Halmahera-Raja Ampat

Welcome to Halmahera where remote, unspoiled, and stunning underwater landscapes await, Halmahera’s pristine beauty is staggering and made all the more alluring by the lack of crowds.  Crossing from Halmahera to Raja Ampat we conclude the cruise in some of the world’s most bio-diverse waters. 580 kinds of coral, 1,397 species of fish including 23 endemics, are just a few of the numbers used to define this area, Raja Ampat is truly at the epicenter of marine biodiversity and should be on every scuba diver ‘bucket list.’

Sample Itinerary

Note: All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 3pm. Our staff will meet you upon your arrival at Ternate Airport and transfer to White Manta.  Once all guests are onboard you will receive a very warm welcome, briefing, dinner, then we set sail to Pulau Tidore.  Possible check dive at Ternate if all arrive early.

Day 2. (3-4 dives) Pulau Tidore: Amazing dive-sites & macro diving.  

Day 3. (3-4 dives) Pulau Kusu & Palau Bacan: shark point, reef sharks, schools of barracuda & jacks along a coral & sponge packed reef.

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

Day 5. (4 dives) Pulau 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 Raja Ampat.

Day 7. (3-4 dives) Raja Ampat: Pennemu & Fam Islands: Melissa’s Garden, My Reef, Keruo channel.

Day 8. (4 dives) Raja Ampat: Experience the best of central & North Raja Ampat with plenty of big fish action amongst stunning coral gardens to please even the most demanding diver.

Day 9. (2 dives) Misokon island: including Blue Magic & Yellow Fever.  Sail back to Usahamina pier, Sorong where you spend last night on board.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, have lunch, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on trip departure day.

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

Diving days: 9 days (26 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Start: Ternate (TTE), North Maluku 
  • Finish: Sorong (SOQ), West Papua

How to get to Ternate (TTE), North Maluku

  • Easily accessed from Manado (MDC) with daily flights less than one hour with Lion Air , or via early morning flights from Jakarta (CGK) with daily flights around 3.5 hours with Batik Air / Garuda Indonesia.

How to get from Sorong (West Papua)

  • It is easiest to fly from Sorong (SOQ) via Jakarta (CGK), Makassar (UPG Ujung Pandang), Bali (DPS, Denpasar), or Manado (MDC). Recommended, via Jakarta. For more flight options and details, please see our Raja Ampat Fact Sheet.
  • Please refer to our Manta trip schedule before booking your domestic flights.
  • To Jakarta: Early morning direct daily flights, with Batik Air / Garuda Indonesia, arriving to Jakarta, which should allow enough time to schedule your international flight home. Lion Air also offer flights, some direct, others via Makassar.

Dive Site Information (Halmahera)

  • Water Temp: 27-30 degrees Celsius, Air Temp: 27-32 degrees Celsius,
  • Visibility: 15-30 meters, Currents: 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 to Boat.
  • All nights' accommodation on Boat.
  • All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, soft drinks
  • Cabin towels, soap & shampoo, cabin services.
  • FOC replacement if equipment breakdown
  • Towel & drink after every dive.
  • Regular air tanks, weights, belt, 6 dive guides (1x instructor, 5x dive masters)

What’s excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay.
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee.
  • Dive & travel insurance.
  • Fuel surcharge (if applicable). Please see our Booking Information page 'Fuel surcharge' section for more details and fees per person.
  • Massage services
  • Laundry services
  • Nespresso coffee, alcohol; beer & wine
  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Diving gear; dive computer, torch, large 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: 3pm, 1st day - Ternate, North Maluku. Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all trip preparations are completed.  Free pickup upon arrival from Sultan Babullah Airport, Ternate (transfer time 20-30 mins) or local hotel (10am) to your Manta vessel on trip departure day.
  • Return: 5am, last day - Sorong, West Papua.  After a light breakfast and fond farewells, we take you to the local hotel or Domine Edward Osok Airport, Sorong in time for check-in & flight.  Note: Latest 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 the last night on board. This also allows for your minimum 18 hours' surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying the next day.

Additional Trip Infromation

Travel Documents

  • COVID-19 requirements & protocols in Indonesia and on your trip.  Please see our COVID-19 Travel & Visa Information page to help prepare and plan in advance for your travels and entry into Indonesia, as detailed by the Government of Indonesia.
  • Guest Info. We MUST receive guest’s details well in advance in the trip Note: Late receipt of Passport details may very likely lead to delayed departure & significant changes to the itinerary.
  • Visa On Arrival (VOA), single entry is now available for many countries and Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEP) for some ASEAN countries for stay up to 30 days. VOA cost: IDR 500,000 (approx. EUR 32 / USD 35). Payment can be done by: Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card or Cash Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Note: Please check here for eligibity. If you are from one of countries not on the VOA or VEA lists, or if you simply wish to get a visa in advance, you MUST apply for an eVisa (B211A) online PRIOR to arrival before entering all other airports.
  • Passport. Please 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 Embassy of Indonesia 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.

Domestic Flights

  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to Ternate & from Sorong. 
  • Travel agent: If you require assistance with your itinerary: obtaining an e-visa, booking domestic flight tickets, hotels, transfers, and additional land arrangements etc, we can recommend local Indonesian Travel agents, our friends at Come2Indonesia.  Contact Rendy & the team here tour2@come2indonesia.com.. Note: 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.

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 then we recommend DiveAssure for their single trip policy cover.
  • 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.  ATMs available in town.

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee: US$250 per person (collected in advance of trip).
  • Fuel surcharge fee: US$200 per person (collected in advance of trip).
  • Massage US$35/ hour, laundry services US$10/ basket
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Satellite Wi-Fi: US$35 for trip per person (US$50 for trip per person 10+ days).
  • Nitrox: US$20/ diving day or US$7/ fill.

Equipment rental

Diving gear: Full Set US$50/ diving day (except large tank & torch) ONLY if paid in advance of the trip, else individual rates apply per diving day*

  • BCD US$15
  • Regulator US$15
  • Dive computer US$15
  • Wetsuit US$10
  • Fins US$10
  • Mask US$10
  • Large tank US$15
  • Torch* US$15 per sunset/ night dive.

Diving gear items priced per diving day*. Please provide sizes in advance of the trip, as all gear is subject to availability. If not known then provide your height, weight, shoe size, where applicable.

  • Note: Torch rental* price is per sunset/ night dive.
  • Note: Exposure suits: 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.    
  • Note: Large tank AL100, 100 cu ft (13.2 liters)
  • Note: Gear included: Regular air tank AL80, 80 cu ft (11.1 liters), weights, belt.
  • Note: Additional tank US$15/ day