Raja Ampat

General Info

General Info

Practical Info

Practical Info

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Practical Info

Sorong is located on the Western tip of the island of New Guinea in the province of West Papua in the Eastern part of Indonesia. It is the gateway to Raja Ampat and all liveaboard trips start from here. There are only domestic flights to and from Sorong, so you will have to enter Indonesia through an international airport such as Manado, Jakarta, or Makassar and then catch a connecting flight to Sorong on Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Batik Air, or Sriwijaya Air.

** There may be mosquitoes (low malaria risk) and the local mosquito repellant works well! **

Visa on arrival ($35) and a free visa are available at most international airports in Indonesia (please double-check this before arriving) and both allow for a 30-day stay. The difference is that the visa on arrival can be extended in country for another 30 days whereas the free visa has no possibility of extension.  Stays up to 180 days are possible with a visit visa. The lists of countries eligible for each of these visa types are different, check links below for details.
Free Visa
Visa on Arrival
Visit Visa

When to visit

The best time to visit Raja Ampat is during the dry season from October to April, though we went in May and it was still amazing! For calmest waters and best visibility, you should visit Raja Ampat between November and March. The heaviest rainfall is from May to October and seas can get quite rough from July to September.
Temperatures are pretty consistent and pleasant throughout the year at around 25-30 degrees C, though it can feel a lot warmer due to humidity. 
 
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