10 Day Indonesian Diving Adventure Aboard The Ratu Laut

Experience some of the richest marine life on earth on this diving adventure in Raja Ampat, whilst helping to preserve it.10 days.

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10 Day Indonesian Diving Adventure Aboard The Ratu Laut

Experience some of the richest marine life on earth on this diving adventure in Raja Ampat, whilst helping to preserve it.10 days.

  • Indonesia
  • November—March
  • Dominique Edward Osok Airport, Sorong (SOQ)

A 10-day diving odyssey in one of the world’s premier diving destinations. Raja Ampat has some of the richest marine life on earth with 1350 species of fish and 27 varieties of marine mammal. Experience the region’s best dive sites while living on the Ratu Laut, a purpose-built diving vessel.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 9 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.

Adventure for Good: Your hosts are a grassroots and community-based NGO dedicated to marine conservation. 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.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and dive

Your adventure starts at 07:30 at the Je Meridien Hotel in Sorong, West Papua. From there you will catch a ferry to Waigeo and board your home for the next 10 days, the Ratu Laut. Once settled in you’ll go on your first dive and get your first glimpse of the fantastic sea life. Overnight, the crew will sail you to Misool while you sleep.

Day 2: Dive to ‘Wagmap’, ‘Gamfi’ and ‘Farondi Cave’

There are three dives today through coral reefs limestone caves with stalactites and arching roofs. It’s a nice warm-up day with easy dive sites and plenty of coral, sponges, tiger shrimp and dramatic underwater scenery for you to marvel at.

Day 3: Dive for Yellowtail Fussiliers and Mobula Rays

There are three dives today. The sites you will visit are great spots for seeing the abundance of small baitfish that support so many other marine creatures such as the Yellowtail Fussillier. You stand a good chance of watching a Mobula ray striking a bait ball as it hunts.

Day 4: Dive to ‘Shadow Reef’ and ‘Boo Window’

Today’s three dives offer some great shark sightings and take in one of the most famous dive sites in the area, Boo Window. You will see reef sharks such as the Wobbegong, barracuda, turtles and schools of fusiliers. At the end of the day, the crew will start sailing South West.

Day 5: Dive to the ‘Fiabacet Chain,’ ‘Whale Rock’ and ‘Tank Rock’

Another three dives on offer today. The first dive site is a great spot for little critters, a good one for any macro photography fans. In the next two dives, sea life continues to abound with Big-eyed trevally, grey reef sharks and pygmy seahorses to name a few.

Day 6: Dive to ‘Barracuda Rock’ and at the ‘Wedding Cake’ Dive Site

Three dives again today. One of the day’s highlights is Barracuda Rock which, as you might guess, is famous for schools of Barracuda. The day’s last dive takes in some impressive underwater architecture at the Wedding Cake dive site.

Day 7: Dive either ‘Fantasea’ or the ‘Wayilbatan channel’ and ‘Yilliet Kecil’

There are two dives scheduled for today. You will see some impressive sea fans as well as some really diverse coral reef. After the days diving is done the crew will hoist anchor and set sail for Melissa’s Garden, about an 18-hour crossing.

Day 8: Dive ‘Melissa’s Garden’ and visit the ‘Barefoot Conservation’ NGO

Today you will dive some of the area’s most impressive coral reefs, visit manta ray cleaning stations and go on a night dive. You will also visit your local hosts base to meet some of the scientists and conservationists working there and learn about their work.

Day 9: Diving and trek the island of ‘Kri’

There are three dives today where you will see huge schools of fish, like snappers and sweetlips. There is also plenty more coral and dramatic underwater rock features. After diving, there is an optional hike on the island of Kri.

Day 10: Diving and departing

There is a chance for one last dive before heading back to the ferry. Along the way, enjoy a last lunch with the crew and your travelling companions. Time to bid the crew a fond farewell and head back to Sorong where your adventure ends.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

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.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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 (10 day trip) Payable Before Departure
Single Room Supplement (10 day trip) £1230.00 Per Person

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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 of 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, Sriwaijaya. Susi Air, Wings Air Xpress Air.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not included in your adventure: - Dive equipment (Let your host know before your trip if you need to hire equipment) - 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: - Light weight long sleeve shirt and trousers (to keep off the sun and biting insects) - Shorts (Swimming and normal) - Light weight T-Shirts - Jumper, hoody or sweatshirt - Light weight water proof 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)

Included in your adventure: - 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 within the islands. The 7 day trip goes to the North of the islands. The 10 day trip goes to Misool the South.


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