How to Get to Raja Ampat from Australia

Cruise to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is a hidden gem located in Southwest Papua, Indonesia. This island is often described as the last paradise on Earth. It is known for its stunning landscapes and rich marine life, which attract travelers from around the world. If you want to visit Raja Ampat from Australia, you need to plan ahead and be prepared for the long haul.

Where is Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on Papua, the easternmost island of the Indonesian archipelago. Raja Ampat, which means “The Four Kings” in local languages, is an archipelago comprising more than 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool.

Nestled in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is home to a rich underwater ecosystem, making it a top destination for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. This island also offers stunning landscapes and the opportunity to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Thus, it is definitely worth visiting and exploring Raja Ampat.  

From Australia to Raja Ampat

The approximate distance from Australia to Raja Ampat is around 3,000 to 4,000 kilometers, depending on your starting point. Besides that, the time difference between Australia and Raja Ampat, Indonesia, can vary because Australia spans multiple time zones and observes daylight saving time in several regions. In contrast, Indonesia does not observe daylight saving time.  

Raja Ampat is in the Eastern Indonesia Time Zone (WIT), which is UTC+9. Australia has several time zones ranging from UTC+8 (Australian Western Standard Time) to UTC+10:30 (Australian Central Daylight Time) and UTC+11 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time), depending on the time of year and the state.

Given the distance and time difference, flying from Australia is the best way to get to Raja Ampat. Due to its remoteness, getting to Raja Ampat requires several steps, including flying to Indonesia, taking a domestic flight, and taking a boat to Raja Ampat.  

1. Take a Flight to Raja Ampat from Australia

Although the best way to reach the island is by air, there are currently no direct flights from Australia to Raja Ampat. You must get to Sorong, Southwest Papua, Indonesia, to start your adventure.

Several airlines operate flights from Australia to Sorong, including two to three stops. Here are some flight options you can choose from.

A. Sydney [SYD] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] with Batik Air + Lion Air

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport at 06:55 AM and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok at 06:10 AM a day later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 24 hours and 15 minutes, including two stops at Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport [DPS], and Makassar Hasanuddin Airport [UPG] 
  • Estimated cost: This route will cost you around AUD 675.02

B. Perth [PER] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] with AirAsia Indonesia + Batik Air

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Perth Airport at 01:40 AM and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok at 06:40 AM a day later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 28 hours, including one stop at Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport [CGK].
  • Estimated cost: This route will cost you around AUD 522.37

C. Melbourne [MEL] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] with Scoot + Garuda Indonesia

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Melbourne Airport at 09:20 PM and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok two days later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 33 hours and 55 minutes, including three stops at Singapore Changi [SIN], Surabaya Juanda [SUB], and Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport [CGK]. 
  • Estimated cost: This route will cost you around AUD 583.73

2. Boat Trip to Raja Ampat

Upon arriving in Domine Eduard Osok, Sorong, you must continue your journey to Waisai. Waisai is the capital city of Raja Ampat and the main transit point for travelers exploring the beauty of Raja Ampat.  

You have several options to get to the Waisai from Sorong: a ferry, speedboat, or Phinisi. But the most common way is by taking a public ferry from Sorong Harbor. You can take a taxi ride from Sorong Airport to the ferry harbor, which takes around 10-20 minutes. It will cost you around IDR 100.000 or around AUD 9.74. The public ferry departs twice daily on weekdays at 09:00 AM and 02:00 PM and on Saturdays at 09:00 AM and 12:00 PM. 

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After you arrive in Waisai, the best way to explore the stunning beauty of Raja Ampat is to take a Raja Ampat Boat Tour. That’s because this adventure involves island hopping, which would be challenging to do by other means of transportation.

When visiting Raja Ampat, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the stunning islands by liveaboard on a luxury cruise. For a secure and hassle-free expedition, we suggest that you consider a private boat tour of Raja Ampat offered by KomodoLuxury.  

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KomodoLuxury offers two choices for cruising in Raja Ampat: Private Speedboat and Private Phinisi Trip packages. These packages are specifically tailored to meet your needs and expectations. Our team, with their extensive nine years of expertise, is committed to providing exceptional service and ensuring your unforgettable experience.  

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How Much Does It Cost to Entrance Raja Ampat 

If you plan to travel to Raja Ampat, you must register for an entry permit to explore and experience the place. You can purchase the marine park entry card, also known as the “kartu TLPJL,” from the Raja Ampat Marine Park Authority office in Waisai.

The term for the Marine Park Entry Fee, also known as the TLPJL Card, includes the following conditions:

  • International visitors: IDR 700,000 (AUD 68.21)
  • Indonesian citizens: IDR 425,000 (AUD 26.95)
  • Children under 12 years old do not require a permit
  • All permits are valid for 12 months of the date of purchase

Are you dreaming of a getaway to Raja Ampat that blends adventure with luxury? KomodoLuxury is your gateway to the last paradise. Our luxury cruises offer the perfect way to experience the breathtaking beauty of this marine paradise. Your luxurious escape to Raja Ampat awaits!

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