Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

March 23 - April 2, 2022

Level of Diving

Diving will be in warm water off of a dive boat. Water temperatures are 28-30C (82-86F). Minimum 3mm wetsuit is recommended as you may be doing up to 4 dives each day. Proof of a minimum of 25 logged open water dives in the past 24 months is required to book this trip.

You may pick the buddy of your choice, or dive with one of the staff. While you are in the water, you and your buddy are in charge. Every dive starts with a dive briefing from the staff. However, as a certified diver, you and your buddy are responsible for planning and conducting your own dives within the limitations set forth by the briefing. The staff will be on the dive deck providing surface support for divers. There will be staff in the water also offering support, u/w photography or videography, and critter spotting services.

Destination

Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papau province, Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth. Located in the heart of The Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is known to have the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world. The main areas offering itineraries for liveaboard scuba diving are: Raja Ampat, Banda Sea and Triton Bay.

Raja Ampat is considered a major epicenter of marine biodiversity, with over 537 corals (three fourths of all known), more than 700 kinds of mollusks and well over 1,000 species of fish inhabiting these waters. In fact, one famed ichthyologist, Dr. Gerald Allen, counted over 280 fish species on a single dive! It's no wonder this region is reputed to have the greatest diversity of marine life on earth and the abundance of underwater animals is truly staggering.

Just a taste of what you’ll see underwater: wobbegong & epaulette shark, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, bumphead parrotfish, frogfish, sweetlips, cuttlefish, batfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, barramundi cod, shrimps, eels, squid, jawfish, and so so much more!

October to April is considered the best diving season - where you'll find less rain and better visibility. Water temperatures are a consistent 80F~86F degrees year round and visibility generally ranges between 30 to well over 70 feet.

Depending on tide movements, a few dives can involve strong currents, where reef hooks may be needed to tether in place. Otherwise, an open water ascent may be required. A SMB is highly recommended, so surface staff can easily identify distant, drifting divers. Most dive site conditions are generally calm.

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The Boat

The Raja Ampat Aggressor is a 100’ steel ship, built and powered for comfort, safety, and stability. She cruises at 8 knots and has a 220-volt power onboard. Accommodations include a staterooms on the upper and main decks. All staterooms have portholes or picture windows, climate controls, TVs, and private bathrooms. She also features a roomy, air-conditioned salon and dining area, shaded sun deck with lounge & deck chairs. The diving deck includes camera table and fresh water showers. 

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of Indonesian feasts and local cuisine. You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring delicious local cuisine. Dinners are served each evening and include salds, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Complimentary beverages onboard include juice, soft drinks, ice water, tea, coffee, local beer and wine (with dinner). You may bring your favorite brand of “beverage” from home if you like.

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Trip Details

10-Night Trip aboard the Aggressor:

March 23 - April 2, 2022 

Due to the complexity of flights, you will likely need 1-2 travel days before and after these dates as well as some layover hotel fees along the way.

  

Things Included

  • 10 days aboard the Raja Ampat Aggressor
  • 1-2 nights hotel stay in Sorong (depends on flight itinerary)
  • Assistance with flight booking (cost of flight not included)
  • Diving (AL80 DIN/yoke), tanks, weight belts
  • Dive briefing with in-water support if wanted
  • Housekeeping service and nightly turndown service
  • Towels
  • Snacks, meals, beverages, local beer, dinner wine

Things Not Included

  • Airfare or booking of flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Excess luggage fees
  • Port Fee USD$250 per person
  • Travel/dive insurance
  • Scuba gear rentals
  • Nitrox (approx. USD$150 for 10 days)
  • Crew gratuities
  • Gift shop purchases
  • Layover hotel, transportation, other costs depending on your flight route

 

Prices - USD$4995 per person

Deluxe Room (Double Occupancy)
#3, #4 (queen + twin on main deck)
(4 Spots Available)

Twin Room (Double Occupancy)
#1, #2 (2 twins w/ porthole on main deck)
#6, #7, #8 (2 twins w/ window on upper deck)
(10 Spots Available)

All prices/payments are in US dollars and based on double occupancy. Contact us for pricing on single occupancy.

 

Payments

Book your spot by December 31, 2019 and your CDN$500 deposit will count as USD$500
  • $500 Deposit at time of booking
  • $1000 due by January 31, 2020
  • $1000 due by July 31, 2020
  • $1000 due by January 31, 2021
  • $1000 due by May 31, 2021
  • Balance due by  September 30, 2021

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Airfare

The flight path from our side of the world to Raja Ampat is not easy. It's long and tiring but absolutely worth it! As part of your trip fee, we will assist you with finding the best flight path, searching for good flight deals, and helping you with booking your flights. Please budget at least CDN$2000 for flights. We will start booking flights in the early summer of 2021 when the airline schedules are available. Please be prepared financially to book your flights at least 6-9 months in advance to ensure the best flight path and rate. Also be prepared for any additional costs for layover hotel and transportation along the way.

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