Raja Ampat has often been qualified as the “last frontier” and this is really the feeling you will get in this area: one the rare untouched places on earth. Our Raja Ampat dive cruises run from November to April, when the weather and the sea conditions are the most favorable. The main highlight of the area is the gorgeous abundance of life, both the fixed fauna such as corals and gorgonians and the stunning abundance of fish. Trevallies, barracudas, bumphead parrot fish, spade fish, surgeon fish, fusiliers often form big schools on the reefs. Mantas rays are generally present on at least two dive sites, and encounters with bigger fishes as tunas, spanish mackerels, reef sharks and the “carpet shark” Wobegons-are frequent, The topographies of the dive sites are also very diverse and interesting: pinnacles, ridges, walls, caves, rock formations and lagoons...
You will also discover the incredible landscapes of this area; during our cruise we will propose you to visit at least one village, a short trek and many short trips with the dinghies to explore the beaches and other lagoons. Another optional trek is also proposed to look for Birds of Paradise.
The MV Ambai, our 32 meter boat started operations in July 2012.
She receives up to 16 divers in absolute comfort. Traditionally built from Iron wood and other tropical hard wood, the boat is however especially designed to offer the best liveaboard diving cruise experience.
Ambai Liveaboard has 8 boutique cabins with individually controlled air conditioning and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. An inside lounge and restaurant, large shadow deck areas and a Sun deck complete the common parts.
Our « Raja Ampat » cruise departures are from Sorong, little costal city on the North West part of the Indonesian Papua. That city is well served with some daily flights from the main International Indonesian Airports such as Jakarta, Manado, Makassar and Denpasar.
Except Garuda Indonesia the 2 major Airlines that serve Sorong (Sriwijaya, Nam Air) are black-listed by the European Community: therefore from our experience both are reliable. Wallacea Dive Cruise can assist you for the purchasing of your domestic flights or even can buy them for you for your safety.
For your International flight to Jakarta we recommend Emirates with its EK 356 flight landing at Jakarta airport (the day before the departure of your cruise) at 15:40. Return the last day of the cruise + 1 with EK 357 at 00:15. At jakarta airport, you’ll be landing and taking off at Terminal 3 Ultimate.