• Dore Atri
  • Triton Bay divers
  • Baliem
  • Baliem
  • Baliem
  • Korowai
  • Korowai
  • Manta

Tour module round trip 7 days Raja Ampat homestay adventure

A unique opportunity to discover Raja Ampat! Besides the wonderful nature and underwater world you also get to know daily life on one of the islands. You stay in a very simple guesthouse and, together with your host or hostess, you put your program together. Your dream week consists of diving, snorkelling and special excursions.

Customs at Raja Ampat

This week you stay among the population of Raja Ampat. That’s why it is good to know that the local people don’t wear their heart on their sleeve. They won’t easily interfere with you, but they do resent you for walking through the village in swimwear. T-shirt and shorts, skirt or dress are alright. Of course nobody will be bothered if you’re wearing a swimsuit on the beach. If you visit a church, just put on a pair of trousers.


Sunday is for most people a day of rest. On Sundays you won’t make any excursion, but relax on the beach.

The worst thing that can happen to Indonesians, so also to the Papuas, is losing face. A quarrel could quickly lead to that loss of face. If there is a disagreement, or a problem with your room for example, then the best way is to solve the problem with a smile. Raising your voice or getting angry certainly won’t help you.

The inhabitants of Raja Ampat very much welcome you to this extraordinary archipelago and are happy to help you enjoy your stay here.

Diving

Diving can be arranged locally. Generally you pay between € 30 and € 40 per dive. You can hire a complete diving-equipment for around € 30 per day.
If you want to make a dive trip further afield you can rent a boat for circa € 30 for a whole day.

If you wish we make an all-in package with 3 dives per day.

Target prices

€ 630 p.p. based on 2 or more participants
Included:
•Breakfast, lunch and dinner
•Snacks, water, coffee, tea
•Transport from and to Sorong to the resort
•1 overnight stay (at the beginning or at the end) in guesthouse Malanu in Sorong
•Entrance fee for National park Raja Ampat

Not included:
•Intercontinental and domestic flights
•Camera fee in Raja Ampat
•(alcoholic) drinks
•Excursions
•Dives
•Tips and personal expenses
•Possible additional cost for hotel instead of guesthouse in Sorong
•Travel and cancellation insurance
•Booking fee and contribution Calamiteitenfonds €30 per booking

Arrival Sorong,on the ferry to Waigeo and the guesthouse

When you leave the small airport of Sorong your guide is waiting for you. He’ll help you with the necessary local formalities and takes you to the harbour. A porter helps you aboard. You sail with the fast ferry at around 14:00 in about 2 hours to Waisai on the island Waigeo. You will be greeted there and sail with a seaworthy pirogue to the island Pulau Gam where you will be taken to the guesthouse you’ve chosen. If you are too late for the ferry, the guide takes you to your hotel in Sorong and you will make your boat trip to Pulau Gam the following day.

Culture in Raja Ampat

If you’re talking about Papua, you’re also talking about culture. Let a guide accompany you to experience local life in the kampong. Sundays excepted you might as well be able to visit a school. Anyway, you stay at a local family’s home, so you can ask them everything about life on Raja Ampat. Remember that Sunday is the day of the Lord and you can’t demand too much your host and hostess, but an absolute ‘must’ is going to the church service.

Birds of Paradise in Raja Ampat

If you’re talking about Papua, then you’re also talking about the birds of Paradise. These beautiful birds generally turn up around sunrise and sunset. The male birds show themselves at their very best to the ladies. Sometimes high up in the trees but sometimes also close to the ground. You will find the birds of paradise on the islands Waigeo, Urai, Gam, Mansuar, Arborek, Kri, Painemu and Friwen.

Snorkelling in Raja Ampat

If you’re talking about Papua, then you’re also talking about snorkelling. From almost any guesthouse it only takes a few steps to walk from the beach into an aquarium... During the length of your stay you can use a pirogue, a local wooden motorised little boat, with which you also can sail to the best snorkelling spots. Raja Ampat is known for the most beautiful coral reefs. Lunchbox on board and you will have a great day!

Diving in Raja Ampat

If you’re talking about Papua, then you’re especially talking about diving. There are numerous unique dive spots that are breathtaking. Wobbegong sharks and Manta rays are just some of the highlights. There’s simply too many to mention, you can go diving 5 full days and even then you won’t have seen 25% yet! Diving can be arranged locally. Generally you pay between € 30 and € 40 per dive. You can hire a complete diving-equipment for around € 30 per day. If you want to make a dive trip further afield you can rent a boat for circa € 30 for the whole day. If you wish we make an all-in package with 2 or 3 dives per day.

Day 6 Back to Sorong

After an early breakfast you sail back to Waisai on the island of Waigeo. Around 09:00 you will board the ferry and sail back to Sorong. Our driver is again waiting for you at the harbour and drives you to the airport of Sorong. Lunch at your own expense this day.

Day 7 Departure from Sorong

After breakfast, about one hour and a half before your flight, your driver picks you up and drives you to the airport. If you want to, he’ll help you to check-in. You say goodbye to Sorong.

Dore Atri Homestay - Raja Ampat

Dore Atri is the homestay of pak Martin. The homestay has 3 rooms, divided over 2 cottages. Both cottages are located right on the beach. The family speak English reasonably well and know a lot about the culture and history. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Famangor

Simple guesthouse, directly on the water, on the island Gam near the village Friwen. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Meos Srairam

Simple guesthouse, directly on the water, on a small island at 5 minutes by boat from Friwen (Pulau Gam). meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Monkairi

This cosy and very simple guesthouse is located on a white sandy beach, close to Batu Lima, a wonderful coral reef. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Nyandebabo - Raja Ampat

Very simple guesthouse, directly on the beach of Pulau Gam. With a bit of luck you’ll see turtles laying their eggs there in the evening! meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Paradise

The simple guesthouse Paradise is built above the water. From your terrace you can see the turtles swimming below... The guesthouse has no beach. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Kordiris - Raja Ampat

Very simple guesthouse, directly on the white beach. Pak Kornelis, the owner, is a diving instructor and has some packs of diving equipment. NB: Not affiliated with PADI! meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Monkairi

This cosy and very simple guesthouse is located on a white sandy beach, close to Batu Lima, a wonderful coral reef. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Dore Atri Homestay - Raja Ampat

Dore Atri is the homestay of pak Martin. The homestay has 3 rooms, divided over 2 cottages. Both cottages are located right on the beach. The family speak English reasonably well and know a lot about the culture and history. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Nyandebabo - Raja Ampat

Very simple guesthouse, directly on the beach of Pulau Gam. With a bit of luck you’ll see turtles laying their eggs there in the evening! meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Paradise

The simple guesthouse Paradise is built above the water. From your terrace you can see the turtles swimming below... The guesthouse has no beach. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Meos Srairam

Simple guesthouse, directly on the water, on a small island at 5 minutes by boat from Friwen (Pulau Gam). meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Famangor

Simple guesthouse, directly on the water, on the island Gam near the village Friwen. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Guesthouse Kordiris - Raja Ampat

Very simple guesthouse, directly on the white beach. Pak Kornelis, the owner, is a diving instructor and has some packs of diving equipment. NB: Not affiliated with PADI! meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Malanu guesthouse - Sorong

Simple guesthouse in a residential neighbourhood in Sorong. It’s a guesthouse for two people. In need 3 people can sleep here. It’s a free standing house in a residential area at 15 minutes from the airport Sorong. The house has got 3 bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a big garden. The house is clean and the interior simple. The host of the house is also a guide, he’s an English-speaking inhabitant of Sorong and takes good care of his guests. His name is Reinhardt Sitanipessy. Breakfast and hot meals can be provided. The guest-room has got bunk beds (spacious) and a mosquito net. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

JE Meredien Sorong

Het JE Meredien hotel Sorong ligt net buiten het centrum van de stad. De 55 kamers zijn netjes en schoon. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Hotel Mariat -- Sorong

Het Mariat is een iets gedateerd, maar mooi hotel in het centrum van Sorong. Het hotel heeft 82 kamers, waarvan de 30 Superior kamers de beste prijs/kwaliteit verhouding hebben. De 32 Deluxe kamers zijn iets ruimer en hebben een balkon. Het hotel heeft een zwembad en gratis WiFi. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is a group of islands in West Papua (former Irian Jaya) and counts 610, mostly desert islands. The four biggest islands are Waigeo in the north, Salawati (southwest of Sorong, the second largest city in West-Papua), Batanta (north of Salawati) and Misool in the southwest. The name Raja Ampat is is based on these 4 islands and means literally ‘the 4 kings’.

Raja Ampat is still a quite unknown area in Indonesia, but among divers on the contrary, it’s a famous destination. This because it offers an incredible lot of different fish species and fantastic coral reefs, varying from hard to soft coral. The islands themselves are very impressive too. The Raja Ampat islands have silent lagoons with crystal white sand and water that varies in colours from bright green to bright blue.

From mid-Juli till mid-September it’s rainy season in Raja Ampat, the sea may, locally, be less pleasant to travel long distances by boat. This doesn’t have to be a problem for divers, since dozens of dive spots are within 15 minutes by boat.

The islands of Raja Ampat are therefore mostly known among divers. Some beautiful dive sites are:

Teluk Kabui
Between Waigeo and the smaller island Pulau Gam are many little jungle islands of limestone. The Nudibranch Rock is certainly one of the highlights of this site, because on this rock lives an extremely important population of brightcoloured … slugs.
Pulau Wai
The coralreefs around this small island on the north coast of Batanta houses rare fish species, like the recently discovered Raja epaulette shark, wobbegong shark, crocodile fish and big mantas. There’s also an old American fighter aircraft wreck dating from the Second World War.
Manta Point
This location between the Gam and Mansuar islands is a real rays’ paradise. In this area swim more than 15 different ray species of which some with a wingspan of 5 metres! Exceptional is that this location is a kind of washing station for the rays. The rays lie down on the coral and are then ‘cleaned’ by small lipfish. Best period: mid-October untill mid-April. From May to September there is little chance to spot mantas here.

Video Raja Ampat snorkel cruise

Sorong

Sorong

Sorong is the westernmost city on the island of New Guinea. The city is located on the Sele Strait of the Pacific Ocean on the Vogelkop Peninsula. It is the base for trips to the Raja Ampat Islands.

Two hours' drive south of Sorong is the rainforest in the Klasow valley with all kinds of strange birds. You will find different types of Paradise birds and the endemic Cassoway, a peacock or smaller ostrich species.

Sorong is the logistical center of the oil and gas industry around West Papua, which manifests itself in growing wealth and economic prosperity. The city has over 50,000 inhabitants, making it one of the larger cities of Papua. Most of the inhabitants are transmigrants from Sulawesi, Java and other islands.

Directly off the coast is the island of Jefman, which until 2012 had the airport of Sorong. The new airport has daily connections with Jakarta, Makassar, Manado, Ambon and several cities in Papua, among others.

Sites to see

The city has a nice beach promenade and some historical buildings dating from the Dutch oil period. It’s a city full of contrasts. The following sights are close to the city:

Cape Cassuwary: 3 km from Sorong, beach with coralreefs;
Crocodile island, 500 metre out of the beach;
The island Kafiau;
The island Matan;
The hot springs of Klaijili, 60 km from Sorong;
A protected forest area, 15 km from Sorong;
Sorong is the most important gateway for trips to the nearby Raja Ampat-islands and the coralreefs of the Coral Triangle.
(source: Wikipedia)
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