2019 Raja Ampat Group Trip


 2019 Raja Ampat Group Trip

Join Bluewater Travel's Katie Yonker for the most incredible, biodiverse diving in the world!


February 25 - March 8, 2019

Sorong to Sorong Route

11 Nights for:

Lower Deck Cabin $4,829 pp

Upper Deck Cabin $5,079 pp

*Prices exclusive of harbor/marine park fees, fuel surcharge, and nitrox. Read the package details here


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Trip Overview - Package Details - Itinerary - Accommodations

How to Get There - Booking & Payment - Underwater Photos


Trip Overview

The jewel-like islands of Raja Ampat are caressed by a convergence of swift nutrient-rich currents. Here the pulse of marine life thrives from the sea floor to the surface where the kaleidoscope of corals can start in less than a meter of water. There are sites that are so pristine and packed with growth, that a photographer is hard-pressed to find a spot to place a steadying finger. Exotic sea life and macro critters abound of course, and photo opportunities border on overwhelming. But at the end of the day, the most memorable moments for us are what can rarely be captured in digital format: the incredible experience of drifting along miles of exquisite reef brimming with hues and activity, the likes of which few have ever experienced.


Amira was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient Pinisi boat building traditions. She is equipped with a state of the art navigation system, security and rescue equipment, and technology. With a length of 52 meters, Amira offers comfortable cabins, all equipped with natural lighting and ensuite bathrooms.

Marine Life to Photograph

Raja Ampat has one of the highest numbers of fish species of anywhere on the planet. Here are just a few examples of marine life you're likely to see: wobbegong sharks, jacks, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, trevally, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorses, batfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, barramundi cod, and a good variety of nudibranchs.

If you look a little deeper when the current picks up, you can see reef sharks at most sites, especially at places like Blue Magic and Sardines. These are also prime locations for schooling fish, which tend to gather when the current is running. At such times, it’s not unusual to be surrounded by clouds of fusiliers and surgeonfish in mid-water, while legions of sweetlips completely obscure large coral heads below. 

February/March Conditions

Average Raja water temperatures in Feb/Mar are in the low to mid-80s. A full 3mm wetsuit is recommended.

Read the reviews on diving Raja Ampat here.


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Package Details


 ✓ 11 nights double occupancy cabin accommodations

 ✓ Up to 4 dives per day, including night dives.

 ✓ Full board meals including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, coffee, tea, juice, and, water

 ✓ Tanks, weights, weight belts

 ✓ Use of ENOS (Electronic Rescue and Locating System)

 ✓ Local Sorong transfers on the start/end dates of the trip

 ✓ All offered excursions



 ✗ Port and harbor fee ($100) **

 ✗ Raja Ampat marine park and local fee ($130) **

 ✗ Distance/fuel fee ($165) **

 ✗ Dive insurance - we recommend DAN!

 ✗ International and domestic airfare to/from Raja Ampat

 ✗ Alcoholic beverages and beverages in bottles/cans

 ✗ Nitrox, optional ($160)

 **These fees are compulsory and will be added to your invoice and prepaid.



Trip Schedule

The itinerary can be variable and will be planned according to the direction of the trip leader and cruise director on board. They will have a good idea at that time of the conditions at the various locations. A typical December itinerary would include the following locations:

 > NORTH: Dampier Strait, Kri, Gam, Arborek, Waigeo, Aljui, Fam Islands, Batanta

 > SOUTH: Misool, Boo, Fiabacet, Daram, Wayil, Warakaraket.

Amira Liveaboard

About Amira

The vessel has been designed with plenty of indoor and outdoor space: a large sundeck, upper deck with outdoor seating area, main deck with a covered lounge, indoor restaurant, TV/lounge area, computer room, and a lower deck with a camera room and spacious dive deck.

See more about the Amira here.


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Flight Information

The trip will begin and end in Sorong or Wasai. (Current departures are out of Sorong but due to potential new government regulations, all liveaboards may be required to depart out of Wasai starting in 2019.)

The easiest route to Sorong is via Jakarta. Guests must arrive in Jakarta no later than Feb. 24 in the afternoon and the earliest international flight out of Jakarta can be on the evening of March 8.

We work with Amira and their local flight booking services to assist you in booking your domestic flights which we can add to your invoice. There is no extra fee for this (aside from the conversion from IDR to USD) and it ensures Amira will assist with any domestic flight changes/cancellations, should the need arise. You are welcome to book your domestic flights on your own, but we suggest booking through Bluewater and Amira to avoid any potential complications.


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Payment & Booking

Payment Schedule

> Deposit: $1,200

> Payment 2: $1,800, Due 8/15/18

 > Final Balance: Due 11/15/18

Got Questions? Ready to Book?

Call Bluewater Travel at 310-915-6677 or email info@bluewaterdivetravel.com and let them book your dream vacation at the best price!



Underwater Images

Katie's Raja Ampat Underwater Photos from Previous Trip

Raja Ampat 2019 Trip