Pearl of Papua - raja ampat Liveaboard

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Pearl of Papua liveaboard is a low to mid-range boat that aims to be your sanctuary at sea with its cosy cabins and en-suite bathrooms, on board massage, delicious and hearty meals, and overall hassle-free adventure. Crafted by the highly respected and renowned boat builders of Tanah Beru in South Sulawesi, this beautiful wooden phinisi schooner is fitted with the latest marine technology and equipments that are ensured to meet with international safety standards.

The air-conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms are sleek yet cosy, a sanctuary to welcome you home after a long excursion undersea. The spacious decking provides enough room for everyone to laze privately and a group to mingle comfortably. A chef and two stewards are also on board to attend your dining and cabin needs.

The team of twelve Indonesian crew members and dive staff are also highly knowledgeable and intimately familiar with Raja Ampat, guiding you to experience scarcely seen underwater treasures in addition to the best the region has to offer, while ensuring a pleasant and safe voyage.

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Pearl of Papua - prices

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Prices are per person per night and in USD based on 2 persons sharing a cabin.
Exact pricing is available on the schedule here as prices vary dependant on the time of year, destination and the length of the trip and sometimes special offers are available.

Cabin type 2017 2018
Suite cabin from US$ 360 from US$ 380
Deluxe cabin from US$ 350 from US$ 370
Standard cabin from US$ 330 from US$ 350

The suite cabin can accommodate 3 persons sharing with one double bed and one single bed on the cabin which would allow 15 persons on board (only for full boat charters).

There is also the port handling fee, National Park tag fee and fuel surcharge of $200 per person per trip for Raja Ampat ($250 per person per trip for the Cendrawasih bay trips and the domestic flights to get to Sorong and back from your Indonesian entry airport - $650 per person (see below).

The trip price includes

Accommodation, up to 4 dives a day, dive guide, full meals, drinking water, coffee and teas, airport transfers, shore visit and topside scenic tours.

The trip price does not include:

Fuel surcharge and Port and National Park Fee-$200, domestic flights to Sorong - $650 (optional, you can purchase these yourself), soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, Equipment rental (Eqt rental = Bcd $10. Reg $10. Wet suit $10. Mask, fin, Snorkel $5. Torch $5. Computer $15. Nitrox $5 per dive, Guests are encouraged / advised to bring their own MSF + Torch + Computer as the boat does not have a great deal of availability of these items, airline tickets and hotel stay en route to/prior/after boarding our liveaboard

  • Any other form of transportation to point of embarkation/disembarkation other than PEARL OF PAPUA.
  • Diving Equipment for Divers, Airport Tax, Any police permit or touristy tax charged per passenger by any local authority.
  • Alcoholic drinks, tips gratuities and any other onboard service not specified above like Equipment rental etc.
  • We strongly advise you to bring your own equipment to avoid extra charge rental and for utmost comfort. Also it is important since you will more familiar with your own gear.
  • Equipment rental per day (Bcd $10. Reg $10. Wet suit $10. Mask, fin, Snorkel $5. Torch $5. Computer $15. Guests are encouraged / advised to bring their own MSF + Torch + Computer as the boat does not have a great deal of availability of these items

Terms and conditions:

Booking deposit:
30% of booking is required within 7 days of booking - non refundable
70 % is due to 90 days prior to departure - non refundable.
Balance due 90 days before your trip departure date - non-refundable.
Individual booking made less than 90 days before the departured ate are payable in full at the time of booking.
Cancellation at any stage involves forfeit of monies already payed.

Group charter:

Booking deposit:
10% - within 7 days of booking - non-refundable
Second deposit:
20% 180 days prior to departure - non-refundable
Balance due
90 days before departure - non-refundable

Pearl of Papua does not accept any legal liability for loss or damage to any luggage or dive equipment while being transferred to or from the vessel nor whilst on board. Pearl of Papua will offer any assistance possible to help with any insurance claims for lost or damaged property.

Lastly, Pearl of Papua does not offer refunds in the event of personal injury, airplane delay, mechanical breakdowns, weather, sickness, strikes, war, criminal acts, quarantine, acts of god or if another guest requires immediate evacuation and the vessel must return to port or any other event beyond its actual control. If Pearl of Papua cancels the trip prior to departure for any reason a full refund will be given.

Guests are strongly advised to have valid dive medical, travel and cancellation insurances.

Pearl of Papua - schedule

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07Jun17
15Jun17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2640 USD
18Jun17
26Jun17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2640 USD
28Jun17
05Jul17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available 2 DD/2 ST/1Female ST spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
08Jul17
18Jul17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available 4pax ST/1M ST/1MDT spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3300 USD
30Jul17
06Aug17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
09Aug17
19Aug17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3300 USD
22Aug17
29Aug17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
01Sep17
09Sep17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2640 USD
21Jul17
28Jul17
Embark: Manokwari
Disembark: Manokwari
Cendrawasih
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
15Sep17
21Sep17
Embark:
Disembark:
Transfer trip
Booking Request
26Sep17
03Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Hold Charter - Waitlisted spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
07Oct17
15Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2640 USD
18Oct17
25Oct17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
28Oct17
04Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Closed spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3300 USD
07Nov17
17Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Available 2 at ST - 1 Female DT spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3300 USD
19Nov17
24Nov17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Charter Closed spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 1650 USD
02Dec17
09Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Charter Closed spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3300 USD
11Dec17
18Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Available All Cabin spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
20Dec17
27Dec17
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Closed Charter spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2310 USD
29Dec17
06Jan18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
Waitlisted Hold spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3150 USD
27Jan18
03Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2450 USD
05Feb18
12Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2450 USD
14Feb18
23Feb18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3150 USD
26Feb18
05Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2450 USD
04Mar18
12Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2800 USD
14Mar18
23Mar18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 3150 USD
27Mar18
04Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2800 USD
07Apr18
14Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2450 USD
16Apr18
23Apr18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2450 USD
25Apr18
03May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2800 USD
06May18
13May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2450 USD
15May18
22May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2450 USD
24May18
31May18
Embark: Sorong
Disembark: Sorong
Raja Ampat
15 spaces available
Booking Request
Price from 2800 USD

Pearl of Papua - cabins

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The maximum amount of passengers on board is 14 pax sleeping in 7 cabins (15 for a full charter). There are 2 deluxe cabins, one with a double bed and one with two single beds on the upper deck, 1 Suite Cabin on the lower deck with one single bed and a double bed and 4 standard cabins with single bunk beds on the lower deck. All cabins on the lower deck have portholes. Upper deck cabins have large windows.

All cabins have Individually controlled air conditioning,Toilet and hot water shower, Hand basin, mirror and towels, Round twin plug 220V mains outlet, Reading lights, Cabinet and shelves, Bedding, Fire warning system and Life jackets.

The suite cabin can accommodate 3 person sharing with one double bed and one single bed on the cabin which would allow 15 persons on a full charter booking.

  • Deluxe twin bed

  • Suite

  • Deluxe one double bed

  • Standard cabin

Pearl of Papua - itinerary

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Potential Schedule for 7 nights in North Raja Ampat*

Day One : Sorong

Arrive in Sorong Airport. Our crew will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. After 15 minutes driving you board the vessel and refresh with a welcome drink. Your official check in time is 1PM. Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departure. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel, make yourself comfortable. Lunch and dinner will be served while departing towards Raja Ampat National Park.

Day Two : Dampier Straits

Welcome to Dampier Straits areas. We will have check dive at Mioskon. Monitoring your buoyancy skill and make yourself comfortable with water and your gear. For some of you who has not dive for a long time, check dive is always a good way to refresh your skill.

We have many excellent dive spot around the area. Cape Kri is a great start of the day with most fish and coral species accounted on a single dive site. Truly dive sites like Cape Kri, of Dr. Allen’s 30-year lifetime record fish count. Cape Kri has probably the largest concentration of big fish of any sites in northern Raja Ampat. Mioskon, Cape Kri and Mike’s point are among the sites for day two.

Day Three : Wayag

We will be arriving in the morning in Wayag Island - one of “must see” itinerary for Raja Ampat cruise. We park the boat in the front of Mount Pindito where we make the famous “hike”. Bring your camera, your hat and your walking shoes. You will about to view the breath taking scenery over the island group here. After taking load of pictures from above we will have nice and easy picnic on the beach, having relax morning, swimming and snorkeling. Take our tender boat to marvel the spectacular hidden bay and little lagoon. We will make time to have couple of dives around northern part of Raja Ampat Aljui Bay or Gam.

Day Four : Sel Pele Bay

Sel Pele is a very large bay located on the western side of Waigeo Island, and is renowned as the best place in Raja Ampat for critter hunting. The bay has a large mouth with a small island in the centre. Sometimes between our dives we make tour and visit the pearl farms. Dinding Selatan; Kebung Kerang; and Pearl farm Pier (The Jetty) are among our selection for day and night dives in the area.

Day Five : Fam and Penemu Island

Spread over nearly 700 square kilometer of ocean just above the midway point on Raja Ampat’s north-south axis, Pam and Penemu vivid corals thrive while withstanding, indeed reveling in, some of Dampier’s strongest current. We will have fun drifting away with current at Melissa Garden, Barracuda and Angelina Passage.

Day Six Dampier Straits

We can’t get enough of Dampier Straits. It contain some of Raja Ampat’s most action packed dives. This times we dive Chicken Reef, Sardine, Blue Magic. The dive spot that offer an unforgettable diving experience where you could spot huge schools of fish parade by barracuda and pale or blue tail surgeonfish patrol the reef top, while below schools of trevally and fusiliers whiz past and encircle you. Manta is usually seen. Sheer numbers of fish here. Of course there are great schools of trevallies and tuna in numbers that practically block out the light. But you can also be enthralled by vast numbers of bumpheaded parrotfish as they charge around and devour the coral.

Day Seven : Arborek

On the way back to Sorong we will stop by at the famous Arborek, the dive spot selection in this area are abundant. Manta sandy and Manta Ridge will be among our dive spot selection where you can spot group of Mantas circling and swimming. For safety precautions we will have only two shallow dives in our last dives day.

Day Eight : Sorong

After breakfast, prepare for disembarkation. Your official check out time is 10 AM. Be ready to leave the boat and you will be transferred to Sorong Airport for you next destination. Your diving journey has ended and we shall look forward to welcoming you onboard again.

Potential Schedule for 10 nights in Raja Ampat*

Day One : Sorong

Arrive in Sorong Airport. Our crew will be waiting outside the arrival hall and ready to escort you to the ship for immediate boarding. After 15 minutes driving you board the vessel and refresh with a welcome drink. Your official check in time is 1PM. Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departure. Take this opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the vessel, make yourself comfortable. Lunch and dinner will be served while departing towards Raja Ampat National Park.

Day Two,Three, Four: Misool Island Group (B, L, D)

Welcome to a remote Island group, northeast of Misool, so pristine and untouched. This area offers a mesmerizing underwater scope which boasts walls and pinnacles where not an inch is left uncovered. This dive site has an unusual high concentration of huge, undisturbed, and giant clams. The Misool Island group sits at the entrance of the Seram Sea, two degrees from south of the equator. The islands, or islets, are uncountable. The larger ones, like Misool itself, have canyons and lagoons speckled with white sand beaches ideal for tender boat rides. One can spend hours exploring and enjoying the same bay. It really is a place of great beauty both above and below the water. It’s rightly being considered by the Indonesian government for national park status and by the United Nations as a world heritage site. In here, there are over 1100 species of fish and over 450 different species of corals making this area one of the most diverse marine habitats in the world. Famous Fiabacet and Farondi are also in the list.

Day Five : Dampier Straits

Welcome to Dampier Straits areas. We have many excellent dive spot around the area. Cape Kri is a great start of the day with most fish and coral species accounted on a single dive site. Truly dive sites like Cape Kri, of Dr. Allen’s 30-year lifetime record fish count. Cape Kri has probably the largest concentration of big fish of any sites in northern Raja Ampat. Mioskon, Cape Kri and Mike’s point are among the sites for day two.

Day Six : Wayag

We will be arriving in the morning in Wayag Island - one of “must see” itinerary for Raja Ampat cruise. We park the boat in the front of Mount Pindito where we make the famous “hike”. Bring your camera, your hat and your walking shoes. You will about to view the breath taking scenery over the island group here. After taking load of pictures from above we will have nice and easy picnic on the beach, having relax morning, swimming and snorkeling. Take our tender boat to marvel the spectacular hidden bay and little lagoon. We will make time to have couple of dives around northern part of Raja Ampat Aljui Bay or Gam.

Day Seven : Sel Pele Bay

Sel Pele is a very large bay located on the western side of Waigeo Island, and is renowned as the best place in Raja Ampat for critter hunting. The bay has a large mouth with a small island in the centre. Sometimes between our dives we make tour and visit the pearl farms. Dinding Selatan; Kebung Kerang; and Pearl farm Pier (The Jetty) are among our selection for day and night dives in the area.

Day Eight : Fam and Penemu Island

Spread over nearly 700 square kilometer of ocean just above the midway point on Raja Ampat’s north-south axis, Pam and Penemu vivid corals thrive while withstanding, indeed reveling in, some of Dampier’s strongest current. We will have fun drifting away with current at Melissa Garden, Barracuda and Angelina Passage.

Day Nine Dampier Straits

We can’t get enough of Dampier Straits. It contain some of Raja Ampat’s most action packed dives. This times we dive Chicken Reef, Sardine, Blue Magic. The dive spot that offer an unforgettable diving experience where you could spot huge schools of fish parade by barracuda and pale or blue tail surgeonfish patrol the reef top, while below schools of trevally and fusiliers whiz past and encircle you. Manta is usually seen. Sheer numbers of fish here. Of course there are great schools of trevallies and tuna in numbers that practically block out the light. But you can also be enthralled by vast numbers of bumpheaded parrotfish as they charge around and devour the coral.

Day Ten : Arborek

On the way back to Sorong we will stop by at the famous Arborek, the dive spot selection in this area are abundant. Manta sandy and Manta Ridge will be among our dive spot selection where you can spot group of Mantas circling and swimming. For safety precautions we will have only two shallow dives in our last dives day.

Day Eleven : Sorong

After breakfast, prepare for disembarkation. Your official check out time is 10 AM. Be ready to leave the boat and you will be transferred to Sorong Airport for you next destination. Your diving journey has ended and we shall look forward to welcoming you onboard again.

Sailing itineraries and daily program are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions, availability of safe anchorage, government regulations and other factors. Every effort will be made to carryout the program as planned. Program changes may take place during the cruise to take advantage of local cultural events, to adapt to sailing conditions, or in response to other factors.

Pearl of Papua - specs

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  • Built in : 2010
  • Length : 30 meters / 98 foot
  • Beam : 7.5meters / 24 foot
  • Cruise : 8 knots
  • Divers : 14-15

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Length :98’(30 m)
  • Width : 24’(7.5m)
  • Draft : 6,5’(2 m)
  • Fuel Capacity : 6000 liter
  • Fresh Water : 10000 liter(2 tanks, 5000 liter each)
  • Engine : 200 HP
  • Engine Type : Mitsubishi type MEBDC 9-1A
  • Max Speed : 9 Knot
  • Range speed : 7 - 9 Knot
  • Fuel Type : HSD
  • Generator : 2 x 40 KW,AE4D-32 PS120
  • Fresh Water Maker : 2000 liter per day
  • Electricity 220V and 110V – 24 hours per day
  • Waste Storage Tanks

DIVE EQUIPMENT :

  • Compressor : 2 compressor BAUER MARINER 200
  • Tanks : 35 unit
  • Dive equipment :10 full set brand new aqua lung and technisub dive equipment for rent. Please advise in advance to get your size prepared. Safety support features :
  • 2 life rafts (max. 15 pax. In one raf and 10 pax at another)
  • 3 x 40 HP motorized tender dinghies
  • VHF SSB radio
  • Koden KGP 91 global positioning system (GPS)
  • Furuno radar
  • Depth sounder
  • Furuno fish finder
  • Byru satellite telephone
  • Emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB)
  • Comprehensive medic first aid box
  • Oxygen on board
  • 40+ Life jackets on board
  • Fire extinguishers throughout the boat
  • Customer diving insurance is not provided
  • Boat holds Safety Management certification

Pearl of Papua - diving

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Raja Ampat diving

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world’s most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly “Frontier Diving”. Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable. The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast. The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat. The water temperature stays around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently due to the popularity of Raja Ampat a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far.

Komodo diving

Diving in Komodo is not a new idea but recently it’s being recognised as a premier destination due to the awesome variety of diving to be had. Crystal clear water and dive sites where you never see another diver provide a little something for everyone whether it’s macro or massive you love. One day you can be crawling along the bottom looking at pygmy seahorses, frogfish and unusual nudibranch and the next you are in the big blue on an open water pinnacle as the mantas fly by, the sharks circle and the dolphins hunt and the next day diving a live volcano!! For sheer variety there is no better place on earth.

Komodo is one of the few places left in the world where sharks are not rare and down south is one of the places where manta rays have their legendary aggregations, meaning they are here in the area in their hundreds!!!

One of the highlights of these trips is the rare opportunity to walk with the lengendary Komodo dragons. These truly awesome beasts can reach 3 metres plus and can reportedly run at 20km an hour chasing their prey. It’s the icing on the cake, Stunning diving and one of the world’s last surviving dinosaur descendants all one amazing package.

Covering the best of both worlds, from up close and personal with aggragating mantas to shy pygmy seahorses and rare nudibranches Komodo diving has it all. The beauty of Komodo liveaboard diving is in the balance between the large and small animals. One day you will be in the blue swimming with mantas and sharks and the next swimming along a bubbling volcanic reef covered with venting submerged fumeroles blowing bubbles into the water and hiding one of the worlds best kept secret macro dive sites.

These are some of the top sites that most liveaboards visit.

Angel reef, Moyo, Sumbawa diving

We start our Komodo liveaboard with the first dive of the trip and the check out dive. This dive site doesn’t disappoint. A beautiful wall stretching down to 50 metres covered in hard and soft corals very reminiscent of Bunaken in North Sulawesi. Schools of bannerfish and trevally patrol the walls with the occasional reef sharks making an appearance. Ribbon eels hide in crevices and many different nudibranchs crawl over the vast elephant ear sponges that hang from the beautiful soft coral infested wall.

Satonda island bay

A protected bay on Satonda island north of Sumbawa hosts a treasure trove of macro critters, the more we dive here the more we find. The rare Denise pygmy seahorse lives in fans here, frogfish hang out in big barrel sponges and ghost pipefish hide amongst the featherstars that cover the reef slope. In the sandy bottom you can find jawfish with their mouths full of eggs, myriads of anemonefish, mushroom coral pipefish and spearer mantis shrimps.

Sangeang island diving

Sangieng island is a perfectly round volcanic island jutting up from the sea bed. Still active and last blowing in 1996 this well kept secret is one of the world’s finest macro dive areas. With diving available all around the island there is not one specific spot but always new ones to be discovered. Bubbles of volcanic gas seep through the sand creating a surreal atmosphere and a warm black sand bottom hosting rare and unusual nudibranch. Pygmy seahorses, frogfish, Pegasus sea moths and carnivorous shells and all common here, this is my personal favourite dive site as every time we dive here there is a surprise in store of something new that is often not in the books - this site is why you go Komodo liveaboard diving.

Gps point - Gili Banta diving

Gps point is an open sea mount prone to strong currents at certain times of the day. This provides prolific hard and soft coral growth that is home to hundreds of different types of reef fish. Loved by sharks, white tip sharks cruise around the whole dive in amongst the hunting giant trevallies and schooling jacks and surgeon fish, an exciting dive.

Takat Toko, Gili Lawalaut diving

This is one of my favourite sites on the Komodo liveaboard itinerary and is very similar to Gps point this site takes it to the next level. Grey reef shark, white tip sharks, occassional dolphins and a literal fish soup created by jacks, surgeonfish, giant trevallies and bannerfish surround this large sea mount as you hang on to the reef edge and watch the action. Again this site is prone to strong currents but we time our dives to hit around slack tide and a little current brings in the big fish. Great pelagic action, my favourite blue water dive.

Lighthouse reef, Gili Lawalaut diving

An adrenalin pounding drift dive along the wall and around the corner under the lighthouse. Sharks, mantas, dolphins are all frequent visitors on the dive with some of the best coral reef top in the area around the corner out of the current at the end of the dive you can hunt for porcelain crabs, cuttlefish and unusual seahorses whilst waiting for the adrenalin to funnel out of your system and your heart rate to return to normal-this is what Komodo liveaboard diving is all about!.

Crystal rock, Gili Lawalaut diving

A stunning soft coral and sea fan covered pinnacle with crystal water clarity this is a great site for those magazine cover wide angle shots. With at least 5 different types of angelfish, 4 types of trigger and butterflyfish everywhere it is a excellent reef fish dive with frequent visits from eagle and manta rays and the resident sleepy hawksbill turtle.

Pink beach, Komodo diving

Colder water and lower vis here due to the huge amounts of organic matter in the water due to the southern currents but this is more than made up for by the astounding life available to see here due to this phenomenon. Normally done as a night dive it also makes a good day dive with everything from white tip sharks to pygmy seahorses; zebra crabs, Coleman shrimp, many coloured frogfish, xeno crabs, Spanish dancers, and unusual nudibranchs are hidden amongst the dense coral growth.

Cannibal rock, Rinca island diving

Colder water than the north but touted by many as one of the worlds best 10 sites, yes I know there seems to be way more than 10 “top 10 sites” but this one really is one if you like macro. Everything is here even the rarest of the rare, the Rhinopias scorpionfish. It’s nudi heaven with only the special and the rare getting to appear here, more species than I care to mention along with large and different frogfish mixed in with schools of fish and the resident dopy turtle we do 2 dives here and it’s still not enough!! You will love it, I personally adore this dive site.

Torpedo alley, Rinca island diving

Just next to cannibal rock and where the boat moors is a beach that has wild pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons in the daytime and hosts a myriad of critters in the waters in front if it at night. Named for the large amount of torpedo rays found here, a member of the electric ray family- no touching! They cover the sandy bottom along with loads of nudis obvious on the black sand bottom along with bizarre crabs and octopus.

Manta alley, Komodo diving

In the cooler waters in the south of Komodo there is a bay in which there are a series of pinnacles that seem to be a magnet for aggregating mantas. They are here in their tens, often we come up having seen over 20 different individuals. Often a little shy, their evasive spins and pirouettes makes the watching of them that much more enjoyable.

Takat Makassar, Komodo diving

This is our other manta site. A little bit more of a risk to see them as it is a huge area and we drift along the bottom in about 10 metres but along the way we always run into loads of turtles, napoleon and humphead wrasse, white tip sharks and very very occasionally you will be incredibly lucky and run into the resident dugong that inhabits this area along with scores of mantas as they migrate north.

3 sisters, Padar island diving

A series of underwater pinnacles reaching nearly to the the surface off the coast of Padar island next to Komodo this site constantly springs surprises on you from silvertip sharks and mobular ray schools to marbled rays and rare nudibranchs.

How to get to Raja Ampat

Sorong is the harbour town in West Papua and the normal departure point to dive Raja Ampat. If you are unsure of how to get to Sorong to start your trip it will depend on where your international flight into Indonesia is landing. We recommend Jakarta or Bali to make your entry point into Indonesia amnd each has it’s pros and cons.

From Jakarta to Sorong most flights route through Makassar (UPG) in South Sulawesi and are over night flights arriving in the morning perfect for a pick up by your liveaboard crew at the airport. The downside of this is that you may be awake most of the night before your board the liveaboard but most boats cruise only on the first day so you can catch up on your sleep during the day.

Flights from Bali are not quite so simple and cannot be done in one day, you will need to fly from Bali to UPG the day before your liveaboard and over night in Makassar and the continue on with the UPG to Sorong flight the following morning, the day of your liveaboard departure, and this ends up being perfect tining to be picked up on your arrival in Sorong at the airport to then be taken to the boat. This takes longer but you will arrive more refreshed than the Jakarta rooute and of course you could always factor in a stay in Bali before or after your trip.

In the past it has not been possible for someone outside of Indonesia to purchase domestic flights in Indonesia so these can be purchased for you by us, if you would like, and added to your invoice. It will be about $650 return dependant on exchange rates, availability and where your entry airport is in Indonesia. The cost of the domestic flights are not included in the trip price.

Recently Garuda, our recommended airline, has made it possible to purchase their tickets online and we recommend you take this approach as it is often cheaper than the set price we have to charge. Other airlines are cheaper but are not so trustworthy or have such good luggage allowances. Again, we highly recommend trip as well as diving insurance just in case something were to go wrong with your flights.

Premier liveaboard diving and its local flight agent can purchase the tickets on your behalf, however, in doing so, Premier liveaboard diving is only acting as an agent for the airline and is not responsible for, and can accept no responsibility for, cancellations, delays, schedule changes, or problems caused by the air carrier. We highly recommend trip interruption and cancellation insurance.