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Sorong, Indonesia

Liveaboards from Sorong

A popular hub for liveaboard adventures in West Papua

What you need to know about Sorong

Sorong, located on the northwest tip of West Papua, is the primary gateway to the world-renowned diving regions of Raja Ampat and beyond. While Sorong itself might not be the main diving highlight, it plays a crucial role in launching countless diving adventures. This bustling port city is where most liveaboard trips start and end, making it an essential stop for divers eager to explore Indonesia’s underwater treasures.

Despite being a transit hub, Sorong offers visitors a glimpse into the vibrant culture and natural beauty of West Papua. The city is surrounded by lush landscapes and pristine waters, providing a scenic backdrop for travelers. Sorong’s infrastructure has developed to cater to the influx of diving enthusiasts, with numerous accommodations, eateries, and essential services available to make your stay comfortable.

From Sorong, you can embark on liveaboard cruises that take you to some of the most biodiverse marine environments on the planet. Whether you’re heading to the coral-rich waters of Raja Ampat, the remote sites of Triton Bay, or other stunning dive locations, Sorong serves as the perfect starting point for your journey. As you prepare for your diving expedition, take a moment to explore the local markets, enjoy fresh seafood, and soak in the welcoming atmosphere of this vibrant city.

Interesting facts about Sorong Island

Getting there: The best way to reach Sorong is by flying into Domine Eduard Osok Airport (SOQ), which has regular flights from major cities like Jakarta, Makassar, and Bali. From there, liveaboard operators will typically arrange transfers to the port.

Best time to visit Sorong: Sorong is a year-round destination, but the best time for diving expeditions is from October to April, when the seas are calmest. The weather is consistently warm, with air temperatures ranging from 27°C to 32°C (81°F to 90°F).

Diving conditions: While Sorong itself isn’t a diving hotspot, it offers easy access to some of the world’s best dive sites. The waters around Raja Ampat boast incredible visibility, ranging from 15 to 30 meters (50 to 100 feet), with rich marine biodiversity.

Our liveaboard trips: Numerous liveaboard vessels operate out of Sorong, offering trips that typically last from 7 to 14 days. These trips often include multiple dive sites across Raja Ampat, Misool, and other remote locations, providing an unparalleled diving experience.

A little-known fact: Sorong is not just a gateway but also a hidden gem for bird watchers. The nearby Sorong Nature Reserve is home to several endemic bird species, including the stunning red bird-of-paradise, making it a worthwhile stop for nature enthusiasts.

Pictures of Sorong

Sorong, Indonesia
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Our trips to Sorong

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