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RAJA AMPAT LIVEABOARD – TRIP INFORMATION & SAMPLE ITINERARIES

Perfect liveaboard experience

Fantastic liveaboard experience with incredible dives, great food, and a highly professional crew.

One of the best diving experiences in my almost 20 years of diving. All dives were very professionally planned and briefed for all levels of participants. The equipment was state-of-the-art and spotless maintained. Private equipment was handled with great care and professionalism by the crew.

Cabins were spotless and regularly cleaned. The food was extraordinary and too much to handle XD. The positive vibe on board made our diverse group grow together during the few days of the trip and made this whole experience unforgettable.

Felix Aug 2023

Ready to explore the wonders of Raja Ampat and Misool with Mikumba Diving? We’ll take you away on an unforgettable diving and snorkelling adventure with our beautiful boat, Jelajahi Laut, for a Raja Ampat and Misool liveaboard experience that you won’t forget.

Raja Ampat and Misool Liveaboard

Raja Ampat and Misool liveaboard trips with Jelajahi Laut take place from November to April. Itineraries include:

  • Raja Ampat North (7D/6N, 8D/7N)
  • Raja Ampat Central (7D/6N, 8D/7N)
  • Best of Raja Ampat & Misool (10D/9N)

Sitting in the heart of the Coral Triangle, 75% of the world’s species live in the waters of Raja Ampat, including 550 species of corals, 700 types of mollusks, over 1600 species of reef fish, several different shark species, sea turtles, manta rays, big schools of pelagic fish, and thousands of macro-sea life.


The Best Liveaboard for Diving in Raja Ampat

Built in 2021, Jelajahi Laut represents a luxurious mid-range liveaboard, featuring six charming air-conditioned cabins, including two with private balconies and all with hot water. Onboard, we’ve created a serene and spacious sun deck, providing the perfect spot to unwind, soak in the sea views, and savour a refreshing drink as you bask in the evening breeze after a day of incredible diving.

Designed by experienced divers, Jelajahi Laut is the perfect liveaboard to explore the Raja Ampat and Misool Dive Sites.


Important Notes:

Guests must have their own travel insurance, personal dive insurance and trip cancellation insurance with no exclusions for Acts of God and Force Majeure events. You will not be permitted to join our Raja Ampat liveaboard trips without presenting insurance information during the booking process.

For diver insurance please make sure that it covers you for the depth of your certification and for dive accident cover including recompression treatment.

Mikumba Diving can provide short-term DAN insurance at an additional cost. Please ask at the time of booking if you would like this.

Before booking, please have a look at our Terms & Conditions.

Raja Ampat Central Liveaboard 7D/6N

  • Trip Duration: 7 days / 6 nights
  • Number of Dives: 18
  • Requirements: Every guest must have recent diving experience (within the last 6-12 months) before joining our liveaboard. If not, you will need to do a refresher.
  • Open Water course with minimum 10 dives and Deep Adventure dive

Day 1: Sorong Harbour

Our meeting point is at the Marina Star Café in Sorong Harbour at 7:30am, where we’ll have a coffee or tea and wait for all our guests to arrive.

Once everyone is ready we’ll then get on our speedboats and board Jelajahi Laut.

While enjoying a fresh juice, we’ll hold a welcome briefing, followed by a general safety briefing and explanation of the boat, and all crew and guests will introduce themselves, so everyone starts to get to know each other.

As the boat sets off towards Waisai you’ll put your belongings in your cabins, and we’ll set up the diving area, followed by a light lunch and soon after, at around 3pm we’ll do a check dive, on the slopes of Mioskon Island.

The rest of the afternoon will be spent on the boat, and we’ll have plenty of time to really get to know our fellow travellers and enjoy a beautiful sunset, while the captain navigates to the northern parts of Batanta Island.

 

Day 2: Manta Diving Adventures

Today it’s an early wake up, with fresh brewed coffee or a cup of tea for the first dive briefing of the day while the crew is busy in the diving area making sure everything is ready before we gear up.

The plane wreck lying at 30m depth below the surface is a part of history of Raja Ampat, as Max Ammer was looking for its remains when he realized how beautiful this area was for diving.

For our next 2 dives, we’ll be on the lookout for Manta Rays and sharks, in places called Dayan, Karang Bata or Bibis – it all depends on tides and conditions, no two trips are ever the same. It’s really important for us to tailor our trips to the expectations of our guests, so we try our best to find what you are looking for.

 

Days 3 and 4: Fam Island Exploration

After three hours of cruising (either overnight or early morning), we now find ourselves between the Fam island group – we’re sure you’ve heard of My Reef, Melissa’s Garden, Batu Rufus, Barracuda Rock and the viewpoint of Piaynemo.

At these sites, you can see hunting Giant Trevallies, Rainbow Runners, Pygmy Seahorses, Hairy Squat Lobsters, never-ending Staghorn Coral fields and a wall that seems to go on forever.

The climb to the Piaynemo viewpoint seems harder than it is, once we reach the top, you’ll be speechless and can soak in one of the most beautiful views you can imagine, over this little paradise.

We’ll be in this area for 2 days, making perfectly timed jumps at these sites according to the tides, to make sure we get the best out of it and plenty of fish action.

 

Day 5: Shark Quest and Arborek Island Visit

A few hours north-east of Fam lies a small Island with some well-hidden reefs.

Using the GPS tracker, the speedboat drivers will drop us right where we need to go in search of the Carpet Shark, also called the Wobbegong Shark.

They especially love this area, but they aren’t alone – with plenty of fish and stunning corals surrounding us, we’ll also look for Barracudas and Oriental Sweetlips.

In a small channel lays a special drift dive site where previous sightings of crocodiles make it a bit more spooky – but we can always take a ride with the speedboats to cruise around to see if they’re around on the surface!

In the afternoon we’ll make our way over to the island of Arborek, where we’ll go on land to wander around a bit and relax on the jetty while the local kids show us their swimming and jumping skills.

On the night dive here, we’re going to look for the most famous fish in Raja Ampat – the Walking Shark (Epaulette Shark) which is often found hiding around the jetty. This shark is only around 50cm long and as its name states, can “walk” if he gets trapped out of the water because of the tides or bigger sharks hunting him.

 

Day 6: Return to Dampier Strait

Today we’re going back to the Dampier Strait, getting ready to dive some astonishing reefs once again.

The abundance in Raja Ampat makes it easy to choose from a wide variety of sites, depending on what you like.

On the plan, we have Cape Kri, Sardine Reef and Mike’s Point, but we can also jump on Chicken Reef, Blue Magic or LauLau which are all a short distance from each other.

After our third dive, we’ll hop over to the Island where it all started, Mioskon, to enjoy some beers and a beach barbeque set up by our amazing Chef.

 

Day 7: Jungle Hike and Final Dive

A 4.30 am wakeup seems hard, but it’s worth it.

After tea and coffee and a small breakfast, our speedboats will take us over land, where we’ll go for a little hike up a hill in the jungle. With a bit of luck, the red Bird of Paradise can be spotted on top of the trees looking for a mating partner while “singing” above the trees.

We’ll then get back on the boat for a healthy breakfast, after which it’s time to gear up one last time and go for our last dive of the trip. It can be either Blue Magic to look for some more Oceanic Manta Rays and Grey Reef Sharks, or the reef of LauLau with its pinnacle.

After the dive, it’s time to wash all the gear, pack up, have a tasty lunch, and take some group pictures with all our crew before heading back to Sorong where we can meet up for dinner and go for some pool and karaoke afterwards.

Your unforgettable Raja Ampat adventure comes to a close, filled with incredible memories and underwater wonders.

Please Note:

  • The Itinerary of the trip and dive sites can change due to certain circumstances.
  • Weather and tides play a big role in safety and planning, which is why the Cruise Director and Captain plan every day accordingly.
  • For any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us beforehand or chat with the Cruise Director on the boat.

8 Days Raja Ampat Liveaboard 8D/7N

  • Trip Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Number of Dives: 20
  • Requirements: Every guest must have recent diving experience (within the last 6-12 months) before joining our liveaboard. If not, you will need to do a refresher.
  • Open Water course with minimum 10 dives and Deep Adventure dive

Day 1 – Sorong Harbour

Our meeting point is at the Marina Star Café in Sorong Harbour at 7:30am, where we’ll have a coffee or tea and wait for all our guests to arrive.

Once everyone is ready we’ll then get on our speedboats and board Jelajahi Laut.

While enjoying a fresh juice, we’ll hold a welcome briefing, followed by a general safety briefing and explanation of the boat, and all crew and guests will introduce themselves, so everyone starts to get to know each other.

As the boat sets off towards Waisai you’ll put your belongings in your cabins, and we’ll set up the diving area, followed by a light lunch and soon after, at around 3pm we’ll do a check dive, on the slopes of Mioskon Island.

The rest of the afternoon will be spent on the boat, and we’ll have plenty of time to really get to know our fellow travellers and enjoy a beautiful sunset, while the captain navigates to the northern parts of Batanta Island.

 

Day 2 – Raja Ampat’s Iconic Dive Sites

Today it’s an early wake up, with freshly brewed coffee or a cup of tea for the first dive briefing of the day while the crew is busy in the diving area making sure everything is ready before we gear up.

The plane wreck lying at 30m depth below the surface is a part of the history of Raja Ampat, Max Ammer was looking for its remains when he realised how beautiful this area was for diving.

For our next 2 dives, we’ll be on the lookout for Manta Rays and sharks, in places called Dayan, Karang Bata or Bibis – it all depends on tides and conditions, no two trips are ever the same.  It’s really important for us to tailor our trips to the expectations of our guests, so we try our best to find what you are looking for.

 

Day 3 and 4 – Exploring the Famous Fam Islands

Behind us lies 3 hours of travelling, and we now find ourselves between the Fam island group – we’re sure you’ve heard of My Reef, Melissa’s Garden, Batu Rufus, Barracuda Rock and the viewpoint of Piaynemo.

At these sites you can see hunting Giant Trevallies, Rainbow Runners, Pygmy Seahorses, Hairy Squat Lobsters, never-ending Staghorn Coral fields and a wall that seems to go on forever.

The climb to the Piaynemo viewpoint seems harder than it is. Once we reach the top, you’ll be speechless and can soak in one of the most beautiful views you can imagine, over this little paradise.

We’ll be in this area for 2 days, making perfectly timed jumps at these sites according to the tides, to make sure we get the best out of it and plenty of fish action.

 

Day 5 – Diving in the Carpet Shark’s Habitat

A few hours north-east of Fam lies a small Island with some well-hidden reefs.

Using the GPS tracker, the speedboat drivers will drop us right where we need to go in search of the Carpet Shark, also called the Wobbegong Shark.

They especially love this area, but they aren’t alone – with plenty of fish and stunning corals surrounding us, we’ll also look for Barracudas and Oriental Sweetlips.

In a small channel lies a special drift dive site where previous sightings of crocodiles make it a bit more spooky – but we can always take a ride with the speedboats to cruise around to see if they’re around on the surface!

In the afternoon we’ll make our way over to the island of Arborek, where we’ll go on land to wander around a bit and relax on the jetty while the local kids show us their swimming and jumping skills.

On the night dive here, we’re going to look for the most famous fish in Raja Ampat – the Walking Shark (Epaulette Shark) which is often found hiding around the jetty.  This shark is only around 50 cm long and as its name states, can “walk” if he gets trapped out of the water because of the tides or bigger sharks hunting him.

 

Day 6 – Dive with Manta Rays

Only a short speedboat ride away from Arborek Island we have a couple of dive sites that also function as Manta Ray cleaning stations.  One of them is Manta Ridge, the other one is Manta Sandy, so depending on the tides and conditions, we’ll choose where we are going to jump in and get close up with these majestic creatures.

Heading a bit north-east we plan our second dive at Otdima Reef, which translates to “Otto di mana”, “Where is Otto?”.  Well, we don’t know where he is, but we can assure you plenty of fish and corals!

Mike’s Point or Batu Lima are our options for our third dive before mooring up in the Dampier Strait, which will give us one of the most stunning sunsets you’ll experience in your life.

 

Day 7 – A Wealth of Dive Sites and Island Exploration

The abundance in Raja Ampat makes it easy to choose from a wide variety of sites, depending on what you like.

On the plan, we have Cape Kri, Sardine Reef and Mike’s Point, but we can also jump on Chicken Reef, Blue Magic or LauLau which are all a short distance from each other.

After our third dive, we’ll hop over to the Island where it all started, Mioskon, to enjoy some beers and a beach barbeque set up by our amazing Chef.

 

Day 8 – Red Bird of Paradise Spotting and Final Dive

4.30 am wakeup seems hard, but it’s worth it.

After tea and coffee and a small breakfast, our speedboats will take us over to land, where we’ll go for a little hike up a hill in the jungle.  With a bit of luck, the red Bird of Paradise can be spotted on top of the trees looking for a mating partner while “singing” above the trees.

We’ll then get back on the boat for a healthy breakfast, after which it’s time to gear up one last time and go for our last dive of the trip.  It can be either Blue Magic to look for some more Oceanic Manta Rays and Grey Reef Sharks, or the reef of LauLau with its pinnacle.

After the dive, it’s time to wash all the gear, pack up, have a tasty lunch, and take some group pictures with all our crew before heading back to Sorong where we can meet up for dinner and go for some pool and karaoke afterwards.

Please Note:

  • The Itinerary of the trip and dive sites can change due to certain circumstances.
  • Weather and tides play a big role in safety and planning, which is why the Cruise Director and Captain plan every day accordingly.
  • For any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us beforehand or chat with the Cruise Director on the boat.

10 Days Raja Ampat Liveaboard 10D/9N

  • Trip Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
  • Number of Dives: 25
  • Requirements: Every guest must have recent diving experience (within the last 6-12 months) before joining our liveaboard. If not, you will need to do a refresher.
  • Open Water course with minimum 10 dives and Deep Adventure dive

Day 1 – Sorong Harbour

Our meeting point is at the Marina Star Café in Sorong Harbour at 7:30am, where we’ll have a coffee or tea and wait for all our guests to arrive.

Once everyone is ready we’ll then get on our speedboats and board Jelajahi Laut.

While enjoying a fresh juice, we’ll hold a welcome briefing, followed by a general safety briefing and explanation of the boat, and all crew and guests will introduce themselves, so everyone starts to get to know each other.

As the boat sets off towards Waisai you’ll put your belongings in your cabins, and we’ll set up the diving area, followed by a light lunch and soon after, at around 3pm we’ll do a check dive, on the slopes of Mioskon Island.

The rest of the afternoon will be spent on the boat where we’ll have plenty of time to really get to know our fellow travellers and enjoy a beautiful sunset, while the captain navigates to the south of the Raja Ampat Marine Park, to Misool.

 

Day 2 – Northern Islands of Misool Diving

Today it’s an early wake up, with freshly brewed coffee or a cup of tea for the first dive briefing of the day while the crew is busy in the diving area making sure everything is ready before we gear up.

We’ll spend the day around the northern islands of Misool, where the dive sites lay in a labyrinth of small islands which are spread out everywhere.

Beautiful walls and slopes await us, where we’ll be looking for Pygmy Seahorses and hunting Mobula Rays trying to snack on some sardines.

Later in the afternoon, while having a snack, we’ll move the boat a bit further south, into the Misool Eco Reserve area where we’ll anchor up and shelter between the islands of Romeo and Yillet.

 

Day 3 to 7 – A Dive Paradise in Misool Eco Reserve

In the Misool Eco Reserve area, we plan the dives accordingly with the schedules of other boats, to guarantee more protection of the reefs and to be able to have the dive site to ourselves.

The Eco Reserve has some of the most colourful corals on the planet, with vibrant reefs full of life in every direction you look.

You’ll need to check your remaining air supply often, you might lose track as your breathing rate rises because of all the beautiful sights here!

Boo Window, Magic Mountain, Nudi Rock, 4 Kings, Puri Pinnacle, Tank Rock are just a few sites not to be missed.

We can encounter Oceanic and Reef Manta Rays, Blacktip, Whitetip and Grey Reef Sharks, Wobbegong Sharks, hunting Giant Trevallies, Tunas, Eagle Rays – the list keeps on going.

Make sure to follow your dive guide as he points out the little critters – here we can find up to 5 different types of Pygmy Seahorses, loads of different Nudibranchs, Crabs, Frogfish and Octopus.

Cruising back to the northern parts of Misool, we might explore some underwater caverns and depending on the season, visit a lake full of stingless jellyfish – one of only a few worldwide!!

 

Day 8 – Exploring the Fam Islands

After a 13-hour crossing, we are now between islands of the Fam group where we can see endless Staghorn Coral fields at Melissa’s Garden, hunting grey reef sharks on My Reef, or the pinnacle of Batu Rufus looking for Fusiliers, Rainbow Runners and Barracuda.

In the afternoon we’ll go for a little land adventure and climb the stairs to heaven – well actually to the viewpoint of Piaynemo!  This is the most breathtaking view over the lagoon where sometimes we can see baby blacktips cruising around.

Later, some like to enjoy a beer after the climb, some are excited for the night dive that evening, where we have the chance to find the famous Walking Shark along with some different types of Pipefish, Decorator Crabs, Bumblebee Shrimp and maybe a Wunderpus.

 

Day 9 – Enchanting Dives in the Dampier Strait

We are back in the Dampier straight today, and it’s all about action-packed dives again, as we jump in at Cape Kri, Sardine Reef and Mike’s Point.

Endless corals, sometimes so full of fish it becomes hard to see your dive buddies – we’re looking for current and we’ll jump the split, right where the current gets divided by the reef and hang in there to watch the fish hunting for prey.

In the afternoon, once we’re out of our wetsuits and have had a snack, the speedboats will take us a short hop over to the Island where it all started, Mioskon, to enjoy some beers and a beach barbeque set up by our amazing Chef.

 

Day 10 – Red Bird of Paradise Spotting and Final Dive

4.30 am wakeup seems hard, but it’s worth it.

After tea and coffee and a small breakfast, our speedboats will take us over land, where we’ll go for a little hike up a hill in the jungle.  With a bit of luck, the red Bird of Paradise can be spotted on top of the trees looking for a mating partner while “singing” above the trees.

We’ll then get back on the boat for a healthy breakfast, after which it’s time to gear up one last time and go for our last dive of the trip.  It can be either Blue Magic to look for some more Oceanic Manta Rays and Grey Reef Sharks, or the reef of LauLau with its pinnacle.

After the dive, it’s time to wash all the gear, pack up, have a tasty lunch, and take some group pictures with all our crew before heading back to Sorong where we can meet up for dinner and go for some pool and karaoke afterwards.

Please Note:

  • The Itinerary of the trip and dive sites can change due to certain circumstances.
  • Weather and tides play a big role in safety and planning, which is why the Cruise Director and Captain plan every day accordingly.
  • For any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us beforehand or chat with the Cruise Director on the boat.

What is included in the Raja Ampat Liveaboard Diving trip package?

  • Full room and board on all trips
  • Pick up from airport or hotel
  • Tea, coffee, water and soft drinks
  • Tanks and weights
  • Dive guides
  • Lots and lots of delicious food
  • Good times, great memories and lots of fun

What is not included in the Raja Ampat Liveaboard Diving trip package?

  • Pick up from other areas
  • Flights – domestic or international
  • Use of dive equipment (this can be rented per day)
  • Alcohol – we have wine and beer for sale
  • Tips for crew and guides
  • National Park and Port Fees and other Local Government Fees. IDR 3,500,000. Must be paid on arrival in IDR.

Are there any prerequisites or diving experience required?

While not always as challenging as some of the Komodo currents can be, Raja Ampat can still be tricky at times. Our highly experienced guides choose dive sites, times and locations according to the experience level of the guests to make sure each dive is safe and suitable.

Open Water course, 10 dives and Deep Adventure dive (which can be taken on board).

We do mandate that every guest has recent diving experience (within the last 6-12 months) before joining our liveaboard. If not, you will need to do a refresher.

We can also do the Advanced and Nitrox courses with you whilst on the trip if you want to improve your skills.

What should I do if I have dietary restrictions?

We can cater for most dietry requirements including vegetarian and gluten free, but if you have specific dietary restrictions we must be notified of this before your arrival.

Please note though that sometimes due to our remote location and the length of some of the trips we can’t guarantee that they always can be met. Where possible, we are happy to prepare meals with food that is brought on to the boat and we recommend purchasing this back home or somewhere like Bali as you may not find what you need in Sorong.  Please discuss this with us during the booking process so we can do our best to accomodate your needs.

What if I have severe allergies or medical conditions?

If you suffer from severe allergies or medical conditions you must make sure you have adequate medication with you and let us know so we can inform our boat crew. It is also a good idea to get medical clearance from a doctor too.  

The medical facilities here are minimal and evacuation to the nearest major hospital (Bali) can take 12-24 hours in good conditions.

Raja Ampat Liveaboard Diving Schedule

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