Sailing Raja Ampat: Explore the Eden of biodiversity

Sailing Raja Ampat brings you to one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. It is unspoiled, remote, and packed with life. Welcome to one of the most extraordinary environments on the planet. Raja Ampat, or “Four Kings” lies on the eastern end of Indonesia, in the West Papua province. The archipelago consists of over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Raja Ampat; Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. You will get to explore prehistoric cave paintings and relics, as well as cave bunkers and seabed wreckage from World War II. Visitors can trek through the lush jungle, hike to breathtaking viewpoints, experience traditional “kampung” life in local villages, and visit sea turtle sanctuaries and pearl farms.

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Explore the coastal mangrove forests on a sea kayak or simply snorkel in one of the shallow crystal clear waters of the lagoons. The Raja Ampat archipelago is the habitat of the largest number of bird species in the region. Those include hornbills, parrots, lorikeets, marbled frogmouths and the famous bird of paradise. Raja Ampat sailing tours are suitable for divers, snorkelers, families and birdies alike. Join us on a Raja Ampat Dive Cruise or embark on a Raja Ampat Expedition as a snorkeler. Raja Ampat cruises depart either from Sorong or from Waisai. See here for details on how to get to Raja Ampat.

Raja Ampat’s 4 main Island are the ultimate cruise destination

Raja Ampat snorkeling cruise

A Raja Ampat snorkeling cruise will take you to an archipelago where a vast majority of marine animals live just under the ocean surface. Sightings of manta rays and other large marine animals are common – not only for divers. Snorkel the shallow lagoons and reefs, or go more advanced and drift with the currents through the narrow channels between the islands. In addition, many of our pinisi yachts offer various water activities like stand-up paddle boarding and sea kayaking. The Raja Ampat islands of Waisai, Misool, and Wayang are not only specular underwater; many highlights of Raja Ampat can be found on land. Spectacular birdwatching, breathtaking viewpoints, and the local villages offer a diverse and fun blend of activities for all ages and preferences.

Snorkelling Expeditions are fun for the entire family

Diving on a Raja Ampat sailing cruise

Most noteworthy, diving Raja Ampat boasts more than 1,320 fish species and 550 coral species! Hence, the expression “frontier diving” is often used when diving and cruising in Raja Ampat. Diving in this archipelago really feels like being on the edge of the world! The enormous variety of life in the ocean in Raja Ampat can be staggering. Some areas are home to enormous schools of fish and sightings of sharks, including wobbegongs, are common.
It is very likely that you will encounter large groups of manta rays. 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 as well as WWII wrecks provide magical opportunities for every passionate diver. Exceptional muck diving sites are close to jetties and black sandy slopes. Some dive 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 yacht charter will give you the possibility to customize your charter itinerary and day-to-day activities according to your wishes.

World-class dive sites await you in Raja Ampat

Waigeo - the heart of Raja Ampat

Waigeo is the largest of the four islands of Raja Ampat and is surrounded by various areas for snorkeling and diving as well as land explorations. The island, which is the easiest to access in the Raja Ampat archipelago, is the perfect starting point for your 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 the famous Dampier Strait and Mansuar towards the south.

Waigeo area offers a broad range of activities and sites in a relatively small area. Scuba diving, bird watching, 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.

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Dampier Strait in Raja Ampat

The islands of Waigeo and Gam to the north and Batanta to the south create the 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 islands are home to tropical birds living in the depths of the jungle; and on the strait itself, attracted by incoming stream along with all the nutrients it brings, aquatic life is very much alive – from beautiful coral formations to a variety of underwater species. World famous dive sites of Dampier Strait include: Blue Magic – with a chance for oceanic mantas rays, Cape Kri, Sardine Reef and Chicken Reef.

Batanta Island

The island of Batanta offers fantastic bird watching and jungle scenery during your Raja Ampat sailing adventure – blythes hornbills, palm cockatoos, egrets & various sea eagles returning to roost for the evening. Visit a local waterfall or explore a variety of dive sites, including muck diving, as well as a WWII plane wreck. A few of the dive sites in the area will give you the chance to spot manta rays.

Wayag Island

Wayag Island is home to the famous views of Raja Ampat. The area is a paradise for photographers and features those idyllic mushroom-shaped limestone domes, draped in flora surrounded by waters of blue and green. Wayag offers chances to climb limestone peaks, discover hidden coves by paddleboarding through the passageways carved out by the architects of nature. Some great dive and snorkeling sites are in close reach of the lagoon, while the best dive sites in the area are found in Quoy, Uranie and Bag.


Misool is a stunning archipelago located in the southern part of Raja Ampat, a renowned diving destination in Indonesia. It boasts a vast expanse of turquoise waters, scattered with over 1,500 small islets, limestone cliffs, and vibrant coral reefs. The area is a popular spot for private yacht charters, as it offers an ideal mix of tranquility, natural beauty, and unparalleled marine biodiversity. Divers will be delighted to explore Misool’s diverse underwater world, home to more than 1,200 species of fish and 700 species of coral. From manta rays to pygmy seahorses, the area is a paradise for underwater photographers and marine enthusiasts.

Misool also has a rich cultural heritage, with many traditional 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.

The sun sets over majestic Raja Ampat


The 3rd largest island in 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 a variety of 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.

Sail Raja Ampat

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. Imagine waking up each day to the sound of the ocean and setting sail to explore new islands. Experience the ultimate luxury charter trip  as you explore hidden coves, hike through lush jungles, and snorkel among vibrant coral reefs. Our dedicated team will assist you in planning the adventure of your lifetime!

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