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Recent studies have shown that the marine diversity in Indonesia's West Papua Province is considerably greater than all other areas sampled in the Coral Triangle (made up of Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea), which simply means it is the best of the best.

Among the best experiences you can have whilst scuba diving in Raja Ampat are encounters with indigenous wobbegongs, the incredible topside beauty of Waigeo, the mushroom islands and lagoons of Misool, and the sheer joy of simply drifting over some of the most pristine and colourful coral scenes on Earth. Show more


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Diving Cruise Options


However, there are some 6 to 9 night Raja Ampat National Park North safaris available, in and out of Sorong. These tours often focus on sites like Cape Kri, Mansuar, Gam, South Penemu, Sel Pele, Mioskon and Waigeo. The longer of these trips may travel as far as the central region dives sites of the Jef Fam Group and Manta Ridge.

Cruises of such length and the remoteness of the location means that the normal clientele on these tours are experienced scuba divers who have visited in many other countries before treating themselves to this pinnacle of liveaboard destinations.

Raja Ampat is also a frequently included in the routes of transit trips to other Indonesian diving hot spots such as Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay, the Banda Sea & Ambon, Halmahera, Lembeh Strait, The Forgotten Islands and Alor. See our dedicated Transit Trips section for more details.

Note that diving safaris in Raja Ampat are not restricted to boats represented within our Raja Ampat liveaboards section. Many boats in our Komodo liveaboards section run trips there too.

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Calico Jack
From US$ 317 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Maximum of only 10 guests
  • En-suite cabins
  • Multi-lingual crew of 8
  • Beautiful teak interiors
Dewi Nusantara
From US$ 499 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

57m / 188 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih,...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Dedicated air-conditioned restau...
  • Complimentary glass of wine with...
  • Large boat with masseuse, video/...
KLM Sea Safari 6
From US$ 367 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

29m / 96 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Lembeh
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Air conditioned restaurant
  • 4 decks, so there's always a qui...
KM Raja Manta
From US$ 250 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

36m / 119 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Includes Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, ...
  • Most cabins have ensuite bathroo...
  • Large, steel-hulled boat purpose...
MSV Amira
From US$ 390 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

52m / 172 ft
Max 17
Nitrox
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Komodo, Trit...
  • Cabins have private en-suite bat...
  • ENOS diver locator devices
  • Fully-closed re-breathers for re...
  • Large boat with dedicated restau...
MSY Seahorse
From US$ 333 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

26m / 86 ft
Max 36
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih,...
  • Can join 7 or 11 night Raja Ampa...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms, e...
  • Owned by former chef, air-condit...
  • Wet room with table for cameras,...
MSY WAOW
From US$ 474 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

58m / 191 ft
Max 25
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Ensuite cabins with own lounge a...
  • Dedicated camera room with compu...
  • Free use of Nautilus LifeLine
  • Free glass of wine or 1 beer wit...
  • Kayaks and paddle boards for gue...
Mermaid I
From US$ 345 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

28m / 92 ft
Max 15
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Cabins have en-suite bathrooms, ...
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Most cabins have seaview windows...
  • Spacious, steel-hulled liveaboar...
Mermaid II
From US$ 297 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Komodo cruises use port in Bali
  • Cabins with en-suite private bat...
  • 2 saloons on board
  • Steel hulled boat
Pearl of Papua
From US$ 293 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

28m / 92 ft
Max 15
Nitrox
  • Specialises in cruises around Ra...
  • Runs shorter trips than others -...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Ideal for those with limited tim...
Raja Ampat Aggressor
From US$ 325 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

30m / 99 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Sangalaki, K...
  • Cabins with ensuite bathrooms, T...
  • 1 free local beer or glass of wi...
  • Dedicated camera room, lost dive...
  • Thick steel double hulled boat
SY Indo Siren
From US$ 394 per day

Customer rating: Excellent!

40m / 132 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat
  • All cabins have private bathroom...
  • Free rental scuba equipment
  • Free local beers
  • Sea canoes, massage and laundry ...
  • Large luxurious boat
La Galigo
From US$ 250 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

33m / 109 ft
Max 14
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Wakat...
  • 14 guest maximum, with 13 crew m...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Grand Suite has TV, DVD, panoram...
  • Cameras: table, rinse tanks, cha...
MV Ambai
From US$ 351 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor...
  • All cabins with private ensuite ...
  • 12 and 15 litre tanks
  • Dedicated camera room, table, ri...
SMY Ondina
From US$ 326 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

32m / 106 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Cabins with en-suite bathrooms
  • Small dive groups and flexible i...
  • Specialist photography and explo...
The Seven Seas
From US$ 440 per day

Customer rating: Very good!

35m / 116 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • Sea kayaks
  • Good specials for dive groups
  • Large, luxury boat with many rel...
KLM Euphoria
From US$ 327 per day

Customer rating: Good

42m / 139 ft
Max 14
  • Cruises focus specifically on Ra...
  • Maximum of only 14 guests, with ...
  • All cabins have private bathroom...
  • Upper deck VIP cabins have priva...
  • Large, spacious boat
KLM Sea Safari 8
From US$ 386 per day

Customer rating: Good

34m / 112 ft
Max 24
Nitrox
  • Short trips focus only on the Ra...
  • All cabins have en-suite bathroo...
  • 2 air-conditioned saloons, spaci...
  • Cameras: table, rinse tanks, com...
Blue Manta
From US$ 343 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

45m / 149 ft
Max 18
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Cruises Raja Ampat, Komodo, Band...
  • All cabins with private bathroom...
  • 24 hour satellite Wi-Fi internet...
  • Complimentary laundry service
  • Designated dry camera room, came...
  • Large, steel-hulled boat
KLM Kira Kira
From US$ 199 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

22m / 73 ft
Max 8
  • Visits Komodo National Park, Raj...
  • Maximum of 8 guests only, small ...
  • Uses solar panels and a battery ...
  • Budget-friendly option, popular ...
  • Activities: trekking, kayaking, ...
  • Communal bathrooms
KLM Mari
From US$ 233 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

32m / 106 ft
Max 10
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Alor,...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only and 10...
  • All cabins have ensuite bathroom...
  • Spacious, traditional Phinisi sc...
MSY Damai I
From US$ 490 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

40m / 132 ft
Max 10
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat
  • Maximum of 10 guests only
  • Unlimited diving
  • Cabins have en-suite bathroom
  • Large boat with spa, camera room...
MSY Damai II
From US$ 523 per day

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40m / 132 ft
Max 10
Nitrox
Wi-Fi
  • Visits Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda...
  • Maximum of 10 guests only
  • Dive deck with individual rinse ...
  • Cabins have en-suite bathroom an...
  • Complimentary beer and wine
  • Large boat with camera room
MV Empress II
From US$ 150 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

28m / 92 ft
Max 9
Nitrox
  • Cruises in Raja Ampat and Komodo...
  • Maximum of 13 guests only
  • Cabin for single traveller
  • Recompression chamber and defibr...
  • Rebreather and tech diving compa...
  • Steel hulled exploration boat wi...
MV Panunee
From US$ 308 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

32m / 106 ft
Max 20
Nitrox
  • Visits Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda...
  • Suites with private en-suite bat...
  • Dive The World Gold Range produc...
  • Cameras: table, rinse tanks, air...
  • Steel hulled boat
MV Pindito
From US$ 416 per day

Customer rating: Be first to rate!

33m / 109 ft
Max 16
Nitrox
  • Cruises Komodo, Raja Ampat, Band...
  • Tauchen Magazine Best Liveaboard...
  • All cabins have en-suite private...
  • Camera room, charging points, la...
  • Individual diver locator devices...
  • Free spirits and beer



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The Climate, Diving Season and Best Time to Visit

The West Papua Province has some liveaboard boats operating all year but many Raja Ampat diving operators restrict their charters to October-April as there is less chance of rain and choppy seas then. Outside of these times, the Indonesian liveaboards often move onto Komodo and Banda, or over to the north coast of Papua into Cenderawasih Bay for the whale shark season.

Water temperatures in Raja Ampat are warm all year round, ranging from 30°C in November to April, to 27°C from May to October. October to April is peak manta ray season as they come in great numbers to feed on the plankton blooms.

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Ports of Departure and How to Get There

Raja Ampat liveaboard cruises normally depart from Sorong in West Papua. You can fly to Sorong direct from Bali, Jakarta, or via Ujung Pandang or Manado. Raja Ampat liveaboards that include Cenderawasih Bay may use the ports of Manokwari in West Papua, Nabire or Biak in Papua Province. From Jakarta you can fly to Manokwari via Ujung Pandang. You can fly direct to Biak from Ujung Pandang and Jayapura. You can fly to Nabire from Jakarta and Surabaya via Ambon. If your Raja Ampat cruise includes Triton Bay it may use the port of Kaimana in the south of West Papua, which you can fly to from Ujung Pandang (via Ambon), or from Sorong.

You can view which ports the various boats use on their trips in the 'Departures & Prices' section of each boat's webpage. We will send you full departure details during the booking process. Whichever ports your boat uses, normally the boat operator provides a transfer to the boat from the local airport or hotels (if you overnight beforehand).

We recommend you take out insurance to cover diving and travel activities, including trip cancellation. See our insurance programme for a competitive quotation:

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Places to Stay

If you plan on staying in Indonesia before or after your diving safari, you can find a large range of accommodation options at hotelscombined.com, our affiliated hotel reservation specialists. Browse their website, use their on-line chat to ask questions, then simply use your credit card to make your booking:

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All bookings carry a 'Low Price Guarantee' to ensure you get top-dollar value for money.

It's also possible to dive in Raja Ampat by staying at a resort, if you prefer: Raja Ampat resorts.

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Useful References for West Papua


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