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Indonesian Diving Adventure Aboard The Ratu Laut

Dive Raja Ampat, the most biodiverse marine habitat on earth whilst helping marine conservation. 7 days.

DURATION
6 Nights
COMFORT
Comfortable Bed
LOCATION
Indonesia
SEASON
February—April, December
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This 7-day Indonesian diving adventure takes in the turquoise waters and coral reefs of Raja Ampat. With 80% of the world’s coral species, 1350 species of fish and 27 varieties of marine mammal, needless to say, this is one of the best places in the world to dive. From your home aboard the Ratu Laut, you’ll dive day and night in some of the best dive sites the region has to offer.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation aboard the Ratu Laut
  • Full board
  • Divemaster services
  • Tanks, weights, weight belts
  • Transfers from hotel
  • Snorkel hire
  • T-shirt

Perfect for: Divers looking to experience the most biodiverse marine life in the world. You need to be a PADI Open Water Diver (or equivalent) with a minimum of 20 dives under your belt. You must be fit and have completed a PADI medical form.

Adventures for Good: Your hosts are a grassroots NGO dedicated to marine conservation and community development. Adventures like this one allow them to share the fantastic marine life with others while also generating important income for their marine research program. See all of our ‘Adventures for Good’ here.

Need To Know

Not included in your adventure: - Dive equipment (this can all be hired from your host - let them know when booking) - Soft drinks and beers - Flights - Travel insurance - Visa - Park fees ($150 in cash paid on arrival) - Tip

You need to be a PADI qualified Open Water Diver or equivalent with at least 20 dives. You need to be fit and healthy and have filled out a PADI medical form.

Yes, absolutely. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people.

Your local hosts recommend: - Lightweight long sleeve shirt and trousers (to keep off the sun and biting insects) - Shorts (Swimming and normal) - Lightweight T-Shirts - Jumper, hoody or sweatshirt - Lightweight waterproof jacket - Shampoo/Conditioner - Soap/Body Wash - Razors - Contact lens fluid - Sun lotion (Med & High SPF factors) - Mask/Snorkel - Wetsuit (3mm shortie or long recommended) - Fins/Dive Boots - Dive Computer - Dive log book - Dive torch (you must bring this if you wish to do the amazing night dives) - Reef hook - Assortment of plasters - Ibuprofen/Paracetamol - Antibiotic ear drop (recommended)

  • Tanks
  • Weights and weight belt
  • Towels

Being an equatorial destination the temperature remains close to 31 degrees Celsius all year round. Night time temperatures are also warm at around 25 degrees Celsius. Indonesia has a humid climate with an average humidity of 83%, luckily you can always jump into the sea to cool down.

There are two rainy seasons, December to January and June to July. Being a tropical climate it’s not guaranteed that it won’t rain in the dry season and during the rainy season downpours tend to be short and fierce rather than all day affairs.

Food is a mix of local Indonesian and western dishes served buffet style.

Yes, of course. Just let your local host know once you have booked.

You are free to book any flights that fit with the trip start and finish times.

Your hosts are an NGO dedicated to marine conservation through community action and marine research. By running adventures such as this one, they can share the fantastic marine life of Indonesia with others and generate income to fund their conservation and community programmes.

They are in different locations on the islands.

Location

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The Raja Ampat is a series of Indonesian islands in the West Papua Province. It’s far away from the hustle and bustle of normal life, a destination for the adventurous at heart. During the trip, you will sail and dive in the turquoise waters around the islands.

Raja Ampat has the greatest marine biodiversity anywhere on earth. It is an incredibly important place for marine conservation. In you Raja Ampat you will find 80% of the worlds coral species, a record-breaking 1350 species of fish, 6 of the 7 marine turtle species in the world and 27 different varieties of marine mammal.

Needless to say, this is a fantastic place to dive and it is one of the premier dive destinations in the world. Unfortunately, it is also under threat from climate change, coral bleaching and disease. Along your trip, you will find out more about this fantastic marine ecosystem and just by going you will support marine conservation there.

Start point? The trip starts in the lobby of Je Meridien Hotel in Sorong, directly opposite the airport, at 07:30.

End point? The trip ends at Waisai ferry port at 13:00. The crew will help arrange your onward transportation.

Getting there and away? By air: The closest airport is Domine Eduard Osok Airport (SOQ) in Sorong. The airport is opposite the trip start point, the Je Meridien Hotel.

It is a domestic airport serving Indonesian destinations. For most other destinations a connecting flight through Soekarno-Hatta International Aiport (CGK) in Jakarta will be the best option.

The airport is served by Batik Air, Gruda Indonesia, Lion Air, Nam Air, Sri Wijaya. Susi Air, Wings Air Xpress Air.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and diving

Your marine adventure starts at the Je Meridien Hotel in Sorong, West Papua. Your local hosts will collect you there at 07:30 and from there it’s off to the harbour to catch the 09:00 ferry to the island of Waigeo. By 11:00 you will have reached The Ratu Laut, your home for the next week.

You can settle into your cabin as the Ratu Laut sets sail for the island of Mansur. Here you will experience your first dive. It’s a nice easy one to kick things off with plenty to see, everything from gliding manta rays to flitting pygmy seahorses.

Day 2: Diving famous reefs and meeting marine biologists

There are four great dives today, including a night dive, taking in world famous reefs and protected areas. It’s an excellent opportunity to see some of the areas bigger inhabitants, grey reef sharks, black tip reef sharks and tuna. You will also experience the bountiful coral reef of cape Kri filled with turtles, snapper fish and barracuda to name but a few.

In the afternoon you will also visit your local hosts base on Arborek Island. Here you will meet the fantastic team of marine biologists, volunteers and conservationists working tirelessly to protect the regions marine life.

Day 3: More diving and sailing to Kawe

Three more great dives are on the menu for the day. First up it’s a dive at Manta Sandy. Which, as you may have guessed from the name, is a superb site to see manta rays. Next, it’s on to Melissa Garden, one of the most impressive coral reefs in the area. Finally, you can allow yourself to drift along the currents in the Kerou Chanel as you take in the underwater scenery.

With the days dives done, you’ll pause to admire the turquoise waters of Bintan Lagoon. Overnight, the crew will navigate the 7-hour crossing to Kawe Island while you kick back and relax.

Day 4: Diving Kawe Island

Yet another four great dives are scheduled for day 4. First up, watch Manta rays being cleaned by the tiny butterfly fish and cleaner wrasse at the cleaning stations found in Eagle Rock. Next, it’s Black Rock, another of the best coral reefs in the area. For the third dive you will return to Eagle Rock, with a change of currents there is a whole new perspective on offer.

After a quick stop in the local village, you’ll head to the night’s mooring spot in Alyui Bay. From here you’ll splash down for an inky night dive at the famous pearl farm.

Day 5: Diving around ‘Alyui Bay’

Three great dives on offer today. Kick things off with a daytime dive, and a whole new perspective of Alyui Bay. The sea is, once again, full of life. If you are lucky there may be dolphins in the area so make sure to keep an eye out.

The second dive of the day is at Yangeffo island. The large sloping reef offers a great diversity of marine life from the very large to the very small. The last dive for the day is at Gam Island where you will find the fish-filled coral garden of Citrus Ridge.

Day 6: Birds of paradise, diving and local villages

It’s an early start to this action-packed day. The reward for your 04:45 alarm is to watch the flamboyant birds of paradise. Next its back in the water for a few more famous dive sites. If the currents are right, you may witness the hunting prowess of the tuna as they round up a bait ball and then dart in for the kill.

Heading ashore on Kri Island you can visit a local village homestay and go on an optional trek to a viewpoint over Mansuar Island. There is one last night dive for your last evening aboard the Ratu Laut, with octopuses, walking sharks, and mandarin fish. You may even surprise a sleeping turtle.

Day 7: One last dive and heading home

There’s a chance for one last dive before heading home. Drink in your fill of manta rays, barracudas and rainbow runners for the last time. There is a final lunch aboard the boat, a chance to reminisce and swap contact details with your travelling companions.

After lunch, the crew will travel back with you on the ferry to Sorong. They will arrange your transport back to your hotel, then wish you a fond goodbye. Time to head home, or too adventures new, with some great photos and even better memories.

Accommodation

You will be staying aboard the Ratu Laut, an attractive 30m vessel with striking maroon sails, custom built for diving. Accommodation is shared in air-conditioned two or four person cabins. Dining is open air, on deck, and there is also a sun deck, the perfect spot to relax and admire the view.

The Ratu Laut is staffed by an experienced captain, dive guides and crew with superb knowledge of the local area. There is a daily housekeeping service.

A single supplement is available at 65% of the total cost.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Full diving kit (BCD, Regulator, Fins, Boots, Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit, Dive Computer) Payable Before Departure
Full diving kit £120.00 Per Person
Single room supplement (7 day trip) Payable Before Departure
Single Room Supplement (7 day trip) £840.00 Per Person

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