Raja Ampat’s reefs are an oceanic crossroads where the Pacific and Indian Ocean species collide. The archipelago’s gateway is Sorong. From here, live-aboards offer divers the luxury of exploring he archipelago from South to North. The Southern most Misool Island group teems with coral gardens, cave systems and mangroves. These southern waters boast blue holes at Jef Pele, towering burial caves at Tomolol, dramatic soft coral walls at Wayalibit Chanel and schooling yellow-tail barracuda & bigeye trevally at Fabiacet Rocks.
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Misool Eco Resort
Misool Eco Resort is located on the private island of Batbitim, nestled deep in a vast archipelago of uninhabited islands, 150 miles from the nearest resort and half a day’s journey from the nearest village. Raja Ampat has over 700 species of mollusks and 1,200 species of fish. Counted among those is the newly discovered ‘walking’ epaulette shark, commonly seen on night dives on the house reef.
Papua Explorers Dive Resort
Papua Explorers Resort is located on Gam Island, along the coast of world renowned Dampier Strait in north Raja Ampat. The resort was built using traditional Papuan techniques and natural materials typical of the area. The famous dive sites of Manta Point and Cape Kri are a short 15-20-minute boat ride away and most other dive sites are within 30 minutes by boat. The Passage, a thriller of a drift dive, is 45 minutes away by boat.
Papua Paradise Eco Resort
Papua Paradise Resort lies along the pristine shoreline of the uninhabited island of Birie. The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna, while the reefs in the surrounding area offer world class diving. Dive with manta rays, sharks, and shoals of schooling fish; explore reef slopes with some of the widest diversity of corals in the world, and housing some of the best macro diving of Raja Ampat; and end the day with a perfect ocean sunset view from your private balcony.
The Arenui is a traditional and magnificent Phinisi classic Indonesian wooden sailing vessel. Holding 16 passengers in 8 exceptionally spacious cabins with itineraries showcasing the best of Indonesia. Itineraries include: May to October around the Komodo National Park area, November Ambon/ Maluku and the Spice Islands in the Banda Sea, Raja Ampat area of Western Papua from December through until April. With a crew of 22 serving a maximum of 16 guests, the aim is to make your cruise a truly relaxing and first-class experience!
Coralia is a liveaboard (by Papua Explorers) committed to creating sustainable and unforgettable human-nature experiences, while conserving the oceans we cruise in and developing the local communities we work with. As a classic Phinisi it was built in Bira, Sulawesi by the Konjo tribe, who have been building cargo ships for centuries. Blending ancient techniques and wisdom with modern design.
Eight spacious cabins offer air-conditioned, spacious private bathroom with warm freshwater showers, towels and hairdryers, environmentally friendly, natural soap and shower amenities. In the cabin guests will also find cozy beds, a sofa, working desk and closet, a safety box, regular and USB charging stations.
Additionally four luxurious master cabins on the main and upper deck feature each a private balcony, sun chair and outside sofa, where guests can indulge in the tropical scenery and never miss a sunrise or sunset.
The 188 foot Dewi Nusantara explores the magnificent reefs and marine life in the heart of the world famous “Coral Triangle.” Dewi Nusantara dive cruises take you to Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Ambon, Halmahera and Cenderawasih Bay. There are eight spacious air-conditioned staterooms, that can be adapted to either twin or double use, each with its own en suite bathroom. The master and commanders’ cabin aft is the size of a large hotel suite.
Dive Damai & Dive Damai II
A new concept in the diving industry: a boutique liveaboard. “Damai” is an Indonesian word meaning “peaceful,” providing tranquility above the water while avoiding crowds down below. Dive-Damai is dedicated to small groups and offers the chance to enjoy diving remote areas in Indonesia, while experiencing unprecedented service and an unlimited amount of dives and bottom time.
Raja Ampat Aggressor II
Seven and ten-night adventures aboard the Raja Ampat Aggressor II depart from Sorong exploring the Raja’s main islands, Batanta, Misool, Salawati and Waigeo, also known as the “Four Kings.” Select Derawan Islands excursions depart from Berau diving the Maratua Atoll, Sangalaki Island, and Talisayan, which is known for its prolific whale shark population. All dives are made from 2 dive tenders.
MV Mermaid I
A 90 foot, double engine steel motor yacht. She comfortably holds 15 guests in 1 Master State Room (king bed), 1 Single and 4 Deluxe Cabins (double or twin beds) and 2 Budget Cabins. The master, single and deluxe cabins have en-suite bathrooms, refrigerators and panoramic sea view windows. The budget cabins are below deck with en-suite bathroom and refrigerator. This vessel cruises the best dive spots in Komodo National Park & Raja Ampat on 9 night itineraries.
MV Mermaid II
A 105 foot, double engine steel motor yacht. She easily accommodates 16 guests in 8 deluxe cabins and 2 guests in a budget cabin below deck. All deluxe cabins are on the man deck with large panoramic sea view windows. Each cabin has a double or single bed, air conditioning and private en-suite bathrooms. Mermaid II offers 7 night itineraries in Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat and the Alor Islands.
MV Blue Manta Explorer
Exploring Ambon, Banda, Forgotten Islands, Komodo and Raja Ampat, the spacious Blue Manta Explorer is fully equipped to take you to some of the most beautiful, exotic and remote diving destinations in Indonesia. The large steel hull vessel can accommodate up to 22 passengers in 14 beautiful, fully ensuite cabins. Measuring 45 meters in length (148 feet) the spacious cabins are situated over three decks. The dive deck is equipped with personal rinse tanks and a wide outdoor work table for underwater digital cameras. There is also a dedicated indoor camera room with plenty of space & charging stations to set up your camera equipment.
MV Raja Manta Explorer
With a major makeover in 2016, the Raja Manta Explorer is a boat designed for divers, by divers. Offering exciting itineraries through Ambon, Banda, Sangalaki, Raja Ampat and other extended itineraries, the 37 meter (121 foot) vessel is stable, strong and reliable making it perfect for long range travel to the most desirable dive sites. With 8 double & twin shared-bath ensuite cabins and 3 shared cabins with wash basins, the Raja Manta Explorer can comfortably accommodate up to 22 passengers. There is an enormous dive deck with ample space for gearing up. Warm towels, hot drinks and fresh fruits are available after dives.
The Tiaré is a luxurious yet traditional Indonesian Phinisi that will take you on a journey of discovery to some of the most stunning diving spots in the rich waters of the Indonesian archipelago.
With bright airy cabins, spacious bathrooms and a large front deck where you can socialize, there is also a separate diving deck with hot water showers to warm up after a night dive. All indoor and outdoor living areas, decks, and cabins are made with antique teak salvaged from old Joglos, which not only gives the feel of “real Indonesia”, but has helped to reduce the use of Indonesia’s disappearing rainforests.
There are two triple cabins, spacious enough to accommodate two adults and one child or three adults, with under-bed storage to ensure ease of movement around the cabin, two twin and two double cabins accommodating 14 guests total.