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Rufas island, Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Ultimate

A 12-day long trip on board the Seahorse

Length

12 Days

Ship category

Luxury

Ship type

Phinisi Yacht

Capacity

16 Passengers

Raja Ampat Ultimate

5 Reviews

Trip highlights

Encounter mantas in Misool

Snorkel in a natural shark nursery at a Ranger’s Station

Visit local villages to experience local culture

Hike Mount Pindito in Wayag Lagoon

The DiveIndonesia experience

Crew has extensive knowledge of Raja Ampat, ensuring safe and enriching dives.

Large, comfortable cabins with en suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

A dedicated guide for snorkeling activities ensures a great experience for non-divers.

The itinerary adapts to current conditions for optimal diving and activity experiences.

This trip is a 12-day expedition that promises an unparalleled adventure, both above and below water. With a minimum of 33 dives, including 5 night dives, you will explore the vibrant and diverse underwater world of Raja Ampat, encountering everything from tiny pygmy seahorses to majestic oceanic manta rays. The trip also offers a variety of land and water activities, including kayaking, bird watching, and hiking to stunning viewpoints.

Starting and ending in Sorong, this trip covers the entire Raja Ampat area, from Misool in the south to Wayag in the north, ensuring you experience the best of what this region has to offer. The expert guides will conduct current checks before each dive to ensure your safety and provide up-to-the-minute briefings. Whether you are an avid diver or a snorkeling enthusiast, this trip offers something for everyone, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

Your ship: Seahorse

MSY Seahorse, DiveIndonesia
Air Drone Pictures, MSY Seahorse
Deck Plan, MSY Seahorse

The MSY Seahorse is a magnificent 33-meter traditional Indonesian Phinisi liveaboard that offers exceptional diving experiences across some of Indonesia's most celebrated underwater destinations, including Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, and Halmahera. Built in 2005 and extensively refurbished in 2018, this luxurious vessel combines traditional craftsmanship with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and safe journey.

Accommodating up to 16 guests, the Seahorse features eight well-appointed cabins with en-suite bathrooms, hot water, and air conditioning. The master cabin on the upper deck o … Read more about Seahorse

Cabins

Double Bed Seaview (Main Deck), Cabin 8, MSY Seahorse
Sea View Cabin

Type:

Matrimonial

Max. occupancy:

2

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Twin Beds (Lower Deck), Cabin 5, MSY Seahorse
Twin Cabin

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Double Twin Bed, Lower Deck, MSY Seahorse
Twin/Double Cabin

Type:

Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

Max. occupancy:

2

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Map

Itinerary

Your itinerary below may vary, depending on the weather, wildlife breeding, and local conditions.

Air Drone Pictures, MSY Seahorse
Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong

The Seahorse crew are standing by to Welcome you on board. Safety Briefing, Crew Introduction, Necessary Dive Paperwork, Cabin allocation and ship orientation will take place before departing.

During the first day, take this opportunity to familiarize with the vessel and make yourself comfortable.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Fiabacet, Misool, Raja Ampat
Andiamo, Misool, Raja Ampat

Sagoff Island

Daram

Fiabacet

Wayil Islands

3–4 dives a day

Misool's underwater world boasts incredible biodiversity. You can expect to see everything from pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs to schools of barracuda and reef sharks. Misool is excellent for taking wide angle shots, encounters with mantas, and massive schools of fish. The underwater topography is predominantly rocky, with ridges and rock formations. The colorful reefs display an abundance of soft corals and huge gorgonian coral fans.

Fam Islands, Raja Ampat
Fam Islands, Raja Ampat
Dingy, MSY Seahorse

Melissa's Garden

Piaynemo

Penemu Island

3-4 dives

You spend one day on these islands between the North and the South area. The dives include the site “Melissa garden” which has the best coral garden of the Raja Ampat area.

Wayag full View, Raja Ampat
Wayag with boats, Raja Ampat
Wayag full view, Raja Ampat

Mount Pindito

Wayag Lagoon

3–4 dives

Diving here reveals underwater landscapes teeming with life: expect to see blacktip reef sharks, manta rays, and stunning coral reefs. The iconic Wayag lagoons, composed of hundreds of rocky quartz limestone islets, are a marvel to explore with dinghies or onboard kayaks. The crew also recommends a short hike to a summit to admire the surrounding areas.

Kawe Island, Raja Ampat
Black Rock, Kawe Island, Raja Ampat
Black Window, Kawe, Raja Ampat

Equator Islands

Black Rock

3–4 dives

The area's dive sites feature vibrant coral gardens, dramatic rock formations, and nutrient-rich currents that attract pelagic species like manta rays, reef sharks, and large schools of fish. The underwater topography varies, featuring walls, pinnacles, and caverns, promising thrilling exploration.

Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Blue Magic, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Manta Sandy, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat

Blue Magic

Cape Kri

Manta Sandy

3–4 dives a day and 1 dive on the last day

This nutrient-rich channel offers you the chance to explore vibrant coral gardens bustling with life, including reef sharks, giant trevallies, and schooling fish. Its strong currents attract pelagic species like manta rays and mobula rays, providing exhilarating drift dives.

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Awake to an early breakfast on board and prepare for your departure from Sorong. Disembark after a farewell from the crew. You will be accompanied by the crew to the airport or your hotel.

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Info

Single Cabin Supplement

When booking online, you can choose the option to "Upgrade to single occupancy". This will guarantee you the whole cabin to yourself, for an additional fee. If you don't select this option, then another traveler of the same sex might be placed into the same cabin with you.

What's included

All meals onboard. Almost all dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice - please ask us about your needs.

Drinking water, soft drinks and hot drinks on board.

Accommodation on board.

Snorkeling sessions - whenever possible.

Activities - according to weather conditions and the final trip itinerary.

All transport to and from the ship: Pick-up and drop-off by the crew directly from and to the airport or hotel.

English-speaking guides for all dives (1 guide for 4 divers maximum).

Briefings before each dive.

Equipment: Aluminum tanks (80 cf /12 lts), weights and belts.

Nitrox (for certified divers)

Your booking contributes to our Conservation Project.

What's not included

International and domestic flights

Alcoholic beverages

Diving equipment rental

100 cf (15 litres) tank

Port and park fee

Fuel Surcharge

Reviews

benti99

MSY Seahorse

Luxury

May 2024

We joined the 11-day Ternate-Sorong cruise on the MSY Seahorse. The wooden dive vessel is built in traditional "Pinisi" style, but unfortunately the masts are mainly deco, there are no sails and the ship is powered by engine only (there are old photos that show the ship with sails). When the ship is not moving, the engine is off and there is only a quiet humming from the generator and we slept well in the comfortable cabin. The very dedicated crew is always friendly and helpful, the dive guides are really good and find the smallest things. The daily schedule is pretty relaxed, there is no rush between dives and meals. When we learned that the area where we were supposed to go during the second half of the cruise had very restricted underwater visibility, the crew showed great flexibility and changed the route to take us to dive sites with way better visibility. This cruise that takes you to some of the best diving within the coral triangle is highly recommendable!

Andrea Steiner

MSY Seahorse

Luxury

Of course, first of all, the diving/dive sites. The equipment I rented was good and the dive guides as well. Food was incredibly tasty (for sure I gained some weight). The staff was always nice, friendly, helpful and funny. They made this trip perfect with little things like asking how I slept, how the dive was, by making jokes and being happy. When you see, the staff is having a good time and love doing their jobs and it makes you feel so comfortable and welcomed. I was smiling and laughing all day long. Akim did his job seriously and everything was always so well organized and went smoothly. Akim was also joking around and smiling a lot which created a very easy going and comfortable atmosphere.

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MSY Seahorse

Luxury

A big thank you to this unique crew, who with tireless enthusiasm, charm, openness and humor managed to make this trip an unforgettable experience. The organization was top-notch, the food was excellent, the boat was generously equipped, friendly and clean, the cabins were bright and immaculately maintained, the crew was always warm and friendly. Philippe organized everything perfectly and was actively supported by his staff, who accompanied the dives and everything else safely and competently. We weren't always lucky with our sightings, but the trip was still an absolutely remarkable experience, and we grew very fond of the crew. If the journey wasn't so far, I would come back immediately ;-)

Worth Knowing

For this trip, a with a minimum of 30 dives is necessary and dive level of Advanced Open Water or CMAS level 2.

Every diver must provide proof of insurance covering medical evacuation and treatment for dive-related injuries.

The tipping recommendation is 10-15% of the cruise rate.

Your cruise director will inform you of special rules and regulations if you visit locations in protected areas.

FAQs

Indonesia, with its tropical climate, offers two main diving seasons: the wet season from November to March and the dry season from April to October. Each season provides unique diving experiences, ensuring unforgettable adventures year-round.

Wet Season (November to March) During the wet season, expect increased rainfall and humidity, but warm temperatures between 25°C (77°F) and 28°C (82°F). Rain typically falls in short, intense bursts, allowing plenty of sunny intervals for exploration. This season attracts diverse marine life due to nutrient-rich waters, making it ideal for underwater photography. Additionally, fewer tourists mean less crowded dive sites and lush, vibrant landscapes.

Dry Season (April to October) The dry season is the most popular for diving, with minimal rainfall, lower humidity, and clear skies. Water temperatures range from 27°C (81°F) to 30°C (86°F), and visibility often exceeds 30 meters (98 feet). These conditions create perfect settings for diving and snorkeling, offering calm seas and abundant marine life. It's an excellent time to explore Indonesia's breathtaking underwater world.

Whether you prefer the vibrant marine life of the wet season or the clear waters of the dry season, Indonesia's diverse climate ensures a memorable diving experience. Let us help you plan the perfect liveaboard adventure tailored to your preferences.

Yes. Dive insurance is generally mandatory for liveaboard trips in Indonesia. Most operators and booking platforms require divers to have insurance that covers emergency evacuation, medical treatment, and other dive-related incidents.

Please secure adequate insurance that provides coverage for medical treatment, decompression sickness, injuries, and emergency evacuation from remote areas, ensuring safety and peace of mind. Optional coverage for equipment loss is also beneficial.

Several providers offer comprehensive coverage, including DAN (Divers Alert Network), Dive Assure, and World Nomads. These organizations offer tailored plans to suit different diving needs.

Raja Ampat Ultimate

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