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Raja Ampat Snorkeling 8 Days 7 Nights

Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. Raja Ampat Regency is new regency which separated from Sorong Regency at 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

The name of Raja Ampat comes from local mythology that tells about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatch and become kings that occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands whilst the other three become a ghost, a woman, and a stone. History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of Tidore Kingdom, an influential kingdom from Maluku. Yet, after Holland invaded Maluku, it was shortly claimed as a part of the kingdom of Holland. The main occupation for people around this area is fishing since the area is dominated by the sea. They live in a small colony of tribes that spreads around the area. Although traditional culture still strongly exists, they are very welcoming to visitors. Their religion is dominantly Christian.

The oceanic natural resource around Raja Ampat makes it significantly potential as a touristic area. Many sources place Raja Ampat as one of their top ten popular places for diving whilst it becomes number one in terms of underwater biodiversity. According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands areremote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection. 1,309 fish species, 537 coral species (a remarkable 96% of all scleractinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands and 75% of all species that exist in the world), and 699 mollusk species, the variety of marine life is staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. Although accessing the islands is not that difficult, it takes some time. It takes six hours flight from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia to Sorong. Then, taking boat to reach the islands is necessary.

RAJA AMPAT SNORKELING, VILLAGES EXPLORING AND BIRDING
Raja Ampat Tour Packages :
08 DAYS – 7 NIGTHS

Itinerary
Day 01 : SORONG ARRIVAL
Arrive at Sorong airport meeting service then transfer pax to Royal Memberamo Hotel or similar,for check in pax free program. Lunch and dinner on your own arrangement.

DAY 02 : SORONG –WAISAI RAJA AMPAT ( BLD )
After breakfast pax free at leasure until transfer to public harbour then by public ferry boat that leave around 13.00 Pm and cruise to Waisai mother town of Raja Ampat regeny. Arrive harbour then transfer to melati hotel,or losmen for stay overnight

DAY 03 : WAISAI – KABUI ISLAND –BIANCI ISLAND ( BLD )
After breakfast ten pax by outrigger boat explore 2 hours a long the gulf to Kabui village,meet the local people learn the way of life,snorkeling activities make the pictures of Panorama.Stay overnight at local house or tent in Biancy island.Lunch and dinner provided on the spot.

DAY 04: BIANCI –ARBOREK – SAWINGRAI VILLAGE –YENWAUPNOR VILLAGE (BLD)
After breakfast pax snorkeling,then after lunch explore by the outrigger boat to visit Sawaing ray for snorkeling and adventure.Dinner ans stay overnight in Yenwaupnor village.

DAY 05 : YENWAUPNOR –KELELAWAR ISLAND – SAONEK BONDE ISLAND-WAISAI. (BLD)
Early morning pax with guide local escourt trkking to the jungle to observe the lesser birds of paradise,and other birds then after activities there,back to your village for breakfast.After Lunch then by boat explore to Kelelawar island to see the groups of flying-dogs,snorkeling also in Saonek Bonde the afternoon and overnight at Yenwaupnor village.

Day 06 : Saonek Bonde Island-Painemo-Waisai ( BLD )
After breakfast, visit Paynemo Star Lagoon and enjoy the icon of Raja Ampat with this best view, Snorkeling in the lagoon and after lunch with your speed boat transfer back to Waisai and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 07: WAISAI – SORONG (B) After breakfast pax free program until transfer to harboaur for by fast boat in 3 hours return to Sorong,then to your hotel Royal Memberamo.Lunch and dinner in your own.

DAY 08: SORONG DEPARTURE. (B)
After breakfast then pax free until transfer to airport for your flight return to Jakarta via Makasar by Express air. Tour ends

RATES: USD 2.550/Person min 04 person

Rate including :
– Raja Ampat Entrance Fees
– Snorkeling Equipments
– English Speaking Guide
– All Accommodation in Sorong and Raja Ampat Islands
– Meals as mention in the itineraries
– Refreshments ( Mineral water, coffee and tea during trip )
– Ferry Boat Tickets
– Speed boat during the trip

Rate excluding :
– Raja Ampat conservation fees
– Return air tickets Jakarta-Sorong-Jakarta or Manado-Sorong-Manado
– Diving tags and taxes
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– Meals in the hotels as mention in the itineraries
– Tipping – Laundry
– Any personal expenses

 

 

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Raja Ampat Diving Live-Aboard 11 Days 10 Nights

Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four mainislands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. Raja Ampat Regency is new regency which separated from Sorong Regency at 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

The name of Raja Ampat comes from local mythology that tells about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatch and become kings that occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands whilst the other three become a ghost, a woman, and a stone. History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of Tidore Kingdom, an influential kingdom from Maluku. Yet, after Holland invaded Maluku, it was shortly claimed as a part of the kingdom of Holland. The main occupation for people around this area is fishing since the area is dominated by the sea. They live in a small colony of tribes that spreads around the area. Although traditional culture still strongly exists, they are very welcoming to visitors. Their religion is dominantly Christian.

The oceanic natural resource around Raja Ampat makes it significantly potential as a touristic area. Many sources place Raja Ampat as one of their top ten popular places for diving whilst it becomes number one in terms of underwater biodiversity. According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands areremote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection. 1,309 fish species, 537 coral species (a remarkable 96% of all scleractinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands and 75% of all species that exist in the world), and 699 mollusk species, the variety of marine life is staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. Although accessing the islands is not that difficult, it takes some time. It takes six hours flight from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia to Sorong. Then, taking boat to reach the islands is necessary.

Paradise Birds: Sorong – Sorong In this route we use Sorong in Papua as embarking/disembarking port and its airport for incoming and outgoing flights. The Raja Ampat archipelago…

…owns the worldwide record of the greatest number of different species found in one single dive. What else do we need to say?…….ok, just add the most pristine and colourfull coral gardens, outstanding landscapes, primitive fishing villages and of course, Paradise Birds !

Itinerary:
Leaving from the port of Sorong, in the “Bird’ s head peninsula”, we will travel through the archipelago from the island of Waigeo in the north to Misool in the south. The area where we will sail holds the record of the biggest number of different species counted in a single dive. National Geographic compares the species found here with the ones that can be seen in Palau. The reefs of Raja Empat enjoy a healthy marine biodiversity with more than 400 species of coral having been discovered here. Besides the abundance of fauna, this region contains numerous wrecks of Japanese ships and aeroplanes from the terrible battles held during the Second World War in this area. All the ingredients for a perfect adventure!

In brief: From Sorong to the Dampier Straits and from there to Aljui Bay, West Waigeo. Next to Kawe-Wayag, on the Northern end of the group, and down to Fam. Way South to Misool and back to Dampier and Sorong.

Main dive sites:
Waterlogged, a wall with caves and crevices rich in invertebrate life and critters is one of the highlights in the North. Sardine Reef is an underwater hill in the middle of the straits with schools of fish. In the South, Fiabacet, two little inlets joined by a ridge underwater, and muck diving in the jetties in front of the village of Yenbeser and Airborei. Also Jamur Boo, Manta Mantra and Black Beauty.

General characteristics of the dives:
Diving in fringing reefs around karst “mushroom” islands that combine walls and slopes with plenty of passages, canyons and caves. Also underwater ridges and muck diving in jetties and black sand slopes. Wreck of a WWII P-47 plane.

Land Tours:
Early morning walk through the canopy outside a village to see the birds of paradise on a display tree. Visit to a pearl farm in Waigeo. Tender boat tours through the labyrinth of inlets and lagoons in Fam and Misool. Climb to the top for breathtaking views in Wayag Island.

Recommendations:
Bring light clothes. Sun protection during the day. Temperature of the water 26-28°C, slightly colder in the North. 3 or 5 mm suit. Visibility variable, average 15/20 m. Ideal for wide-angle photography, but macro also good. Presents like used clothes, school materials or balloons for the village kids are welcome.
Type of routes
Routes to enjoy the Mistery of Exploration, the excitement of Adventure and the Guaranty of Sailing with Experts in this Paradise of Nature!!

Consolidated Cruises
Cruises in the regions where we have been sailing for many, many years now: Komodo, Rajah Ampat. We sail for adventure despite that SMY Seamore knows them very deeply. Every single dive has its own name and only if the group want, we will jump for the pleasure of discovery. Very special cruises for UW photographers and for those who don’t want to take risks.

How to get there:
The best way to get there is via Manado (from Singapore) or else via Jakarta where you can get a direct flight or via Makassar (Ujung-Pandang) to get to some of the most beautiful and remote places in Indonesia. Check the schedule and we can suggest some great land tours before or after the cruise to complement a wonderful diving trip and prevent any problem with delays or cancellations with the domestic flights. They are really worthy!

Rate : Euro 2.950/person/twin share

Price includes:
– Collaboration with reefs protection and helping local communities. SMY Seamore Papua will use part of her incomes to encourage and actively collaborate with all local organisations promoting Nature conservancy programms and help for the local communities for improving their living standards. We will actively collaborate with other operators, local governments and nature conservancy organisations in all programms arranged to meet these objectives.

– Same number of nights as number of days in the cruise, you disembark in the morning of the last published date. Good saving in hotels!

– All transfers to/from airport or hotel to/from the SMY Seamore Papua in the town of embarkation/disembarkation are included. In the routes starting or ending in Bitung, transfers to/from Manado are also included.

– Full Board on board, Tea, Coffee, Snacks and 1 Soft Drink at lunch and Dinner.

– Average of 3 or 4 dives per day, all in day time or 2 or 3 day dives and 1 night dive unless weather conditions or long sailing distance do not permit it. First and Last Cruise days are excluded due to safety reasons and flight schedules. These dates we will dive accordingly.

– Land Excursions when clearly specified in the cruise planning.
– All Entrance Fees to Natural Parks

– Diving tanks and weights for divers and snorkelling gear for non-divers

– Additional complimentary services available onboard: Library, Music, First aids……

Price does NOT include:
– Any other way of transportation than S.M.Y. SEAMORE PAPUA,
– Alcoholic drinks, tips & gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like Massages, Equipment rental….etc
– Any police or diving permit or touristic tax and harbour fees charged per passenger by any local authority, plus fuel increases. Please count on 200eu/pax for cruises starting or ending in Papua/Maluku. This amount will be paid once onboard when requested by the Cruise Director.

Land Tours
Every cruise we run short excursions to visit spectacular landsacpes, local villages, see Fauna in the wild, paradise beaches…..etc. This will not affect the expected average number of dive per cruise unless all passengers agree so.

If you want to visit any other place in Indonesia, just tell us and we will help with pleasure

 

 

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Raja Ampat Snorkeling 10 Days 09 Nights

Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth. The four major islands found here are Waigeo, Misool (which is home to ancient rock paintings), Salawati, and Batanta.

Underwater enthusiasts flock to this region because it offers the world’s best marine sights. Two days earlier, some of these travelers had been at a deafening corner of a tourist trap in Bali. Once they took their flight to the bird head of the island of Papua everything changed as they embarked on a diving tour of a lifetime. In the Raja Ampat islands, divers can explore vertical underwater walls. The thrill of drift diving is another great challenge. These are the awesome experiences you will find in Raja Ampat.

Meanwhile, on this tour several divers were well equipped and looked advanced. The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most diverse living library for world’s coral reef and underwater biota. According to a report developed by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75% of the world’s species live here. When divers first arrive here their excitement is palpable. It’s common to hear people praise God as they take in the remarkable scenery. Others prefer to remain in silence taking in the overwhelming sight of so many islands with crystal clear water that softly brushes over the white sandy beaches.

Raja Ampat located in the heart of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat islands had become one of the richest marine life destination. Here you can see a wide range of species in fish, corals and birds. For you who likes to go out with nature, this place is one spot you would not miss. We are offering our trip packages to discover and explore all of these places.

Snorkeling
As part of our main excursions program, we will explore by snorkeling a wide area of various snorkeling sites. To snorkel all of the nicest reef as we pass along while enjoying the excursion. Most of the snorkeling sites are shallow to moderate deep, typically the reefs is found on a slope ranging from 0 – 30 meters with good visibility and current. There are mangroves with crystal clear water and have corals growing, also walls and patch reefs. Snorkeling the area will offer you an unlimited exploration and discovery.

Diving
Ampat has lots of world class dive sites, on our trip we will take you to dive and explore some of these dive sites. On our excursions as we pass this dive sites we give the opportunity for you who is interested to go diving. To organize the diving we are working with the local dive center which have experience and professional crew. The dive sites are manageable and good for all level of divers. The reefs are well protected, ranging from 0 – 30 meters deep. Housing plenty kinds of fish and creatures and also aircraft wrecks, these diving will take you to see one of the best reef wonders.

Land Tour
Along the coast we will visit villages and people with their traditional culture and craftman. Going culture and exploring the landscape filled with tropical forests and reefs is another type of excursion we offer. Another program is to spot several kinds of birds which is endemic in Papua. Spotting the birds in their habitat and going for an easy treking to the local waterfall.

Our transportations for the trip
Boat
One wooden boat will be our main transportation,

Specification :
Length x Width : 19m x 4.5m
Built : 2014 Sulawesi
Engine : 2 x 4 Cylinders Diesel Engine (one for backup)
Generator : 1KW
Facility : Sun & Canopy Deck, Main Room Accommodation, Kitchen, Bathroom + Toilet

Longboat
For organizing daily excursions and snorkeling trip we provide one fiberglass longboat canoe for tender, the boat is towed and ready for the whole trip.

Specification :
Length x Width : 7m x 1.5m
Engine : 1 x 25hp
outboard engine Capacity : 8 pax + 2 crews

Kayak
For daily run around, and for you who likes to travel and snorkel more distances,
Specification : Length : 2.5m
Capacity : 100kg / 1 person
Type : Closed deck Units : 2 pcs

Snorkeling:
Raja Ampat have so many sites to snorkel with and we are taking you to the best snorkel sites on our excursions. Science have declared that Raja Ampat have a unique underwater life, and during the trip you will get the chance to experience different type of snorkel sites, from white sandy beaches to open sea, snorkeling mangrove reefscoral garden mangroves, bays, caves and channels all have beautiful and unique underwater life. Snorkeling under the forest reefs and snorkeling with the pelagic like mantas, and if you are lucky you could expect to snorkel with whales and dugong.

On our trip you will get the experience to explore all this snorkeling sites. Most of the snorkel site is white sandy beaches with reef slope ranging from 1 – 30 meters, the reefs are alive and abundant with many kinds of fish. With visibility average 30m year round, by snorkeling you can already enjoy a wide range of underwater view in every snorkel sites. We also sometimes likes to take advantage of the currents flowing along the reefs, with this current you can just snorkel and relax with longer range of coral reefs along the beach to explore and the chance to see more big fishes.

If you like you can also go snorkeling the sites in the evening, this can be done while we park our boat close to an island or village. Snorkeling in the evening is also interesting, you can get the chance to see different life on the reefs. Please bring your underwater lamp if you also plan to snorkel in the evening.

How to get there
There are several ways to get to Raja Ampat, this depends on where you are coming from, and each entry ports have their own advantages.
To fly to Raja Ampat there 4 international airports available in Indonesia, this is Jakarta, Makasar, Bali and Manado.
These airports are easily accessible from all parts of the world.
The good entrance is through Singapore, and from here you can fly direct to either of the airports with several direct fligths. Please contact your travel agents for the best routes.deserted island

Visa
You can obtain your visa on arrival for USD 25 for 30 days, if you want to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get visa from the Indonesia Consulate embassy as this cannot be issued on arrival.

Travel Permit
When entering Papua we provide you with travel permit (free) which will be issued by the local police station, pleaseprepare the following requirements :
-2 copies pass fotos
– 2 copies of passport id and arrival visa stamp PIN

Personal Identification Number
A regulation setup by the local government, conservation organizations and other stakeholders for managing tourism in Raja Ampat. Each tourist is required to buy an entrance PIN which is valid for one year at USD 100.- (Rp. 1.000.000,-). The fund will support several programs organized by the government and the stakeholders.

Health
As we are located near the equator, sun protection is necessary. Insect repellant is needed for protection to common insects. Malaria is present in Papua, please refer to your physician for the best prevention.yuyu

Climate
Average weather is good yearround, there is no rainy seasons. There will be couple of time rainfall everyweek during the whole tear period with average distribution highest on July. Month June and July is considered rainy seasons in Indonesia. The period June = July and December – January will be a bit windy and the rest of the period will be steady. The seas will be very smooth during the non wind period and visibility average 20 – 30 meters. Water temperature from 26 – 28 Celcius, air temperature 31 – 33 Celcius. Practicalities To make things easier and enjoyable, below is some stuff which you might consider to have on the trip, snorkel sets, headlamp, binocular, hammock, trekking sandals and underwater torch.

WONDERFULL RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS SNORKELING PARADISE TOURS

Itinerary:
10 Days 9 Nights – Northern/Southern Raja Ampat ex Sorong
Arrive in Sorong, stay overnight in a hotel and prepare for departure early the next morning, this will be on your own and we help you to book the hotel in Sorong.

ITINERARY:
Day 1 – Sorong – Kabuy bay
Snorkeling : Friwenbonda island and Batu lima islandcoconut tree Day

2 – Kabuy bay – Bat island / Batangpelle island
Snorkeling : Passage / Cave, Hidden bay and Bat island

Day 3 – Bat island / Batangpelle island – Balakbalak island – CI Station (Wayag island)
Snorkeling / Trekking : Balakbalak island, Jetty CI station Day 4 – Fullday Wayag island, snorkeling and trekking

Day 5 – Wayag island – Mayafun island – Fam island
Snorkeling : Mayafun island and Fam island

Day 6 – Pyanemo – Fam island
Snorkeling and trekking : trekking Pyanemo island and snorkeling Melisa garden, Anita garden and Jetty Arborek ( visiting village )

Day 7 – Gam Island Snorkeling : Yenbraimuk, Yeben island, Mikes point

Day 8 – Gam Island – Manswar island Snorkeling : Manta point/Manta sandy,Cape Manswar, Jetty Sawandarek

Day 9 – Manswar island – Kri Island Snorkeling : Agusta island, Merpati Island, Cape Kri, Koh island, Jetty Yenbuba

Day 10 – Kri Island – Sorong ( leave in the early morning / trip finished at Sorong )

RATE: USD 2.800/PERSON/MINIMUM 4 PERSON FOR GUARANTEE DEPARTURE

Rate included:
– Airport pick up and transfer in Sorong
– 3 meals a day
– Sleeping on the deck or camping during the trip
– Refreshment ( Coffee, Tea and Mineral Water )
– English speaking guide
– Tours as per itinerary

Rate excluded:
– Hotel in Sorong
– Porters
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– PIN for Raja Ampat
– Donation at the villages
– Any entrance fees in the islands
– Laundry
– Any personal expenses

 

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Gino Feruci Dive Resort

Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat will be comprised of 10 luxuriously designed resorts equipped with swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The establishment will also feature restaurant that can be used as meeting venue and services/facilities for diving enthusiasts wishing to enjoy the sparkling clarity of Raja Ampat’s underwater beauty. Guests will be able to enjoy various staying packages that include additional benefits such as tours, diving sessions, and complimentary transport/shuttle services.

LOCATION
Raja Ampat (“four kings”), is located off the northwest of West Papua province, and it is in here that Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat makes our home.. The name came from four main islands: Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, although Raja Ampat as a whole is a collection of over 1500 small islands.

Widely believed as the location with the highest amount of marine life diversity in the world featuring, amongst other, what is possibly the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world, Raja Ampat truly fits the definition as the Real Paradise on Earth, where exceptional beauty is never far from your reach! It is especially true if you are staying with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat, your luxurious haven perfect for a truly unforgettable and beautiful Raja Ampat Resort experience!

FACILITIES:
Dining:
Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat features an open-wall restaurant concept, and it is located only a few meters away from the gorgeous sparkling beauty of Raja Ampat seas, making our Raja Ampat restaurant a must try for real complete Raja Ampat Resort experience. Great food, great atmosphere, great time!

But Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat not only feature a great Raja Ampat restaurant for you to enjoy: our Resort also feature an exclusive and relaxing lounge/bar, located nearby the restaurant, perfect for all of your winding down and relaxing needs. With many selection of great drinks and also a direct view to the gorgeous seas of Raja Ampat, our lounge/bar is the perfect way for you to more fully enjoy a fantastic Raja Ampat Resort experience, especially with your loved ones!

Wellness:
Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat feature a fantastic spa services and facilities, which is truly a perfect thing to have to complete your Raja Ampat Resort experience, since little is more enjoyable than to take pleasure in relaxing spa treatment while surrounded by beautiful Raja Ampat surroundings.

Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat also feature a swimming pool with 5 x 8 meters size, and 1,5 to 1,8 meters depth, located right next to our restaurant, and as such, also has a perfect, direct view towards the incredibly gorgeous view of Raja Ampat seas. The swimming pool of Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat is the perfect choice for when you want to relax in an easy, good way, without having to dive into Raja Ampat’s beautiful ocean: easy, relaxing dip surrounded by great atmosphere!

EXPLORE AND DISCOVER
Raja Ampat holds many adventures just waiting for you to discover and explore. When you stay at Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat, all of the Raja Ampat wonders are never far from you. Enjoy the ultimate Raja Ampat Resort experience together with your loved ones only with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat!

From diving to canoeing to just enjoying the view, a stay with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat means that the best of Raja Ampat Resort experience is always close, always ready for you to be enjoyed, complete with all the incredible beauty and wonders of Raja Ampat, Earth’s Paradise! The following are just some of the recommendations for activities and places we at Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat recommend to you so that you can fully enjoy your Raja Ampat Resort experience with us!

ACCOMMODATION
Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat features a collection of 10 highly luxurious Raja Ampat Resort designed from the ground up as your luxurious haven right at heart of the illustriously beautiful Raja Ampat. Expect only the finest here, with establishment presented only with the finest details and care.

The exclusive Raja Ampat Resort collection from Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat consisted of three types: Deluxe, Executive, as well as the one and only VIP Resort, the best of what Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat can offer you which is just perfect if you only want the most excellent of all in your Raja Ampat Resort experience. Rest assured, however, that all of our Raja Ampat Resort are guaranteed to make your visit truly worthy to be called a visit to the Real Paradise on Earth.

PRIVATE ISLAND FOR HONEYMOON
Experience once in a life time, being only you in a wonderful empty island that has cristal shallow flat beach. in Raja Ampat archipelago, we recommend you to undergo the only few people on earth can experience. This especially fits for honeymooners (bulan madu), where you and your partner or special one will enjoy the 100% privacy.

We would drop and leave you alone the whole day or night in the island, of course we would provide you with full logistic including tent, to ensure your comfort. in a nutshell, what can be more privacy than being in a private island. For you to know, that is in Raja Ampat area, the best and the most beautiful archipelago in the world.

THE BEST IN THE WORLD FOR ISLAND HOPPING
Raja Ampat is an achipelago consisting of 644 island, 80 percent of which remain as yet unnamed. As the one and only archipelagic lanscape such as this, island hopping becomes another best attraction.

in Raja Ampat, we can certaintly guarantee that you would be witnessing the most beautiful marine scenery that our mother nature could create.

SNORKELING
There is no doubt about it – the best snorkeling and diving site in the world is in Raja Ampat. This eastern Indonesian archipelago contains more marine bio-diversity than anywhere else in the world – more fish, more corals. In 2002, The Nature Conservancy conducted a scientific survey of the Raja Ampat Islands to collect information on its marine ecosystems, mangroves and forests. The survey brought Raja Ampat’s total number of confirmed corals to 537 species — an incredible 75 percent of all known coral species.

Raja Ampat with six hundred island spread along the western coast of Indonesia is one of the last wild places in the world. It has the immense abundance of the Western Pacific marine ecosystem, from the tiniest bright-colored sea snails to huge pelagic fish. Topside, there are dramatic limestone islands, dazzling aquamarine lagoons, and fantastic birds including the endemic red bird of paradise. Close to the shore you can see Bluespotted Stingrays, Turtles, Crocodile Fish, Stone Fish, Batfish, huge school of Jackfish and sometimes even a school of Bumphead Parrot Fish. It is only in Raja Ampat.

BEST PLACE FOR TREKKING
For those who like to do trekking or mountain climbing, and at the same time enjoying the magnificent marine scenery, Definetly Raja Ampat should be in your first list. Raja Ampat has more than 640 island, where more than half consist of high hill or could be classified as little mountains.

In Raja Ampat archipelago, we guarantee that the scenery from on top of the hill that you climb is completely fascinating, since they are combinations of beach and foothill.

CULTURAL HERITAGES
Raja Ampat’s cultural heritage is rich and diverse too, ranging from neolithic shell middens and prehistoric cave paintings, through relics from the era of the Four Kings (Raja Ampat) who once ruled here and gave the region its name, to remnants of a more recent history such as the cave bunkers and seabed wreckage remaining from the Second World War.

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort completes your adventure in this unparalleled place by letting you witness the stone aged era of the mankind. Several activities await you such as visiting the sea cave skull cemetery, sacred stone, fish spearing, hot stoned cooking and so fort and so on.

BEST VIEW FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC HUNTING
Through its above and under water spectacular marine scenery, Raja Ampat could satisfy many people from many interest, one of them is photographer.

Prepare your camera, lens, filters and any other additional photograpghic tools well, cause you are going to have very limited time to shoot almost unlimited spectacular view around Raja Ampat, the best and the most beautiful archipelago in the world

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort could provide special package only for photographers, so you could maximaze your time taking picture around.

PACKAGES
7 Days 6 Nights Tour Package: USD 2.900/person/twin share

Rediscover your passion for true beauty by exploring the wondrous natural vistas of Raja Ampat and its surroundings, from the crystal clear water to its captivating landscape vistas and even to its natural inhabitants. Also, you can always be assured that you will always have a great cottage and great services to relax in after you are going on an adventure exploring the beauty of Raja Ampat, only with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.

FEATURING :

  • 7 days accommodation in Deluxe Cottage.
  • Welcome drinks.
  • Daily meals (3x a day including snacks.)
  • Fun activities and adventures: snorkeling, canoeing, trekking, and Urai Island photography tour (necessary equipments are provided.)
  • The beautiful Kabui Kaliraja tour including trekking and photo session.
  • The amazing Phonemo (Little Wayang) tour including photo session.
  • The enchanting Sandbank (Pasir Timbul Tenggelam) tour including snorkeling and photo session.
  • The exceptional Hidden Bay tour including photo session.
  • Cendrawasih’s natural habitat bird-watch.
  • 2 ways private speedboat transport from/to Waisai – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Airfare tickets.
  • Entry permits to Raja Ampat (IDR 1.000.000,-/person, valid for 1 year.)
  • Transport from/to Sorong airport – harbor – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • Ferry transport from/to Sorong – Waisai.
  • Sorong accommodation for connecting flight.
  • Personal expenditures outside the included features in the package.

Dive Spot Package 7 Days 6 Nights: USD 3.800/person/twin share

It is not an overstatement to say that Raja Ampat holds some of the world’s most beautiful and most ecologically diverse diving spots, and with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat you can now have the opportunity to explore and enjoy them at your leisure. Added with the comfy cottage and personalized service, this is truly a recipe for a really unforgettable experience.

FEATURING :

  • 7 days accommodation in Deluxe Cottage.
  • Welcome drinks.
  • Daily meals (3x a day including snacks.)
  • Complimentary Sandbank relaxing tour with photo session.
  • Fun activities and adventures: snorkeling, canoeing, trekking, and Urai Island photography tour (necessary equipments are provided.)
  • 12 diving sessions across 6 days of stay (guide, equipments, and boats are included.)
  • 2 ways private speedboat transfer from/to Waisai – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • NOT INCLUDED:
  • Airfare tickets.
  • Entry permits to Raja Ampat (IDR 1.000.000,-/person, valid for 1 year.)
  • Transport from/to Sorong airport – harbor – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • Ferry transport from/to Sorong – Waisai.
  • Sorong accommodation for connecting flight.
  • Personal expenditures outside the included features in the package.

Full Board Package 7 Days 6 Nights: USD 4.750/person/twin share

Stay with Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat and discover the real paradise on Earth, with the magnificent Raja Ampat offering virtually limitless pleasure to the senses for you to enjoy with its vast collection of incredible vistas and amazing natural beauty. Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat gives you the ultimate escape from the tedium of everyday life, and welcome you to a staying experience you will not soon forget.

  • FEATURING :
  • 4 days accommodation in Deluxe Cottage.
  • Welcome drinks.
  • Daily meals (3x a day including snacks.)
  • Fun activities and adventures: snorkeling, canoeing, trekking, and photography session (necessary equipments are provided.)
  • 2 ways private speedboat transfer from/to Waisai – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • NOT INCLUDED :
  • Airfare tickets.
  • Entry permits to Raja Ampat (IDR 1.000.000,-/person, valid for 1 year.)
  • Transport from/to Sorong airport – harbor – Gino Feruci Resort Raja Ampat.
  • Ferry transport from/to Sorong – Waisai.
  • Sorong accommodation for connecting flight.
  • Personal expenditures outside the included features in the package.

 

 

 

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Waiwo Dive Resort

Raja Ampat Islands Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands are remote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection.

Waiwo Dive Resort is brand new dive resort in Raja Ampat Islands, Its located on the best part of Waigeo island on Waiwo beach. It has 10 cottages with shower and also has its own DIVE CENTER.

The resort is in a lovely quiet cove with a nice beach. They have left the jungle canopy in place above the huts so it’s nice and cool during the day and AC isn’t needed at night. There were surprisingly few mosquitoes. Utilities are very basic – cold water only and the power only runs from around 5pm to 9am. The huts are very nice, clean and comfortable with typical basic ensuite bathrooms (a western toilet and bin for the paper).

Room Rates and Packages for :
– Double Accupancy : Euro 100/person/night/bungalow
– Single Accupancy : Euro 115/person/night/bungalow
– Extra Bed ; Euro 75/bed/person/night
Room rates including 03 meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )

Dive Packages/Person:
– Package 10 Dives /08 Days 07 Nights: Euro 2.400/Person
– Package 12 Dives 08 D/07N Euro 2.550/person

Non Dive Package
05 Days 04 Nights Package
* Single Room : Euro 1.690
* Double Bed Room : Euro 1.500/person/twin share

Rates including : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Tea and Resort service charges

Excluded :
– Pick up and transfer to the resort and return fro Sorong using Public Ferry
– Soft drinks
– Beer
– Marine park Entrance fees
– Diving tags ( pay at the airport but we recommend you to pay in advance as we can arrange it ).

Extra Cost :
Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit Fee (per person) : Euro 50.00/person/one visit
Taxi from Sorong airport to harbour or harbour to airport (One way) : Euro 10.00/car/pax 04 people
Cabin on public boat from Sorong to Waisai or Waisai to Sorong : Euro 15.00/person/one way
Boat transfer Waisai – Mansuar (One way – shared between passengers) : Euro 90.00/person/one way

High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is Euro 45/person/night

 

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Agusta Eco Resort

Agusta Eco Resort, in the heart of the untouched Raja Ampat marine park, West Papua, Indonesia, is going to be the only structure on an otherwise deserted island. Soon it will have wide cottages in a luxurious tropical vegetation, all facing a coral beach, with private diving center, restaurant, spa, fitness, swimming-pool. And of course the best dive sites of the world just around the corner…
Agusta Eco Resort is under construction, as this site is. Keep on following us, surely you wish to be the first to discover our tropical paradise.

P.T. Agusta, Waisai-Jl.Fatimah Rumbenwas – Raja Ampat, a regularly registered foreign company, is developing and managing Agusta Eco Resort.

The founders and owners of P.T. Agusta have a long-time experience in managing resorts, hotels and diving centres in Indonesia and in other geographic areas.

We at Agusta Eco Resort have the opportunity and the privilege to see our dream come true, in one of the wonderful sceneries of our planet. The beauty of Raja Ampat and of Agusta island lie in the untouched wilderness, in the relatively unimportant human impact, that here could not yet take advantage, changing the nature balance.

We are aware to be responsible of this little heaven, and we commit ourselves to bring forward in the time attention toward wildlife and toward local populations.

Agusta Eco Resort will be one of the few fully integrated resorts in Raja Ampat region (West Papua, Indonesia). Agusta Eco Resort will have:

  • 10 seaview bungalows with private beach and view over a fabulous sunset, luxury furnished according with the international standards of boutique-resort.
  • International diving centre with high level equipments and international affiliations.
  • Spa and beauty centre, with 3 therapy rooms , fitness center, Yoga room.
  • Thematic restaurant (40 seats).
  • Bar/lounge
  • Freshwater swimming pool.
  • First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

WE USE SOLAR ENERGY
All the needed energy to keep the resort working comes from solar panels! First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

ALL YOU NEED IS COMFORT!
Spacious cottages surrounded by green, all facing the beach, an excellent restaurant, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool… Agusta eco Resort will shortly become one of the few fully integrated structures in Raja Ampat, west Papua, Indonesia… What more for a perfect holiday?

LOCATION:
Agusta island is located 0° 38’ 57” S – 130° 34’ 37” E, right in the heart of Raja Ampat archipelago, among the 5 top destinations for scuba diving around the world.

Raja Ampat (Indonesian for “the four kings”) comprises about 1,500 islands, mostly mountain covered, in West Papua, Indonesia. The archipelago lays where Pacific ocean meets Indian Ocean, geographycally belongs to Australian continents. It is a true labyrinth of turquoise sea ways and little emerald green islands, surrounding the main islands of Misool, Waigeo, Salawati and Batanta (the four kings).

Being in the center of the so called “biodiversity triangle”, Raja Ampat offers to visitors the possibility of encounters with a huge variety of species, both underwater and on the land.

It is the ideal target for divers, but also for all who enjoy the untouched wildlife and the best white sandy beaches in all Indonesia.

Agusta, one of the deserted islands which sprinkle Raja Ampat sea, is a strategic destination under many points of view, for the lovers of adventure with some comforts, of sea, of leisure, and (more important) fr whom respects wilderness.

FROM A NATURALISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta lies in an area reknown for the highest marine biodiversity ever described by scientists, both for coral species number and for fishes.

FROM A LOGISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta is 50 miles away from Sorong airport. It can be reached flying to Sorong, via Jakarta or Manado. Once landed in Sorong, our staff will welcome you for a transfer, via land and sea, to the island that will be your home during your stay!

FROM A TURISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta island is deserted, the resort is the only structure, and guarantee you a vacation of complete relax, away from the noises and the crowd.

THE RESORT:
Agusta Eco Resort will be one of the few fully integrated resorts in Raja Ampat region (West Papua, Indonesia). Agusta Eco Resort will have:

10 seaview bungalows with private beach and view over a fabulous sunset, luxury furnished according with the international standards of boutique-resort.
International diving centre with high level equipments and international affiliations.
Spa and beauty centre, with 3 therapy rooms , fitness center, Yoga room.
Thematic restaurant (40 seats).
Bar/lounge
Freshwater swimming pool.
First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

WE USE SOLAR ENERGY
All the needed energy to keep the resort working comes from solar panels! First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

ALL YOU NEED IS COMFORT!
Spacious cottages surrounded by green, all facing the beach, an excellent restaurant, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool… Agusta eco Resort will shortly become one of the few fully integrated structures in Raja Ampat, west Papua, Indonesia… What more for a perfect holiday?

THE HISTORY:
P.T Agusta wants to enhance an eco-friendly and sustainable tourism in Raja Ampat region, to promote responsible business management under the environmental and socio-economic profile, passing through education, social development, local community involvement.

The project.
To realize an eco resort who become the right setting for a unique diving experience for all the international and local travellers, willing to explore the untouched, teeming with life, sea of Raja Ampat, at the same time offering new job opportunities to locals.

In the next gallery, we follow the birth of our resort, from the first wailing on.

 

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Welcome to Raja Ampat Islands – Papua – Indonesia

Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.

Its location in Papua, one of the furthest places you can get in Indonesia, may give you a head shake. But it’s a diver’s mecca anyone must not miss! The location of the archipelago, far from the big cities and villages, makes the reef still pure as it was. The wide area of pristine blue water contains millions of reefs and fishes, many that you will never see anywhere else. If you are not diving, there are islands up above you can climb, or blend in with the locals. Amazingly, the area is actually much more popular with foreign tourists who seek adrenaline and beauty, rather than domestic.

Politically, Raja Ampat is a regency (equivalent to US counties), with the capital Wasai at Waigeo Island. This town is the starting point for your exploration in the area.

Climate:
The best time to visit Raja Ampat is during the dry October-April timeframe, in contrast to the western and central Indonesia that is often soaked by rain at this time. Despite that, because of its tropical climate, rain can unpredictably fall, although much less frequent during the dry season. It is still feasible to travel other than the dry season, but the weather is often a toss-up: you can be under the sunshine while it is raining in the immediate horizon.

Temperatures remain consistent throughout the year, averaging 25 to 32 degrees Centigrade, but its humidity may make it feel hotter.

Raja Ampat Regency is a new regency which separated from Sorong Regency in 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. Some of the islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

History:
The name of Raja Ampat comes from local mythology that tells about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatch and become kings that occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands whilst the other three become a ghost, a woman, and a stone.

History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of Sultanate of Tidore, an influential kingdom from Maluku. Yet, after the Dutch invaded Maluku, it was shortly claimed by the Netherlands.

The English explorer William Dampier gave his name to Dampier Strait, which separates Batanta island from Waigeo island. To the east, there is a strait that separates Batanta from Salawati. In 1759 Captain William Wilson sailing in the East Indiaman Pitt navigated these waters and named one strait Pitt strait, after his vessel; this was probably the channel between Batanta and Salawati.

Population:
The main occupation for people around this area is fishing since the area is dominated by the sea. They live in a small colony of tribes that spreads around the area. Although traditional culture still strongly exists, they are very welcoming to visitors. Raja Ampat people are more like Ambonese than Papuan people and now some of them are Muslim and some of them are Christian

Geography:
The oceanic natural resources around Raja Ampat give it significant potential as a tourist area. Many sources place Raja Ampat as one of their top ten most popular places for diving whilst it retains the number one ranking in terms of underwater biodiversity.

According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth.[3] Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and East Timor. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands are remote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection.

1,508 fish species, 537 coral species (a remarkable 96% of all scleractinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands and 75% of all species that exist in the world[4]), and 699 mollusk species, the variety of marine life is staggering.[5] Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs.

Raja Ampat Islands have at least three ponds containt unpoisoned jellyfish, all in Misool area.

Although accessing the islands is not that difficult, it takes some time. It takes six hours flight from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia to Sorong. Then, taking a boat to reach the islands is necessary.

Diving:
As mentioned above, Raja Ampat is a diver’s mecca! Travelers from around the world spend time entering this area of Indonesia to explore what nature has to offer. Millions of fishes and reefs are under the blue waters, many species that you cannot find anywhere else.

Non diving:
If you are not diving, you can still have fun! Walk the island, visit the villages, admire the nature, or snorkel and see the natural wonders!

 

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How to Get to Raja Ampat Islands – Indonesia

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How to get to Raja Ampat
1: Getting to Sorong
Flight info presented here is aimed at international travellers seeking the quickest route to Raja Ampat from outside Indonesia and so ignores flights to Sorong from airports not serviced by international flights (Ambon, Jayapura etc). Info is current as of February 2014, but the Indonesian air travel market is volatile and things change quickly – be sure to confirm by checking via the provided links.

Domine Eduard Osok Airport – SOQ

Sorong’s airport is Domine Eduard Osok (IATA code: SOQ) not Jefman Airport as some sources report. Jefman is an older airport (originally built by the Japanese during World War II) on an island off Sorong. There is also the Marinda Airport at Waisai, with twice weekly flights between it and Sorong. See below for information about Sorong-Waisai flights.

– There are no international flights into Sorong
– There are no direct flights from Bali to Sorong
– The only international airports in Indonesia that offer direct flights to Sorong are Jakarta, Makassar and Manado

Attention KITAS holders: bring your passport! October 2014 – Although it’s quite legal for those holding them to travel within Indonesia with just a KITAS, we have reports of an immigration official at Sorong airport demanding to see passports and imposing an IDR 2 million (~USD 200.00) “fine” for any foreigners travelling without one. Be prepared!

– From outside Indonesia:
Via Jakarta:
– Lots of airlines fly from Southeast Asian hubs to Jakarta (Skyscanner is a good flight search site)

Via Makassar:
– Silk Air offers 3 flights a week from Singapore to Makassar (flights codeshared with Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia)
Air Asia offers direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Makassar

Via Manado:
– Silk Air flies Singapore to Manado 4 times a week (flights codeshared with Singapore Airlines)

From inside Indonesia:
– Skyscanner to check availability of flights from your departure point
If you’re having trouble booking internal flights, Mau ke Mana are reliable agents and can arrange ticket purchases for you
If you want to experience sea travel in the archipelago, here’s Indonesia’s Pelni ship schedules.

1. Flights Schedule Link:
– Express Air :
https://booking.xpressair.co.id/EAStart.aspx?New=1&Language=en&CurrencyOverride=IDR

– Garuda Indonesia:
https://www.garuda-indonesia.com/id/en/index.page

– Sriwijaya Air:
https://www.sriwijayaair.co.id/welcome.php

– Lion/Wings Air:
https://secure2.lionair.co.id/lionAirSked/default.aspx

2. Sorong airport to harbour transfers

The taxi ride from Sorong airport to the ferry harbour takes around 10-20 minutes, depending on traffic, and costs around 100,000 Rupiah (~ USD10.00)

If you don’t have a lot of luggage you can get a lift on the back of a motorbike (ojek) for about 20,000 Rupiah (~USD2.00)

If you’re trying to keep costs as low as possible you can get there for 6000 Rupiah if you’re happy to walk a few hundred metres to the main road and catch the yellow public bimos (minibuses) to the city terminal, then transfer to the bimos heading for the harbour. Each leg of the trip is 3000 Rupiah – no news yet on how long that takes…
3: How to get from Sorong to the Raja Ampat islands

There are three choices for making your own way from Sorong to the Raja Ampat islands:

3. Public Ferries

There are two ferry types (express and ‘slow boat’) that make the crossing between Sorong and Waisai. Waisai is on the island of Waigeo and is the capital of the Raja Ampat regency. Almost all of the accommodation options on this website provide pickup from Waisai.

Both the express ferries and the slow boat run every day except Islamic Indonesian public holidays (they run on non-Islamic holidays like Christmas and Easter) and both types have departures from both Sorong and Waisai scheduled at around 2.00pm. Departures can often be delayed, so it’s worth asking someone to call the harbour if you’re running late.

The express ferry takes around two hours to make the crossing. The slow boat takes about four hours. Naturally, most travellers prefer the express boats!

At last report, slow boat tickets cost IDR 140,000 (~USD 14.00) and can be purchased either on the pier before boarding or on the boat itself. A limited number of private cabins are available if you want one. For the best deal ask one of the crew about these.

Express ferry tickets currently range from IDR 130,000 to IDR 220,000 depending upon the class of seat you want. A VIP seat will give you an adjustable-back chair in an airconditioned room equipped with a state-of-the-art loud karaoke system that usually sees a lot of use.

At Sorong harbour, the white and orange Bahari Express ferries can be found by going to the very end of the L-shaped pier. The express ferry is tied up alongside the ship at the end of dock and you have to cross that ship’s deck to board the ferry. The slow boat (normally the Fajar Mulia) is usually to be found on the right hand side of the jetty, at the corner of the “L”.

Express ferry schedule
The table below shows the express ferry schedule and was correct at March 4 2015. Schedules can change without notice. The tourism office in the JE Meridien Hotel and your accommodation provider will be able to provide up to date accurate ferry information. Ferry departures can often be delayed. We’ve experienced a delay of over 90 minutes on one occasion, with departure being delayed to wait for late VIPs to show up. You’re taking a risk by scheduling a 2.00pm Waisai departure to connect with a late afternoon flight out of Sorong!

4. Speedboats
If you’re in a real hurry, you can charter speedboats to take you directly to your accommodation. The speedboat harbour is about 200m west of the ferry wharf. Speedboats are far more expensive (hundreds of dollars) and a lot less comfortable than the public ferries. It would probably be better to plan your arrival on one of the early flights and get the plane across to Waisai as below…

5. Sorong to Waisai flights
A 16 seat Twin Otter operated by Susi Air flies from Sorong to Waisai’s Marinda Airport and return. The route isn’t commercially viable yet and Susi Air only operates it thanks to a subsidy from the Raja Ampat government. As such, schedules can be changed without notice, so be sure to contact the airline to confirm the current schedule when planning your trip.

– Departs Sorong Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 0830, arriving Waisai 0900
– Returns from Waisai Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 0910, arriving Sorong 0940
Cost (one way – August 2014): Adult or child > IDR 405,000 Infant > IDR 150,000

Note:
Susi Air’s website doesn’t yet show the Sorong-Waisai route (they inherited the service from the now defunct Merpati airline), so it’s not possible to book online. Current information is that bookings are only able to be made at the Sorong and Manokwari offices.

– How to get from Waisai to the islands
The simplest way to get to your accommodation from Waisai is to arrange a pickup when you book the accommodation. Most of the homestays listed here publish Waisai transfer prices.

If you’d prefer to organise your own transport, your options are via Transwisata in Waisai, by chartering a local boat, or by seeing if you can find space in a boat going to a place near the one you want. Transwisata and most other small boats leave from the boat harbour at the end of Jalan Abdul Samad Mayor on the east side of Waisai. (On map below.)

The cost of transfer from Wasai to the islands is a sore point with many travellers. It’s not cheap and bargaining rarely yields a substantial discount on the asking prices. If you discover a good deal, please let us all know by commenting below!

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The Islands of Raja Ampat – Papua – Indonesia

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Raja Ampat archipelago is located in the heart of the world’s Coral Triangle and is the center of the richest tropical marine biodiversity in the world today. Raja Ampat regency is part of the West Irian Jaya province consisting of four major islands namely Pulau Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool and more than 600 small islands. Central government was situated in Waisai, District of South Waigeo. The islands are located in the westernmost of main island of Papua, Indonesia stretching over an area of approximately 4.6 million hectares. A team of experts from Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy discovered the existence of more than 540 coral species (75% of total species in the world), more than 1,000 species of reef fish, 700 species of mollusks and the highest record of gonodactyloid stomatopod crustaceans that is 75% of the world’s coral species in Raja Ampat. Nowhere in the world has a number of coral species as much as this.

The Major Islands:

South Waigeo around the Dampier Strait (Saonek-Gam-Mansuar)
Waigeo is the largest island in Raja Ampat. The central part is covered by forest across the lower foot hills and mountains below 1,000 m. The island is consis to flime stone, magma and volcanic. There are three endemic species living in Raja Ampat, they are: Maleo Waigeo (Aepypodius Bruijnii), Cendrawasih Merah (Paradisea Rubra) and cendrawasih Botak (Cicinnurus Respublica). Capital region of Raja Ampat is Waisai, as a center of various tourism supporting infrastructure such asaccommodation, meals, transportation, banks and others. Tourism is growing rapidly, especially for diving tourism In the southern part of Waigeo at around Dampier Strait, including on the island of Gamand Mansuar. However, this regional so presents a variety of tourist attractions for non-diving activities. The various locations are as follows:

Saonek Island
Small islands with clean and beautiful white sand, has a neatly arranged little village. The tourists will find the home industry of salted fish, snorkeling and enjoying the sunrise and sunset. Saonek Island can be reached in 10 minutes from Waiwo or Waisai by boat consist of two 40 HP engine. Facilities of hotels and resorts can be found on the island of Waigeo, butif you want to stay in Saonek, there are several homestay owned by the local community.

Mioskon Island
This small island has beautiful scenery and often fulfilled by big bats that flying at dusk. There is no settlement on this island, it can be reached in 30 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Friwen Island
Small island with its beautiful white sand and a place to see the endemic birds of red paradise (cendrawasih Merah). Friwen can be reached in 15 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Yenbeser
Located on the island of Gam, can be reached in 15 minutes from Waisai by boat consist of two 40 HP engine. The tourists can see beautiful scenery, mangrove and do snorkeling.

Teluk Kabui (Kabui Bay)
It is aquite wide bay located between the island and of Gam and Waigeo, filled with coral islands of varioussizes. In the shallow parts, clear sea will be seen when sunlight shine on it. Kayaking is suitable to be closer enjoying the natural atmosphere. Nearby Kabui, there is acave in the cliff and when low tide it will expose several human skulls scattered there. In the western part of the bay, a narrow canal like ariver flow splitting between the islands of Gamand Waigeo presents its own uniqueness. Kabui bay can be reached within 30 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Arborek Island
Besides the beautiful white sand beach, there is atourist village, Arborek, which is famous with its handcraft that produce hatsor the noken bag. There are several homestay shere that allow tourists to stay. Arborek can be reached within 45 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of 40 HP engine.

Sawinggrai
Sawinggrai Tourism Village is located on the island of Gam with the main attraction is to feed the fish by hand from the village jetty and bird watching of cendrawasih merah in Bukit Manjai. Bird watching is carried outin the morning between of 7 a.m. to 9a.m. or in the afternoon from 4p.m. to 5p.m. Tourists can stay in the village because there are homestay facilities. It can be reached within 30 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of 40 HP engine.

Yenwaubnor
Other tourist village on the island of Gam with the beautiful white sand beach. There is also bird watching of cenderawasih merah. The village can be reached within 30 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of 40 HP engine.

Sauwandarek
A Tourist village in Mansuar island with its white sand Beach and beautiful clear blue sea. How people making woven hats and bags can be seen in this village, visitors can also feeding fish in the sea from the jetty or visit the small salty water lake named Yenauwyau. It can be reached in 30 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine. Embossed Sand, Kri Island (Pasir Timbul Pulau Kri) The spread out of beautiful white sand can be found near the island of Kri as if emerging from the clear blue sea at low tide. Besides its beautiful scenery, also can be seen groups of sea birds playing on the sand. This place is also an excellent snorkeling location with various kinds of fish that can be found. It can be reached in 15 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine. There are near by accommodation facilities such as diving-resorts.

Pianemo
Pianemo, also known as Panemu is a place name in Fam archipelago, acluster of small coral islands surrounded by clear water and its hills covered by green vegetation. Travelers can do trekking at one of the hills and enjoying a very spectacular scenery. Swimming in clear water of Pianemo also provide its own sensation. It can be reached in 1 hour from Waisai by boat consist of two 40 HP engine.

West Waigeo (Waigeo Barat)
Western area of Waigeo island vast spread of beautiful coral islands in Wayag through the clear seain the Aljui Bay. Landscape above sea level served by this area is the same interesting as the beauty of undersea. A private company has been operating since the mid-1990’s, cultivation of large sea pearl Pinctada Maxima, because of the sea water quality is so good. Here are the locations of the travel pattern:

Hidden Bay and PEF
A beautiful small bay in Gam island, hidden cause covered by luxuriant vegetation. Its clear sea with coral reef under neath, suitable for snorkeling also kayaking. Tourist can continue the trip from Hidden Bay to PEF Island, a beautiful white sand island, its clear blue sea and the land still covered by green plants.

Visitors can climb the hill to enjoy ing a beautiful scenery of the island. Besides that, there is an ancient painting of palms on acliff wall in this island. PEF also a favorite routes for kayaking. It can be reached in 45 minutes from Waisai by boat consist of two 40 HP engine and needs 15 minutes to reach PEF from this island that has a diving resort.

Yeben Island
The island lies between Pef islands and a group of Fam islands, famous with its beautiful land scape and clear sea water. Snorkeling is ideal in this island. It can be reached in 45 minutes from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Wayag
A cluster of coral lime stone islands wide spread over the clear seawater. Wayag is an icon of Raja Ampat. The scenery is verys pectacular, especially ona good weather when the sunshines the sea. The tourists will get amazing landscape after Climbing the hill for 20-30 minutes. Wayag is located quite far away so it takes 3 hours from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Mayalibit Bay (Teluk Mayalibit)
Mayalibit Bay is quite unique, it is a fairly large bay and almost split the Waigeo Island into two parts. Many attraction scan be seen. Tribal life and unique in digenous cultures, a traditional fishing methods, a cave place to store human skull, mountain, and frame air craft that could be used as a dive site.

Other tourist attraction found in Mayalibit bay are woven hand crafts (snat/mats, hats and the noken/bag) ands culpture hand craft (sculptures of humans and animals). Also famous with Yako dance, a kind of war dance performed by men with machetes (cracked) and a small shield/deterrent (milled) as dance accessories, it can be reached in 3 hours from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Batanta Island and surroundings
Batanta is the smallest island of the four major islands in Raja Ampat. Its Middle area is mountainous to 1,000 meter swhile the northern coast full of small bays. This island is a home oftwo species endemic bird of Raja Ampat, they are Cendrawasih Merah (Paradisea Rubra) and Cendrawasi Botak (Cicinnurus Respublica). Some interesting places on this island are:

Dayan Island
Small island with a beautiful scenery and its good sea water for snorkeling also a place to see walnuts crabs. it can be reached within 1 hours from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Wailebet
Located in the southern island of Batanta, here is the place to do bird swatching of Cendrawasih Botak (Cicinnurus Respublica). It takes 1 hour from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

Arefi
Arefi island lies in the northern of Batanta, has a history site of Fort Yenbekaki, located not far from the village of Arefi as a long large stone look like for tress, abeautiful water falls also found, reached by walking on food through the jungle for about 30 minutes. It takes 1 hour from Waisai by boat consists of two 40 HP engine.

 

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Raja Ampat Islands Top Dive Sites

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Cape Kri
One of the favorite dives, Cape Kri is Sordio Bay’s house reef and less than 3 minute by boat from Kri Eco Resort. This is the dive site that put Raja Ampat on the map when Dr Gerry Allen smashed his record for total number of fish species on a single tank dive: 374 different species!

The world-record holding Cape Kri, with a record count of 374 different species in one dive counted by Dr. G. Allen, is just a 1 minute boat ride from our jetty. At the Northeast point of Kri island the currents sweep into a channel between Kri and the small island of Koh. At this point beneath waters churning in the current, huge schools of big-eye trevallies, barracudas and snappers can be seen hanging over the drop off. At the base of the reef at 38 meters an ancient snagged anchor rests next to a bommie with a dense school of banded sweetlips. A large shallow coral garden crowns the reef top with blacktip reef sharks patrolling amongst the overlapping maze of hard corals with feeding hawksbill turtles. Car-sized Queensland groupers down to the diminutive ever-present pygmy seahorse can be seen on this phenomenal and always-surprising dive site! Dawn and dusk are feeding time so divers can experience this site at its awe-inspiring best.

Sardines
Only 10 mins from Kri Island, this submerged reef with reef top at 5 metres, contains a very high biomass, one of the highest in Raja Ampat.

Sardine reef is quite simply one of the best reef dives in the world, where divers witness the phenomenal diversity of Raja Ampat at full force. Where the current strikes this offshore reef and splits, a dazzling array of fish congregate, audibly swarming fusiliers spin above, pursued by huge giant trevallies , packs of bluefin jacks and huge Spanish mackerel. Batfish gather in the hundreds, while multitudes of schooling bannerfish feed in the current. Grey reef sharks, blacktips and whitetips can also be seen along with the wobbegong waiting in ambush on the sea floor. Coral bommies dot the slope covered with many colourful species of dendronephya soft corals and up to three separate species of pygmy seahorse can be found amongst them. On the current-swept reef top a resident school of thirty massive bumphead parrotfish crunch on the coral, keeping the divers company on a safety stop, who hang from their reef-hooks like kites in the wind. Upon surfacing, many divers comment that this is the best dive they have ever done!! Photographers love this dive site and have to return to change from wide angle to macro!

Blue Magic
Only 15 mins from Kri Island, this small pinnacle has almost everything.

From Wobbegong sharks to tiny 2cm Hippocampus Denise pygmy seahorses. The reef top is covered in hard coral with some big coral heads and some tabling Acropora corals well over 3 metres across. There is a resident school of Big eye Trevallies and many large Barracuda. Green Turtles can be found here as well as Black Tips, White Tips and the occasional Grey Reef Sharks. If you are very lucky even a Giant Manta Ray. The magnificent dive ends with a blue water safety stop drifting over and away from the reef.

Manta Sandy
Only 25 mins from Kri Island, this sandy slope is famous for it’s Manta Rays. It is a cleaning station where they come in to get cleaned.

If the many reefs are not enough this area also boasts some of the best manta diving in the world! Nowhere else can offer reefs of such diversity along with a year round possibility of manta diving. There are two main manta sites just half an hour away. One, Manta Sandy, is a cleaning station where up to 10 mantas can be seen vying for a position above the two rocks where wrasses clean these giants. We get enormous 4 meter wide black mantas, looking like a negative photographic image, their gills are highlighted in white, along with the other more common white-bellied variety. Another site nearby, Manta Slope, mantas circle above in the sun while divers hook onto the reef while the current arcs overhead and down the steep slope below. Divers can be caught unaware while giant demonic-looking black mantas cruise by behind them. This trip is out of our 10km range, but is offered once a week without any fuel surcharges!

The Passage
As seen in many articles, including recently by David Doubilet in the Sept 2007 National Geographic, the passage is completely unique dive site. The narrow canyon 40 minutes away between Gam and Waigeo can be described as river flowing between the two Islands, but also a marine environment, a haven of peculiar and unique microhabitats.

This is a place where experienced divers and photographers enjoy the utterly different experience of diving in this truly one-of-kind location. Above water the sheer limestone cliffs make this a place where the sightseeing above water is also excessively beautiful. Guests combine this trip visiting the labyrinthine Hidden Bay, a maze of towering islets, and Kabui Bay where literally hundreds of mushroom islands create staggering scenery. This trip is out of our 10km range, but is offered once a week without any fuel surcharges!

Melissa’s Garden
This is a tasselled wobbegong shark (Eucrossorhinus dasypogon). Sadly, due to apparent over-fishing for the shark fin trade, there are just not very many sharks to be seen in Indonesia these days. On this trip, less than a handful were spotted by our group, but we were all thrilled to have the opportunity to see two of these bottom-dwelling wobbegong sharks, on two separate sites.

Blue-Water Mangroves
An oceanographic anomaly, the mangrove systems around Misool are noteworthy for the clarity of the surrounding water — most mangroves thrive in murky, silt-ridden conditions. Inside the sunlit maze of roots, juvenile fish species find safe nurseries alongside more-exciting creatures such as saltwater crocodiles. This shallow-water adventure is one to savor, as the sight of an achingly colorful soft coral growing amid a thicket of mangrove roots is rare in any ocean. It’s a particular draw for visiting photographers, who come from all over the world to capture images of this unique environment.

Misool Island
This is one of the larger islands in the archipelago. The stunning reefs around Misool offer a breathtaking kaleidoscope of colour which offers a nice contrast to all the big stuff on other dive sites. Sloping walls are carpeted with soft corals of every colour imaginable housing all manner of critters from ghost pipefish to harlequin shrimp to pygmy seahorses.

Cross Wreck
Named after a cross marking the landing spot of the first Christian missionaries to Irian Jaya this wreck is upright on the sandy bed at 18 meters. The Japanese patrol boat is the most accessible of all Raja Ampat wrecks, depth charges and the ships lamps can still be seen. Penetration is possible to the communications room, engine room and front hold where features such as the switchboard and ammunition can be seen. Coral cover is good and plenty of reef inhabitants now call the wreck thier home, these include lionfish, huge napoleon wrasse, humphead parrotfish and all manner of critters that come our especially at night.

Critters Corner
At the end of the Cross Wreck is this delightful little area back towards the beach. In amongst the sand and rubble are a vast array of critters including frogfish, leaffish, devil scorpionfish, seahorses and mantis shrimp.

Shinwa Maru
This WWII cargo ship wreck is one of the more impressive, she lies on her port side from 16 to 34 meters. Two huge bomb damage holes on the starboard side are visible and all manner of debris including mine sweeping equipment, technical equipment, car batteries, cables ammunition and sake bottles is strewn around. Two diving helmets make a great photo opportunity. This wreck is not as densely covered in corals as the Cross Wreck, but is home to many schooling jacks and plenty of pipefish. The wooden floors of the bridge have collapsed and most of its contents are still there.

Aircraft Wrecks
There is a wrecked P40 that was shot down and now lies at 27 meters, the plane which is still largely intact was discovered in 1999.

Wai Island
This spot is famed for its visiting manta rays and a couple of WWII aircraft wrecks. However it is also popular for night diving in the secluded bay. All manner of creatures emerge to feed including octopus, stonefish, epaulette sharks, wobbegongs, squid, pipefish and many rare nudibranchs.

Mike’s Point
This rocky outcrop just off Cape Kri was bombed duing WWII. From the air it was mistaken for a Japanese ship due to its size and the wake left by speeding currents. Walls surrounding the islet drop to over 40 meters and attract huge schools of sweetlips, snappers and fusiliers. A dazling array of giant sea fans on a shelf at 27 meters can be explored for pygmy seahorses and the walls and coral crevaces home all manner of reef life. Mike’s point is named after pioneer Max Ammer’s son.

 

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