Sailing in Raja Ampat takes you to one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. Located in the center of the Coral Triangle, the region is one of the most beautiful and enchanting sailing destinations on the planet. The archipelago consists of over 1,500 islands surrounding the four main islands; Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.
The sheer abundance of marine life, stunning landscapes, and perfect beaches turn Raja Ampat into a paradise. Discovering this paradise onboard a modern Phinisi yacht is not only a memorable holiday experience, but a luxury adventure that connects you with nature in the most beautiful way. From snorkeling and diving to land expeditions and birdwatching, Raja Ampat sailing trips offer a wide range of activities suitable for families, couples, and solo adventurers. Luxury cruises with tailor-made itineraries are the epitome of slow travel for modern-day explorers.
Raja Ampat features some of the world’s best dive sites, but since most marine life just can be found below the surface, the region has become the ultimate playground for snorkelers. The shallow and crystal-clear waters are the perfect environment for adults and children who just want to immerse themselves in the serenity and beauty of another world. Hidden lagoons, colorful reefs and narrow channels offer world-class snorkeling amidst a large variety of marine animals. Manta Rays, turtles, and friendly reef sharks are among the many species that can be encountered while gently drifting on the ocean’s surface. In addition, most of the hand-picked Phinisi yachts in our selection offer various water activities, including stand-up paddleboarding and sea kayaking.
Raja Ampat is home to more than 1,600 fish species, 75% of the world’s known coral species, 6 of the 7 known species of vulnerable to critically endangered sea turtles, and 17 known species of marine mammals. Hence, the expression “frontier diving” is often used when diving and sailing in Raja Ampat. The enormous variety of life in the ocean can be staggering and even overwhelming. Some areas are home to enormous schools of fish and sightings of sharks, including wobbegongs, are common. And if you are lucky, you will even spot a pod of dolphins in the water. Keep your eyes open!
Raja Ampat features a vast variety of dive sites, suitable for beginners and advanced divers alike. Walls and slopes, plenty of passages, canyons, caves, underwater ridges and WWII wrecks provide magical opportunities for every passionate diver. Exceptional muck diving sites are close to jetties and black sandy slopes. Some sites have strong currents and are only recommended for advanced divers. However, there are many protected lagoons for beginners. Deciding to go on a private boat trip will give you the possibility to customize your charter itinerary and day-to-day activities according to your wishes.
Encompassing around 4.6 million hectares of land and sea, of which over 2 million are a Marine Protected Area, the beauty of the archipelago unfolds in a myriad of ways. Stunning karst limestone formations, lush jungles, remote beaches, turquoise waters, unique fish and bird species are just a few faces of this exceptional region.
Waigeo is the largest of the four main islands and offers plenty of snorkeling and diving opportunities. The island, which is the easiest to access in the Raja Ampat archipelago, is the perfect starting point for a Raja Ampat sailing trip. There are several areas and smaller islands around Waigeo including Aljui Bay and Yeben in the West, Wofu Island towards the north, Gam and Yanggefo toward the south, and the famous Dampier Strait and Mansuar. Waigeo offers a broad range of activities and sites in a relatively small area. Scuba diving, birdwatching, a pearl farm, flying foxes, local villages, pristine beaches, and lagoons for kayaking. Shorter Raja Ampat sailing adventures will focus on the land & sea sites of Waigeo.
The islands of Waigeo and Gam to the north and Batanta to the south form the Dampier Strait, named after the British adventurer William Dampier, who first sailed through it in 1686. In the middle of this strait lies Mansuar Island and Kri Island. The nutrient-rich waters around these islands host an abundance of marine life and feature some of the most famous scuba diving in Raja Ampat including Blue Magic, Cape Kri, and Sardine Reef. On land, tropical and endemic birds populate the lush jungles and enchant the close by bays and anchorages with their beautiful songs.
The island of Batanta is famous for its hidden waterfalls and jungle treks. The lush green scenery is the perfect backdrop for family adventures and birding tours. Some of the bird species that call the island home include Hornbills, Palm Cockatoos, and various sea eagles. The waters around Batanta feature spectacular diving and snorkeling opportunities. The chances of spotting manta rays and other pealagic species is very here in that area.
Wayag Island is home to the famous and iconic views of Raja Ampat. The area is a paradise for photographers and features the mushroom-shaped limestone domes, draped in flora surrounded by waters of blue and green. The area of Wayag offers stunning viewpoints, hidden coves, and magical lagoons. Grabbing one of the paddleboards or kayaks is highly recommended! As with the other areas of Raja Ampat, divers and snorkelers will be taken away by the sheer beauty of the underwater world.
Misool is a stunning archipelago located in the southern part of Raja Ampat, a renowned luxury cruise destination in Indonesia. The area features stunning landscapes, paradise-like beaches, and vibrant coral reefs. Misool area is a popular destination for private and customized boat charters, as it offers the perfect blend of tranquility, natural beauty, and unparalleled marine biodiversity. Divers and snorkelers will be delighted by Misool’s diverse underwater world.
Misool also has a rich cultural heritage, with many local fishing villages located around the islands. Visitors can learn about the customs and traditions of the locals, watch their hand weaving or batik making, or try local delicacies like various seafood and spicy sambal.
Stunning viewpoints of Raja Ampat
The 3rd largest island of Raja Ampat, Salawati is a serene destination for those looking to unwind and relax. The island boasts stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, and a thriving marine ecosystem, making it a popular destination for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. The island is home to a small population of indigenous people, who have preserved their traditional way of life and cultural heritage. Salawati is also known for its unique birdlife, with various species that can be spotted in the island’s lush forests. Visitors can take a guided tour through the forests to observe these birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
Escape to paradise with a private sailing trip in Raja Ampat! With over 1,500 islands, this exceptional holiday destination boasts pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and an abundance of marine life that will leave you speechless. Due to the sheer size and beauty of the destination, charters and shared trips in Raja Ampat require a bit more time and traveling.