In West Papua , on the outskirts of Indonesia, far from civilization as we know it, Raja Ampat awaits to be discovered by you. The untouched beauty, the most amazing coral reefs, marine and wildlife will dazzle your imagination.
The Archipelago of Raja Ampat consists of more than 1500 islands, different sizes and density, creating the magical landscape. The diversity of the natural life on the islands is none less rich and beautiful than the marine life.
Amazing number of bird’s species can be found,including the Red Bird of Paradise, Kingfishers, and Sea Eagles. Though Papua New Guinea is quite isolated, the local people are friendly. Usually engaged in fishing, they’re leading simple lives,surrounded by stunning beauty.
Liveaboard Diving in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is one of the biggest biodiversity marine life sites on the globe. While Scuba diving or Snorkeling you’ll encounter one of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. The school of fishes, turtles, eels, cuttlefish and sharks, including the famous wobbygongs are regular inhabitants of this sea.
The chances you’ll see still undiscovered species are really big, since the scientists register new species of marine life on daily basis. With around 1300 fish species, endangered sea turtles, and 75 percent of all species coral existing, you’ll get to understand why everybody talk about bio diversity when the Raja Ampat is mentioned.
Sailing season: November to April
Arrival and Departure: Sorong Airport, in West Papua.
- Check in time: before 1 PM *
- Check out time: before 1 PM *
- Depending on flight timings
There is no international airport in Sorong, so you will need to take a domestic light from you entry point in Indonesia that can be Jakarta, Denpasar, Makassar (also known as Ujung Pandang) or Manado.
- Via Jakarta (Sorong is Jakarta
time + 2 hours)
- Via Bali (transit in Makassar)
- Via Manado (served by Singapore
Airlines and Silkair)
Please contact us for any further information — whether you would like us to provide you more information on flight schedules or transit hotels or to buy your domestic flight tickets.Calico Jack Itinerary SORONG to AMBON 11 nights/12 days
During this trip we will explore the diving sites and lagoons around the South of the Raja Ampat National Park and at the East of Misool Island. Here we find beautiful islands, submerged reefs, beaches and extraordinary diving (3 dives per day, with alternate night dives). When not diving we will snorkel in limestone Karst lagoons and explore beaches and caves.
We have an excellent chef on the charter boat, so make sure to let us know if anyone has special dietary needs.
After 4-5 nights in and around Misool Island and the south of the Raja Ampat archipelago we will head south to the legendary Spice islands of Banda, with ancient forts and amazing history throughout.
Calico Jack will depart from Sorong harbour in Western Papua.
Dive Cruise Holiday Itinerary
Day 1 – Embark on a great adventure
We will pick you up and bring you aboard Calico Jack from Sorong Airport. Depending on flight times we will depart midmorning to arrive early evening in the South of Raja Ampat National Park and anchor overnight next to the next mornings dive sites.
Day 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 – South of Raja Ampat & Misool island
The next days will be spent around the island of Misool, where there are literally hundreds of dive sites. Misool is a heaven for wide-angle photographers. You will discover the prettiest soft corals reefs in the world and we will find multiple pinnacles surrounded by masses of schooling fish, barracudas, jacks and snappers.
There will also be some excursions with the tenders through some amazing inner lagoons, fantastic scenery and wild life sightings.
Day 6 – Cruise overnight to Pulau Koon, Ceram.
Day 7 – Pulau Koon
Pulau Koon is a small island on the southeast of Ceram, half way between Raja Ampat and the Banda Islands. Underwater: walls covered in soft corals and sandy slopes with hard coral bommies. But the most interesting feature of this island is the amount of schooling fish and pelagic, barracudas, big eye trevallies, aggregation of red snappers, pompanos, batfish, and giant groupers.
Cruise overnight to Manuk.
Day 8 – Manuk Volcano
Manuk, an extinct volcano about 65 nm south of the Banda Islands, is one of the 2 places in Indonesia where there are huge aggregations of sea snakes, Chinese sea snakes and banded sea kraits. It is an incredible experience to dive surrounded on all sides by sea snakes. The island is surrounded by black sandy slopes hard coral reefs, volcanic ridges covered in gorgonians with zillions of fusiliers and pelagic fishes such as spanish mackerels and dogtooth tunas passing through. Cruise overnight to the Banda Islands.
Day 9 & 10 – The Spice Islands
The next two days will be spent in the Banda Islands, also known in the old days as the Spice Islands. Many of the dive sites around the Bandas are wall dives: walls covered in massive gorgonians, soft corals, barrel sponges and some very interesting swim through.
There are also other attractive dive sites such as pinnacles with enormous groups of schooling pyramid butterflyfish, triggerfish and pelagic fish such as tunas passing through, spectacular hard coral reefs next to the volcano and great muck dives with lots of mandarinfish in the local jetty.
The Banda Islands offer much more than extraordinary diving. Sailing there is also a cultural and historical experience. We will spend one morning walking around the village of Banda Naira with a local guide and visit the local museum, the Old Dutch fort, the old colonial governor’s house, the local fish market and we will have breakfast at a nutmeg plantation.
Cruise overnight to Nusa Laut, Saparua Island, or to Ambon.
Day 11 – Nusa Laut – Ambon
The last diving day of the trip will be around either the island of Nusa Laut, or in Ambon Bay. Nusa Laut is a small island, next to the island of Saparua, which has some beautiful hard coral fringing reefs as well as walls similar to those of the Banda Islands. If we spend the day around Ambon, we will have several diving options such as wreaks, caves or really interesting muck dives looking for rhynophias, frogfish (including the psychedelic frogfish), harlequin shrimps and many other critters.
Day 12 – Ambon
Check out after breakfast. We will arrange transport to Ambon airport.
We are looking forward to having you on board! The Calico Jack team.