How to Trip from Bali to Raja Ampat

how to get to Raja Ampat

Updated 20 March 2024 

Getting to Raja Ampat from Bali should be on your bucket list. 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. Going 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.

If you are wondering how to reach this beautiful tropical archipelago in Indonesia, this complete guide will take you step by step on your journey from Bali to Raja Ampat. 

Fly From Bali to Raja Ampat

This journey can be long but memorable as it involves several stages of travel, as it is a remote island. Your journey begins with a domestic flight from Bali to Raja Ampat. Please note that there is no direct flight to Raja Ampat. So, you must head to the nearest airport, Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong, Southwest Papua. 

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.

There is also no direct flight from Bali to Sorong, however, several airlines provide connecting flights to Domine Eduard Osok Airport. Here are the flight options you can choose from 

A. Ngurah Rai Airport [DPS] to Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] via Jakarta

Bali to Sorong via Jakarta Map
  • Details of flight: This flight departs from Ngurah Rai Airport [DPS] and arrives at Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] at 06:15 a day later. This flight takes around 9 hours, including one stopover at Jakarta Airport [CGK].
  • Estimated cost: This flight route is operated by Garuda Indonesia, and it will cost you approximately USD 320.39. 

B. Ngurah Rai Airport [DPS] to Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] via Surabaya

Bali to Sorong via Surabaya Map
  • Details of flight: This flight departs from Ngurah Rai Airport at 17:45 and arrives at Domine Eduard Osok Airport at 06:10 a day later. This flight takes around 11 hours and 25 minutes, including one stopover at Surabaya [SUB].
  • Estimated cost: This flight route is operated by Lion Air, and it will cost you approximately USD 217.99.

C. Ngurah Rai Airport [DPS] to Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] via Makassar

Bali to Sorong via Makassar Map
  • Details of flight: This flight departs from Ngurah Rai Airport at 20:25 and arrives at Domine Eduard Osok Airport at 06:10. This flight takes around 8 hours and 45 minutes, including one stopover at Makassar Airport [UPG].
  • Estimated cost: This flight route is operated by Citilink and Lion Air, and it will cost you approximately USD 204. 23.

Note! Flight ticket prices can change at any time depending on the departure schedule and the airline chosen.

Indonesia Airplane Regulation

Before you fly from Bali to Raja Ampat, it’s important to check that your cabin baggage weight is within the regulations. As a general rule, airplane regulations only allow you to carry 7 kg in your cabin bag and a maximum of 20 kg in your free baggage as standard flight baggage.

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. The total time to reach Raja Ampat from Bali typically varies depending on the routes chosen. The journey starts with a domestic flight from Bali to Sorong, which usually involves a stopover in a major city such as Jakarta, Makassar, and Surabaya, due to there being no direct flights. Flight times vary from 8 hours to 25 hours and 40 minutes. 

Upon arrival at Domine Eduard Osok Airport, you have to connect your journey to the Sorong Port to reach Waisai City. Waisai is the capital of Raja Ampat Regency, located on Waigeo Island. This town is the main gateway to explore the island of Raja Ampat. 

There is a wide range of airport taxis available to take you to the port of Sorong. The fare for these taxis varies approximately USD 5.86, depending on the season, and it takes about 10 to 20 minutes. You have two primary transportation choices to reach Waisai City from Sorong Port.

1. Ferry 

Public ferries are the most common transportation from Sorong to Waisai due to their affordability. Although it’s not the fastest option, the ferries allow you to enjoy the breathtaking landscape along the way. Public ferries usually operate two times each day on weekdays, specifically at 09:00 and 14:00, and on Saturdays at 09:00 and 12:00. This option will take about 1 to 2 hours.

2. Speedboat 

Speedboats are the way to go if you want to get to Waisai faster than by ferry. Travelers who prefer a more direct and immediate route often choose this option, even though it can be more expensive than public ferries. This option will take a bit faster than ferries, about 30 minutes to 1 hour. It’s essential to know that speedboat availability in Sorong port is limited. 

Note!

The travel route above is commonly used for people who intend to visit the capital city of Raja Ampat, for daily activities such as fishing, or even simply meet up with friends and family in Raja Ampat.

However, if you’re planning to explore the popular tourist destination spots of Raja Ampat island, such as Wayag and Piaynemo, or the best diving and snorkeling spots, we recommend you book a Raja Ampat tour package well in advance before you visit Raja Ampat. 

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. The entry card for the marine park, also referred to as the “kartu TLPJL”, is available for purchase at the Raja Ampat Marine Park Authority office located in Waisai. 

The entry permit paid at the Marine Park includes certain conditions, which are as follows:

  • International visitors: IDR 700,000 (USD 44.52)
  • Indonesian citizens: IDR 425,000 (USD 27.03)
  • Children under 12 years old do not require a permit.
  • All permits are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

How to Find the Best Tour Operator?

Please note! It’s advisable to book the Raja Ampat tour package well in advance from the certified tour operator, due to remote areas with strict and changing government policies.  

If you’re still unsure which Tour Operator to choose, you can ask our team which has over 9 years of experience in providing the finest holiday experiences in the Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park.

As a top-notch tour operator in Raja Ampat and part of IndonesiaJuara Trip—winners of the 2023 Travelers’ Choice Award on TripAdvisor, KomodoLuxury offers tours with highly skilled guides. 

If you have already booked the Raja Ampat Tour Package from KomodoLuxury, you will be facilitated by any of the advantages and privileges: 

  • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by a tour guide and immediately begin your exploration of Raja Ampat from Sorong without the hassle of overcharging for taxis, and porters, and avoiding scams.
  • You won’t need to look for a speedboat at the port because it is included in the tour package.
  • You won’t be inconvenienced or feel uncomfortable when traveling because you will be accompanied by our expert local guide. So you can 100% enjoy your dream vacation in Raja Ampat hassle-free.

So, what are the best recommendations for a vacation in Raja Ampat?

Raja Ampat boasts beautiful tropical archipelagos with world-class underwater diving spots, expansive beaches, stunning landscapes such as the Wayag and Pianemo islands, and a rich diversity of flora and fauna. It offers the chance to witness the bird of paradise in its natural habitat. Its tourist destinations are spread across hidden islands, earning it the title of the last paradise on Earth. 

Therefore, we recommend trying the Raja Ampat tour packages, with options ranging from a minimum of 4 nights up to 12 nights, for those who have the time and seek the best experience exploring Raja Ampat.

Map Raja Ampat - Komodo Luxury
Map Raja Ampat – Komodo Luxury

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 a 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!

To get the best experience for your dream vacation, don’t miss out on the opportunity to hop on our Raja Ampat tour package.

Read More: 6 Best Place Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

Tips for the Trip from Bali to Raja Ampat

Planning ahead is key to a seamless journey from Bali to Raja Ampat. Knowing your destinations, duration of stay, and essential travel tips will make your visit much smoother and more enjoyable.

Itinerary Raja Ampat Tour by Komodo Luxury

Before visiting Raja Ampat, travelers must plan their destinations and the duration of their stay. If you’re unsure, we can provide a recommended itinerary Raja Ampat for you. By choosing the Raja Ampat tour package by Komodo Luxury, we recommend arriving a day before the tour begins. If you arrive on the day of departure, please ensure you reach Sorong before 7:00 AM. Our team will pick you up at the airport starting at 7:00 AM, and you will be escorted to the phinisi at Sorong port to begin your adventure around Raja Ampat according to your chosen duration.

Raja Ampat Tour 7D6N  

Set sail on our 7-day and 6-night itinerary Raja Ampat. This itinerary is perfect for those who want to experience the beauty and diversity of Raja Ampat in a week. You will explore world-class dive sites, witness stunning landscapes, and engage in various water activities.

Banner 7 days 6 nights Raja Ampat Tour Itinerary - Komodo Luxury
  • Day 1: Sorong to Dampier Strait

Start your journey from Sorong to the Dampier Strait. Enjoy lunch on board, participate in water activities like kayaking and snorkeling, and have a delightful dinner.

  • Day 2: Explore the Kri Peninsula

Spend your day snorkeling or paddling in the crystal-clear waters of the Kri Peninsula. Don’t miss diving or snorkeling at world-class dive sites like Sardine Reef, Mike’s Point, and Cape Kri.

  • Days 3 & 4: Visit Wayag Island

Discover Wayag Island, an iconic spot in Raja Ampat. Hike to the summit of Wayag to witness the stunning view of the islands surrounded by the blue ocean. Enjoy peaceful moments on its white sandy beaches.

  • Day 5: Explore Gam Island

Visit Gam Island to see the rare Red Bird of Paradise. If lucky, you can swim with stingless jellyfish in Kabui Bay.

  • Day 6: Dampier Strait and Arborek Village

Swim with manta rays in the Dampier Strait and visit Arborek Village to experience local life.

  • Day 7: Return to Sorong

After exploring Batanta, it’s time to return to Sorong

Raja Ampat Tour 9D8N

Take a deeper dive into the wonders of Raja Ampat with this 9 days and 8 nights itinerary. This extended itinerary allows you to experience the region’s natural beauty and marine life fully.

9 days 8 nights Raja Ampat Tour Itinerary - Komodo Luxury
  • Day 1: Sorong to Waisai

Begin your adventure from Sorong to Waisai, diving into some of the best dive sites.

  • Day 2: Central Dampier Strait

Explore Central Dampier Strait for diving and snorkeling at Blue Magic, home to majestic oceanic manta rays. Dive at sites like Cape Kri and Yenbuba Jetty.

  • Day 3: Melissa Garden Dive Site

Dive at Melissa Garden to witness vibrant coral reefs. Don’t miss the iconic view from Piaynemo’s summit.

  • Day 4: Batanta Island

Discover the hidden gem of Batanta Island. Snorkel and dive here, and possibly see manta rays.

  • Day 5: Misool Island

Explore Misool Island, one of the four main islands. Dive to see Oceanic Manta Rays, Giant Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, and more marine life.

  • Day 6: Boo Window and Anchovy Dive Sites

Diving at Boo Window and Anchovy sites to see schools of Mobula Rays darting through anchovies, creating stunning underwater scenes.

  • Day 7: Whale Rock and Tank Rock

Explore Raja Ampat underwater at Whale Rock and Tank Rock, which are filled with beautiful soft corals and schools of fish.

  • Day 8: Andiamo Dive Site

Dive at Andiamo, a spectacular site in southern Raja Ampat. Spot Pygmy Seahorses, hunting Giant Trevallies, and Barracudas.

  • Day 9: Return to Sorong

The adventure ends as we anchor in Sorong at 5:00 AM. You can catch your flight or check into a hotel.

Raja Ampat Tour 11D10N

Get the most out of Raja Ampat with this comprehensive 11 days and 10 nights Raja Ampat itinerary. Visit more destinations, dive deeper into the marine wonders and explore the rich biodiversity of Raja Ampat. 

Banner 11 days 10 nights Raja Ampat Tour Itinerary - Komodo Luxury
  • Day 1: Sorong to Misool

Start your adventure from Sorong to Misool, one of the iconic islands of Raja Ampat.

  • Day 2: Fiabacet Dive Site

Explore Fiabacet, a stunning dive site in southeast Misool.

  • Day 3: Love Lagoon

Hike to Love Lagoon to see a heart-shaped blue lagoon surrounded by vibrant coral reefs.

  • Day 4: Misool’s Scenic Views

Discover Misool’s maze of towering rocks, cliffs, and hidden lagoons.

  • Day 5: Melissa’s Garden Dive Site

Dive at Melissa’s Garden, a kaleidoscope of colorful coral reefs teeming with life.

  • Day 6: Wayag Island

Visit Wayag Island to see mushroom-shaped islets and pristine white sand beaches.

  • Day 7: Yanggefo Mangroves

Explore the lush mangroves of Yanggefo, contrasting vibrant forests with crystal-clear waters.

  • Day 8: Arborek Village

Visit Arborek Village, known for its friendly locals, and explore dive sites like Manta Sandy and Sauwandarek Jetty.

  • Day 9: Red Bird of Paradise

See the rare Red Bird of Paradise and explore a World War II plane wreck underwater or swim with manta rays.

  • Day 10: Kali Biru

Take a speedboat to Kali Biru for a refreshing swim in crystal-clear freshwater, surrounded by stunning natural beauty.

  • Day 11: Return to Sorong

After a final breakfast and farewell, return to Sorong. Our team will safely escort you to the airport or your hotel.

Personalized Raja Ampat Tour 

Customized Raja Ampat Tour Itinerary - Komodo Luxury

In addition to the mentioned itineraries, Komodo Luxury offers customized Raja Ampat tour itineraries tailored to your needs and preferences. Whether you want a snorkeling tour, scuba diving, honeymoon, or an intimate moment with friends and family in Raja Ampat, we can create the perfect tour for you. Feel free to discuss your desires with our tour specialists, and we will prepare the best journey for you.

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, 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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