Stay Raja Ampat

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Raja Ampat: A step by step guide

Raja Ampat adventure

The 22 step plan for an amazing Raja Ampat adventure

  1. Find out if Raja Ampat on a budget is really for you by reading this important introduction.
  2. Check to see if it will fit your budget. Raja Ampat is great value but West Papua is more expensive than other regions of Indonesia.
  3. Decide when to go. Check our weather info page for the best time of year.
  4. Choose your accommodation - here's a list of all the budget accommodation we have contact details for and here's our Raja Ampat maps page so you can see where they are and where you might want to go.
  5. If you're looking for accommodation that offers diving, refer to our diving section for information.
  6. Make a booking by contacting the owner directly. Read these instructions.
  7. Consider organising a guide for your stay. A guide can be invaluable help when you are staying in a remote area.
  8. Find your flights to Sorong, West Papua. Read our "how to get to" page
  9. Check out some of the activities you might enjoy while you are there.
  10. Catch up with other travellers to share the fun and the costs - check for posts on our Facebook page
  11. Get a medical and dental check up, and organise some medicines - see our Health and Medical FAQ
  12. Organise your visa. A 30 day visa on arrival is available at all Indonesian ports of entry for USD$25.00 If you want to spend longer than that in Raja Ampat we'd recommend getting a 60 day visa before leaving your home country. (That way you won't have to hang around in Sorong trying to organise an extension.)
  13. Organise the Indonesian Rupiah you'll need before you get to Sorong (see the Money, Banks and ATMs page)
  14. Catch that plane to Sorong!
  15. Get your Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit tags
  16. Top up your Indonesian Rupiah - this is your last chance to use an ATM
  17. It's island time - get out of town!
  18. Have an amazing time. It's not hard.
  19. Don't forget to observe cultural sensitivities and leave the islands as beautiful as you found them.
  20. Please, leave feedback about your experience.
  21. If you want to give back after you get home, consider supporting these great Raja Ampat conservation initiatives.
  22. Tell your friends. A local ecotourism economy (provided that tourists visit responsibly and don't overburden local infrastructure), is one of the few things that stand between the reef and the lucrative but incredibly damaging fishing practices and development pressures that could destroy it. You can easily share Stay Raja Ampat information by using the "Share this site" tool on this page.

Step by step guide

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So you want to travel to Raja Ampat but you need more information and you're not sure where to start?


Our step by step guide will hopefully point you to the stuff you need to make planning your trip much easier.

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Stay Raja Ampat exists to help local communities develop a sustainable ecotourism industry.

We don't receive payment of any kind from homestays or make bookings. We just put you in contact with great local people who can show you the time of your life. More...

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