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|CRS-418-TR Bis||22-Mar-18||28-Mar-18||Raja Ampat||6||$3,240.00||$2,592.00|
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Diving Trip to Raja Ampat Archipelago on Tiare Liveaboard
Dive cruises to Raja Ampat Islands Factsheet
All you need to know about this diving trip
- One free transit night in airport hotel in Indonesia
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Accommodation on board
- All meals on board
- Aqua, tea, coffee, soft drinks, local beers
- Complimentary glass of wine with dinner
- 3 dives a day + 1 night dives
- Excursions according on board program
- Tank, belt and weights
- Nitrox fills for certified nitrox divers
- Water sports
- Free advice about connecting flights and eventual stops over in Indonesia
- National Park Entrance Fees and Harbour Fees $150
- Alcoholic beverages, espresso, cappuccino
- Crew gratuities
- Diving Insurance, we highly recommended DAN
- Travel Insurance, we highly recommended World Nomads Travel Insurance
- International and domestic flights*
Terms & Conditions
- Booking by Cabin
- 25% as deposit for booking confirmation
- 100% 60 days before cruise departure
- Private Cruises & Charters
- A 15% deposit for booking confirmation
- 50% 120 days before cruise departure
- 100% 60 days before cruise departure
- Booking by Cabin
- More than 60 days before departure: 75% refund
- 60-30 days: 10% refund
- Less than 30 days: 0% refund
- Private Cruises & Charters
- More than 120 days before departure: 85% refund
- 120-60 days: 50% refund
- Less than 60 days: 0% refund
(*) We can organise all your flight itinerary, land services and eventual extensions with the best market price.
Contact us for planning your custom made diving holidays.
Raja Ampat 11 Night Itinerary with Tiare Liveaboard
Day 1 Welcome at Sorong Airport!
Tiare’s crew will welcome you at Sorong Airport and will manage your transfer to the boat. Your journey with Tiare Liveaboard begins in Sorong, on the archipelago of Raja Ampat.
After boarding Tiaré Liveaboard you’ll embark on the journey of a lifetime. We left about 12 o’clock from Sorong. On board we'll welcome by Tiare's Dive Manager and receive your first briefing from our Cruise Director. After a couple of hours sailing we'll plunge into the pleasant waters of Raja Ampat -with temperatures around 27-30°C (81-86°F)-, where we'll have the check dive in afternoon.
The most of 1500 islands of Raja Ampat are protected by the Indonesian government so you can expect pristine corals and an abundance of sea life, visibility can vary depending on the weather conditions. Particularly interested the ‘Four Kings’, referring to the 4 main islands of Raja Ampat: Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, Misool.
Days 2-5 Misool Island Group
Misool Island, one of the ‘Four Kings’ is in the south of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by a multitude of smaller islands to the southeast. The sites in this area are famous for their colourful soft corals and sea fans swaying in the warm waters of the reef. You’ll dive for 3 days in the Misool area, including Boo Windows, Yuliet and Romeo, Fiabecet, Wayilbatan, Daram Area, Pele and Sagof/Wagmab/Farondi Areas. You’ll encounter an incredible range of sea life during these dives, from turtles, reef sharks, pygmy seahorses, mantas, barracudas and everything in between!
Day 6 Penemu
On day 6 you’ll move on to Penemu, an island west of Waigeo with a selection of dives sites, the most famous being Melissa’s Garden. Shallow hard coral reefs here are home to hundreds of anthias dance and also sea snakes. The long, submerged seamount at Takat Penemu has a beautiful coral garden sloping to where where schools of fish hang out in the currents. Have a peek inside the large cup corals where Wobbegong sharks like to sleep, and visit Penemu Wall, My Reef and Harto’s Reef for more incredible sights.
At Penemu Island you will also have the chance to stop and climb to the highest point of the island to admire the entire lagoon from above.
Day 7 Wofoh & Aljui Bay
Expect 4 incredible dives today in Wofoh and Aljui Bay. Your first 2 dives are at Wofoh Black Forest, which is named after the deep ridge covered in large bushes of black corals, and is quite a unique sight. This shallow reef is covered in large purple soft corals, leather corals and healthy staghorn hard corals. Search the site’s wall for nudibranchs and even Wobbegong sharks resting on the many ledges.
Your 3rd and 4th dives will be in Aljui Bay on the west of Waigeo Island in an area also known as Sel Pele. This area has a pearl farm, which we can organise tours to, but also has two jetties at the pearl farm that have created great artificial reefs for amazing diving. Underneath the pearl farm you can find wobbegong sharks, stonefish, hundreds of schooling scads, ghost pipefish, juvenile batfish and plenty more. At Channel Island and White Arrow the walls and slopes full of soft corals and sea fans make the perfect home for pygmy seahorses and a huge variety of nudibranchs. To end the day on a high your night dive at Cendana Fuel Jetty is probably the best of the whole cruise. Search for velvet fish, ghost pipefish, waspfish, coconut octopus, Helmut flying gunnards and even the incredible walking shark.
Day 8 Gam Island
Today you will either visit the Gam Island area. Some of the possibilities for dive sites are Citrus Ridge offering gorgeous white sand contrasting the yellow and orange corals that teem with glassfish, sweetlips and batfish. Moving on to Takat Yanggelo (north & south) you’ll see similar species as well as huge schools of snappers, barracuda and fusiliers. Dive with black and white tip sharks at Wobbegong and also have a search for the tricky blue ringed octopus.
Still between the 2 islands, Mangrove Ridge is a ridge extending out from Yanggelo covered in black corals and huge sea fans. Explore the shallows of the mangroves where many species of juvenile fish, cardinal fish and archerfish hide in the roots of the trees.
Day 9 Dampier Strait
The first two dives of the day are at Manta Sandy, well-known to divers as it is one of the most consistent spots for finding congregating mantas. It is easy to spend a whole dive observing these majestic animals as they somersault through the water while being cleaned by several species of wrasse and even butterfly fish. They also come to feed on plankton carried along by the currents, so can be seen on the surface as well. With a bit of luck you’ll witness the unforgettable sight of a ”manta train”, where half a dozen or more mantas glide around feeding. Your afternoon and night dives are at Arborek Jetty. In the shallows the jetty posts are covered in soft corals and further down you’re likely to see pipefish and cuttlefish.
Watch local children jumping off the jetty and smiling for your cameras and even join in the fun! On the reef giant clams nestle in the pulsing soft corals and at search for blue ringed octopus, hermit crabs, skeleton shrimp and flatworms. At night you might even be able to hear toadfish croaking.
Between dives you will have the chance to visit the village on Arborek Island to discover the very traditional way of life these island people live. Bring along some little presents like writing or colouring supplies or hair accessories for the kids of the village and you’ll see them light with smiles like you’ve never seen before.
Days 10-11 Dampier Strait
The Dampier Strait, located between Waigeo and Batanta Islands is known to have some of the most nutrient-rich and spectacular diving in Raja Ampat. The currents passing through the strait make for the perfect diving situation and you can expect to see incredible corals housing just about every species of fish as well as prized macro subjects like the recently discovered Pontohi pygmy seahorse.
Sardine Reef is a popular dive spot, which ironically isn’t home to any sardines. However, you will see a stunning reef covered in huge sea fans, soft corals, enormous orange elephant ear sponges and schools of fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips and bannerfish. In fact, at this site the fish are so abundant you may hear the unique sound of “fish thunder” – the surprisingly loud sound of a large number of fish moving in synchronisity. Other dives in Dampier Strait include Chicken Reef, Kerupiar Island and Friwin Bonda.
Dives over these 2 days will also include Cape Kri, which holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90-minute dive, Otdima Reef and Blue Magic. This is a submerged seamount where you may encounter giant manta rays. Saonek Jetty or Jembeser Jetty are ideal for night dives; you’ll have the chance to see bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudibranchs at these sites.
If you’d also like to see some of the incredible animal life above water, take a hike in the jungle to see Papua’s famous Birds of Paradise. There will be an extra charge for this tour and it is dependent on the weather and all of the guest’s preferences.
Depending on the weather conditions and flight times the next day, the last full day of the cruise will include 1 or 2 dives at one of the above sites. After the dives you’ll cruise back to Sorong.
Day 12 Sorong
After breakfast on board you will ready to disembark at your convenience in the harbour of Sorong. The crew of Tiaré Liveaboard will accompany you to Sorong airport.
Note: This itinerary may vary depending on weather conditions, flight timetables and other unforeseen circumstances.
RAJA AMPAT USEFUL INFORMATION
Embark & Disembark for all dive cruises in Raja Ampat
- Embarking port: Sorong. Airport: Sorong
- Disembarking port: Sorong. Airport: Sorong
At your arrival at airport, our staff will be there to pick you up: you will easily identify them wearing their Tiare Liveaboard T-shirt and a folder mentioning your name and our logotype.
Check in & Check out on the dive cruises in Raja Ampat
- Check in: the cruise starting date, before 12:00pm.
- Check out: at the cruise ending date, before 12:00pm.
Domestic Flights & in Transit Accommodations for Dive Cruises in Raja Ampat
- 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 Raja Ampat
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.
Raja Ampat Diving Environment
The corals in Raja Ampat are of breathtaking beauty and a great diversity of species: Wobbegong shark, Epaulette shark, juvenal batfish, mandarin fish, Ambon cardinal fish, crocodile fish, pigmy seahorses -at least in all these variants: bargibanti, coleman, denise, pontoh, satomi, severn; reef sharks -white tip, black tip, grey tip, silver tip-; hammerhead shark, thresher shark, dugong, tuna, grouper, sea turtle, sun fish or mola mola, whalesharks, whales with their calves, oceanic mantas, porcelain crab, orangutan crab, harlequin shrimp, sexy shrimp, weird critters as spiny devilfish, zebra lionfish, leafy scorpionfish, raged-finned lionfish, stonefish, rhinopias, all the variety of amazing nudibranchs including the photogenic pickachu nudibranch... are all habitual residents of Raja Ampat coral reefs.
Land excursion to meet the Bird of Paradise
A fascinating easy trekking in the Papuan jungle will be a great opportunity to see the Bird of Paradise and it colourful courtship dance.
Visibility often reach 10-30 meters.
The temperature all year around is between 27-31 ̊C. A 3 mm long wetsuit is enough.
The current can be gentle to strong
The driest season is between November to March.
Navigation & Itinerary
The itinerary varies slightly between each cruise depending on weather conditions, currents, visibility and suitability for diving activities.
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