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How to Get to Raja Ampat from Singapore

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Are you planning an escape that combines natural beauty and adventure? We recommend that you explore the last paradise, Raja Ampat. You’ll be amazed by the stunning scenery surrounding it, and you won’t be sorry to see it. 

If you are in Singapore and wondering how to reach this remote paradise, this comprehensive guide will walk you through every journey from Singapore to Raja Ampat.  

Where is Raja Ampat 

Raja Ampat is a hidden gem often hailed as the last paradise on Earth and is a dream destination for many travelers. Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle in Southwest Papua, Indonesia, this island is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and rich marine biodiversity. 

This remote island is situated off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in Southwest Papua and is home to over 1,500 small islands. In local languages, Raja Ampat means “The Four Kings” and refers to its four big islands: Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta.

Raja Ampat is known as the paradise for divers, as it is home to the most diverse and abundant marine life in the world. This makes it an attractive destination for those passionate about nature and love exploring the underwater world.

Read More Ultimate Guide for the Best Time to Dive Raja Ampat for Foreigners

From Singapore to Raja Ampat

Due to the archipelago’s remoteness, getting to Raja Ampat from Singapore can be quite a journey. It involves several stages of travel, including a flight to Indonesia, a domestic flight, and a boat tour. Understanding the best way to get to this untouched paradise is crucial. Here is a step-by-step guide to the journey from Singapore to Raja Ampat, ensuring your adventure starts smoothly. 

The straight-line distance between Singapore and Raja Ampat, Indonesia, is around 2,800 kilometers (roughly 1,740 miles). Nonetheless, the distance traveled may differ significantly depending on the chosen route.  

Besides that, Raja Ampat and Singapore are located close to each other, but there is a slight time difference between the two. Raja Ampat is one hour ahead of Singapore. 

1. Take a Flight to Raja Ampat

The journey to Raja Ampat begins with finding a flight from Singapore to Sorong, the gateway to the archipelago. Sorong is the largest province in Southwest Papua and is the first stop for travelers exploring Raja Ampat.  

While there are no direct flights, several airlines offer routes with one to two stopovers. Here is the flight option you can choose from. 

A. Singapore [SIN] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] via Makassar with Scoot + Lion Air

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Singapore Changi Airport at 07:55 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] at 06:10 a day later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 21 hours and 15 minutes, including one stop at Makassar Hasanuddin Airport [UPG]. 
  • Estimated cost: This route will cost you approximately SGD 282.99.

B. Singapore [SIN] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] via Jakarta with Garuda Indonesia

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Singapore Changi Airport at 12:20 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok at 06:15 a day later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 16 hours and 55 minutes, including one stop at Jakarta Soekarno Hatta Airport [CGK].
  • Estimated cost: This route will cost you approximately SGD 426.70.

C. Singapore [SIN] to Domine Eduard Osok [SOQ] via Bali with Garuda Indonesia

  • Outbound flight: Depart from Singapore Changi Airport at 11:15 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok at 06:15 a day later.
  • Details of flight: This flight takes around 18 hours, including one stop at Bali Ngurah Rai Airport [DPS].
  • Estimated cost: This route will cost you approximately SGD 787.40.

2. Boat Tour to Raja Ampat 

Upon arriving at Sorong Airport, you must connect your journey to Waisai, located on Waigeo Island, Southwest Papua. This city is the entry point for travelers visiting the rest of the archipelago. You can reach the city by taking a boat tour from Sorong Harbor. 

You can take a taxi from the airport to the harbor, which takes around 10 to 20 minutes. It will cost you approximately IDR 100,000 or SGD 8.60. Then, from the harbor, you have two primary transportation choices.

1. Ferry 

The most common transportation choice from Sorong to Waisai is the public ferry. This option is less speedy but budget-friendly. Ferries usually run twice daily, on weekdays at 09:00 AM and 02:00 PM and on Saturdays at 09:00 AM and 12:00 PM. This trip takes approximately two to three hours. 

2. Speedboat 

Speedboats are faster than the public ferry but usually more expensive. This option is favored by travelers seeking a more immediate and direct passage. Speedboats are known for their speed and efficiency and are the choice for those seeking a faster journey. 

Once you arrive in Waisai, you can explore the stunning beauty of Raja Ampat by taking the Raja Ampat Boat Tour. Many travel agents offer a tour of this island, so ensure you choose from reputable and registered tour operators. 

To simplify your journey, consider organizing a boat tour of Raja Ampat, such as the ones provided by KomodoLuxury. When exploring the beautiful Raja Ampat region, you can choose from two cruising options: Private Speedboat or Private Phinisi Packages. These packages are customized to meet your specific requirements and preferences.

Take advantage of the opportunity to have a liveaboard experience with Phinisi boats while cruising the Raja Ampat. KomodoLuxury provides qualified crews who will guide you through exotic panoramas, glamorous nature attractions, and diverse biodiversity.  

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Entry Permits Raja Ampat 

Before visiting and exploring Raja Ampat, you must 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 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

Ready to escape to the last paradise with KomodoLuxury? Book now and get ready to explore Raja Ampat in ultimate luxury and style! 

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