Raja Ampat Liveaboards Dive Cruise

Trip Highlights

  • Waigeo Island
  • Missol Island
  • Salawati Island
  • Batanta Island

Descriptions

The Misool route will show you an abundance of the undersea world. Its beauty will carry you away! Thousands of isle, which have been pushed up throughout the thousands of years and build a wonderful scene. Everywhere you come across caves, or caverns, you´ll find rocks as big as cathedrals, over hangs that all together improve the dramatic sight of this breathtaking landscapes.

Misool is a region with thousands of isle, which have been pushed up throughout the thousands of years and build a wonderful scene. You come across caves, or caverns everywhere. You´ll find rocks as big as cathedrals, over hangs that improve the dramatic sight of this breathtaking region.Raja Ampat is a 43.000 km2 island and has more than 610 islands, located at the west-side of Papua, Irian Jaya and its famous for diving. Here you can find more than 540 type of reefs, 1000 type of reef’s fish, and 750 types of mollusk. It means, Raja Ampat offer 75% of world’s reef. Healthy with unusual reef structure dive spot with the most diverse marine is the best way to express the beauty of Raja Ampat.

Here you’ll witness other unique species such us pigmy seahorse, webbegong, manta ray and endemic fish called eviota raja (king eviota). One of the best spot is Chicken Reef; you’ll surrounded by thousand of fish, bamboo shark and snappers. There just too many species to be named in Raja Ampat, just come and experience all the glories of Raja Ampat.

One of the most breathtaking diving experiences is the encounter with school of barracuda (an expert assistance will be needed in certain diving spot), reef shark, and tortoise shell. In certain dive spot like Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo you could find Dugong or mermaid.

Raja Ampat offers you another cutting edge experiences except the under water habitat, the above water view, beautiful sunset

The four main island offer you a world class diving spot and reefs:
□ Waigeo Island
□ Misool Island
□ Salawati Island
□ Batanta Island

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Pick up at the airport of Sorong from our German and English speaking crew member. Short private transfer to the peer and embarking. As soon as all guests are on board and are holding their welcome drink the Pindito is ready to leave the harbour. You will be introduced to the crew members and you will be shown around in order to start feeling at home on the Pindito.

Dinner will be served about 06.00 pm, so you may gather together with our other guests and start your tour!

Day 2 : Misool, after our little breakfast we shall have the first at about 08.00 am. The spot we choose is a calm and relaxing place, and gives you the opportunity to get used to the region. After this first check-dive you have the second part of your nourishing breakfast. At 11.00 am we head of the dive spot called „Vrenelies Gärtli“, which has become legendary on the Pindito. Over hangs, huge grottoes and dive troughs, drop offs and all covered in fantastic corals is what makes this place so great. Lunch is served at 12.30 pm and you’ll have time to relax until 3.00 pm to get back to “Vrenelies Gärtli“. Since this spot is so huge and offers so much diversity, we can easily offer several dives here. After this dive there is enough time to go on a trip on our zodiacs in order to admire the wonderful landscape that gives hand to what you have seen under water. Do you feel like giving a try on the wakeboard or on the water-skis, you are ever so welcome. Dinner will be ready at 6.00 pm and at 8.00 pm you better get ready again for our last dive this day!

Day 3 : The Pindito will continue to cruise southwards to the group of isles called „Fabiajet“. Picturesque landscapes and wonderful reefs are waiting for you. The abundance of corals, different sponges and fish is nearly unbeatable. We allow ourselves to offer several dives at the same spots, since they have so much to offer. Theses masses of fish swimming around those wonderful coral gardens are an impressive view and will satisfy every diver’s wishes and dreams. Of course we will come across precious macro as well: nudibranches, sea horses, barramundi and lots more are on the program! For the night dive the Pindito will anchor in a very calm and shallow place with hardly any current, but loads of nudibranches, pipe fishes, cuttle dish, ghost pipefish! Want to take a picture? Go ahead; it´s all there for you!

Day 4 & 5 : Today we shall go eastwards to „Wayl Batan“. Little island with beautiful reefs full of life in a topographically interesting landscape are tempting. Great schools of fish as well as pygmi seahorses will be shown by our guides, unless your eyes are well trained and you´ll see it all by yourself. Barracudas, batfish and snappers are cruising in the open blue. With the powerful sunshine breaking through the water the rocks, covered in colourful corals are presenting a breathtaking sight. Our night dives will do at the same place as the dives during the day, so you can compare the different creatures!

Day 6 : Overnight the Pindito will reach the Misool. We offer an excursion with the zodiac that will last all day. Impressing tombstone of the natives will be on our schedule. This excursion will take us 20 km into the fantastic island labyrinth, where we drive through channels and valleys with our fast zodiacs. Walks to caves on the land, as well as a visit to a cave which we can only enter with the zodiac in order to see tiny bats, that hide from the daylight and sleep during the day. The last cave that we enter is a big as a cathedral and can only be entered by walking. Whoever believes that this program is too exhausting can of course stay on board and go for dives (we can offer this alternative since we have three big zodiacs on board). The dives will be done close to where the Pindito is anchored. Sometimes the visibility is bad and there is a pretty strong current, but of course the underwater world is a temptation as all others in the region.

Day 7 : In Waigeo, Sel Pele we have the chance to visit a pearl farm. Depending on where they stand with the pearl production we will be invited to have a closer look on how the pearls are being produced.
Of course we have been diving before and after this visit and the high light of these dives where the pygmi seahorses. Those cute little creatures are hidden in the gorgonias in all colours available: red, yellow and orange! The only creatures that are offering more colours of the rainbow are nudibranches and the pipe fishes.

Day 8 : Eagle Rock is just around the corner and is completely different to what you have seen so far. The stand alone rocks in the middle of the sea are always worth a picture or two. Splendid visibility, white beaches with black coral gardens, sweetlips, catfish and different kinds of rays are part of these dives. And since it is such a fantastic area above and under water we shall go back to the bay of Sel Pele again in the afternoon.

Day 9 : Around the island of „Jef Fam“ you will have the opportunity to see the wobbegong and epaulet sharks, which are unique to this region. The reef, which seems as if it dressed up in RED is breathtaking scenery and will make all divers’ dreams come true.

Day 10 : „Dampeerstret“, the channel between Waigeo and Batanta Island gives the chance to see manta rays. Two dives will be done western of Mansuar Island where a “fish soup” and a fantastic reef are waiting. Our night dive will be south of Mansuar island and offer the variety and abundance of this precious diving region.

Day 11 : Before heading back to Sorong we will dive at “Kri“ and „Sardinriff”. In Sorong we have a captain’s party on deck. Our crew will sing traditional songs and dance the Boco Boco!

Day 12 : Sorong. Already we have got to the end of this cruise. We organise the transfer back to the airport of Sorong and say goodbye to you! Hoping to have you on board the Pindito again!

What to Carry During The Trekking
  • Long pants, shorts
  • T-shirts, shirts
  • Underwear, socks
  • Comfortable trekking boots, good socks for the trekking.
  • Sunscreen, hat to protect from the sun
  • Personal medicine
  • Swimsuit/wet suit
  • Passport
  • Your favorite gears
  • Camera

 

 

What’s Included
  • Medical Kit
  • Cruise Cabin
  • Expert Bilingual Local dive Guide
  • Entrance fee
  • All meals as stated on The itinerary
  • Private air conditioned vehicle for Airport transfer / drop off
  • Dive gears

What’s not Included

  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, postage, alcoholic beverages, etc
  • Meals before and after Cruise
  • Domestic and international flights
  • Additional transport required due to any emergency situation
  • Visa fee
  • Departure Taxes
  • Tips and Gratitude