Wallacea Dive Cruises - MV Ambai (9 nigths Raja Ampat, South & Centre) - Tour code: A190904

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Raja Ampat certainly represents the world’s richest marine diversity, with the highest number of known species of fish, corals, and mollusks. Certain areas are known for its density of fish; one with groups of Manta Rays, the others with schools of barracudas, parrotfish, humpback groupers and the list goes on. Not to mention the best macro you will see everywhere.

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Day 1: Join the trip in Sorong
Day 2: East Misool
Day 3: Misool South East
Day 4: East Misool
Day 5: Penemu North
Day 6: Waigeo
Day 7: Aljuy Bay
Day 8: Wayag
Day 9: Kawe Island & Black Rock
Day 10 Cruise ends in Sorong


Raja Ampat, IndonesiaRaja Ampat is an archipelago consisting of four main islands—Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool—surrounded by over 1,500 smaller islands and reefs. This region is part of the West Papua province in Indonesia.

Raja Ampat certainly represents the world’s richest marine diversity, with the highest number of known species of fish, corals, and mollusks. Certain areas are known for their density of fish; one with groups of Manta Rays, the others with schools of barracudas, parrotfish, humpback groupers and the list goes on. Not to mention the best macro you will see everywhere. Photographers, please bring your full set of lenses: wide angle & macro will delight you equally.

The rich variety of reefs are also not to be overlooked with vertical walls, slopes, dry rocks, caves and lagoons; some covered with hard corals while the others with brightly colored soft corals. Also renowned as the center of pygmy seahorses and gorgonians, everywhere you go you will be amazed by the profusion of marine life that Raja Ampat has to offer you.

Raja Ampat also offer magnificent landscapes for you to explore—labyrinths of quartz islands, vast mangrove forests, deserted beaches and lagoons. You can also go for a tour to the small villages in search of the famous birds of paradise. Our 11 night scuba diving liveaboard cruises are one of the very few that visit all the Raja Ampat, up to Wayag on the North and down to Misool, with a selection of the very best scuba dive sites of all the area. Raja Ampat is definitely a must visit. 

Day 1:
MV Ambai staff will welcome you at Sorong airport (morning flight). A short ride from the airport and you will be on board. Welcome drinks, Briefing, and we will be departing to Dampier Strait. 

Day 2: 
Dampier Strait. Morning check dive followed by 2 dives in the Dampier Strait, selected according to the tides and currents among the best dives of the area : Mioskon, Sardine reef, Chicken reef, Mikes point, Arborek, Friwibonda, Blue Magic and of course Manta Sandy…(the most reliable congregation point of Manta rays)
All these dives have intense fish life on gorgious reefs. Schools of fusiliers, barracudas, trevallies, with biger predators like reef sharks, tunas and spanish mackerels running around. 

Day 3: 
One dive in Dampier strait, then Citrus ridge and Mangrove ridge at the west point of Gam island. Night dive.

Day 4: One morning dive in West Gam (Mayhem), a pinnacle where abounds fishes and pigmy sea horse. 2nd dive in Wofo, a ridge with an extensive black coral forest at 30 meters. We will then enter the large Aljuy bay for a macro dive on White arrow: great variety of rare nudibranches, Coleman’s shrimps on fire urchins, pigmy sea horse, along a nice wall covered with gorgonians. The night dive in the bay, under a peer, is probably the best of the area: Wobegons, walking sharks, frogfish, and much more.

Day 5: Early departure for diving on Eagle Rock, at the South of Kawe island, if the weather allows it, a great dive where mantas are often spotted. 2nd dive will be Black Rock on West Kawe, often acclaimed as the best dive of the cruise by our guests. After this dive we will directly go to the Wayag bay. Arriving there, we will climb the famous Mount Pindito, from where you can admire the fabulous landscape of Wayag and do a ride around the bay with the dinghies.  A night dive inside the bay is offered.

Day 6: Morning dive in Wayag, Figure eight, followed by Changoo, (another fantastic dive East of Kawe island, wall and caves with schools of sweetlips and trevallies. Third dive on Roibe island, still East of Kawe. We will then head back to Dampier strait during the night.

Day 7: Dampier strait and Batanta island. Dayang island is a site where we often see mantas on a shallow ridge. Then we will dive 2 more site on the north side of Batanta, more critters oriented. Night dive.

Day 8: We propose a short trek in the jungle on the early morning to look for the Birds of Paradise. If it is not raining, there are very good chances that we see them having their mating parade. 2 other dives in Dampier strait and night dive.

Day 9: One or 2 dives according to your flight back departure time, then after a visit to a beach we will head back to Sorong.

Day 10: After your breakfast and the traditional crew picture and farewell, it will be time for your transfer to the airport. Our staff will help be there to help you checking in.

This itinerary is just an example of what the cruise can be. Please note that neither the number of dives and the dive locations are terms of contract. According to the sea conditions, the visibility, the new discoveries we can do, and the wishes of the guests, the itinerary and the dives performed during your  cruise can be different from what is presented here. 

Viktig Informasjon

Package includes:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or double cabin.
  • All meals. Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks.
  • Nitrox
  • All guided dives
  • 80 cf tanks, weights and belts
  • The airport-ship transfers and from the place of departure and arrival.
  • 3 daily dives + 5 night dives (min number of dives on the trip 27)

Not included:
  • Park and Port fees: 200€ / cruise
  • Alcoholic beverages, espresso (1€)
  • Possible diving equipment rental
  • International and domestic flights, visas and airport taxes
  • Laundry (1 € / piece)
  • Crew gratuities (is optional as they reflect your level of satisfaction about the service on board. FYI: we consider that 10€/day/passenger expresses a pleasant cruise)
  • International and domestic flights

Other useful information:
based on twin share cabins. If traveling as single person you will be allocated a cabin with another diver of the same sex.
Surcharges: Upper deck cabin extra charge €180/cruise. 100 cf tank surcharge €50/cruise. Dive equipment rentals and extra surcharges - click here
Destination known for: World’s best region for marine biodiversity, schools of fishes, macro and outstanding landscapes.
Currents: The currents are generally consistent with strong currents at about one-third of the dive sites. Divers are suggested to stay cautious about the depth and dive profiles due to the isolated location of the reefs and the currents of the area. * Level 2 or PADI Advanced with a minimum of 50 dives required.
The visibility is generally around 20 meters but might drop to 10 meters or less due to the concentration of nutrients in the water, tidal changes andor plankton blooms.The best time to visit the entire Raja Ampat is from November to April. During the SE monsoon, the sea condition in Misool gets rough and the visibility tends to be poor. This period is also the driest, even though the climate remains equatorial with numerous showers throughout the year.
Boarding/check-out: Check in time: depending on flight arrival—before 1 PM // Check out time: depending on flight departure—before 1 PM
Climate & diving conditions: There is no clear separation between dry and wet seasons. The driest months are from November to March, but rain is possible at any time. The SE Monsoon from May to October might limit our access to the sites outside the Dampier Strait. 
Water temperature: The sea water temperature is averaging at 28°C throughout the year.
Diving regulations and info - click here
To see the dive map and itinerary - click here
See yacht specification and layout - click here

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