8N9D – Raja Ampat South to Central
Potential Itinerary for a 9 days / 8 nights trip in Raja Ampat (Misool to Penemu to Dampier Straits)
Arrive at Sorong Airport. Our crew will be waiting outside the arrival hall, they will escort you to the Pearl of Papua. After a 15 minute ride you will be onboard the vessel, cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departure, take this time to familiarize yourself with the facilities and make yourself comfortable. Lunch and dinner will be served while heading towards Raja Ampat National Park. Sorong to Misool is roughly a twelve hour journey.
Check Dive at Pulau Matan, time permitting.
Misool is one of the most fascinating areas of Raja Ampat. It contains some of the most amazing underwater seascapes imaginable – deep ravines and canyons give way to unsurpassed coral coverage and unrivaled color. Don’t be surprised if you encounter Gorgonian Sea Fans exceeding 3 meters in diameter! That said, while the reefs are truly breathtaking down in Misool, remember to check the blue every now and again as it is quite common to encounter oceanic manta rays, reaching up to seven meters in length, on many dives. Brace yourself, the diving is about to get incredible.
One of the dives, Magic Mountain, is a fairly reliable cleaning station for oceanic manta rays. Because of this we will dive the site twice in order to afford you the best opportunity to encounter these gentle giants.
Day Two: Daram – Misool
- Dive 1: The Candy Store
- Dive 2: Andiamo
- Dive 3: Andy’s Ultimate
- Dive 4: Daram
Day Three: Boo – Misool
- Dive 1: Magic Mountain
- Dive 2: Boo Rocks
- Dive 3: Boo Window
Day Four: Fiabacet – Misool
- Dive 1: Tank Rock
- Dive 2: Nudi Rock
- Dive 3: Yelit Kecil
Day Five: Farondi – Misool
- Dive 1: Anchovies
- Dive 2: Goa Farondi
Upon completing our second dive of the day, we will begin the long journey from Misool to Penemu (fourteen hours).
Spread over nearly 700 square kilometers of ocean, just above the midway point on Raja Ampat’s north-south axis, Penemu’s vivid coral gardens revel in the nutrient rich water brought forth from the Dampier Straits.
After having fun drifting with current at My Reef and Melissa Garden, you will climb Penemu. It is a mere 318 wooden-steps to the breathtaking view of Raja Ampat’s limestone karsts.
From here Pearl of Papua will head towards Arborek where you will complete your final dive of the day and have the opportunity to explore an authentic village and interact with locals.
Climb to Pianemo
Dive 1: My Reef
Dive 2: Melissa’s Garden
Dive 3: Mayhem
Dive 4: Arborek Jetty
The Dampier Straits contain some of Raja Ampat’s most action packed dives. There are a number of wonderful sites in the area, many of which are exposed to and best-dived when the current is running. Encounters with various sharks, Bumphead Parrotfish, schools of barracuda, Oceanic Triggerfish, and Big-Eyed Trevally are quite common. The sheer number of fish is literally astounding. At times shoals are so thick the sunlight is practically blocked out.
Finally, what better way to end your diving expedition than to have a barbeque on an uninhabited island? The crew will prepare a wonderful meal for you to enjoy as you watch thousands of fruit bats begin their journey to neighboring islands in search of food.
Dive 1: Blue Magic
Dive 2: Cape Kri
Dive 3: Mike’s Point
Barbeque at the Island
We can’t get enough of Dampier Straits! Today you will dive at Chicken Reef and Sardine Reef, these dive spots offer an unforgettable diving experience where you may spot huge
schools of fishes being stalked by barracuda and trevally. And if you’re lucky even a few manta rays!
After completing your second dive of the day, the Pearl of Papua will begin her return voyage to Sorong. It is roughly a seven hour journey. Upon arriving in Sorong you will have the opportunity to purchase some souvenirs for your family and friends.
Dive 1: Chicken Reef
Dive 2: Sardine Reef
After breakfast, prepare for disembarkation. Official check out time is 10 AM. From here you will be transferred to your next destination. Your diving journey has ended and we certainly look forward to welcoming you onboard again.