Raja Ampat - Forgotten Islands

Blue Manta Forgotten Islands - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Saumlaki-South Banda Islands-Raja Ampat

Crossing the Banda Sea through the infamous Ring of Fire, tracing the perimeter of islands. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, sea snakes and schooling fish to the ‘big fish’ favorites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter scalloped Hammerheads.  We complete this once in a lifetime diving safari in the Southern islands of Raja Ampat, one of the most bio diverse diving destinations in the world.

Sample Itinerary 

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

Day 1. (1-2 dives) 3pm. Our staff will meet you at Olilit Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive near Saumlaki. 

Day 2-3. (3-4 dives x2 days) Forgotten Islands; Dai & Dawera.  Rarely visited, pristine corals, pinnacles, & walls.

Day 4-5. (3-4 dives x2 days) Ring of Fire; South Banda diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads & other pelagic superstars

Day 6. (3 dives) Manuk Island (Snake Island); right in the middle of Banda Sea.  This is the best place to encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, and many more delights.

Day 7. (4 dives) West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life. Sail to Misool.

Day 8-9. (3-4 dives x2 days) Misool; Wayil, Fiabacet, & Boo area. 

Day 10. (2 dives) Misool.  Sail to overnight to Sorong.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 11. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Take your pre-booked flight from Sorong. 

Diving days: 10 days (30 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Saumlaki (SXK), / Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

How to get to Saumlaki (SXK)

  • We will be there to transfer you to the Blue Manta (10 minutes transfer)
  • Lion Air daily flights from Bali via Makassar or Manado, Garuda Indonesia or Sriwijaya Air from Jakarta via Makassar to Ambon (flight time around 3 hours).

How to get from Sorong (West Papua)

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 3pm, 1st Day - Saumlaki.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed Free transfer from local hotel Olilit Airport, Saumlaki to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day.
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Sorong, West Papua.  After breakfast and fond farewells we take you to local hotel or Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong in time for Check In & flight.  Transfer 30 minutes.  Latest Blue Manta Check-out, midday Trip Departure day.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm (midday), 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 Forgotten Islands - 12 Days / 11 Nights

Saumlaki-South Banda Islands-Raja Ampat

Crossing the Banda Sea through the infamous Ring of Fire, tracing the perimeter of islands. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, sea snakes and schooling fish to the ‘big fish’ favorites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter scalloped Hammerheads.  We complete this once in a lifetime diving safari in the Southern islands of Raja Ampat, one of the most bio diverse diving destinations in the world.

Sample Itinerary 

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

Day 1. (1-2 dives) 3pm. Our staff will meet you at Olilit Airport and take you to the awaiting Blue Manta. Depending on arrival time we can do check dive near Saumlaki. 

Day 2-3. (3-4 dives x2 days) Forgotten Islands; Dai & Dawera.  Rarely visited, pristine corals, pinnacles, & walls.

Day 4-5. (3-4 dives x2 days) Ring of Fire; South Banda diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads & other pelagic superstars

Day 6. (3 dives) Manuk Island (Snake Island); right in the middle of Banda Sea.  This is the best place to encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, and many more delights.

Day 7. (4 dives) West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life. Sail to Misool.

Day 8-10. (3-4 dives x3 days) Misool; Wayil, Fiabacet, & Boo area. 

Day 11. (2 dives) Misool.  Sail to overnight to Sorong.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 12. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Take your pre-booked flight from Sorong.

Diving days: 11 days (30 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Saumlaki (SXK), / Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

How to get to Saumlaki (SXK)

  • We will be there to transfer you to the Blue Manta (10 minutes transfer)
  • Lion Air daily flights from Bali via Makassar or Manado, Garuda Indonesia or Sriwijaya Air from Jakarta via Makassar to Ambon (flight time around 3 hours).

How to get from Sorong (West Papua)

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 3pm, 1st Day - Saumlaki.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed Free transfer from local hotel Olilit Airport, Saumlaki to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day.
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Sorong, West Papua.  After breakfast and fond farewells we take you to local hotel or Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong in time for Check In & flight.  Transfer 30 minutes.  Latest Blue Manta Check-out, midday Trip Departure day.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm (midday), 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 Forgotten Islands 11 days / 10 nights

Raja Ampat-South Banda Islands-Saumlaki

Starting with worlds best Biodiversity in the Southern region of Raja Ampat, & Misool, we head onwards to the Banda sea and the infamous Ring of Fire. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, sea snakes and schooling fish to the ‘big fish’ favorites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter Scalloped Hammerheads.

Sample Itinerary 

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

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm. 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 in Sorong bay.  After check dives, we sail over night to South Raja Ampat

Day 2-3. (3-4 dives x2 days) Misool; Wayil, Fiabacet & Boo area.  Sail to Koon Island.

Day 4. (4 dives) West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life.

Day 5. (3 dives) Manuk Island (Snake Island); right in the middle of Banda Sea.  This is the best place to encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, and many more delights.

Day 6-7. (3-4 dives x2 days) Ring of Fire, South Banda, Forgotten Islands, diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads & other pelagic superstars

Day 8-9. (3-4 dives x2 days) Forgotten Islands; Dai & Dawera.  Rarely visited, pristine corals, pinnacles, & walls.

Day 10. (2 dives) Dawera Island, easy shallow dives full of life for a great happy ending

Day 11. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Take your pre-booked flight to Ambon, then onto Bali or Jakarta via Ujung Pandang

Diving days: 10 days (30 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Sorong (SOQ), West Papua / Saumlaki (SXK)

How to get to Sorong (West Papua)

How to get from Saumlaki (SXK)

  • Lion Wings flights from Saumlaki to Ambon (flight time 1.5 hours). After same airline Ambon to Jakarta (flight time 3.5 hours). 

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 3-5pm, 1st Day – Maumere, Flores.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed.  Free transfer from local hotel or Frans Seda Airport, Maumere to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day.
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Saumlaki.  After we give you a breakfast and after farewells take you to local hotel or Olilit Airport, Saumlaki (transfer time 20 mins).  Latest Blue Manta Check-out midday, Trip Return day.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm, Penultimate Day, then sail back to Saumlaki where we spend last evening onboard.  If you have booked an early flight, then you may have to skip 1 or 2 dives to allow for your minimum 18 hours' surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

Blue Manta Forgotten Islands 12 days / 11 nights

Raja Ampat-South Banda Islands-Saumlaki

Starting with worlds best Biodiversity in the Southern region of Raja Ampat, & Misool, we head onwards to the Banda sea and the infamous Ring of Fire. Let our experienced crew show you these remote and almost untouched locations with wonderful reefs and stunning drop offs. Marine life here is in abundance from macro critters, sea snakes and schooling fish to the ‘big fish’ favorites such as manta rays, reef sharks and even the chance to encounter Scalloped Hammerheads.

Sample Itinerary 

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

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm. 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 in Sorong bay.  After check dives, we sail over night to South Raja Ampat

Day 2-4. (3-4 dives x3 days) Misool; Wayil, Fiabacet & Boo area.  Sail to Koon Island.

Day 5. (4 dives) West Seram, Pulau Koon full days diving. Wide angle diving with vibrant corals and a profusion of fish life.

Day 6. (3 dives) Manuk Island (Snake Island); right in the middle of Banda Sea.  This is the best place to encounter many sea snakes, huge schools of fish, reef sharks, tunas, and many more delights.

Day 7-8. (3-4 dives x2 days) Ring of Fire, South Banda, Forgotten Islands, diving around Volcanic Islands and stunning seamounts in search of hammerheads & other pelagic superstars

Day 9-10. (3-4 dives x2 days) Forgotten Islands; Dai & Dawera.  Rarely visited, pristine corals, pinnacles, & walls.

Day 11. (2 dives) Dawera Island, easy shallow dives full of life for a great happy ending

Day 12. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport. Take your pre-booked flight to Ambon, then onto Bali or Jakarta via Ujung Pandang

Diving days: 11 days (30 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Sorong (SOQ), West Papua / Saumlaki (SXK)

How to get to Sorong (West Papua)

How to get from Saumlaki (SXK)

  • Lion Wings flights from Saumlaki to Ambon (flight time 1.5 hours). After same airline Ambon to Jakarta (flight time 3.5 hours). 

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 3-5pm, 1st Day – Maumere, Flores.  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed.  Free transfer from local hotel or Frans Seda Airport, Maumere to Blue Manta on Trip Departure day.
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Saumlaki.  After we give you a breakfast and after farewells take you to local hotel or Olilit Airport, Saumlaki (transfer time 20 mins).  Latest Blue Manta Check-out midday, Trip Return day.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm, Penultimate Day, then sail back to Saumlaki where we spend last evening onboard.  If you have booked an early flight, then you may have to skip 1 or 2 dives to allow for your minimum 18 hours' surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

Dive Site Information (Saumlaki-Banda)

  • Water Temp:  27-29 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp: 22-31 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 15-30 meters
  • Current: medium to strong
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced,
  • Best Time to Dive: October to April (less rain & much less wind; perfect for diving)

Dive Site Information (Raja Ampat)

  • Water Temp:  27-30 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp: 27-32 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 20-30 meters
  • Current: medium 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
  • 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)
  • 24 hour Satellite email

What's excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee  
  • Dive & Travel insurance
  • Massage services
  • Laundry 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.

Blue Manta Reminders

Domestic Flights

  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to & from start/ end ports. 
  • 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
    to set 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$250 per person
  • Massage US$35/ hour,  Laundry services (US$5/ basket)
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • 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.