From Komodo to Raja Ampat: Your Adventure Awaits

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Indonesia boasts two popular tourist destinations that attract travelers from around the globe: Komodo Island and Raja Ampat. Both destinations offer a holiday experience that combines natural beauty with thrilling adventure. Imagine continuing your journey from encountering the iconic Komodo dragon to exploring the rich biodiversity of Raja Ampat. For those looking to travel from Komodo to Raja Ampat, this guide will be your ticket to an exciting journey. Are you ready for a new adventure? 

Where is Raja Ampat

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Raja Ampat is an archipelago located at the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in Southwest Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost region. Much like Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat comprises four main islands surrounded by 1,500 smaller islands, cays, and shoals. Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat boasts the richest marine biodiversity in the world.

The underwater life in Raja Ampat is breathtaking. You’ll find colorful coral gardens teeming with small fish, see predatory fish darting around, and encounter unique marine animals such as the Wobbegong Shark. With its rich marine biodiversity, Raja Ampat is a paradise for divers worldwide and has been designated as one of the Global Geoparks by UNESCO.

Read more: Is It Worth Going to Raja Ampat?

How to Get to Raja Ampat to Komodo Island

Traveling from Komodo Island to Raja Ampat is a slightly long but an exciting journey. Both destinations are remote and require several travel steps to reach. Knowing your route in advance can make the trip much smoother. Here’s how to get to Raja Ampat from Komodo Island.

Flight to Raja Ampat 

The distance between Komodo Island and Raja Ampat is quite far and varies depending on the route chosen. However, it is approximately 1,975 km, making air travel the most efficient option. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reach Raja Ampat from Komodo Island.

If you are still in the Komodo Island or Komodo National Park area, your first step is to travel to Labuan Bajo. From there, you can fly from Komodo Airport to the nearest airport to Raja Ampat, Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong. Note that there are no direct flights, but several airlines offer connecting flights with stopovers in major cities. Here are some flight options to consider:

A. Komodo Airport [LBJ] to Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] via Jakarta

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Komodo Island – Jakarta – Raja Ampat Map
  • Flight details: Depart from Komodo Airport at 15:40 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] at 06:40 the following day. 
  • Duration: This flight takes about 14 hours, including one stopover at Soekarno-Hatta Airport [CGK] in Jakarta at 17:00.
  • Estimated cost: This flight is operated by Batik Air and it will cost approximately USD 270. 

B. Komodo Airport [LBJ] to Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] via Bali and Makassar 

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Komodo Island – Bali – Makassar – Raja Ampat Map
  • Flight details: Depart from Komodo Airport at 13:35 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] at 06:10 the following day.
  • Duration: This flight takes about 15 hours and 35 minutes, including 2 stopovers at Ngurah Rai Airport [DPS] in Bali at 14:55 and Hasanuddin Airport [UPG] in Makassar at 17:45. 
  • Estimated cost: This flight route is operated by Batik Air and Lion Air, and it will cost you approximately USD 321. 

C. Komodo Airport [LBJ] to Domine Eduard Osok Airport [SOQ] via Jakarta and Makassar

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Komodo Island – Jakarta – Makassar – Raja Ampat Map
  • Flight details: Depart from Komodo Airport at 11:30 and arrive at Domine Eduard Osok Airport at 06:10 the following day. 
  • Duration: This flight takes about 17 hours and 40 minutes, including 2 stopovers at Soekarno Hatta Airport [CGK] in Jakarta at 12:45 and Hasanuddin Airport [UPG] in Makassar at 02:55. 
  • Estimated cost: This flight route is operated by Batik Air and Lion Air, and it will cost you approximately USD 367. 

Please note!

Flight schedules and prices are subject to change depending on departure date and season. Be sure to check prices regularly on trusted OTAs. 

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Sorong to Raja Ampat 

After landing at Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong, you must continue your journey to Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat, by sea from Sorong Port. Taxis are readily available at the airport to take you to Sorong Port, with fares typically around USD 5.86, depending on the season. The ride takes approximately 10 to 20 minutes, depending on traffic.

Upon arrival at Sorong Port, you have two main transportation options to reach Waisai on Waigeo Island:

1. Ferry 

The ferry is the most commonly used mode of transportation to reach Waisai. Though slower, it offers a cost-effective solution with stunning views along the way. Ferries operate daily, usually sailing twice a day. The journey takes about 2 to 3 hours, depending on the weather. Be sure to check the ferry departure schedule in advance to plan your trip accordingly. 

2. Speedboat

For a faster journey, speedboats are the way to go. They are valued for their speed and efficiency, though they are more expensive than ferries. Keep in mind that speedboat availability at Sorong Port is limited, so it’s essential to check the schedule and availability before departure.

Please Note!

The route described above is commonly used by those visiting Waisai for daily activities. If you are visiting Raja Ampat to explore its beautiful destinations, we highly recommend joining a Raja Ampat liveaboard tour. Raja Ampat consists of many islands that are spread out and can only be reached by boat, making a liveaboard the most convenient and comprehensive way to experience the area.

Read more: Paradise Gateway: From Sorong to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Tour: How to Find the Best Tour

Just like Komodo National Park, Raja Ampat is a remote archipelago consisting of many islands spread far apart. Due to this, only a boat can explore Raja Ampat. The best way to truly experience Raja Ampat is by joining a Raja Ampat liveaboard tour.

Make sure you choose a trusted and experienced tour operator to ensure your trip meets your expectations. If you’re unsure which tour operator to choose, consider Komodo Luxury. With over 9 years of experience, Komodo Luxury provides exceptional holiday experiences in both Raja Ampat and Komodo National Park.

Benefits of Choosing Raja Ampat tour package by Komodo Luxury:

  • Convenient Pickup: Our tour guide will pick you up in Sorong city, whether at the airport, pier, or terminal.
  • Included Speedboat: Our Raja Ampat tour packages include a speedboat, so you won’t have to worry about finding one.
  • Expert Guidance: Our local expert guide will accompany you throughout the journey, ensuring a comfortable and hassle-free experience.

We offer private Raja Ampat liveaboard tours that provide customizable and personalized journeys tailored to your preferences. Experience the intimacy of our private tours with a boat reserved just for you.

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