Diving Cruise to Raja Ampat Archipelago with Samambaia Liveaboard, 11 night trip from Sorong to Sorong
Liveaboard Diving Trip Departures to Raja Ampat with Samambaia on 2018
March 15-22 2018, 7 nights, USD 3010 diver - USD 2559 non diver
Book now and you will get a complimentary one free transit night in Airport Hotel at your arrival in Indonesia, to be fit since your first dive!
Raja Ampat literally means "4 Rajas" referred to the 4 main islands that form a whole region of more than 1500 islands and islets in the province of West Papua, Indonesia. Remote and uncontaminated, occupying an area of 40,000 km2, the entire region has been defined as the epicenter of the marine biodiversity of our planet because it has phenomenal concentrations of marine species, including iconic species such as whale sharks, manta rays and sea turtles. As well as pygmy seahorses, wobbegongs and walking sharks, endemic species that do not exist anywhere else in the world just here.
Diving Trip to Raja Ampat on Samambaia Liveaboard
All you need to know about this trip
Raja Ampat Diving Trip 11 nights Factsheet
- One free transit night in airport hotel in Indonesia
- Arrival and departure airport transfer
- Accommodation on board, meals, snacks, aqua, tea and coffee, espresso, cappuccino, soft drinks and beer
- 3 dives a day + 1 night dive (except on day of arrival & departure)
- Nitrox fills -for certified divers-
- Excursions according on board program
- Tanks, belts and weights
- Free advice about connecting flights and eventual stop over in Indonesia
- Port Clearance Fees, Fuel Surcharge and National Park Entrance Fees: $75 + $150 + $100 /cruise/pax
- Wine and alcoholic beverages
- Introductory diving and certification courses are available by prior request only, except for Nitrox courses that fit easily into the normal diving day
- Dive equipment rental
- Massage/Spa treatments
- Hotel and meals before and after your cruise
- International and domestic flights -we can organise all your flight itinerary with the best market price-
- One transit night depending of your connecting flights -we can organise all your land services and eventual extensions with the best market price-
Terms & Conditions
- Booking by Cabin
- 20% as deposit for booking confirmation
- 100% full payment, 90 days before cruise departure
- Private Cruises & Charters
- A 20% deposit for booking confirmation
- 50% of total payment, 180 days before cruise departure
- 100% full payment, 90 days before cruise departure
- Booking by Cabin
- More than 90 days before departure: 80% refund
- 89-60 days: 50% refund
- Less than 60 days: 0% refund
- Private Cruises & Charters
- More than 180 days before departure: 80% refund
- 180-91 days: 50% refund
- Less than 90 days: 0% refund
Embark & Disembark
- Embark: Sorong - Airport: Sorong
- Disembark: Sorong - Airport: Sorong
At your arrival at airport, our staff will be there to pick you up: you will easily identify them wearing their Samambaia t-shirt and a folder mentioning your name and our logotype.
- Check in: the cruise starting date, before 12:00pm.
- Check out: at the cruise ending date, before 12:00pm.
Domestic Flights & in Transit Accommodations
You will need a flight from Jakarta-Sorong-Jakarta in connection with your international flights.
You might need spend one transit night before and after your diving trip depending of your international flights.
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Diving the Archipelago of Raja Ampat
The cruise will sail and dive all Raja Ampat Archipelago from south to north. As stunningly beautiful above water as below, Raja Ampat is a startling diversity of habitats to explore. Each of these -from the stark wave-, pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliff of Wayag and Uranie, to the deep nutrient-rich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui and Aljui, to the blue water mangrove channels of Kofiau and Gam, to the plankton rich upwelling area of Misool and the Dampier Strait are home to unique assemblages of species that, when taken together, add to produce the most impressive species list ever compiled for a coral reef system of this size.
The reefs of the Raja Ampat are specifically referred to as ‘species factories’, replenishing other reef ecosystems by sweeping coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans via their strong currents. Surveys indicate that marine life here is among the most diverse in the world, and that it houses some of the richest coral reef ecosystems worldwide
Diving Environment at Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat Islands are more than thousand sand and rock small islands, with the most different underwater morphologies: slops, ridges, channels, caves, tunnels; and an astounding diversity of habitats, each one with a different kind of diving experience: sandy bottoms as life-size aquarium, blue-water mangroves systems hosting pigmy seahorses and saltwater crocodiles at once, ideal calm sand flats as clean station for oceanic mantas, perfect murky and silt-ridden conditions for the muck diving lovers, a river-like saltwater channel of strong currents and great walls plentiful of invertebrates, a lot of incredible nudibranchs, black and white tip sharks, epaulette or the walking shark, woebegone or the carpet shark, pods of blackfish as a dolphins, pilote whales, false killer whales; and maybe orcas and big whales. One amazing diving experience will be diving in the jetty of some traditional village. After dive we will visit the village where we will see traditional life of Raja Ampat Islands.
The visibility is expected to be very good all along this itinerary, about 10-30 meters or more.
Sea temperature is about 27-31°C. A 3 mm long wetsuit and a hood are recommended for this diving trip.
The currents can be gentle to strong. We always try to avoid too strong currents, however this is not always possible and conditions can also change quickly.
Navigation & Itinerary
The itinerary varies slightly between each cruise depending on weather conditions, currents, visibility and diving.
The weather is generally dry and sunny with a refreshing breeze.
The sea is flat and calm.
Dive sites between 10-30 m
Day 1: Embarkation
Arrival with plane to Sorong. You will be picked up by crew members at the airport. Embarkation in the port of Sorong. A general orientation follows.
Day 2: Wagmab / Farondi
After an initial general dive briefing, we will do our check dive with you at an easy and protected dive site. Check dive in the sense of you checking your gear and weights, making sure the camera housings are proper sealed and our guides checking your buoyancy. No skill demonstrations are required. Thereafter we will do two more dives around Wagmab and Farondi. We’ve got a wide array of sites to pick from. There is five dive sites commonly dived, add our secret spots and you get to ten. You can expect an impressive soft coral growth, big sea fans, a huge swim through, a cavern and a superb macro life. For several months of the season, silversides are abundant and the mobulas come in to hunt.
Day 3: Wayil
Barracuda Rock, Wedding Cake and Dunia Kecil are the dive sites which we will spend this day at. In the afternoon we offer a two hour speedboat ride into hidden coves to let you enjoy the stunning topside of the limestone islands. At the end we will get to a pristine white sand beach where you can cool of with a little swim.
Day 4: Fiabatjet
Right in the heart of the No-Take-Zone. ‘Tank Rock’, ‘Nudi Rock’ & ‘Whale Rock’ are the famous and commonly dived sites here. There is five more dive sites in the very proximity which are as good, if not even better. We prefer to go a bit off the beaten track here. The reefs are covered in soft coral in all colours you can imagine. Surrounded by most colourful reef fish. More Fusiliers than one could possibly count. Jacks, Trevallies, Barracudas, Sharks. And if you happen to dive here on a day with bad visibility. Just face the reef. It’s packed with macro life. Several species of Pygmy Seahorses, Nudibranchs, tiny Crustaceans - every niche in these reefs is filled with life.
Day 5: Boo / Warakaraket
The swim through at ‘Boo Windows’ is one of the signature dive sites of SE Misool. The surrounding reef is covered in sea fans. Even bigger sea fans you will see at our second dive here at ‘Hidung Boo’. We combine this impressive day of diving with at least one dive at ‘Magic Mountain’. Being a cleaning station for Oceanic Mantas makes this place truly magic.
Day 6: Daram
This island group is one of our favourite area to dive in SE Misool. Since 2010 declared as the second no take zone in the area the marine life here is abundant and most colourful. We will spend the whole day here and offer three world class dives. No night dive today as we will head overnight to the north.
Day 7: Yanggelo
In the morning you will find yourself in the north of Raja Ampat. The main difference to Misool are the pristine hard coral, whilst the south is famous for the soft variation. ‘Mayhem’ is an action packed dive which we will hit when there is enough current to keep the fish life going without being to challenging for the divers. Outside the mangroves of Yanggelo we three more very attractive dive sites to show you.
Day 8: Mansuar / Arborek
It’s time for more close encounters with the majestic Manta Rays of Raja Ampat. ‘Manta Sandy’ is one of the most popular dive sites out here and therefore we avoid. Just because we know about even better spots where we will take you. In the afternoon we will dive the jetty of the small island of Arborek. The pillars are covered in soft coral and all around we find very attractive macro life. Afterwards we will go and visit the little village here on the island.
Day 9: Dampier Strait
The dive- and snorkel sites in the Dampier Strait stand for action packed dives in our favourite kind of fish soup - the one that is still alive and surrounds us in the water. Encounters with Manta Rays are very common here. The reef of the island of Kri is the current world record holder with the highest number of fish species ever counted by a scientist in a single dive - Dr. Gerry Allen came up with 374 different fish species counted. Again: in one single dive. Dive sites here are exposed to current so it’s all about the right timing to get the most out of it. And we know how to time it here. Popular dive sites here: ‘Kap Kri’, ‘Chicken’, ‘Sardine’, ‘Mike’s Point’ and ‘Blu Majik’.
Day 10: Dampier Strait
For the early birds we offer optional trekking in the morning to go and see the Red Bird of Paradise. These birds do their mating dances up in the trees just when the sun rises. Another day of action packed diving in the Dampier Strait lies ahead of us.
Day 11: Dampier
Towards the end of the week and the end of the cruise for some other liveaboards it can get a bit busy here. We don’t like that and therefore move away to some sites less dived yet very attractive. A WW 2 plane wreck. ‘Larry’s Promise’. Wruzwarez Slope. There is many possibilities. And to conclude our in-water activities we aim to snorkel with feeding Mantas. On our way back our crew will keep an eye out onto the ocean for you and alert you in time for whale and dolphin encounters. Which are quite common here. As long as you are on the watch out. And we are...
Day 12: Disembarkation in Sorong
Depending on your flight schedule, our crew will check your luggage in for you in advance so you can rest on board and let us shuttle you to the airport when your plane is ready to leave.
Samambaia Boat Specifications
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Diving with Samambaia Liveaboard
Diving Trip Organization
No cruise on MV Samambaia is like the other. Every single trip is tailor-made to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The decision on the itinerary is made by the cruise director as we cruise along and is based on factors such as weather conditions, dive conditions, requests of guests, schedules of other liveaboards, which we are trying to stay away from.
- There are however certain constants on every cruise which are:
- Three day dives of minimum 1 hour duration
- One sunset- or night dive (unless we have to cover a serious amount of miles over night)
- Activities during the surface intervals such as:
- Scenic rides through lagoons and coves in our tenders
- Trekking to breathtaking view points
- Visits of secluded perfect beaches
- Excursions to traditional villages
- Whale watching
- Water action such as wake boarding and water skiing
The Cuisine on Board
The cuisine on Samambaia Liveaboard is cared by its Italian owner. The 20sqm kitchen is adjacent to the lounge and allows the cooks to work in safety and comfort. Samambaia's cuisine is focus on fresh local ingredients. Bread and pastry is prepared every day. Fish and sea food are carefully chosen from sustainable sources only. A selection of wines rounds up the culinary experience.
There are some dive equipment to rent on board. However, all sizes are not necessarily available, so please book for it before the cruise.
- Complete regulator with octopus and pressure gauge 10€/ day - 85€/ 11 night cruise
- BCD 10€/ day - 85€/ 11 night cruise
- Wetsuit, fins, mask & snorkel 15€/ day - 100€/ 11 night cruise
- Torch 10€/ day - 60€/ 11 night cruise
- Dive Computer 10€/ day - 60€/ 11 night cruise
- 15 lt tank 60€/ 11 night cruise
Dive Courses on Board
Our cruises are open to divers Padi Advanced Level 2 or equivalent with at least 50 dives logged. Less experienced divers can also participate with a specific supervision that have to be arranged before the cruise.
- Nitrox 160€
- AOW 275€
Respect of Nature Guidelines
We will request the participants to fill up on board a statement of fitness for the dive activities.
We will ask you to carefully respect the fauna and flora: have adequate buoyancy to avoid touching the substrate or break any corals; do not touch the animals, do not collect anything; do not to harass wildlife to photography and moderate the number of flashes you impose on them. The use of gloves is not allowed.
An insurance covering medical evacuation and diving accidents is compulsory. It will be requested upon arrival on board.
Extras - Payments on Board Samambaia
- All extras are payable in cash on board.
- We can not receive payment by credit card.
- Currencies accepted on board: EUR, USD, IDR.
They reflect your level of satisfaction with the service on board. As an indication: 5%-10% of the cruise rate.
What you don’t need bring with you on board Samambaia
- Are provided on board: towels and toiletries, soap, shampoo.
- Electrical outlets round European type are founded in the cabins, lounge, camera room.
- Hair dryer available on request.
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