The buttons below link to details of our trip around Raja Ampat. The gallery link takes you to photos of life above and below water and 'About' includes details of how to get there as well as a reading list.

Introduction cruising diving gallery about

and here is a link to Vicky's blog

More information on the Dewi Nusantara

 

 

Sorong harbour

All trips to Raja Ampat start from the town of Sorong in NW Papua, Indonesia. To get there you have to first arrive in Indonesia, usually through Jakarta or Bali, and then take internal flights either via Manado or Macassar (Ujung Padang). The internal flights are about 5 hrs in total. Some people choose to overnight in Sarong before their trip to reduce the risk of missing luggage. Check details of visa charges for Indonesia and also departure tax for the internal transfer.

map of Raja Ampat

Sorong airport is very basic and your tour operator will pick you up at the airport. It is a short ride to the dock from where you board your liveaboard. Most of the diving that we did was either 'North', that is to the south and west of Waigeo or 'South' which is around the many islands to the SE of Misool. From Sorong to the Dampier Strait, south of Waigeo is not so far - we left in the afternoon once everyone was on board and were there that evening. Coming back from Misool at the end of the trip is a longer journey - we finish diving at lunchtime on the last day and get back to Sorong fairly late in the evening.

On Dewi Nusantara pretty much everything is laid on so you just need suncream and some money for drinks and any extras while on board (plus the tip of course).

You are a long way from civilisation so make sure to take good supplies of anything you need like medicines, first aid stuff etc. Again our boat had a very good first aid kit but it is worth checking. Likewise make sure you have all your diving safety equipment for the same reason - SMB and reel, spare torches, Dive Alert or good whistle - you don't want to be swept away in the current and not found!

You will also get the chance to visit villages, look-outs, and possibly get up before dawn to track birds of paradise. So take something to walk in, binoculars and other stuff that you might want while on land.

There is some good literature on the area. Starting with the two classic fish reference book sets:

Reef Fish Identification, Tropical Pacific; Gerald Allen, Roger Steene, Paul Humann, Ned Loach (New World) has long been the classic set of reference books to the region

Reef Fishes of the East Indies; Gerald Allen and Mark Erdmann (3 volumes) is also a fabulous reference and probably the most complete fish guide, currently

Diving Indonesia's Bird's Head Seascape, Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock is a well produced guide to the area and its dives. It also covers Cenderwasih and Triton Bay.

Underwater Paradise, A diving guide to Raja Ampat, Ricard Buxo covers many of the dives that we did in our 10 day trip. The author runs the liveaboard Ondina which operates in the area

Nudibranchs and Sea Snails Indo-Pacific Field Guide, Helmut Debelius for those folks who really like the small stuff

Raja Ampat through the lens of; is a beautiful photobook with contributions from many of the top underwater photographers who have worked in this area

Woobegong shark