Jelajahi Laut Liveaboard

Destination: Indonesia

Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Alor and Komodo (3 - 14 nights) | From $232++/night

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Meaning "Explore the Sea," the Jelajahi Laut is a vessel designed by divers for divers. Built in Bulukumba, Bira, an area in South Sulawesi known for its fearless sailors, the vessel sports a deck made of solid teak wood planks and an ironwood hull. She also features three front sails, two top, and bottom sails from the center mast, and two sails from the rear mast. 

The Jelajahi Laut is run by Mikumba Diving. For another of their liveaboard options, check out the Nusantara Liveaboard.

 

Dive Overview

Indonesia is known as a top destination for divers. It is even said that after you have made your first dive in Indonesia, your diving life will never be the same again. Any expectations and wishes can be fulfilled: from very small critters to giant pelagics, the Indonesian waters situated all around the "Ring of Fire" offer probably the richest marine biodiversity in the world.

[See: Komodo Dive Travel Guide, Ambon & Alor Dive Travel Guide & Raja Ampat Travel Guide]

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Accommodations

Types of Cabins, Amenities and Photos

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Jelajahi laut Accommodation Details

The Jelajahi Laut offers guests three types of accommodations: the Sea View Cabin on the Upper Deck, the Deluxe Cabin, and the Standard Cabin, both located on the Lower Deck. All cabins are fully air-conditioned.

 

Sea view cabins

  • 2 Units 
  • Non Smoking 
  • 20 SQM 
  • Bed 160x200 
  • Maximum Guest 2 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • En-suite Bathroom (Hot water shower) 
  • Private Balcony

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deluxe CABINS

  • 2 Units 
  • Non Smoking 
  • 17 SQM 
  • Double Bed 140x200 & Single Bed 90x200 
  • Maximum Guests 2 (Family 3) 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • En-suite Bathroom (Hot water shower)

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standard CABINS

  • 2 Units 
  • Non Smoking 
  • 15 SQM 
  • 3 x Single Bed 90x200 
  • Maximum Guests 3 
  • Air Conditioning 
  • Shared Bathroom (Hot water shower)

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General Facilities

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jelajahi laut Boat Features 

  • Cushions & Bean bags
  • Sunbeds
  • Widescreen TV and sound system in living room
  • Boardgames
  • Fish ID books and library
  • Designated charging area
  • 220-volt sockets in all areas
  • SUP x 2

 

JELAJAHI LAUT Dive Facilities 

  • Dive equipment purchased in 2021
  • Suunto dive computers
  • 40 x 12l tanks (DIN and INT)
  • 4 x 15l tanks
  • 2 x air compressors and Nitrox membrane
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • 2 speedboats with twin 40hp outboards each
  • Emergency o2 (12l and 2 x 50l tanks)
  • 3 x 1st aid kits

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Food & Drinks Aboard jelajahi laut

All meals are served aboard the Jelajahi Laut, including snacks and fruit, with coffee, tea, and mineral water served throughout the day. Soft drinks are also available.

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JELAJAHI LAUT LIVEABOARD DECK PLAN

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Jelajahi Laut Schedule & Rates

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Jelajahi laut RATES

Prices are in USD, per person and do not include national park fees.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

ItinerarySea View CabinsDeluxe CabinsStandard Cabins
Raja Ampat
7 days / 6 nights (21 dives)
$3,010$2,765$2,275
8 days / 7 nights (24 dives)$3,440$3,160$2,600
10 days / 9 nights (30 dives)$4,300$3,950$3,250
11 days / 10 nights (33 dives)$4,730$4,345
$3,575 
 15 days /14 nights (Malukku to West Papua)
$6,450$5,925$4,875
Komodo
4 days / 3 nights (12 dives)
$1,720$1,580$1,300
5 days / 4 nights (15 dives)$2,150$1,975$1,625
8 days / 7 nights (24 dives) $3,440$3,160
$1,625 

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2022 SCHEDULE

TripDate OutDate BackTrip LengthDivesStartEndSea ViewDeluxeStandard
Dragons and Volcanos3-Mar-2210-Mar-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos12-Mar-2219-Mar-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos21-Mar-2228-Mar-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos30-Mar-226-Apr-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos8-Apr-2215-Apr-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos17-Apr-2224-Apr-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos26-Apr-223-May-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos5-May-2212-May-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos14-May-2221-May-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Dragons and Volcanos23-May-2230-May-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Best of Komodo1-Jun-224-Jun-224D / 3N12LBJLBJ$1720$1580$1300
Best of Komodo6-Jun-2210-Jun-225D / 4N15LBJLBJ$2150$1975$1625
Dragons and Volcanos12-Jun-2219-Jun-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Best of Komodo21-Jun-2225-Jun-225D / 4N15LBJLBJ$2150$1975$1625
Best of Komodo27-Jun-2230-Jun-224D / 3N12LBJLBJ$1720$1580$1300
Dragons and Volcanos2-Jul-229-Jul-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Best of Komodo11-Jul-2214-Jul-224D / 3N12LBJLBJ$1720$1580$1300
Best of Komodo16-Jul-2220-Jul-225D / 4N15LBJLBJ$2150$1975$1625
Dragons and Volcanos22-Jul-2229-Jul-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Best of Komodo31-Jul-223-Aug-224D / 3N12LBJLBJ$1720$1580$1300
Best of Komodo5-Aug-229-Aug-225D / 4N15LBJLBJ$2150$1975$1625
Dragons and Volcanos11-Aug-2218-Aug-228D / 7N22LBJLBJ$3440$3160$2600
Manggarai West to East27-Aug-225-Sep-2210D / 9N23LBJMaumere$4300$3950$3250
East Manggarai and beyond8-Sep-2217-Sep-2210D / 9N23MaumereMaumere$4300$3950$3250
East Manggarai and beyond19-Sep-2228-Sep-2210D / 9N23MaumereMaumere$4300$3950$3250
East Manggarai and beyond30-Sep-228-Oct-2210D / 9N23MaumereMaumere$4300$3950$3250
Volcanic Spice Tour11-Oct-2225-Oct-2215D / 14N30MaumereAmbon$6450$5925$4875
Malukku to West Papua28-Oct-2211-Nov-2215D / 14N30AmbonWaisai$6450$5925$4875
Northern Islands and Central15-Nov-2221-Nov-227D / 6N18WaisaiWaisai$3010$2765$2275
Best of Central Raja23-Nov-2229-Nov-227D / 6N18WaisaiWaisai$3010$2765$2275
King of Kings (Misool/FAM/Dampier)1-Dec-227-Dec-227D / 6N18WaisaiWaisai$3010$2765$2275
Northern Islands and Central9-Dec-2216-Dec-228D / 7N20WaisaiWaisai$3440$3160$2600
Manta Claus visits Misool18-Dec-2227-Dec-2210D / 9N25WaisaiWaisai$4300$3950$3250
New Year / New dives / Best of Raja29-Dec-227-Jan-2310D / 9N25WaisaiWaisai$4300$3950$3250

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Inclusions 

  • All meals including snacks and fruit 
  • Dive Guide
  • Coffee, tea, mineral water 
  • Torches for night dives
  • Standard Dive Equipment (Only for Komodo itineraries)
  • Soft drinks

  

Exclusions 

  • Beer
  • National Park and harbour fees insurance (Required)
  • Rental equipment
  • Tip

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PARK fees & OTHers

Fees
Monday - Saturday 
Sunday & Public Holidays 
Tourists 
Indonesian Tourists Indonesian 
Entrance KNP, Diving & Local Gov. Tax 
275,000
55,000
350,000
57,500
Entrance KNP, Snorkelling + Local Gov. Tax 
215,000
25,000290,00027,500
Entrance fee Komodo Island + trekking 
115,000
115,000115,000115,000
Guide for Komodo Island (Per group of 5) 
120,000
120,000120,000120,000
Entrance fee Padar Island + trekking 
115,000
115,000115,000115,000
Guide for Padar Island (Per group of 5) 
120,000
120,000120,000120,000
Entrance fee Kanawa Island (Per group) 
100,000
100,000100,000100,000
Raja Ampat Marine Park Fee & Harbour Fee2,000,000

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RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on departure dates that are not listed and availability please email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Itineraries: Komodo - Raja Ampat

komodo

Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region between the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara.  The park includes the three larger islands Komodo, Padar and Rinca, and 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1,733 km2 (603 km2 of its land).  The area was made a National Park in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard.  Later it was dedicated to protecting other species, including marine species and in 1991 the park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Komodo National Park has been selected as one of the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”, and is part of the Coral Triangle, which contains some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth.  There are over 100 different dive sites, more than 1000 species of fish, 350 different types of coral and over 1000 individual mantas have been identified.

Please note that the following are proposed itineraries only and we can be subject to change depending on weather and sea conditions during the trip.

 

KOMODO 3-Day Trip

  • Total 9 Dives
  • Day 1
  • Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)
  • We walk down to the harbor where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.
  • We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our Cruise Director introduces the boat crew and dive guides on board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.
  • After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Sebayur Kecil, but if your group is more experienced we can take you to Tatawa Besar if the current isn’t too crazy.
  • We do a 2nd Dive in the Central of the Park and then head to Kalong to watch the famous flying foxes before cruising to Wainilu for our night dive.
  • Day 2
  • 6:00 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • 6:45 Head to Rinca for early morning dragon tour to avoid the crowds
  • 8:30 Big breakfast
  • 3 Dives in Central area of the park (maybe a manta dive or Batu Bolong) and then we head North
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • Day 3
  • 6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • 7:00 Briefing Castle Rock
  • 9:00 Big breakfast
  • 10:30 Briefing Crystal Rock
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Briefing The Cauldron
  • After diving, we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete logbooks.

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KOMODO 4-DAY TRIP

  • Total 12 Dives
  • Day 1
  • Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)
  • We walk down to the harbor where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.
  • We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our trip leader introduces the boat crew and dive guides on board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.
  • After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Kanawa or Sabayur Kecil, but if your group is more experienced we can take you to Tatawa Besar if the current isn’t too crazy.
  • We do a 2nd Dive in the Central of the Park and then head to Kalong to watch the famous flying foxes before cruising to Wainilu for our night dive.
  • Day 2
  • 6:00 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • 6:45 Head to Rinca for an early morning dragon tour to avoid the crowds
  • 8:30 Big breakfast
  • 3 Dives in Central area of the park (maybe Manta dive or Batu Bolong) and then we head North
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • Day 3
  • 6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • 7:00 Briefing Castle Rock
  • 9:00 Big breakfast
  • 10:30 Briefing Crystal Rock
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Briefing The Cauldron
  • Day 4
  • 6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • We have a choice of 3 dives in the North or head back to Central to try and find the mantas again.
  • After diving, we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete logbooks.

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KOMODO 5-DAY TRIp

  • Total 15 Dives
  • Day 1
  • Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)
  • We walk down to the harbor where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.
  • We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our trip leader introduces the boat crew and dive guides on board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.
  • After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Siaba Besar.
  • We do a 2nd Dive in the Central of the Park, probably Pengah Kecil, and then head to Kalong to watch the famous flying foxes before cruising to Wainilu for our night dive.
  • Day 2
  • 6:00 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • 6:45 Head to Rinca for an early morning dragon tour to avoid the crowds
  • 8:30 Big breakfast
  • 3 Dives around Padar (maybe Bonsai, Secret Garden, and Monkey Corner) and we moor up in Padar for the night
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • Day 3
  • 6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast then we will trek up Padar Island to the viewpoint
  • 9:00 Big breakfast
  • 10:30 Briefing 3 Sisters
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Briefing Batu Bolong
  • 16:30 Briefing Manta Point
  • 20:00 Dinner
  • Day 4
  • 6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • 7:00 Briefing Crystal Rock
  • 9:00 Big breakfast
  • 10:30 Briefing Castle Rock
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 Briefing The Cauldron
  • Day 5
  • 6:30 Wakey wakey & small breakfast
  • We have a choice of 3 dives in the North or head back to Central to try and find the Mantas again.
  • After diving, we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete logbooks.

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south komodo trip

  • Total 12 Dives
  • Day 1
  • Meet at Mikumba Dive Centre in Labuan Bajo, complete all paperwork and collect payment for park fees and fit equipment if required. (Park fees must be paid in cash)
  • We walk down to the harbor where our speedboat will pick us up at the jetty and take us to our home for the next few days.
  • We start the trip by serving you a welcome drink as our trip leader introduces the boat crew and dive guides on board. You then get a boat briefing while heading out to Komodo National Park, and we’ll show you to your cabin and around the rest of the boat.
  • After the orientation we’ll set up your dive equipment, before gathering in the dining area again to continue with a safety briefing, then we brief you about the dive site where we’ll do our check dive.  We normally go to a protected area for this, like Horse Shoe Bay.
  • We do a 2nd dive around Nusa Kode and then a night dive.
  • We also take a speedboat trip to view the dragons on the beach.
  • Day 2
  • We plan 1 dive around Nusa Kode and weather permitting try and get over to Manta Alley for 2 more.  If we can’t then there are plenty of dive sites we can choose from in Nusa Kode.
  • Day 3
  • We will do the last dive around South Rinca and then head north again to Padar Island.
  • After 2 dives around Padar, we then hike up Padar Island for sunset.
  • Day 4
  • We will do 1 dive around Padar and then head back to the center of the park for 2 dives there.
  • After diving, we cruise back towards Labuan Bajo and relax on the comfy beanbags and complete logbooks. 

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Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat, “The Four Kings”, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 beautiful small islands, surrounding the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool. Most sites are only accessible by liveaboard which means they are peaceful, breath-taking locations with an amazing array of sea life. The name Raja Ampat is believed to have originated from folklore where a lady finds seven eggs, four of which hatch and become kings of the four main islands, while the other three eggs became a woman, a ghost, and a stone.

The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea (so endless possibilities for liveaboard diving!), home to 540 types of coral, more than 1,000 types of fish and 700 types of mollusc. This makes it the most diverse living library in the world, with around 75% of the world’s species living here. Raja Ampat’s sheer numbers and diversity of marine life and its huge pristine coral reef systems are a scuba diver’s dream come true and a fantastic place for snorkellers too.

Please note that the following are proposed itineraries only and we can be subject to change depending on weather and sea conditions during the trip. For any special requests, please don’t hesitate to contact us beforehand.

 

Raja Central 7days/6nights

  • Day 1
  • Our meeting point will be at the Misool Filling Station at 7:30 am, just opposite the airport, where we’ll have a coffee or tea and wait for our last guests to arrive.
  • Shortly after, the ferry will depart from Sorong to Waisai, which takes us around 2 hours.
  • Once we’ve arrived in Waisai, the Cruise Director will purchase the Raja Ampat Marine Park tickets and we’ll be ready to be welcomed aboard Jelajahi Laut by the Captain and Crew.
  • While enjoying a fresh juice or coconut, 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 gets to start to know each other.
  • You’ll then settle into your cabin, and we’ll set up the diving area, followed by a light lunch, and soon after, at around 3 pm we’ll head for our check dive outside the harbor, on the slopes of Mioskon Island.
  • The rest of the afternoon will be spent on the boat and we have lots of time to really get to know our fellow travelers and enjoy a beautiful sunset, while the captain navigates to the northern parts of Batanta Island.
  • Day 2
  • Today it’s an early wake-up, freshly brewed coffee, and a dive briefing for the first dive 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 somehow a part of the 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 2 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
  • Behind us lays 3 hours of traveling, and we now find ourselves between the Fam island group.
  • Surely you have heard of My Reef, Melissa’s Garden, Batu Rufus, Barracuda Rock, and the viewpoint of Piaynemo.
  • Here 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 viewpoint seems harder than it is, once we reached 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, jumping the sites perfectly timed according to the tides flowing, to make sure we get the best out of it and plenty of fish action. 
  • Day 5
  • 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 are not 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 are around on the surface!
  • In the afternoon we make our way over to the island of Arborek, where we’ll go on land to stroll 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 look for the most famous fish in Raja Ampat – the Walking Shark which is often found hiding around the jetty.  This shark is only around 50cm long and as its name mentions, can walk if he gets trapped out of the water because of the tides or bigger sharks hunting him.
  • Day 6
  • We go 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 big variety of spots, 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 land, onto the Island where it all started, to enjoy some beers and a beach barbeque set up by our amazing Chef.
  • Day 7
  • 4.30 am wakeup seems hard, but it’s worth it.
  • After coffee and a small breakfast, our speedboats will take us to land and we 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.
  • Back on the boat and for 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 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 some tasty lunch and take some group pictures with all crew involved.
  • We then take the ferry back to Sorong where we can meet up for dinner and go for some pool and karaoke afterward.

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Raja Central 8days/7nights

  • Day 1
  • We meet up at 7 – 7.30 am at Misool Filling Station before leaving around 8.00 am to go to the boat
  • Check dive at an appropriate dive site in central (Mioskon, Friwen, or Yenbuba).  These are all stunning dive sites, easy to dive and its possible to see everything from mantas to pygmy seahorses
  • Overnight stay in the bay between Mansuar and Kri Island
  • Day 2
  • Head over to Kri island to dive the amazing Chicken Reef (Karang Ayam).  This site is excellent for pelagics such as tuna, Spanish mackerel, grey reefs sharks, white/blacktip reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and big schools of fish
  • For the second dive, we’ll move closer to the world-famous Cape Kri, where schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, snapper, small reef fish, rays, sharks, turtles, and groupers, as well as the coral itself, are out of this world
  • For the third dive, we move west of Mansuar to dive Sawandarek village jetty, a protected dive site with a stunning reef and good for pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, common octopus, wobbegong sharks, and schools of jacks under the jetty
  • After that, you’ll either do a night dive around Arborek Island, in the Dampier strait between Gam and Mansuar, or visit Barefoot Conservation to get information about mantas and where they’ve been spotted so we know where to go the next day
  • Day 3
  • There’s a 15-minute ride out to either the Manta Sandy or Manta Ridge cleaning stations where we can usually see 4-5 mantas being cleaned at the same time
  • We then head west to Penemu and Fam Island to dive Melissa’s Garden, named after the diving pioneer Max Ammer’s daughter.  Thousands of tiny reef fish, black tips, wobbegong sharks, pygmy seahorses, and much more can be found here
  • For the third dive, we’ll move to the Kerou Chanel which can be a great drift dive if we get some current.  Featuring a beautiful reef, huge sea fans, and wonderful soft corals (excellent for macro), there are often some larger fish out in the blue too
  • You can then visit the Bintan Lagoon viewpoint, before we start the 6-7 hour night crossing north up to Kawe Island, one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites
  • Day 4
  • We start off diving around Kawe Island and Eagle Rock with their stunning reefs and big fish action.  The highlight here is seeing the mantas coming in to be cleaned
  • On the second dive, we move over to Black Rock, one of the best reefs in the north, with a beautiful soft coral reef and insane amounts of different schooling fish.  Black Rock is also great for pygmy seahorses, turtles, blacktip reef sharks, and marble rays in the deep
  • After the second dive, we’ll move back to Eagle Rock again, where normally the current will have changed  and we can dive on a different part of this fantastic site
  • We then moor up inside the stunning Alyui Bay for a night dive at the famous pearl farm, but make sure you prepare your camera and macro lens for muck diving!
  • Day 5
  • We start off with another wonderful dive in Alyui Bay at Chanel #5, a dive site featuring swim-throughs, big schools of sweetlips, and fusiliers and white tip sharks sleeping under the rocks. Here, we can also encounter dolphins, so keep looking for them at the safety stop.
  • Then, we move to the Yangeffo Islands for our second dive on a site discovered by our Cruise Director a couple of years ago. This offers a great mix of macro and bigger stuff too, keeping everyone happy. There’s a sloping reef down to 15 meters, then a sandy bottom where it’s possible to see flamboyant cuttlefish, robust ghost pipefish, ornate ghost pipefish, decorator crabs, nudibranchs, shrimps, and frogfishes if you are lucky. After a while, you’ll hit the reef again where we have seen eagle rays and manta rays cruising by.
  • After a stop around Yangeffo, we’ll continue the trip for our last dive of the day in Gam. The famous Citrus Ridge is a very fishy dive site to see the stunning coral garden, yellow soft corals, schooling barracudas, sweetlips, tunas, Spanish mackerel, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, frogfishes, and others.
  • Next, we take a trip back to the east part of Dampier Straight, directly to Waisai to load up with fresh food and water
  • Day 6
  • An early start, but definitely worth it, we will wake you up at 04:45 for a small breakfast before heading onshore to watch the birds of paradise.
  • Back to the boat for a proper breakfast while we make our way over to Blue Magic close to the island of Mioskon. On good days, this submerged reef has 5 meters visibility because the whole dive site is covered with schools of fish. We can also encounter the oceanic manta rays here.
  • For the second dive, we move to Sardine reef with a submerged sloping coral reef which should be dived in current to ensure plenty of fish life. It’s very good for big stuff as you’ll see a school of fusiliers, rainbow runners, barracudas, sweetlips, giant trevallies, Spanish mackerel, grey reef sharks, and much more. If there is current, you can get loads of hunting action and hear underwater thunder when the small fish move fast as the tunas strike the bait ball.
  • Then, we move down to Kri Island again to visit the homestay and trek to the amazing viewpoint over Mansuar Island. You can just bring snorkel gear if you don’t want to do the trekking and later we do our third dive of the day, a night dive on the Yenkoranu Jetty. It’s a coral sloping reef with sand and bommies at the beginning and more reefs later which is very good for macro. There are pygmy seahorses, bobtail squids, pipefish, walking sharks, mandarin fish, octopuses, cuttlefish, and even sleeping turtles on the reef to see there.
  • Day 7
  • We’re flexible on this day and discuss with all the guests what they would like to see and plan the day diving around that.
  • Day 8
  • There’s an opportunity for one dive in the morning before we head off leaving plenty of time to dry your equipment on the way back to Waisai. Our guests usually want to visit Blue Magic again or other sites around Kri Island.
  • On our way back, we’ll have lunch around 1 pm and we will do a final briefing, exchange emails, and photos, and say our farewells, and the crew will organize transportation for the ferry back to Sorong.

 

Raja Ampat 10day/9nights

  • Day 1
  • Our meeting point will be at the Misool Filling Station at 7:30 am, just opposite the airport, where we’ll have a coffee or tea and wait for our last guests to arrive.
  • Shortly after, the ferry will depart from Sorong to Waisai, which takes us around 2 hours.
  • Once we’ve arrived in Waisai, the Cruise Director will purchase the Raja Ampat Marine Park tickets and we’ll be ready to be welcomed aboard Jelajahi Laut by the Captain and Crew.
  • While enjoying a fresh juice or coconut, we will 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 gets to know each other for a little.
  • You’ll then settle into your cabin, and we’ll set up the diving area, followed by a light lunch, and soon after, at around 3 pm we’ll head for our check dive outside the harbor, 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 travelers and enjoy a beautiful sunset, while the captain navigates to the south of the Raja Ampat Marine Park, to the Misool area. 
  • Day 2
  • We’ll have an early wake-up, drink some freshly brewed coffee, and have a dive briefing for the first dive of the day while the crew is busy in the diving area making sure everything is ready before we gear up.
  • Today we’ll spend 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 are going to move the boat a bit more 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
  • In the Misool Eco Reserve area, we plan the dives accordingly to 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 colorful corals on the planet, with vibrating reefs full of life in every direction you look.
  • You’ll need to check your remaining air supply more often, as you might lose track as your breathing rate rises because of the beautiful sights to be seen!
  • Boo Window, Magic Mountain, Nudi Rock, 4 Kings, Puri Pinnacle, and Tank Rock are just a few that are 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 ongoing.
  • Make sure to follow your dive guide as he points out the little critter – 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 depend on the season, visit a lake full of stingless jellyfish – one of only a few worldwide!!
  • Day 8
  • 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, hunt grey reef sharks on My Reef, or dive 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!  Here there is a breathtaking view over the lagoon where sometimes we can see baby blacktips cruising around.
  • Some like to enjoy a beer after the climb, some are excited for the night dive to follow later in the 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
  • 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 spot your dive buddies – we’re looking for current and 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’ve got out of our wetsuits and had a snack, the speedboats are waiting for us to hop over on land where the crew will set up a beach barbeque for everybody and we can feast on Indonesian specialties.
  • Day 10
  • 4.30 am wakeup seems hard, but it’s worth it.
  • After coffee and a small breakfast, our speedboats will take us to land and we 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.
  • Back on the boat and for 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 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 some tasty lunch and take some group pictures with all crew involved.
  • We then take the ferry back to Sorong where we can meet up for dinner and go for some pool and karaoke afterward.  

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Boat Specifications 

  • Completed: 2021
  • Total length: 27 m
  • Beam: 7 m
  • Engines: 2 Mitsubishi 6d16 cylinder
  • Generators: 2x40KW and 1x25KW gensets
  • Freshwater capacity: 5 tonnes
  • Watermakers: 10 tonnes per day
  • Navigation & Communication: GPS, VHF & SSB radio, SART, AIS, EPIRB, Radar, Satellite phone, Fishfinder
  • Safety & Rescue: Liferaft2x20pax – Life jackets x 40, Life ring x 5, Fire extinguishers and smoke alarms throughout boat and cabins, Flares, Smoke signals
  • Diving: 2 x air compressors and Nitrox membrane, 2 speedboats with twin 40hp outboards each, Emergency o2 (12l and 2 x 50l tanks), 3 x 1st aid kits

 

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  • Time Zone: GMT+9
  • Local Currency: IDR (Indonesian Rupiah)
  • Languages Spoken: English, German, Indonesian, and Italian
  • Electricity: 220v
  • Payment Onboard: Cash 

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