Getting to Raja Ampat and get around this pristine island

Lovely resort jetty by Behan

You’ve probably heard how spectacular Raja Ampat is. And now the question is how to get there? This post provides the information on getting to Raja Ampat

Getting to Raja Ampat

To get to Raja Ampat you first have to travel to Sorong. Sorong is the coastal city in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua.

Sorong can be reached easily by flying from Jakarta, Makasar, Bali (Denpasar), Manado, or Singapore.

Getting to Sorong by domestic airlines

Garuda Indonesia operates daily flights between Jakarta-Sorong. As do Sriwijaya Air and Nam Air, Batik Airlines twice daily between Jakarta and Sorong.
And the following domestic flights also serve the passengers to Sorong too:
Express Air
Batavia Air
Lion Air

Flying to Sorong from Singapore

The travelers can fly to Sorong from Singapore with the connecting flights via Manado by SilkAir.

The domestic flights serve to Sorong from Manado:
Lion Air

Getting to Raja Ampat from Sorong

By airplane

From Sorong you can take a small aircrafts to Waisai, capital of Raja Ampat district.

The airport is Waisai is Marinda Airport, this airport has the daily flights (Wings Air) to get around served daily flight between Sorong and Raja Ampat, while Susi Air flight serve twice a week on Monday and Saturday.

Getting to Raja Ampat from Sorong by Ferry

Getting to Raja Ampat by ferry is also possible, and it takes about two to three hours to get to or from Raja Ampat.

The ferry leaves every day at 1400hrs from Sorong to Waisai, and the arrival time is around 1630hrs.

From Waisai normally the visitors will be picked up by their resort’s diving boats that has been arranged in advance.

And to get the access to the diving spots, the divers may share the small rubber boats with other divers.

Please not that there’s no public ferry to get around Raja Ampat neither to the islands where the homestays located.

Raja Ampat Liveaboards

In order to enjoy your Raja Ampat diving trip at most and be able to dive in over 200 diving spots, taking the liveaboards are the best option to travel around Raja Ampat.

There are many liveaboards sailing Raja Ampat that meet your any budget and requirements.

The price for the liveboard services in Raja Ampat can be from 1500 USD to 6,000 USD.

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