How to Trip from Bali to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is a captivating destination drawing tourists from various countries, often following a visit to Bali. While Bali remains a popular international tourist hub, those seeking the allure of Indonesian islands often extend their journey to Raja Ampat. Embarking on a voyage from Bali to Raja Ampat offers a unique and unforgettable experience, particularly for nature enthusiasts eager to explore the vibrant marine life.

First, to reach Raja Ampat is via flight to Sorong

The first way that you can visit Raja Ampat is by using the plane from Bali to Raja Ampat. But you have to know that the plane can’t fly directly to the Island. 

Example Flights from Bali to Raja Ampat:

  • Bali [DPS] to Jakarta [JKT] to Sorong [SOQ], then by boat

Bali - Jakarta - Sorong, Raja Ampat Map

  • Bali [DPS] to Surabaya [SUB] to Sorong [SOQ], then by boat

Bali - Surabaya - Sorong, Raja Ampat Map

  • Bali [DPS] to Makassar [UPG] to Sorong [SOQ], then by boat

Bali - Makassar - Sorong, Raja Ampat Map

You can choose the best plane at a cheap price such as Batik Air. Many people like to choose this plane because of the lower cost and it has good facilities.

Airlines from Bali to Raja Ampat:

Just compare the ticket of wings air to the other plane. You will see that it becomes the best choice.

To reach Ngurah Rai Bali airport [DPS] from where you stay in Bali, you can order GoJek or Grab. It is a kind of Uber in Bali. It will help you to reach the airport at a cheap cost. To order Gojek or Grab, you should install the application. But if you do not want to order by yourself, just ask the hotel staff to order it.

If you have arrived in Sorong City, then you have to continue your journey to Waisai City. Waisai City itself is the entrance to Raja Ampat Regency.

You can travel to Waisai from Sorong City via Ferry and Airplane, and you need to be prepared that not every hour there are scheduled flights or ferries to Waisai. Our suggestion is that you can rent hotel accommodation in Sorong City.

From Sorong (SOQ) to Raja Ampat (RJM) Marinda Airport by plane

There are two airlines that can take you to Waisai by plane, namely Susi Air and Wings Air

You will start your flight from Sorong Airport (Domine Eduard Osok Airport) to Marinda Airport in Waisai Raja Ampat.

This flight is quite cheap, you can contact the airline directly when you first arrive at Sorong airport,

Please note, there is no definite schedule for flights from Sorong to Raja Ampat. Our advice is that you can immediately ask the airline when you arrive at Sorong Airport from Bali

From Sorong to Waisai using ferry

Apart from using uncertain flight options, we recommend using the Ferry to get to Raja Ampat from Sorong,

Regarding the Sorong – Raja Ampat ferry ticket price, it is around 100 thousand rupiah.

Regarding the schedule for Sorong to Waisai Raja Ampat, you can choose KMP Lema from ASDP (Indonesian state-owned passenger ferry operator) which serves sea crossings to Wiasai only once a week on Saturdays.

Another option, you can use the maritime Marina Express to go to Waisai from Sorong. You don’t need to worry about the schedule because Marina Express serves ferry crossings from Monday to Sunday.

Prices start from IDR 140 thousand (economy) and IDR 250 thousand (VIP)

Entry Permits Raja Ampat

For tourists, it is important to know that to visit and explore Raja Ampat, you need to register to get an entry permit.

For tourists, it is important to know that to visit and explore Raja Ampat, you need to register to get an entry permit.

As additional information, obtaining a permit for international tourists/visitors costs IDR 700,000, while for local visitors the fee is IDR. 450,000

You can register for a visit permit in Raja Ampat at the following link,

Additional Information:

Indonesia Airplane Regulation

Most tourists like to visit Raja Ampat by plane because they can arrive at the island faster. You may only need a few hours on the plane. But, visiting Raja Ampat by boat is also very interesting.

If you like the trip from Bali to Raja Ampat with the plane, you need to check your cabin baggage weight. Make sure that your cabin bag is less than 10 kg.

Usually, the regulation only provides 7 kg for your cabin bag. Sometimes, the security will check your bag but sometimes not.

Read More; Raja Ampat Sailing Tour Packages

How Long to Reach Raja Ampat from Bali

Many tourists will be curious about how long they should spend to reach Raja Ampat from Bali. You have to arrive at Sorong Airport. With the plane, you will take around 11 hr 25 min to Sorong with transit, based on airplanes you choose.

How to Find the Best Tour Operator?

When you want to enjoy the trip to Raja Ampat for a few days, you have to choose the best travel agent. There are many travel agents that you can find. Please, check the price of the travel agent and their facilities.

Kindly be aware that booking an Open Trip or sharing a trip on a Yacht boat through Online Travel Agents (OTAs) such as Klook or Viator may lead to confusion or misinterpretation, so please proceed with caution.

Our top recommendation is to carefully examine the boat amenities, cabins, and the package’s inclusions to ensure that you make an informed decision.

We recommend that you reach out to our Tour Specialist through WhatsApp for the best rate guarantee with no hidden fee. You can find more information on our Raja Ampat Sailing Tour Packages page.

We have a range of boats based on your needs and budget. From speed boat, Deluxe, VIP, to VVIP luxury phinisi boat.

For a private charter, see more details of our boat selection here.

If you are 5 people or more, better take a private boat charter. But, if you are only 1 or 2, the best option is to join an open/shared trip for 2D1N, 3D2N, and 4D3N. Please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance 🙂

Have the opportunity to explore the beauty of Raja Ampat by visiting various tourist destinations along the way. 

  • Enjoy the iconic view of Raja Ampat at Puncak Wayag
  • Enjoy exotic natural views on Raja Ampat’s Piaynemo Hill
  • Swim and play with sharks at Shark Post, Wayag Island
  • Explore the beauty of Kabui Bay
  • Enjoy Kaliburu with very clear river
  • Snorkeling while viewing the pristine underwater biota at Yenbuba Pasir Timbul
  • Experience local activities and wisdom in Sauwandarek Village
  • Enjoy the beauty of the white sand beach at Pasir Timbul, and more!


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Tips for the Trip from Bali to Raja Ampat

It’s important to note that Raja Ampat is known for its vibrant coral reefs and diverse aquatic life. Travelers should refrain from touching or damaging the delicate marine environment. Following guidelines and regulations ensures a positive impact on both your trip and the local ecosystem.

Explore Raja Ampat from Bali with these essential travel tips:

  • Flight Connections: Look for flights connecting Bali to Sorong (SOQ), the main entry point to Raja Ampat. Consider airlines that offer convenient routes with possible stopovers in Makassar (UPG), Surabaya (SUB), or Jakarta (JKT).
  • Transportation in Sorong: Plan your transportation from Sorong Airport to your accommodation in Raja Ampat. Arrange transfers or taxis in advance to streamline your arrival process.
  • Accommodation Booking: Book your accommodation in Raja Ampat well in advance, especially during peak travel seasons. Consider staying at eco-friendly resorts or homestays for a unique experience.
  • Packing Essentials: Pack light but include essentials such as reef-safe sunscreen, snorkeling gear, and comfortable clothing suitable for tropical climates. Don’t forget a reliable water-resistant camera for capturing stunning underwater scenes.
  • Local Currency and Cash: Bring sufficient Indonesian Rupiah and small denominations for local transactions. While credit cards may be accepted in some places, it’s advisable to have cash on hand.
  • Weather Considerations: Check the weather conditions in Raja Ampat before your trip to ensure you pack accordingly. The region experiences a tropical climate, so lightweight, breathable clothing is recommended.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Respect the local culture and traditions of Raja Ampat. Learn a few basic Indonesian phrases and be mindful of local customs to enhance your cultural experience.
  • Diving and Snorkeling Opportunities: If you’re a diving enthusiast, Raja Ampat offers some of the world’s best dive sites. Ensure your gear is in good condition, licenses, or consider renting equipment from reputable local providers.
  • Environmental Conservation: Contribute to the conservation efforts in Raja Ampat by practicing responsible tourism. Minimize your environmental impact by following guidelines for waste disposal and respecting marine life.
  • Health Precautions: Check if any vaccinations or health precautions are recommended before traveling to Raja Ampat. Consult with a travel health professional for personalized advice based on your itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance: Prioritize travel insurance that covers activities like diving and provides comprehensive coverage for unexpected situations. This ensures peace of mind during your journey from Bali to Raja Ampat.


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