Raja Ampat Off the Chart

For the first time we are taking our successful and highly popular “off the chart” expedition on the road. What better place to venture to than Raja Ampat, known as the one of world’s most diverse and pristine diving destination?

It has long been spoken of, the incredible biodiversity that is found around the islands of this Indonesian archipelago. With over 530 different corals and well over 1,000 species of fish inhabiting these waters there truly is something that will intrigue and fascinate even the most seasoned diver.

We are taking our expedition to the premier dive spots of Raja Ampat to areas that are not visited on conventional trips to once again take our trip “Off the Chart”.  We are going to focus our diving in the Southern areas of Raja Ampat in Misool where the diving is the most diverse.

Further more we are bringing along our resident manta expert Ric Parker so we will also be hitting the spots that are famed for encounters with Giant Manta Ray. We will attempt to add to the ever-growing database of mantas in the area, supporting Manta Matcher and the work conducted by the Marine Megafauna Organisation.

Raja Ampat Expedition Itinerary 2017

The schedule has been created to hit the manta hot spots and the area’s best dive sites. We will go where the diving is the best and we will attempt, once more to go “Off the Chart”.

11th December

Morning arrival into Sorong, transfer to MV Panunee. Check-in, equipment, lunch, power nap and then ice cold beers as we cruise into the sunset.

12th December

The trip starts nice and easy with some classic Raja Ampat world class diving. Check out dive at Farondi Slope. Dive two: Farondi Cave. Dive three: Three Sisters. Dive four: Farondi Slope at night.

13th December

We will raise the bar on the second hitting one of Raja’s premier manta sites Magic Mountain for two dives. The afternoon sees us continuing onto dive three: Boo Window and dive four: Jiliet Kecil as a spectacular end to the day.

14th December

Day three will continue onto a selection of mega and macro fauna, each dive will see you struggle with the choice of wide angel versus macro lens. Dive one: Boo West. Dive two: Tank Rock. Dive three: Nudi Rock. Dive four: Jilliet Besar.

15th December

As the trip gets into full swing we continue onto our forth day. Dive one: Jilliet Kecil. Dive two: Whale Rock. Dive three: Barracuda. Dive four: Karang Indah.

16th December

Day five sees us off the beaten track and onto the sites that conventional liveaboards will not venture to. Dive one and two: Four Kings. Dive three: Barracuda. Dive four: Dunia Kecil.

17th December

For the final day we finish with a bang. Dive one: Bon Jovi (Puri Pinnacle). Dive two: Two Three Rock. Diving finishes that morning with an afternoon to toast the epic adventure with cold beers.

18th December

Wake up slowly to a delicious cooked breakfast. Tearful goodbyes as people are transferred back to land to meet their corresponding flights safe in the knowledge that it wont be long until the next adventure.

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Raja expedition area
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SORONG

Embarkation & Disembarkation

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MISOOL ISLAND

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FARONDI

Day One

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MAGIC MOUNTAIN

Day Two

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NUDI ROCK

Day Three

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BARRACUDA ROCK

Day Four

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FOUR KINGS

Day Five

Rerouteing during a cruise can always happen if safe sea and/or dive conditions are not met. This is the decision of the Captain and the Dive Expedition Leader. Rerouteing is not considered as a cancellation and is not refunded.

 

DIVING DAYS: 6

NUMBER OF DIVES: 22

APPROX. DISTANCE: 550 KM

Raja Amapt Expedition Vessel

Panunee is a 36m luxury yacht designed by divers offering fantastic liveaboard scuba diving adventures in Indonesia.  With only 17 guests taken onboard it is incredibly spacious and has a crew that see to your every need.

MV Panunee in Raja Ampat

MV Panunee in Raja Ampat

Each cabin has individual temperature control and abundant storage areas. There are no bunk beds so need to fight over who gets the bottom bunk!

The Panunee has a dedicated camera setting room that has individual desks and charging stations for the avid photographer amongst us.

A spacious dive deck and a plentiful deck crew will make the ordeal of putting your wetsuit and equipment on a dream.

The best thing about this vessel however is that there is a Thai chef on board. So along with Indonesian specialities you will be able to get your Thai food fix. There is also a barbecue for the nights celebrating the diving under the stars.

MV Panunee

LENGTH: 36M

WIDTH: 8M

MAX SPEED: 15 Knots

Suite Stateroom

Panunee state room

  • Max occupancy: 2 people
  • Bedding: Double bed
  • Ensuite bathroom: Yes
  • Aircon: Aircon with control in room

Description:

The Suites are fitted with a queen-size beds, en-suited toilets with hot showers, individual air-conditioners, wardrobes, mirrors, working desks, reading lights, wide storage space and pipe-in music.

Single Cabin

Single cabin on MV Panunee

  • Max occupancy: 1 people
  • Bedding: Single bed
  • Ensuite bathroom: No
  • Aircon: Aircon with control in room

Description:

Cabins are fitted with one single bed and individual air-conditioners, wardrobes, mirrors, reading Lights, wide storage space, panoramic windows and pipe-in music. There are only 2 of these cabins on board

Deluxe Twin Cabin, Upper Deck

Deluxe upper deck cabin on MV Panunee

  • Max occupancy: 2 people
  • Bedding: Twin (2 Single)
  • Ensuite bathroom: No
  • Aircon: Aircon with control in room

Description:

Cabins are fitted with twin beds and individual air-conditioners, wardrobes, mirrors, reading Lights, wide storage space, panoramic windows and pipe-in music.

Deluxe Twin Cabin, Lower Deck

Deluxe lower deck cabin on MV Panunee

  • Max occupancy: 2 people
  • Bedding: Twin (2 Single)
  • Ensuite bathroom: No
  • Aircon: Aircon with control in room

Description:

Cabins are fitted with twin beds and individual air-conditioners, wardrobes, mirrors, reading Lights, wide storage space, picture window and pipe-in music.

PLEASE NOTE:

Marine park fees and harbour fees totalling U.S.$240 per person are not included in the cabin prices. These fees are payable directly on board MV Panunee

Included:


  • Airport/Hotel Transfers

    to/from Sorong only

  • 7 day/night liveaboard

    on board the MV Panunee

  • Food, water & hot drinks

    Soft drinks & alcohol available, additional cost

  • 6 days diving

    12L tanks, weight belts and weights provided

  • Research activities

    evening presentations by expedition hosts

Not Included:


  • Flights

    International and/or domestic

  • Dive gear hire

    $40 per day

  • NITROX tank fills

    $8 per tank or $90 for full trip

  • Stopovers & Gratuities

    Gratuity for staff at guests discretion

  • Travel Insurance

    Dive/travel insurance are recommended

Getting There

There is no way to sugar coat this, Raja Ampat remains so relatively un-dived because it is not easy to get to. We are here to assist you at every stage of your planning so will guide you through the task of booking your flights. There are now direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong with Nam Air shortening travel times somewhat.

Post cruise we will be hosting an additional adventure to Lembeh for guests to relax and reminisce about the weeks events with of course a couple of dives in the world famous Lembeh straits.