How to Get to Raja Ampat from France

It’s an unforgettable experience to get from France to Raja Ampat. Many travelers around the world dream of visiting Raja Ampat because of its breathtaking landscapes and rich marine biodiversity. 

Since Raja Ampat is remote and quite difficult to reach, you’ll need to have a clear understanding of how to get there if you plan to visit. The following is a complete guide on how to reach Raja Ampat from France in order to help you make the most of your trip.

Where is Raja Ampat

The Indonesian archipelago’s easternmost island, Raja Ampat, is located in Southwest Papua. It consists of approximately 1,500 small islands, most of which are uninhabited. The name Raja Ampat translates to “The Four Kings” in Bahasa Indonesia, which refers to four main islands: Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo, and Misool.

As part of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich marine biodiversity. Diverse species of fish live on this fascinating island, along with teeming coral reefs and a variety of marine creatures. Thus, Raja Ampat is one of the best dive spots in the world.

From France to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat’s remoteness makes getting there from France quite a challenge, but memorable. The journey involves several stages, including a flight to Indonesia, a flight to Sorong, and a sailing to Raja Ampat. 

There is a considerable distance between France and Raja Ampat, Indonesia, depending on where you start from and where you finish. It would take you approximately 12,000 to 13,000 kilometers (about 7,500 to 8,000 miles) to travel from Paris, France to Sorong, Raja Ampat. The following step-by-step guide will help you get started on your journey from France to Raja Ampat.

1. Take a Flight to Raja Ampat 

It is important to note that there are no direct flights from France to Raja Ampat. In this case, you must go to Sorong, Southwest Papua, where Domine Eduard Osok Airport is located as it is the nearest airport to Raja Ampat. The airport is located in Sorong, Raja Ampat’s capital, and is the first gateway to Raja Ampat. You can choose from the following flight options to get the best flight to Sorong. 

A. Charles de Gaulle Airport [CDG] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] via Dubai 

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Charles De Gaulle at 11:25 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok at 06:15 a day later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 35 hours and 50 minutes, including 3 stopovers at Dubai [CXB], Kuala Lumpur [KUL], and Soekarno Hatta Airport [CGK].
  • Estimated cost: This route is operated by Emirates + Garuda Indonesia and will cost you approximately EUR 1,176.

B. Charles de Gaulle Airport [CDG] to Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] via Abu Dhabi 

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Charles De Gaulle at 10:20 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok at 06:15 a day later. 
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 36 hours and 55 minutes, including 3 stops at Zayed [AUH], Kuala Lumpur [KUL], and Soekarno Hatta [CGK].
  • Estimated cost: This route is operated by Etihad + Garuda Indonesia and will cost you approximately 1,284

C. Charles de Gaulle Airport [CDG] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] via Singapore

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Charles De Gaulle at 11:15 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok at 06:15 two days later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 36 hours, including three stopovers at Changi [SIN], Kuala Lumpur [KUL], and Soekarno Hatta Airport [CGK].
  • Estimated cost: This route is operated by Singapore Airlines + Garuda Indonesia and will cost you approximately EUR 1,798. 

Please ensure your baggage weight is within the Indonesian Airplane Regulations before flying from Malaysia to Raja Ampat. Airlines usually allow you to carry a maximum of 20 kg of standard flight baggage and a 7 kg cabin bag.

2. Boat Tour to Raja Ampat 

For those arriving at Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong, it is necessary to connect to Sorong port to reach Waisai City. It typically takes about 10 to 20 minutes to reach the Sorong Port by taxi from the airport, and it typically costs about USD 5.86. There are two main ways to reach Waisai City from the Sorong Port.

1. Ferry

As a result of their cost-effectiveness, ferry transportation is the most common method of transportation to reach Waisai. Despite the ferries’ slow speed, they offer breathtaking views of the sea along the way. Ferries run from 09:00 to 14:00 during the week and from 09:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays.

2. Speedboat 

The fastest way to get to Waisai is by speedboat. Speedboats are highly coveted because of their speed and efficiency. It’s important to know that speedboats are limited at Sorong Port. 

Important:

People often use the above routes to visit Raja Ampat’s capital city for daily activities such as fishing and meeting with family. We recommend booking a tour well in advance if you wish to visit Raja Ampat’s top tourist attractions or its best diving or snorkeling spots.

Read More Paradise Gateway: From Sorong to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Tour: How to Find the Best Tour 

Attention! Raja Ampat is a remote and difficult-to-reach place, so book your tour package with a certified operator well in advance. 

For travelers who are unsure which tour operator to choose, the KomodoLuxury tour company offers the best vacation in Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park. With KomodoLuxury, you can customize your private Raja Ampat tour to explore the island’s natural beauty. 

Banner Raja Ampat Tour packages

If you book Raja Ampat Tour Packages with KomodoLuxury, you will receive the following perks and benefits:

  • A tour guide will pick you up at the Domine Eduard Osok airport, and you will begin your exploration of Raja Ampat from Sorong.
  • A speedboat is already included in the tour package, so you don’t have to find it at the port.
  • A local expert guide will accompany you throughout the tour to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free experience.

Raja Ampat Entry Permit 

Before visiting Raja Ampat and exploring the island, you will need an entry permit. There is a Raja Ampat Marine Park Authority office on Waisai where visitors can purchase the “Kartu TLPJL.” card.  In addition to the entry fee, there are the following conditions: 

  • Visitors from abroad: IDR 700,000 (USD 44.52)
  • Citizens of Indonesia: IDR 425,000 (USD 27.03).
  • Permits are not required for children under 12 years old.
  • Permits are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Are you ready to start an exciting adventure by exploring Raja Ampat with Komodoluxury? You can get in touch with us anytime. We are ready to aid you in turning your dream vacation into a reality!

Ready to experience Komodoluxury’s exciting journey through Raja Ampat? Our team is ready to assist you at any time. Count on us to help you plan the vacation of your dreams!

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