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Wayag full View, Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat, Indonesia

A 9-day long trip on board the Mermaid II

Length

9 Days

Ship category

Premium

Ship type

Small Ship

Capacity

20 Passengers

Raja Ampat

Trip highlights

Dive the legendary Dampier Strait

Explore the Misool area

Visit the iconic Wayag Islands

Encounter manta rays

The DiveIndonesia experience

Personalized and intimate diving experience

Dedicated camera room with charging stations

Curated excursions to local villages

Delicious BBQs onboard

Join us on an unforgettable 9-day expedition to Raja Ampat aboard the luxurious Mermaid II. This trip is perfect for experienced divers seeking to explore one of the most biodiverse marine environments on the planet. You'll enjoy up to 25 dives at world-class sites like the Dampier Strait and Misool, where vibrant coral gardens and a plethora of marine species await. Expect encounters with manta rays, schools of fish, and possibly even rare critters like the pygmy seahorse.

In addition to spectacular diving, you'll have opportunities for land excursions to the picturesque Wayag Islands and other scenic spots. The Mermaid II offers top-notch accommodations and amenities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable journey. With expert dive guides and comprehensive support, this trip promises to be an exceptional adventure both above and below the water.

Your ship: Mermaid 2

Mermaid 2
Mermaid 2
Mermaid 2

We highly recommend the Mermaid II for its exceptional service and dedication to delivering memorable diving experiences across Indonesia's top diving destinations. This 33-meter twin-engine steel motor yacht, built for comfort and diving efficiency, accommodates up to 18 guests in 8 deluxe cabins and 2 budget cabins.

Wake up to the serene sounds of the ocean, ready to dive into the stunning underwater realms of Komodo, Raja Ampat, the Banda Sea, and other remarkable spots. Each itinerary is designed to showcase Indonesia's rich marine biodiversity, ensuring a unique adventure for every diver … Read more about Mermaid 2

Cabins

Mermmaid 2, Deluxe Cabin
Deluxe Cabin

Type:

Double/Matrimionial (convertible)

Max. occupancy:

2

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Mermaid 2, Budget Cabin
Budget Cabin

Type:

Twins

Max. occupancy:

2

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Map

Itinerary

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

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Depature time: 03:00 pm

Transfers are included on departure days from Sorong airport (SOQ), and hotels in Sorong town.

Check-in on board Mermaid II. As guest arrivals take place all through the day depending on flights, you are welcome to board when you arrive and spend some time unpacking and setting up your equipment, etc.

Following the boat and safety briefing, Mermaid II will start cruising to the area of Misool. The first cruising will be done overnight.

Misool, Raja Ampat
Misool Shore View, Raja Ampat
Misool top View, Raja Ampat

Andiamo

Jellyfish Lake

Sagoff Island

Thousand Temples

Fiabacet

Tomolol Cave

Farondi Cave

Balbulol

Jef Pele Wall

Nudi Rock

Boo Window

Wayil Islands

Magic Mountain

Candy Store

Misool area with literally hundreds of dive sites around this magnificent area, you will be in a divers’ paradise for a few days. Soft corals and gorgeous gorgonians, home to the much sought-after pygmy seahorse! Pinnacles with masses of fish.

Islands you will thoroughly enjoy in the Misool area include the Balbulol, Sagof, Wagmab, Farondi, Wayilbatan, Warakaraket, Fiabacet, Yillet, Kalig and Pele Islands.

Cruise to Dampier Strait

Fam Islands, Raja Ampat
Fam Islands, Raja Ampat
Fam Islands, Raja Ampat

Equator Islands

Black Rock

Penemu Island

Piaynemo

Dive around Penemu Island and visit the viewpoint.

Or dive around the island of Kawe, a great place for schooling fish with beautiful reefs covered in black coral bushes and a very good chance to have encounters with Manta Rays.

Yangeffo Island, Raja Ampat
Yangeffo Island, Raja Ampat
Mangroves, Yangeffo Island, Raja Ampat

Sauwandarek Village

Mayhem

Mangroves

Arborek Jetty

Heading to the central part of Raja Ampat dive around the island of Yanggefo, with beautiful mangrove areas, stunning reefs covered in orange and purple soft corals and submerged reef with lots of schooling fish.

Arborek and Sauwanderek Villages are some of the most beautiful islands to visit and great to dive under their jetty! The jetty pillars are covered in soft corals – a photographer’s delight and also good for macro such as signal gobies, nudibranchs, pipefish, blue ringed octopus and more.

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

Blue Magic

Cape Kri

Manta Sandy

The Mantas are then calling us to visit the famous Dampier Strait in the central part of Raja Ampat. Here Mantas hang out at their cleaning stations along with all the schooling fish that the sites have to offer. At some of the sites in the Dampier Strait, the macro marine life is amazing with critters such as the seamoth, Pontohi pygmy seahorse, pipefish and more. The Dampier Strait is also well known for an incredible amount of schooling fish. There are several pinnacles with zillions of fish. The tips (capes) of several islands are also home to lots of schooling fish - barracudas, bigeye jacks, snappers, zillions of fusiliers and surgeonfish and much more. As if that weren’t enough, here you can find lots of wobbegong sharks.

Kri, Raja Ampat
Kri, Raja Ampat
Kri Beach View from the Ocean, Raja Ampat

Sardines Reef

Cape Kri

Two dives in the Strait of Dampier area. More of the same. Fish, fish, fish, glorious corals and all!

Then back to Sorong we must go. The crew will take care of rinsing and packing your equipment during this 4-5 hour run.

Sorong, Indonesia
Sorong
Gam Island, Raja Ampat

Arrival time back will be 08:00 am, giving a lot of time to catch a same day flight.

After breakfast, Mermaid II staff will transfer you to the airport or hotel in Sorong.

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

Transfers from/to airport at the free of charge points

all meals & snacks, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, soft drinks and drinking water

tanks

weights, weight belts

diving with experienced dive masters/Instructors.

What's not included

Transfers outside the free of charge zones

National park/port fees:

For 2024 park/port fees for all cruises are EUR 225

For 2025 onwards, park/port fees for all cruises are EUR 275

Fuel Surcharges if applicable

Nitrox fills (around 175 EUR)

rental equipment

onboard courses

dive insurance (Mandatory)

massages

souvenirs

alcoholic beverages

Worth Knowing

Divers need to be a minimum of Open Water Diver with at least of 4 completed dives or higher diving certification to join the vessel for diving.

Due to the regulations of Indonesia, every diver must dive with a personal dive computer. If you do not own a dive computer, you can rent one.

There is no liquor available on board, but you can bring your own. Beer is EURO 3 per can and wine is EURO 30 per bottle.

Park fees and port fees, alcoholic drinks, massages, nitrox, and any extra purchases have to be paid onboard directly.

You can pay all onboard costs in € Euros, $ USD or Indonesian Rupiah. They also accept credit card payments with Visa and Mastercard.

Many of our guests use 5-10% of the cruise price as a tipping guideline. Tipping is voluntary and most appreciated!

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.

We dedicate 1% of our revenue towards environmental protection. From 2024, V Social will begin setting up its own conservation project, working together with local people. We firmly believe that conservation can be impactful and long-lasting, but that it is only truly effective when done together with people living in the territory.

Travel relies on natural resources and is deeply connected with nature and wildlife. Therefore, responsible and sustainable travel has to include conservation efforts and true care for the places we travel to. The V Social Foundation’s conservation project is an initiative that works with local people to give them ownership of their territory, protect the environment through reforestation and regeneration efforts, and empower the community by handing them over control of the project within five years.

We aim to develop a model that contributes to climate protection, adapts to local conditions instead of harming them, and empowers local people to take over the project in the future. The goal is that this model can be replicated and create a snowball effect among the communities we work with and the destinations we travel to, making travel a true force for good.

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