Raja Ampat Blue Manta Itinerary

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.   

Brief Itinerary

(schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang, or Manado to Sorong. Our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive.

Day 2. (4 dives) Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, & night dive

Day 3. (3 dives) Misool; Boo Corner, The Window, Magic Mountain, sail over night to North Raja Ampat

Day 4. (4 dives) Yanggefo Island; Mayhem Ridge, Citrus ridge, Deep rock, & night dive

Day 5. (4 dives) Mansuar Corner, Manta Sandy, Cape Kri, & night dive

Day 6. (4 dives) Mike Point, Sardine reef, Manta Spa, & night dive

Day 7. (2 dives) Blue Magic, Mioskon.  Then sail back to Sorong Port. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 8.  (0 dives) 5am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 6 days (22 dives)

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.   

Brief Itinerary

(schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang, or Manado to Sorong. Our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive.

Day 2. (4 dives) Daram island area

Day 3. (4 dives) Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, & night dive

Day 4. (3 dives) Misool; Boo Corner, The Window, Magic Mountain, sail over night to North Raja Ampat

Day 5. (4 dives) Yanggefo Island; Mayhem Ridge, Citrus ridge, Deep rock, & night dive

Day 6. (4 dives) Mansuar Corner, Manta Sandy, Cape Kri, & night dive

Day 7. (4 dives) Mike Point, Sardine reef, Manta Spa, & night dive

Day 8. (2 dives) Blue Magic, Mioskon.  Then sail back to Sorong Port. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 9.  (0 dives) 5am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 7 days (26 dives)

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.   

Brief Itinerary

(schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang, or Manado to Sorong. Our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive.

Day 2. (4 dives) Daram island area

Day 3. (4 dives) Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, & night div

Day 4. (4 dives) Love Portion (sea mount), No contest (big fish), & night dive

Day 5. (3 dives) Misool; Boo Corner, The Window, Magic Mountain, sail over night to North Raja Ampat

Day 6. (4 dives) Yanggefo Island; Mayhem Ridge, Citrus ridge, Deep rock, & night dive

Day 7. (4 dives) Mansuar Corner, Manta Sandy, Cape Kri, & night dive

Day 8. (4 dives) Mike Point, Sardine reef, Manta Spa, & night dive

Day 9. (2 dives) Blue Magic, Mioskon.  Then sail back to Sorong Port. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 10.  (0 dives) 5am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 8 days (30 dives)

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.   

Brief Itinerary

(schedules are subjected to changes according to weather and sea condition)

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; arrival from Jakarta, Ujung Pandang, or Manado to Sorong. Our staff will meet you at Sorong Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive.

Day 2. (4 dives) Daram island area

Day 3. (4 dives) Nudi Rock, Tank Rock, Whale Rock, & night div

Day 4. (4 dives) Love Portion (sea mount), No contest (big fish), & night dive

Day 5. (3 dives) Misool; Boo Corner, The Window, Magic Mountain, sail over night to North Raja Ampat

Day 6. (4 dives) Yanggefo Island; Mayhem Ridge, Citrus ridge, Deep rock, & night dive

Day 7. (4 dives) Mansuar Corner, Manta Sandy, Cape Kri, & night dive

Day 8. (4 dives) Mike Point, Sardine reef, Manta Spa, & night dive

Day 9. (4 dives) Friwinbonda, Blue Magic, Mioskon, & night dive

Day 10. (2 dives) Your choice, and then sail back to Sorong Port. Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 11.  (0 dives) 5am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 9 days (33 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,  & laundry 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 (1 x Instructor, 4 x Dive Master)

What's excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee  
  • Dive & Travel insurance
  • Massage services
  • Nespresso coffee, alcohol; beer & wine
  • Diving Gear; dive computer, torch, 15L tank rental, BCD, regulator, wetsuit (only 3mm shorty wetsuits available), fins mask.  
  • Nitrox refills EANx32
  • Note; Nitrox & Diving Gear Items priced per diving day and are subject to availability.

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 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. Makassar Airport Hotel; Home In and Spa available between flights. Easy.
  • 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 (USD250/ pax from 2019)
  • Massage US$30/ hour, 
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Nitrox Fill; US$10/ diving day

Equipment rental

Rates per item per diving day:

  • BCD, Regulator US$12
  • Dive Computer, Torch US$12
  • Wetsuit US$8
  • Fins, Mask US$5
  • Large Tank US$12