Kayaking in Raja Ampat is without a doubt the best way to explore the archipelago. Gliding silently among these spectacular islands without the noise and fume of outboard engines is to experience nature at its wild and beautiful best in what has to be the world’s greatest sea kayaking destination.
Apart from the couple of homestays that have one or two sit-on-top boats available for day paddles in their location, there are currently only two options for true sea kayaking in Raja Ampat:
- Bring your own kayak.
- Kayak Misool with Millekul Adventures.
- Kayak the Dampier Strait region with Kayak4conservation.
Raja Ampat’s maze of islets, peninsulas, bays and inlets provides kayaking opportunities for all skill and fitness levels. The calm, enclosed waters of Gam Bay are a safe environment for a first time paddle while affording plenty to explore. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a challenge, try working your way along Gam’s southern coast against the running tide!
Bringing your own kayak
Unless you own a foldable kayak, bringing your own boat to Raja Ampat isn’t really practical.
Great news for those wanting to go kayaking in Misool! Millekul Adventures have 16 sea kayaks based at Pulau Panun in the eastern Misool archipelago.
Millekul work with Misool homestays and offer a range of paddling adventures. There are short 4 day exploratory adventures perfect for beginners, as well as 2 and 3 week trips better suited to experienced paddlers. Millekul’s Misool kayaking expedition prices are all inclusive, with participants departing from and returning to Sorong.
You’ll find Millekul’s trip schedules here.
Kayak Dampier Strait
Based on the island of Kri, Kayak4Conservation is part of the Papua Diving resort operation.
Booking a Raja Ampat sea kayaking trip
Further information about kayaking in Raja Ampat
West Australian Adrian Gawned contacted us after his November 2013 Raja Ampat kayaking trip – you can see his trip report and photos here at the Sea Kayak Club WA website.
Frits Meyst has also posted some great Raja Ampat kayaking photos at his Adventure4ever’s Raja Ampat gallery.
However you decide to go, seakayaking Raja Ampat will be an adventure you’ll never forget!