Crossing trips Raja Ampat-Halmahera-Lembeh & return

Raja Ampat-Halmahera-Lembeh 10 Days / 9 Nights

This route offers such a wealth of biodiversity starting with the spectacularly beautiful reefs around the South Raja Ampat area and travelling through the Misool to Halmahera area and on to the critter heaven of the Lembeh Straits. The cruise runs between Sorong Papua and Bitung in North Sulawesi.

There are 4  key areas dived; Raja Ampat, Halmahera, Tifore, and Lembeh.

Raja Ampat – The trip starts in the Misol area, where we spend 2 days.

Pulau Pisang – These are a set of 2 islands and 2 small rocks between the areas of Misool and Halmahera. We spend a whole day here as the diving is terrific. Sloping reefs with healthy soft and hard corals and “very fishy” diving with schooling Bumpheads parrotfish, zillions of Blue Triggerfish and squadrons Dogtooth Tuna passing by.

Strait of Patinti – Strait in the south of Halmahera. We spend a few days of diving here.  There are 2 pinnacles in the strait that are full of fish, healthy corals and quite a few blacktip reef sharks. Excellent diving.

Tifore – A small island between Halmahera and Lembeh. Great diving around a submerged reef about half a mile from the island. The reef has a wall on the south and east and sloping reef on the west . The wall and reef offer good dives however the main attractive is looking into the blue !  Massive schools of Barracudas –  hundreds and hundreds of barracudas that have made Tifore their home. Really quite amazing !

Lembeh Strait – 2 dives on the last day – world famous for it’s muck and critter diving – long lazy dives offering photographers some of the most weird and wonderful marine creatures in the world. We encourage our divers to use a shore based resort to spend a few days in this area for a great treat either before or after your cruise.

Sample Itinerary 

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

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 5pm; On arrival to Sorong our staff will meet you at Airport to assist you and transfer to Raja Manta. Once all guests are onboard you will receive a very warm welcome, briefing, dinner, then we set sail to Raja Ampat, Misol area.  Possible Check dive at Red Light District just outside Sorong if all arrive early.

Day 2. (4 dives) Raja Ampat; Misool; Fiabacet & Boo area, Boo Windows & Magic Mountain.

Day 3. (3 dives) Raja Ampat; Nempele; exploring the West coast of Misool, a photography must with amazing mangroves in clear, shallow water. Sail to Pulau Pisang.

Day 4. (3 dives) Pulau Pisang; healthy, species rich coral reefs, in aquarium like conditions.  Sail to Halmahera.

Day 5. (4 dives) Pulau Bacan; shark point, reef sharks, schools of barracuda & jacks along a coral & sponge packed reef.

Day 6. (3-4 dives) Palau Kusu; strong currents & amazing action in the Patintie Strait.

Day 7. (4 dives) Palau Tolimau & Goraichi; manta cleaning station & fish packed reefs amongst pristine hard coral gardens.

Day 8.  (3 dives) Pulau Tifore; amazing dive site island in the Moluccan Sea equidistant from Goraichi & Lembeh, schools of jacks, snappers and massive school of barracuda.  Sail to Lembeh.

Day 9. (2 dives) Critter dives in Lembeh Strait.  Sail back to Bitung Port.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 10. 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport.  Departure from Bitung Port, Manado to local hotel or transfer to Manado Airport.  Transfer time 2 hours.

Diving days: 9 days (26 dives)

Dive Site Information

  • Water Temp: 27-30 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp; 27-32 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)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Sorong (SOQ), West Papua / Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi

How to get to Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

How to get from Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi

  • Early morning with Lion Air back to Bali (via Surabaya) or with Garuda Indonesia back to Jakarta.
  • International, Silk Air back early afternoon direct to Singapore.

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 5pm, 1st Day - Sorong, West Papua. Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations have been completed.  Free transfer from local hotel or Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong to Raja Manta on Trip Departure day (transfer time 20-30 mins)
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Bitung Port, Manado, North Sulawesi.  After breakfast and fond farewells we take you to local hotel or Sam Ratulangi Airport, Manado in time for Check In & flight.  (transfer time 2 hours).  Latest RM Check-out midday, Trip Return day.
  • Last dive ends; 12pm (midday), Penultimate Day.  Plenty of time for R&R while we sail back to Manado where we spend last night on Raja Manta. This also allows for your minimum 18 hours surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day

Lembeh-Halmahera-Raja Ampat, 10 Days / 9 Nights

Starting critter heaven of the Lembeh Straits travelling through Halmahera to Raja Ampat area offering such a wealth of biodiversity starting with the spectacularly beautiful reefs.  The cruise runs between Bitung in North Sulawesi & Sorong, West Papua.     

There are 4  key areas dived; Lembeh, Tifore, Halmahera, and Raja Ampat

Lembeh Strait – 2 dives on the frist day – world famous for it’s muck and critter diving – long lazy dives offering photographers some of the most weird and wonderful marine creatures in the world. We encourage our divers to use a shore based resort to spend a few days in this area for a great treat either before or after your cruise.

Tifore – A small island between Lembeh and Halmahera. Great diving around a submerged reef about half a mile from the island. The reef has a wall on the south and east and sloping reef on the west . The wall and reef offer good dives however the main attractive is looking into the blue !  Massive schools of Barracudas –  hundreds and hundreds of barracudas that have made Tifore their home. Really quite amazing !

Strait of Patinti – Strait in the south of Halmahera. We spend another awesome day of diving here.  There are 2 pinnacles in the strait that are full of fish, healthy corals and quite a few blacktip reef sharks. Excellent diving.

Pulau Pisang – These are a set of 2 islands and 2 small rocks between the areas of Misool and Halmahera. We spend a whole day here as the diving is terrific. Sloping reefs with healthy soft and hard corals and “very fishy” diving with schooling Bumpheads parrotfish, zillions of Blue Triggerfish and squadrons Dogtooth Tuna passing by.

Raja Ampat –  2 days in Misool (South Raja Ampat), then the trip ends in the area around Waigeo (North Raja Ampat), where we spend 2 days, mostly around the Strait of Dampier (including the manta dive).

Sample Itinerary 

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

Day 1. (2 dives) 5pm. Our staff will meet you in Manado Airport pick up to Raja Manta. Depending on arrival time, we can do Check dive plus night dive in Lembeh.  After critter dive(s) we sail overnight to Pulau Tifore.

Day 2. (3 dives)Pulau Tifore; amazing divesite island in the Moluccan Sea equidistant from Goraichi & Lembeh, schools of jacks, snappers and massive school of barracuda.  Sail to Halmahera.

Day 3. (4 dives) Palau Tolimau & Goraichi; Manta cleaning station & fish packed reefs amongst pristine hard coral gardens.

Day 4. (3-4 dives) Palau Kusu; strong currents & amazing action in the Patintie Strait.

Day 5. (4 dives) Palau Bacan; shark point, reef sharks, schools of barracuda & jacks along a coral & sponge packed reef.

Day 6. (3 dives) Pulau Pisang; healthy, species rich coral reefs, in aquarium like conditions.  Sail to Misool, South Raja Ampat.

Day 7. (3 dives) Raja Ampat; Nempele; exploring the West coast of Misool, a photography must with amazing mangroves in clear, shallow water.

Day 8. (4 dives) Raja Ampat; Misool; Fiabacet & Boo area, Boo Windows & Magic Mountain.

Day 9. (4 dives) Raja Ampat; last two dives in Misool before sailing back to Sorong.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, and rest & relaxation.

Day 10. (0 dives) 6am-12pm. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to local hotel or airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 9 days (26 dives)

Dive Site Information

  • Water Temp: 27-30 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp; 27-32 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)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi / Sorong (SOQ), West Papua 

How to get to Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi

  • We will be there to transfer you to the Raja Manta.  Transfer time 1-1.5 hours.
  • From Bali Lion Air daily flights via Makassar/ Surabaya.  From Jakarta direct with Garuda Indonesia
  • International, from Singapore direct flights with Silk Air.  Or fly to Jakarta and catch early morning Domestic flight

How to get from Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 5pm, 1st Day Bitung Port, Manado, North Sulawesi .  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed.  Free transfer from local hotel or Sam Ratulangi Airport, Manado to Raja Manta on Trip Departure day (transfer time 2 hours).
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Sorong, West Papua.  After breakfast and fond farewells we take you to Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong in time for Check In & flight (transfer time 20-30 mins).  Latest RM Check-out midday, trip return 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 Raja Manta. This also allows for your minimum 18 hours surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

Lembeh-Halmahera-Raja Ampat, 11 Days / 10 Nights

Starting critter heaven of the Lembeh Straits travelling through Halmahera to Raja Ampat area offering such a wealth of biodiversity starting with the spectacularly beautiful reefs.  The cruise runs between Bitung in North Sulawesi & Sorong, West Papua.     

There are 4  key areas dived; Lembeh, Tifore, Halmahera, and Raja Ampat

Lembeh Strait – 2 dives on the frist day – world famous for it’s muck and critter diving – long lazy dives offering photographers some of the most weird and wonderful marine creatures in the world. We encourage our divers to use a shore based resort to spend a few days in this area for a great treat either before or after your cruise.

Tifore – A small island between Lembeh and Halmahera. Great diving around a submerged reef about half a mile from the island. The reef has a wall on the south and east and sloping reef on the west . The wall and reef offer good dives however the main attractive is looking into the blue !  Massive schools of Barracudas –  hundreds and hundreds of barracudas that have made Tifore their home. Really quite amazing !

Strait of Patinti – Strait in the south of Halmahera. We spend another awesome day of diving here.  There are 2 pinnacles in the strait that are full of fish, healthy corals and quite a few blacktip reef sharks. Excellent diving.

Pulau Pisang – These are a set of 2 islands and 2 small rocks between the areas of Misool and Halmahera. We spend a whole day here as the diving is terrific. Sloping reefs with healthy soft and hard corals and “very fishy” diving with schooling Bumpheads parrotfish, zillions of Blue Triggerfish and squadrons Dogtooth Tuna passing by.

Raja Ampat –  2 days in Misool (South Raja Ampat), then the trip ends in the area around Waigeo (North Raja Ampat), where we spend 2 days, mostly around the Strait of Dampier (including the manta dive).

Sample Itinerary 

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

Day 1. (2 dives) 5pm. Our staff will meet you in Manado Airport pick up to Raja Manta. Depending on arrival time, we can do Check dive plus night dive in Lembeh.  After critter dive(s) we sail overnight to Pulau Tifore.

Day 2. (3 dives)Pulau Tifore; amazing divesite island in the Moluccan Sea equidistant from Goraichi & Lembeh, schools of jacks, snappers and massive school of barracuda.  Sail to Halmahera.

Day 3. (4 dives) Palau Tolimau & Goraichi; Manta cleaning station & fish packed reefs amongst pristine hard coral gardens.

Day 4. (3-4 dives) Palau Kusu; strong currents & amazing action in the Patintie Strait.

Day 5. (4 dives) Palau Bacan; shark point, reef sharks, schools of barracuda & jacks along a coral & sponge packed reef.

Day 6. (3 dives) Pulau Pisang; healthy, species rich coral reefs, in aquarium like conditions.  Sail to Misool, South Raja Ampat.

Day 7. (3 dives) Raja Ampat; Nempele; exploring the West coast of Misool, a photography must with amazing mangroves in clear, shallow water.

Day 8-9. (4 dives x2 days) Raja Ampat; Misool; Fiabacet & Boo area, Boo Windows & Magic Mountain.

Day 10. (4 dives) Raja Ampat; last two dives in Misool before sailing back 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 local hotel or airport. Departure from Sorong to Manado/ Makassar/ Jakarta/ Denpasar.

Diving days: 10 days (30 dives)

Dive Site Information

  • Water Temp: 27-30 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp; 27-32 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)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi / Sorong (SOQ), West Papua 

How to get to Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi

  • We will be there to transfer you to the Raja Manta.  Transfer time 1-1.5 hours.
  • From Bali Lion Air daily flights via Makassar/ Surabaya.  From Jakarta direct with Garuda Indonesia
  • International, from Singapore direct flights with Silk Air.  Or fly to Jakarta and catch early morning Domestic flight

How to get from Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

Trip Schedule

  • Departure; 5pm, 1st Day Bitung Port, Manado, North Sulawesi .  Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all Trip Preparations completed.  Free transfer from local hotel or Sam Ratulangi Airport, Manado to Raja Manta on Trip Departure day (transfer time 2 hours).
  • Return; 6am, Last Day - Sorong, West Papua.  After breakfast and fond farewells we take you to Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong in time for Check In & flight (transfer time 20-30 mins).  Latest RM Check-out midday, trip return 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 Raja Manta. This also allows for your minimum 18 hours surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying next day.

 

 

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,
  • Towel, toiletries, cabin services,
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular Air Tanks, weights, belt, 5 dive guides (1x Instructor, 4x Dive Master)

What’s excluded?

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

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee; US$250 per person.
  • Massage US$30/ hour,
  • Nespresso coffee & soft drinks: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Nitrox Fill; US$6/ 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.

Raja 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! 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.
  • Jakarta (CGK);if you are travelling via Jakarta someInternational & Domestic flights do not always arrive/depart from same terminal building. If yours is one here is a useful Transfer link or if too late get a taxi for 50,000IDRp between terminals (10 mins transfer time).

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

  • Internet; No Wi-Fi onboard at this time.  You may sign up for local SIM card.  Local Telkomsel is best local card to buy.  Telkomsel simpati bsim card starts at only 3usd. Plus credit to add on top!!
  • Mobile/ Internet signal; not long after you leave port we have has intermittent/ limited mobile signal until we return.

Trip Extras payment onboard

  • Credit card; due to the very unreliable connections we are NO longer able to take ANY credit card
  • payments on this trip.  Please bring enough CASH to pay for any Trip Extras.  We accept US Dollars, Euro, Singaporean dollars, 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 are available in town.
  • Fuel Surcharge; NO fuel surcharge in place at this time but may be implemented to account for any wide fluctuations.