Check dive in Sorong Area or on the way to Misool. Navigation to Misool for about 12 hours
Day 2 (3 dives):
Morning arrival at Daram Island. We’ll jump into “Vibrant Color” or “Warna Berwarna” for 1 or 2 dives, as the name tells you the coral garden here is amazing, covered by orange or pink soft coral and huge sea fans where we’ll look for the Pygmy Seahorse !
The Wall on Candy Store will leave you speechless, from its beauty, color, and density. School of fish are expected here, such as Barracudas or fusilliers, playing in the current.
Navigation to Fabiacet.
Day 3-5 (10-12 dives):
FABIACET, BOO, WAYILBATAN…
We’ll spend those 3 days in the heart of Misool area. Dive sites here are incredibly various and beautiful, around Fabiacet, Boo Rocks and its famous window shape, or Nudi Rock for the macro lover, and of course the unique Whale Rock. Night dive possible Yellit Kecil, to look for specific nudibranch Nembrotha living there.
Wayilbatan and its Four Kings (as Raja Ampat), Dunia Kecil or Barracuda Rock will keep us busy as well if we feel like sailing a bit more west !
Day 6-7 (6-7 dives) :
FARONDI – BALBULOL
Going north a little bit we will reach Wagmab and the Farondi area. Tunnels and caves lovers, you are at the right place here as the topography is clearly unique, such as at Goa Besar. Macro Rock will let the photographers satisfied as well.
The neighbour Balbulol will also offer great diving, for exemple on Love Potion or No Contest, getting a bit more current here ! Let’s be part of the jacks or batfish gathering !
Day 8 (3 dives) :
3 dives along the Southwest coast of Bantata. Discover Reflection Reef, Happy Ending or Algae Patch, paradise for macro lovers ! Night dive possible on Reflection Reef as well.
Night navigation to Fam Island.
Day 9 (3 dives) :
3 dives among the numerous nice ones, Most well-know will be Melissa’s Garden, My Reef, or Keruo channel. Amazing landscapes and bays, climb Pianemo hill for the beautiful scenery and take THE Shot !
Day 10 (2 dives) :
2 last dives in the heart of Raja Ampat trying to meet the Mantas on Manta Sandy, or dive the beautiful Cape Kri, before back to Sorong via 4-5 hours of 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.