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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 Tour Packages :

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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



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.

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.

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
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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.


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.

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 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