Raja Ampat North & Central OR Misool ONLY trips

Blue Manta Raja Ampat - 7 Days / 6 Nights

Raja Ampat will immerse you in a diving paradise, 50,000 square Kilometers of islands & reefs, 580 kinds of coral, 1,397 species of fish including 23 endemics, this truly is the epicenter of marine biodiversity with the world’s richest collection of underwater flora & fauna. The sheer abundance of marine life, healthy colourful reefs, and diverse dive sites will leave even the most experienced divers wanting more! The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat's exotic & enchanting islands both above and below the water will leave you in no doubt that this truly is one of the worlds premier diving destinations.   

Sample Itinerary

(All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, & diving conditions)

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujungpandang, or Manado to Sorong.   Our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and transfer you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Once all guests are onboard you will receive a very warm welcome, briefing, dinner, then we set sail to Raja Ampat.  Possible Check dive at Red Light District (Lampu Merah) just outside Sorong if all arrive early. 

Day 2. (4 dives) Pianemu area; including famous Melissa’s Garden and stunning View Point hike.

Day 3. (3-4 dives) Yangeffo & Airborek areas; including Mangrove and beautiful village visit.

Day 4. (4 dives) Manta ridge & Dampier Strait with night dive looking for blue-ringed octopus and more critters.

Day 5. (4 dives) Kri area; including Big Fish, Cape Kri, Sardine Run, & excellent night dive.

Day 6. (2 dives) Misokon island; including Blue Magic & Yellow Fever then sail back to Sorong Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 7.  (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 5 days (18 dives)

Blue Manta Raja Ampat - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Raja Ampat will immerse you in a diving paradise, 50,000 square Kilometers of islands & reefs, 580 kinds of coral, 1,397 species of fish including 23 endemics, this truly is the epicenter of marine biodiversity with the world’s richest collection of underwater flora & fauna. The sheer abundance of marine life, healthy colourful reefs, and diverse dive sites will leave even the most experienced divers wanting more! The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat's exotic & enchanting islands both above and below the water will leave you in no doubt that this truly is one of the worlds premier diving destinations.   

Sample Itinerary

(All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, & diving conditions)

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujungpandang, or Manado to Sorong.   Our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and transfer you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Once all guests are onboard you will receive a very warm welcome, briefing, dinner, then we set sail to Raja Ampat.  Possible Check dive at Red Light District (Lampu Merah) just outside Sorong if all arrive early. 

Day 2. (4 dives) Pianemu area; Barracuda, Galaxy, Bridge, & night dive at Kima.

Day 3. (4 dives) Fam; Melissa’s Garden, My Reef, Keruo channel, Way Pretty Shallow. Amazing landscapes and bays.

Day 4. (3-4 dives) Yangeffo & Airborek areas; including Mangrove and beautiful village visit.

Day 5. (4 dives) Manta ridge & Dampier Strait with Night dive looking for blue-ringed octopus and more critters.

Day 6. (4 dives) Kri area; including Big Fish, Cape Kri, Sardine Run, & excellent night dive.

Day 7. (2 dives) Misokon island; including Blue Magic & Yellow Fever then sail back to Sorong Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 8.  (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 6 days (22 dives)

Blue Manta Misool - 7 Days / 6 Nights

Raja Ampat will immerse you in a diving paradise, 50,000 square Kilometers of islands & reefs, 580 kinds of coral, 1,397 species of fish including 23 endemics, this truly is the epicenter of marine biodiversity with the world’s richest collection of underwater flora & fauna. The sheer abundance of marine life, healthy colourful reefs, and diverse dive sites will leave even the most experienced divers wanting more! The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat's exotic & enchanting islands both above and below the water will leave you in no doubt that this truly is one of the worlds premier diving destinations.   

Sample Itinerary

(All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, & diving conditions)

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujungpandang, or Manado to Sorong.   Our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and transfer you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Once all guests are onboard you will receive a very warm welcome, briefing, dinner, then we set sail to Misool.  Possible Check dive at Red Light District (Lampu Merah) just outside Sorong if all arrive early. 

Day 2. (4 dives) Daram island area

Day 3. (4 dives) Misool; Wayil area with its beautiful lagoon for boat tour and super dives.

Day 4. (4 dives) Misool; Fiabacet & Boo area

Day 5. (3-4 dives) Misool; Balubulol & Farondi area plus possible snorkeling in Jellyfish lake.  

Day 6. (2 dives) Misool; chance to revist or explore new sights.  Sail overnight to Sorong. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 7.  (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 5 days (18 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

How to get to & from Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

  • It is easiest to fly through to & from Sorong (SOQ) via Jakarta (CGK), Makassar (UPG Ujung Pandang), Bali (DPS, Denpasar), or Manado (MDC). 
  • Please refer to our Trip Schedule before booking your Domestic flights.
  • Domestic Airlines; Garuda Indonesia / Sriwijaya Air / Lion Air  / Express Air
  • International Airlines; Silk Air operates regularly from Singapore to Manado.  Garuda Indonesia fly daily from Singapore to Makassar, then Domestic flight to Sorong, then via Jakarta on way back (same day).   

Dive Site Information

  • Water Temp:  27-30 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp: 27-32 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 15-30 meters
  • Current: mild to strong
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced,
  • Best Time to Dive: October to April (less rain & much less wind; perfect for diving)

What's included?

  • Round trip transfer local Hotel/Airport - Boat
  • All nights' accommodation on Boat
  • All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, soft drinks
  • Towels, toiletries & cabin services
  • 24 hour Satellite Wi-Fi*
  • FOC replacement if equipment breakdown
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular Air Tanks, weights, belt, 5 dive guides (1x Instructor, 4x Dive Masters)

What's excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee  
  • Dive & Travel insurance
  • Massage services
  • Laundry services 
  • Nespresso coffee, alcohol; beer & wine
  • Satellite Wi-Fi* (US$30/ pax on trips from 2019)
  • Diving Gear; dive computer, torch, 15L tank rental, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins mask.  
  • Nitrox Enriched Air fills
  • Note; Nitrox & Diving Gear Items priced per diving day and are subject to availability.
  • Note: Exposure suits; 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.   

Trip Schedule

  • Departure: 5pm, 1st Day – Sorong, West Papua.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed.  Free transfer from local hotel or Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day.
  • Return: 5am, Last Day – Sorong, West Papua.  After breakfast and fond farewells we take you to Sorong Airport in time for Check In & flight (transfer time 20-30 mins).  Latest Blue Manta Check-out, midday Trip Departure day.
  • Last dive ends: 12pm, Penultimate Day, Plenty of time for R&R while we sail back to Sorong where we spend last night on Blue Manta. This also allows for your minimum 18 hours' surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

Blue Manta Reminders

Domestic Flights

  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to & from Sorong. 
  • We advise you to stay a night in a local hotel in Jakarta/ Makassar/ Bali before the flight next day.  If your  stopover is in Makassar; you may wish to take advantage of some rest between flights, just remember toset your alarms in good time for your early flight to Sorong.  Ibis Makassar Airport is located right on the side of the exit door.  Alternatively, the Harper Perintis Hotel is just a 15min drive from the airport and offers good value & comfortable rooms.
  • Most Domestic airlines do not allow non-Indo credit card online payments. If you cannot book direct we have a local Indonesian travel agent, who are reliable and efficient and can help you with all flight & hotel needs. Their details on request. If booked with credit card please ensure the card is with you upon Check In or have an official Airline form filled in & signed by card holder authorizing the use of.
  • Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
  • Domestic Airlines normally have 20Kg allowance, although you may pay for 10Kg extra when booking, if needed (around US$3/kilo). With an additional 7kg carryon.

Travel Documents

  • Visa Exemption or Visa on Arrival (VoA); many countries now receive a free 30 days on arrival, some pay USD35 to obtain VoA, others will have to obtain Visa BEFORE Arrival.
  • Passport; ensure your passport is in good order, has enough pages, is valid for at least 6 months, and that you are able to enter Indonesia.   Check with your local Indonesia Embassy if unsure.
  • Departure Tax; Indonesia Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) has changed (Mar-2015) to be included in your flight ticket price.  Please check though as previously it was 200,000IDRp to leave Indonesia, & up to 75,000IDRp for Domestic flights.  Carry small bills, Indonesia Rupiah preferred, as often no change given.

Health & Insurance

  • Dive Insurance; compulsory for this trip.  We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs.  If not covered them we recommend DAN (Divers Alert Network) or their Asia Pacific branch.
  • Dive Computer; compulsory on this trip.  We have rentals onboard if you do not have.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
  • Travel Insurance; please NOTE: we cannot be held accountable for airline flight changes, delays, or cancellations.  We STRONGLY advise you take out adequate insurance to cover such eventualities.  We recommend World Nomad for their flexible worldwide cover for travel insurance.
  • Malaria Zone; NOTE that in this part of Indonesia we advise you take the proper precautions against malaria.  The following anti-malaria drugs are considered safe with diving; Doxycycline or malaroneMefloquine (Lariam) is NOT recommended with diving.  Good preventative measures include DEET and long armed/legged clothing in evenings. If unsure consult a diving doctor.

Internet/ Mobile

  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Mobile signal; local Telkomsel is best local card to buy.  Not long after you leave port we have has intermittent/ limited mobile signal until we return.
  • Telkomsel simpati bsim card is the best and cost only 3usd. Plus credit to add on top!!!

Trip Extras payment onboard

  • By Credit card comes with 4.5% additional handling fee.
  • By Cash we accept US Dollars, Euro, Singaporean Dollars, and Indonesian Rupiah.  Please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept.  Exchange rates differ for USD100/50 bills and USD20/10 bills. Current Exchange rate. ATMs available in town.
  • Fuel Surcharge; NO fuel surcharge in place at this time but may be implemented to account for any wide fluctuations.

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$220 per person (US$250/ pax from 2019)
  • Massage US$35/ hour,  Laundry services (US$5/ basket)
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Satellite Wi-Fi* (US$30/ pax on trips from 2019)
  • Nitrox; US$15/ diving day or US$5/ fill.

Equipment rental

Diving Gear; Full Set USD50/ diving day (except Large tank) or if individual items then following rates apply per diving day*

  • BCD US$12
  • Regulator US$12
  • Dive Computer US$12
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Fins, Mask US$5
  • Large Tank US$12
  • Torch* US$12/ night dive.

Diving Gear Items priced per diving day* and is subject to availability.  Note; Torch rental* priced is per night dive.