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Indonesia Liveaboard Diving

From £2170 per person*
Raja Ampat & The Birdshead Peninsular Dive Cruises
Overview | Shakti | Temukira | Seahorse | Tambora | Siren | RA Explorer | Aurora | Sea Safari 8 | Raja Ampat Agressor | Mermaid I | Mermaid II | Ondina | Arenui | Amira | Euphoria | Pearl

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  • Amira
  • Arenui
  • Aurora
  • Damai
  • Euphoria
  • Indo Siren
  • Mermaid I
  • Mermaid II
  • Ondina
  • Pearl of Papua
  • Putiraja
  • Putri Papua
  • Raja Ampat Agressor
  • Raja Ampat Explorer
  • Sea Safari 8
  • Seahorse
  • Shakti
  • Tambora
  • Temukira

The Raja Ampat island group in Indonesia's West Papua province is known for its incredible biodiversity but yet still remains unspoiled by tourism. By joining a liveaboard dive cruise, you can be one of the first to visit this beautiful island group and experience genuinely pristine environments both below and above the water.

Whether your preference is for macro photography or for action packed big fish diving you will not be disappointed. The larger species you are likely to encounter include giant Mantas, Mobula rays (often in large numbers), large schools of Barracuda, Jacks, Mackeral, as well as Wobbegong sharks, Tawny sharks and many others. Macro enthusiasts can see Blue Ringed Octopus, Mimic Octopus, numerous types of Pygmy Seahorse, Ghost Pipefish, Frogfish, Mandarin fish and a huge variety of strange and wonderful molluscs and crustaceans.

A biodiversity survey conducted by “Conservation International”, suggests that "due to it's location near the heart of the coral triangle coupled with an amazing diversity of marine habitats, the area is potentially the world's richest in terms of marine biodiversity" - Mc Kenna, Allen and Suryadi (April 2002). The findings of this project showed more species diversity than any other area previously surveyed worldwide. A similar survey was repeated the following year by a different independent NGO, The Nature Conservancy, which also concluded that Raja Ampat has the highest biodiversity of both fish, and coral species. To date, there are a known total of 970 fish species, 565 hard coral species and 699 species of molluscs.

Above the surface, the Raja Ampat islands offer some of the most beautiful and dramatic island scenery to be found anywhere. Shakti's itineraries offer a chance to see completely untouched rainforest and mangrove environments as well as dramatic karst limestone island groups. These forests are home to some of the world’s rarest and most exotic bird species which include various types of Parrots, Cockatoos and the famous Birds of Paradise.

Truly frontier diving a very few years ago, there is now a broad choice of liveaboard dive boats to choose from operating in and around Raja Ampat, Misool and the Birdshead peninsular of West Papua Province, Indonesia. Amongst these is a fleet of traditional-style “pinisi” (pronounced finisi) sailing schooners hailing from the great Bugis boat builders of Southern Sulawesi, some of which are furnished to almost opulent levels of comfort.

Cruises typically range from ten days to two weeks in duration, but longer cruises can be found. Many boats are available for charter if you ask long enough in advance of the sailing season.

We list some of our favourite operators here, but if you can’t find a schedule to fit your needs, please ask as this is not an exhaustive list.

Details of the scheduled cruises can be found in the timetable below, while descriptions of the vessels are found via links on the right hand side. Some of the boats not featured below may be available for charter only.

Please check the Deals4Divers blog to see if there are any current great deals going for liveaboards in Raja Ampat. You can also follow Deals4Divers on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Notes

All visitors to Raja Ampat are required by law to purchase an entrance tag. Tags cost Rp 500,000. and are valid for one year. All proceeds are administered by Conservation International for management of Raja Ampat's marine protected areas.

Departure Schedule

DepartsNightsItineraryPriceNote 
Jul 3, 201710Temukira£2487Raja AmpatEnquire
Jul 17, 201710Temukira£2487Raja AmpatEnquire
Jul 31, 201710Temukira£2487Raja AmpatEnquire
Aug 14, 201710Temukira£2487Raja AmpatEnquire
Aug 29, 201710Temukira£2487Raja AmpatEnquire
Sep 2, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Sep 12, 201710Temukira£2487Raja AmpatEnquire
Sep 18, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Sep 24, 201712Tambora£3243South Raja Ampat, Halmahera, Bacan, GoraiciEnquire
Sep 25, 201710Temukira£2487Raja AmpatEnquire
Oct 4, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Oct 5, 201714Siren£4734Flores ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Oct 6, 201710Temukira£2487Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Oct 10, 201711Tambora£3078South Raja Ampat, Seram, Banda, AmbonEnquire
Oct 18, 201710Temukira£2487Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Oct 20, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Oct 31, 201710Temukira£2487Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 5, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 12, 201711Amira£3467Enquire
Nov 13, 201710Temukira£2487Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 18, 201711Ondina£2652Ambon, South Maluku & Raja Ampat Enquire
Nov 21, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 25, 20179Temukira£2238Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 25, 201711Amira£3467Enquire
Nov 25, 201715Mermaid II£3477Biodiversity Special: Maumere~Alor~Banda Sea~Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 2, 20179Ondina£2170Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 3, 20179Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 6, 201710Temukira£2487Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 7, 201710Siren£3675Enquire
Dec 7, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 8, 201711Amira£3467Enquire
Dec 12, 201710Arenui£4132Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 13, 20178Mermaid II£2213Raja Ampat ~ Banda Sea ~ AmbonEnquire
Dec 13, 20179Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 14, 20179Ondina£2170Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 18, 201710Siren£3675Enquire
Dec 19, 201710Temukira£2487Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 21, 201712Tambora£3429South Raja Ampat, Fak Fak, Triton BayEnquire
Dec 22, 20178Mermaid II£2213Christmas in Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 22, 201711Amira£3467Enquire
Dec 23, 20179Mermaid I£2608Christmas in Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 23, 201711Euphoria£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 24, 201713Arenui£5372Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 26, 20179Ondina£2170Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 31, 20178Mermaid II£2213New Year in Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 31, 201710Temukira£2487Misool ~ Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 2, 20189Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 4, 201812Tambora£3341South & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 7, 20186Amira£2572Raja Ampat NorthEnquire
Jan 8, 201813Arenui£5554Greater raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 9, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 12, 20189Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 14, 20188Amira£2572Raja Ampat NorthEnquire
Jan 18, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 19, 20188Tambora£2291South & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 22, 201811Mermaid I£3240Raja Ampat~Halmahera~LembehEnquire
Jan 23, 201811Arenui£4700Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 24, 201811Amira£3536Enquire
Jan 27, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 30, 201811Tambora£3078South & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 3, 201811Mermaid I£3240Lembeh~Halmahera~Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 4, 20189Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 5, 201811Arenui£4700Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 6, 201812Amira£3690Cenderawasih BayEnquire
Feb 13, 201811Tambora£3078South & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 14, 201811Mermaid II£3240Raja Ampat~Banda Sea~AmbonEnquire
Feb 18, 201812Arenui£5127Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 20, 201811Amira£3382Cenderawasih BayEnquire
Feb 25, 20189Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 26, 201811Mermaid II£3240Ambon~Banda Sea~Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 27, 201811Tambora£3078South & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 3, 201810Arenui£4272Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 5, 201813Amira£3997Cenderawasih BayEnquire
Mar 7, 20189Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 10, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 13, 201812Tambora£3341South Raja Ampat, Fak Fak, Triton BayEnquire
Mar 15, 201813Arenui£5554Greater Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 17, 201811Mermaid I£3240Raja Ampat~Banda Sea!~AmbonEnquire
Mar 20, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 20, 201812Amira£3690Raja Ampat NorthEnquire
Mar 29, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja Ampat: On HoldEnquire
Mar 29, 201811Mermaid I£3240Ambon~Banda Sea~Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 30, 201813Arenui£5554Maluku-Banda-Raja AmpatEnquire
Apr 3, 201811Amira£3382Misool & HalmaheraEnquire
Apr 10, 20189Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Apr 11, 201812Tambora£3341South Raja Ampat, Fak Fak, Triton BayEnquire
Apr 16, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Apr 22, 201815Mermaid I£3635Biodiversity Special: RA, Banda, Alor, Maumere - 1 budget space remainingEnquire
Apr 26, 201812Tambora£3243South Raj Ampat, Halmahera, Bacan, GoraiciEnquire
May 25, 201812Tambora£32434630Enquire
Jun 9, 20189Tambora£2476North & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Jun 21, 20189Tambora£2476North & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Jul 3, 20189Tambora£2476North & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Jul 15, 20189Tambora£2476North & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Jul 27, 20189Tambora£2476North & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Aug 8, 20189Tambora£2476North & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Sep 26, 201811Tambora£2987South Raja Ampat, Halmahera, Bacan, GoraiciEnquire
Oct 16, 201811Amira£3536Enquire
Oct 29, 201811Amira£3536Enquire
Oct 30, 201813Arenui£5554Maluku-Banda-Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 11, 201814Amira£4305Raja Ampat TotalEnquire
Nov 14, 201811Arenui£4700Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 15, 201815Mermaid I£3635Biodiversity Special: Maumere, Alor, Banda, Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 26, 201815Mermaid II£3477Biodiversity Special: Maumere~Alor~Banda Sea~Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 27, 201811Arenui£4700Raja AmpatEnquire
Nov 27, 201811Amira£3536Enquire
Dec 8, 201812Tambora£3429South Raja Ampat, Fak Fak, Triton BayEnquire
Dec 10, 201811Arenui£4700Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 10, 201811Amira£3536Enquire
Dec 13, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 13, 20189Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 22, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 22, 201812Tambora£3429South & Central Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 23, 20189Mermaid I£2608Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 23, 201811Amira£3536Enquire
Dec 23, 201813Arenui£5554Greater Raja AmpatEnquire
Dec 31, 20188Mermaid II£2213Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 8, 201911Tambora£3005Raja AmpatEnquire
Jan 22, 201911Tambora£3005Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 5, 201912Tambora£3278Raja AmpatEnquire
Feb 20, 201911Tambora£3005Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 6, 201911Tambora£3005Raja AmpatEnquire
Mar 20, 201911Tambora£3005Raja AmpatEnquire
Apr 3, 201911Tambora£3005Raja AmpatEnquire
* NOTE. Prices indicated on this website are shown as a guideline only and may be subject to currency fluctuations, banking fees and other changes outside our control. Pricing information is available in other currencies.

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