Raja Ampat liveaboard boat tours

Raja Ampat liveaboard boat tours - Photo courtesy Deni Rajaampat/www.rajaampatadventures.com

Raja Ampat liveaboard boat tours are one of the best ways to see as much of Raja Ampat as possible in a short amount of time. We’re not talking about the many liveaboard dive boats that cruise the Raja Ampat archipelago: We want to introduce you to local operators who provide affordable Raja Ampat marine adventures to travellers interested in more than just diving.

Locally owned liveaboard boats provide an opportunity to visit far more than Raja Ampat’s best dive sites. In addition to their regular dive, snorkelling and sight-seeing itineraries, local liveaboard operators can provide affordable private charters to groups wanting a Raja Ampat adventure of their own design.

Using diesel powered traditional wooden boats and large outboard powered longboats, Raja Ampat liveaboard boat tours are designed for small groups of four to eight people and include land excursions and all meals. Sleeping arrangements include being able to sleep onshore under the stars on deserted island beaches. In addition to diving, snorkelling and remote island village visits, locally operated liveaboard tours provide the opportunity to hike to waterfalls, scenic viewpoints in hidden island seascapes, Bird of Paradise display sites and Raja Ampat’s many culturally significant sites.

Here’s two Raja Ampat liveaboard boat tour operators and experienced, English speaking guides who can deliver the ultimate Raja Ampat sea gypsy experience and some great Raja Ampat land based adventures...

Koryau Kayem Expeditions

Koryau Kayem Expeditions are operated by Freddy Sauyai, the owner of Koryau Kayem Homestay. While not strictly “liveaboard”, Koryau Kayem’s 6 day/5 night expeditions are true adventures which will see you sleeping under the stars and eating local food cooked over an open fire. You need to bring whatever bedding and camping gear you need to sleep comfortably, as well as your snorkelling gear. To quote from Koryau Kayem’s website: “You will spend the next five nights at a secluded beach or within proximity local village depending where the current and weather takes us”

Tour length6 days, 5 nights
Group sizeMin 4, Max 6
Boat TypeSee photo in gallery at top of page.
Boat engines40HP outboard
PriceIDR 6,500,000 per person (see Koryau Kayem’s website for what’s included)
Diving available?By prior arrangement for private charter tours only
Private charter available?Yes (see Koryau Kayem’s website for details)
Further  tour informationSee Koryau Kayem’s boat expedition and FAQ website pages
Contact detailsFreddy Sauyai, +6285197051271 or info@koryaukayem.com

Raja Ampat Adventures

Deni Malingkas’ Raja Ampat Adventures is an established business with a great reputation and offers liveaboard adventures on a large and comfortable boat. Raja Ampat Adventures’ Sulawesi built vessel has sun and canopy decks, spacious communal sleeping quarters, kitchen, bathroom and toilet and a 1KW generator providing electricity. Accompanying the boat are a 7 metre fibreglass longboat which acts as a tender and for exploring shallow waterways and a pair of sit-on-top kayaks for personal excursions. If Wayag is on your must-see list, Raja Ampat Adventures provides one of the best ways to experience it. A note to turtle lovers: In addition to Raja Ampat liveaboard tours, Deni can also organise land trips to the north shore of the Papuan mainland to see leatherback turtle nesting grounds.

Tour length4 days/3 nights, 7 days, 6 nights and 10 days, 9 nights
Group sizeMin 4, Max 8
Boat Type19m x 4.5m traditional wooden boat (see photo in gallery at top of page)
Boat enginesTwo inboard 4 cylinder diesel (one for backup)
PriceSee RAA’s packages page
Diving available?Yes (see RAA website diving page for details)
Private charter available?Yes, as permitted by scheduled fixed itinerary trips
Further  tour informationSee the RAA’s website
Contact detailsVia Raja Ampat Adventures website contact page or connect with Deni via his facebook page

If you’re passionate about photography, Deni’s an excellent guide with a good eye for great photos – see his work in the gallery above. (Main image by Claudia P, courtesy of Raja Ampat Adventures.) Thanks for letting us repost them Deni!

KLM Insos Raja Ampat Liveaboard

If you’re looking for something specifically for divers, Yenkoranu Homestays’ KLM Insos Raja Ampat is perfect. The Insos is permanently based in Raja Ampat, operates throughout the year, and caters to small groups (6 max) of divers and snorkellers.

The Insos Raja Ampat runs two itineraries:

8 day voyages visiting dive sites in the Dampier Strait and at Wayag

10 day voyages visiting dive sites in the Dampier Strait and at Misool

See the Insos Raja Ampat page for prices, schedules and photographs.


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  1. Roslyn Mandelberg on

    Hi, we are a married couple in our late 50s wanting to snorkel and bird watch in Raja Ampat for 1 week to 10 days. We want to live on a boat possibly with Deni Malinkas Raja Ampat adventures. We would like to go either November 2018 or early 2019 please. We would love to join up with others interested in this.

    1. Lyn on

      Hi Roslyn

      Im a 58 female wanting to d a 7-10 day snorkelling trip in raja ampat – I will be there 25/11 t0 30/12- contact me on lyngal@tpg.com.au

      Cheers Lyn

  2. Julian on

    Hi, I’d be interested in a 3 to 6 days boat trip in early february 2018. I arrive in sorong on feb 2 and leave around feb 10… would love to share a boat!

    Julian (29)

  3. Ani on

    Hi, we are 3 friends travelling to Raja Ampat from the 19-29th of Jan (yes,this week) and we wonder if there is anyone who would like to join us so we can share the cost of some of the boat trips. We are all backpackers so we aren’t very good on getting expensive trips but we heard there are boats which could take you around and the more people are on the boat, the less the cost is. Anyone interested to travel with a 3 nationality group? We are fun, love nature, snorkelling and just having a good time. Let me know ☺️

  4. Heather R on

    We are 2 snorkelers looking to do a trip with Raja Ampat Adventures (with Deni) His current schedules trips during our time period are full but there is a second boat available if there are 4 or more people. Is anyone else looking to do a 7 or 10 day trip leaving around February 11, 12, 13 or 14? (we are flexible with trip length and semi-flexible with start date) We are pretty mellow travelers in our 40’s/50’s who LOVE the underwater world!

    1. Hi Heather

      If you want, you’re welcome to also post this over on our facebook page to increase your chances of finding some travelling companions. Hope you do!

      1. Heather R on

        Done! Thank you :)

    2. Farida on

      Hi Heather,
      My sister and I (55 and 53) are also looking for this 8days/7nights trip. We are snorkelers who love underater world too. Do you know the exact prices for this trip? We really like to go to Wayag. Is that also a favorite for you?

      1. Heather on

        Hello Farida- Please see his website for prices and yes we would like to go up to Wayag as well. We fly in Feb 11-23 and will happily do a 8d/7n or 10d/9n trip…lots of info on his site: http://rajaampatadventures.com/index.php/en/packages


    3. Marine on

      We are two people and we would be interested for a boat trip (with Deni or another boat but minimum 7 days) . We will be there around 16 of february.
      Do you want to talk about any possibilities of doing this trip together ?

      Have a good day !


  5. géraud on

    we spent 6 days on the KLM INSOS with a really great team! This is the best way to discover the Raja Ampat Archipelago. The boat is very comfortable and has plenty of space. the cooking of Serita and Paulo was a very good surprise. they have always tried to please us! The crew is a collection of endearing characters! We got to know them a bit during our trip and it was with regret that we left them. the activities offered are simply fantastic. Despite our many travels, we have never seen so many wonderful things in such a short time: sharks, manta rays, trevallies, flying fishes, barracudas, dolphins, sea snakes, huge groupers, Bumpheads, a plethora of tropical fishes of all kinds and sumptuous corals far beyond our expectations! What about landscapes? Unforgettable! especially since we have enjoyed all alone at each step and it is a real luxury! Once again, a big thank you to the entire KLM team who allowed us to live these unforgettable moments! PS: Aghil !!!!!!!! Jelly fish !!!!! Merci, vraiment c’était incroyable. Alex, Cloclo, Roro, Gégé, les ptits crapouillouds français et notre ami John le rostbeef au grand coeur! J’en chialerai presque…

  6. oihana on

    We will be there from December 19 to December 24. We would like to find a boat to snorkel and go to Wajag. What possibilities do we have? We are two people.
    Thanks you

    1. Every homestay on the website provides boats for snorkelling trips oihana, and many also offer trips to Wayag. Use the website advanced search to quickly find homestays offering Wayag trips.

  7. Etienne on

    Hi everibody!
    We are a swiss couple (30 and 25 Years Old) and we are looking for a cruise with snorkeling and Wayag visit between 24th of November and 7 of December (or even 10th).
    If somebody is in Papua and want to coordinate or join us please do not hesitate to contact me (etienneloponte@gmail.com or whatsapp +41792317360)

  8. Cathy Delmas on

    Hello ,
    We arrive in Sorong the 13 october and we come back the 16 november .
    We look for a cruise including Wayag with mostly snorkeling….
    We are 2 people
    Thanks you
    Cathy et Alain

    Nous recherchons une croisière avec snorkeling incluant Wayag entre le 13 octobre et 16 novembre
    S’il existe un bateau à votre connaissance pouvant correspondre et ayant 2 places pour un couple , merci de nous l’ecrire
    Bien cordialement
    Cathy et alain

    1. Peter Makusi on

      Hello Cathy,

      You can contact me if you want to join tour on 27th October until 1st November our tour is to Wayag, Kabui(snorkeling), Pianemo, Fam Wall(snorkeling), Yenbuba(snorkeling), Friwen(snorkeling) and Batu lima(snorkeling) contact me on my email: petermakusi@gmail.com or call/text My number +6281247212968 ,

  9. Dovile on

    Anyone traveling to Raja Ampat and willing to team up, contact me (dvlmmm@gmail.com). Me and my boyfriend are planning our trip between 28th September – 10th October. If we don’t get the place in the ship, we would like to find companions and plan our own Raja Ampat adventure. Together is cheeper to travel, since we can share the prices for the boats to travel between islands and local guides if necessary. Let me know if anyone interested.

    1. Hi Dovile

      If you want, you’re welcome to post this over on our facebook page to increase your chances of finding others to share with. Good luck!

    2. philippe on

      Hello Doville, Elvira, and others,
      A friend and I are planing a one-week trip to Raja Ampat, from Saturday 23Sep morning to Friday 29Sep evening, starting from and arriving at Sorong. It seems we need to be at least 3 or even 4 people to get a boat cruise. Would anybody be interested in sharing a boat cruise on those dates? Let us know. Cheers.

  10. gilles on

    nous sommes un couple qui aimons le snorkelling et sommes interessé par la croisiere de de denis de 7 jours nous sommes disponible a partir du 25 septembre

  11. Rosy on

    Hi, we would like to book 7 nights/6 days on Denis’s liveaboard from around 4 January, 2018, if possible. There are 3 of us – a couple in our 40s and 50s, and son in his 20s – and we are snorkelling, not diving. We need 4 people at least to book the boat, so is anyone interested in getting together with us? Looking forward to seeing beautiful Raja Ampat.


      Hi, we are a family of four; parents in our parents a daughter and a son (52,49, 21 and 18) and we are looking the same thing.
      We are from Uruguay.
      We have not our schedule yet (we are waiting for a boat confirmation on Flores Island), but I think, that our dates could be similar than yours.
      Do you have arranged something already?

      1. Rosy on

        Hi, Ruben and family. We now would like to book 9 night’s / 10 days on board; is this possible for you? We are English, living in Ireland for many years. We are 48, 51 and 23, and hope our good friend and neighbour (male, 27) will travel with us also. We could be a good match. What do you think?

    2. Peng on

      Hi There,
      We are also a family of 3 and are interested in joining you for Deni’s liveboard for snorkelling . Our dates are flexible starting from around 3-4 January . Contacted Deni several times but he has not responded . Have you found a match for the dates?

      1. Anna on

        Hello, my name is Anna, solo traveller. I’d be happy to join any of you guys for a few days at the beginning of January 2018 if you are still looking for someone. Thanks!

  12. Guya on

    Can any of you give me any feedback on the 7days-6nights liveaboard trip to Southern-Northern Raja Ampat with Pamitrantours? I have found it online but can’t find any reviews.. That would be helpful ..


  13. Guya on

    Hi we are two italian girls willing to go for a boat trip with deni raja ampat adventure for 7 days/6nights from 1st to 7th September. The trip can leave if there are min 4 people. Anyone willing to join??

  14. Stefan on


    we (my wife and me) are planning to do a 10 days boat trip with Deni in November. We are snorkelers. Anyone interested to join?

    1. Karim on

      Hi there. Im planning To join raja ampat. Have To fix the date. When Will you be there. I Will be pleased To join you

      1. Stefan on

        Hi Karim,
        we’ll be there around Nov.10, still flexible. Are you single traveler? Would need at least 4.

        1. Etienne on

          I am planning to go to Raja Ampat with my girlfriend end of november-beginning of december) we are a couple from Switzerland. we could be on Waisai the 24th Nov and leave latest 9th of December.

  15. Elvira on

    Hello there,

    I m looking for a boat around 30 sept, 1st, 2nd October for 7 days. I travel alone. Is there something? thanks a lot

    1. Indra on

      Hi there, we r griup of 3 ppl, we woul like to 7 days trip, but we just get there around 3rd or 4th of oct!

  16. Bryan on

    I’m one person. I’m a snorkeler now though I used to scuba dive.
    I’m available anytime after September 24 and have to finish the tour on October 20th as I’m moving on the Nepal. Let me know if you want to coordinate a trip. I’d prefer the 10 trip and the 7 day one is fine.

  17. Patricia on

    Hi! we are 2 people. We are looking for more people to make the tour 7 days / 6 night around raja ampat on the dates from 20th of August till 26th with Raja Ampat Adventures. Bye

    1. Elena Ribuffo on

      Hi patricia ! Me and my friend marco what to do the same .. keep in touch ..

      1. Patricia Tomas on

        Hi Elena. Perfect. We keep in touch so. Bye

      2. Patricia on

        Hi Elena, finally you will come on the same says with us?

    2. Guya on

      Hello, we are two people and possibly we would like to do the same from 20th of august to the 26th or the week after with raja ampat adventures! Do you know if the tour starts every Sunday?

  18. Ivan on


    Anyone having plans for the 7 days cruise like October,beginning of November?
    We are group of 3 so far :)

    1. Jacquelien on

      Hi Ivan,
      I’m interested, and have a flexible schedule. I’m not an experienced diver and would want to be on a boat that would accommodate a snorkeling along with diving.
      I’d like to know more about your group, and what your interests are.
      Thank you!

  19. Yvonne on

    Hey everyone,

    me and the husband are planning a trip to Raja Ampat in November.We are interested in a 7days boat trip with Deni.Anyone else planning the same?

    1. Ivan on

      Hello Yvonne,

      We are group of 3 planning the 7 day tour as well around end of October beginning of November.When do you plan to do the cruise?

  20. Sandrine Laborderie on

    Hi we are 2-3 who are very interested in a 10 days boat trip in october 2017. Is it possible to join a group?

    1. Ivan Mutzkov on


      We are 3 people as well,but 10 days trip will be too long for our schedule.
      We were thinking for 7 days trip October as well.
      Is that too short for you?

      1. Elvira on

        Hello, I would be interested a swell! thanks

      2. Stephanie on

        We would be 2 persons and would be interested in 7 days, end of Sept, beginning Oct. Would this match?

        1. gilles on

          Hello Stephanie
          Are you always interested in cruising with denis 7j / 6N we are 2 people we are available from september 25th

        2. Andy on

          Hi Stephanie,

          We are 2 people interested in a boat tour at the end of September, do you still need extra people?

          1. Elvira on

            I think that we have the number for end of september beginning of october. but how does it work? who do we need to contact to?

          2. gilles on

            Hi Andy
            nous sommes 2 personnes nous voudrions faire l ‘excursion fin septembre avez vous formez un groupe?

    2. Jacqueline on

      Hi Sandrine,
      I’m interested! Can you tell me more about your group and interests?
      My email address is:
      Thank you,

  21. Patricia on

    Hi! we are 2 people. We are looking for more people to make de tour 7 days / 6 night around raja ampat since 20th of August till 26th with Raja Ampat Adventures.

  22. Emily on

    Hey! Since I could not find any review about Raja Ampat Adventures when organising my trip to Raja Ampat, I thought I make one now! We did a trip with Deni and his crew in late September 2016.

    To start of, the trip was absolutely wonderfull. The boat he was using back then is very spacious. Deni is building a new boat of his own now, so it is even supposed to get better. You can have comfortable sleeping. Everything is very clean. Sometimes you can take a shower at the place were the boat is for the night, when not, you can take a shower on the boat. The crew is so nice and funny, also very intelligent people. Most of them come from North Sulawesi. They feel more like other guests that are making the trip as well than as a crew :) The food is fresh and very delicious. Everyday there is fresh fish or chicken, always vegetables, rice and fruits. They provide an afternoon snack and they serve scrambled eggs for breakfast. We really did not expect such nice food! Keep in mind that there will be no softdrinks or beer on the boat, which for most of us was a clear fact, but other guest where really pissed of about it.

    With this trip you start to realise about all these islands where no people are living or only fishermen rest for the night. And Wajag is actually quite far away! It is a magical place and you will be there for an afternoon and a morning or a day, this depends on when you arrive there I think. We did two trekkings to a viewpoint and some snorkelling there. If you want, you can take your matresss and sleep on the deck of the boat. This trip will bring you to places wich are wonderfull but where you would have never arranged a trip for by yourself. It was really nice.

    We still think about it so often! We really recommend everyone to join one of Deni’s trips. The only thing I want to say is that when you want to experience the Islands local life, you have to go to a homestay as well. I loved the boattrip but I dit not have the feeling that I learned something about the area, I only saw a lot of beautiful and impressive things. Also keep in mind that Deni and his crew are doing their absolute best and are organising amazing trips but they still have to learn about what western tourists want and do not want :) So it will be perfect, but some things will be different than you expected.

  23. Facundo on

    Hi! we are 2 people. We are looking for more people to make de tour 7 days / 6 night around raja ampat since 01/04/2017 to 07/04/2017

    1. Hi Facundo –

      You’re welcome to post this over on our facebook page to increase your chances of finding some travelling companions.

    2. Cassandra on

      I will go !!
      Do we get to see pianemo?

    3. Susan on

      Are you still looking for people to join? Your dates in January are fine with me. I am living in Bali now.

    4. Graciela on

      HI Facundo. We are also 2 people and want to do the same from 1st april. Do you speak spanish? I’m from Argentina

  24. Viola on

    Looking for a group to join us (2 divers) or for people who want to do a Liveboard dive trip for a week. Our range is February 5th to 16th. Looking forward to hearing from you! ***

    1. Mirka on

      there are two people that wish to join, please contact me in private.

  25. Celia Barsony on

    Hi, I’m looking at doing a tour with Deni in March 2017 for 9-10 days. Need at least 5 others, if anyone wants to join!!!

    1. Albert on

      Ill be going there on March 20 to 24, Im from Philippines

    2. Mirka on

      we are two people available to join the group, please contact me, thanks

    3. Carolyn Davis on

      Hi Celia,
      There are 3 people arriving in Sorong March 26 and departing March 31 looking for doing a tour with Deni.

    4. Beth Schaeffer on

      Hello Celia, I am interested in joining March 2017. Flexible on dates.

    5. Beth Schaeffer on

      Hello Celia, are you still looking to do a tour?!?! we are working on dates right now. Cheers

    6. Jens on

      Hey Celia, we plan a 7days trip with Deni from 15-21th of march….we are 3 and you are welcome :) write me if you wanna join….cheers! Jens

  26. Arlene on


    There is a second boat going on Nov. 9 to 15. We need 4 people, but currently it’s only 2 of us (my husband and I)

    Please contact Deni or me, if you are interested.

    asaysomsack ~~at~~ yahoo ~~dot~~ca


    1. WilliamJ on

      Hello, we (2 people from France) plan to be at RajaAmpat on this date.
      Is there still available place on the boat ? Because we would be interested to join the trip.



    2. Audy on

      Hello, my boyf and i planning on going there too on nov. What kind of tour are you doing?

      1. Hassan on

        We are two guys from Singapore staying in raja ampat from 5th to 13th Nov. We are interested in diving, trekking, kayaking and any other activities. Let me know if anyone is interested to join us and share costs of the excursions.


  27. David Christiansson on

    Me and my wife are planning to go on a trip with Deni from 15th to 21st of November 2016. There are still place available if anyone is interested, dont hesitate to contact Deni at Rajaampatadventures
    David Christiansson

    1. To increase your chances of finding some travelling companions, you’re welcome to also post this over on our facebook page David. Good luck!

    2. Stephan on

      Hi David,

      Same plans here, but for 20nov-27nov 2016. Are you able to shift your plans a week? I don’t have that flexibility, but perhaps you do.


    3. Marialuisa on

      Hi David, i sent you a private message on facebook.

    4. Audy on

      Hello, my boyf and i planning on going there too on nov. What kind of tour are you doing?

  28. Tippy Hu on

    Me and my family from china, spend 6 days with Freddy and his crew, unbeatable boat-trip, during this chinese new year period. It is a unforgettable holiday, because of friendly people and the scenery which have no equal in this world! I love raja ampat, I love Koryau Kayem. 我們一家在這間民宿以及他們家的船上度過了一個禮拜~超棒的~Freddy每晚會帶我們去不同的小島露營,有無人荒島、有當地小村落,太多美好的記憶,早上起來看到一排海豚從平靜的海面跳起,穿梭在仙境般的群山海面,只有自己和動物,感覺非常好!其中一天去了一個無人海灘浮淺,看到比人還長的巨型魔鬼魚,海龜,成千上萬的魚群從身邊游過,水中的能見度至少有30米,比萬鴉老的25米,大堡礁的15米清晰得多得多得多!!最後兩晚住在他家的民宿,非常友善的一家人,怎一個好字了得~

  29. Anne & Guy on

    My husband and I did the 6 days 5 nights boat tour with Freddy from 15th to 20th Feb 2015.
    15th Feb: We arrived in Sorong, someone picked us up from the airport and brought us to the port to take the 14:00 ferry. We arrived in Waisai at 16:00 and Freddy picked us up (when he arrived, more than 30 mins later) We slept in a guesthouse in Waisai.
    16th Feb: Freddy was supposed to pick us up at 9:00 but, still not knowing why, he came only at 12:00… We finally ended up on the boat and reached Gam island. We did some snorkeling near our camp.
    17th Feb: We went all around Gam island with 1 stop for snorkeling in the morning and at about 16:00 we arrived to Yenwaupnor Village where we did a very nice snorkeling and then bird-watching. We took the boat again to install the camp in Airborek island.
    18th: We went to Manta point and we saw many Manta, it was beautiful. Musa, the cook, came snorkeling with us and took us to a place where we could see many of them! We then wanted to go to Pianemo but the waves were too high so we headed up to Batanta and arrived in a empty island (actually an abandoned island where there used to be an administration center) where the snorkeling was amazing! At night Musa took us for a night trek in the forest and spotted many giant Hermit Crabs (attracted by the coconuts Freddy prepared in advance) It was a great experience! Musa even cooked one for us!
    19th: We managed to go to Pianemo and saw the beautiful landscape we were expecting! We slept there but it was the first time that Freddy ever stayed the night there so there was no cooking place for Musa and it was not really convenient.
    20th: We went to Mansuar where we had the best snorkeling ever in Sawandarek!! We finally finished the tour in Koryau Kayem homestay.

    Positive points:
    – Someone was always coming with us for the snorkelings (mostly Musa) so he could show us many things that we might not have seen by ourselves.
    – The food that Musa cooked was really good!
    – It’s a good way to see a lot of Raja Ampat
    – The staff was really nice

    Points to know/do before doing this tour:
    – The boat is really uncomfortable and noisy. The tour of Gam island was really long and it would have been great to stop in the middle.
    – We didn’t sleep well for 5 days (it was hot in the tent and the floor, even with a small mattress, was really not comfortable)
    – We didn’t shower for 3 days (some camps have mandi but some don’t)
    – It would be better to ask an itinerary before (even if it might change because of the weather conditions) so at least you know what can be done on each island that you visit. When we arrived on Gam the 1st day it seemed that there was no plan on “what to do” and as it was our first day, we were really scared about the rest of the tour!
    – Freddy was not the best guide we would have expected, seeing all the other reviews. He was not talkative, not coming with us, not showing us things. It became a bit better with the time but at the beginning we were really wondering why he was acting like that. However, because we can speak bahasa Indonesia, Musa, who doesn’t speak English, was really helpful, nice, actually doing the job of a guide + a cook!

    I would recommend to visit Raja Ampat with a boat tour as it’s really convenient, but it’s important to be ready to spend 5 days in very non-comfortable conditions!

    1. powah on

      Are you french ? Because we are looking for french people who have experience of raja ampat.

  30. Mel & Andy on

    We travelled with Freddy for a 6 day/5night boat tour from Sept 28th to Oct 3rd 2014 before 9 nights at Lumba Lumba on Kri for diving. Probably worth mentioning we are a couple in our early 40’s who love to dive, snorkel, trek and explore off the beaten track, we don’t mind roughing it but do need a few nights of relative comfort every now and then. Raja Ampat is an amazing place and although we got to see quite a lot on this trip, we will be going back for more. Freddy was a kind and considerate guide, his brother Musa was lovely (best food we had in Raja was yours Musa!), the crew were a little reserved. Itinerary ended up being 1 night on Gam, 2 nights on Arborek, 1 night on Dayan Island and 1 night on Batanta. The plan was to go to Wayag or at least Pianemo but unfortunately the seas were very rough making for an unpleasant and sometimes worrying voyage. In the end, Freddy and I agreed we had to give up and change our itinerary. Also my partner had an accident, cutting open his hand really badly, so we decided it was best to not go too remote just in case we needed medical assistance. The seas and currents in Raja Ampat are the most changeable we’ve experienced both above and below the surface, this means plans can and do change, not because the locals don’t want to please, far from it, it’s for your safety.
    Some of the reefs we snorkelled were truly amazing (Dayan and Gam near Sawinggrai village were my favourites, you name it, we saw it) and I was lucky enough to see 3 mantas at Manta Sandy. We went on little trips to see the birds of paradise, a couscous and coconut crabs, climbed a limestone island for a good view, visited a bat cave and enjoyed the local music at Musa’s village, Yensawai on Batanta. Be prepared to pay a little extra to local people for some of these trips and to be a novelty with the children  Overall we had a great time but this is not a trip that would suit everyone. If you have a spirit of adventure, don’t mind mandi’s or a lack of privacy, can take some bumps and bruises and love the great wild outdoors then you will be fine. There really were no comforts at all, the boat was very basic, the engine very noisy and in hindsight we would have preferred to sleep on the boat. As romantic as camping on a beach might sound, the sand flies ate us alive even on the very windy Dayan Island. We would also recommend learning a bit of Indonesian and taking a phrasebook as communication was not always easy. Needless to say taking a very comprehensive medical kit and being prepared to be completely self-sufficient is a necessity. A word on footwear, we were barefoot for the nearly the whole 3 weeks but a secure sturdy sandal (wetsuit boots at a push) were absolutely necessary for climbing the very sharp limestone islands.
    We still need to go to Wayag, Pianemo and Misool and quite a few more islands, so saving our money for our return!

  31. Aimee on

    I will be flying to Sorong from 20th December until 1st Jan. I am travelling alone but would love to join a liveaboard if any tours are running that I could join?

    1. Hi Aimee –

      If you’re interested in joining one of the tours described above, you’ll need to contact them directly to find out about their schedules and to book a place.

      If you do go with one of those, we hope you’ll find the time on your return to leave your comments or a review here. Thanks and all the best for your trip!

  32. Lucia on

    Hello! we are two sister who are going to raja ampat from de 31st of october to the 5th of november. We are very interested on snorkeling, diving and going to waisai.
    Any recomendation? liveboard or homestay?

    Thank you!

    1. That’s not an easy question to answer Lucia! Especially without knowing what level of comfort and sleeping arrangements you’re looking for.

      If you want to see as much of Raja Ampat as possible then a liveaboard tour might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you just want to snorkel, dive and explore Waisai then a homestay might be a better and cheaper option. (Waisai is the main town on Waigeo where all the ferries dock. You didn’t mean Wayag, did you? If so, then a liveaboard tour could be the best option.)

  33. Manu on

    Nice !

    I’m now sure that I need to get back there soon :)

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