Calico Jack Liveaboard invites you to spend the upcoming New Year’s Eve in style, surrounded by the stunning marine wonders of Raja Ampat. And the best part is? You can enjoy a 10% discount on a 12-day, 11-night Raja Ampat Full Park Dive Trip. The trip will start from December 29, 2023, to January 9, 2024. Get ready to dive into 2024 with a splash!
Calico Jack Liveaboard offers a dive trip that provides you with enough time to explore the beauty of Raja Ampat both above and under the water. With more than 200 dive sites to choose from, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The trip includes three dives per day, as well as night dive. Calico Jack offers you a chance to discover the wonders of Raja Ampat during the day and night. In between dives, you can enjoy the stunning landscapes, go kayaking, or relax on pristine beaches.
- Departure: 29th December – 9th January 2023
- Trip Start/Finish: Sorong
- Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
- Dive: up to 30 dives
Cabins Price & Availability
- One spot left in a Twin Shared Cabin (with female guest) USD 3960, save 10% from
- Day 1: Embarkation in Sorong
- After a short transfer in the morning to the harbour from Sorong Airport or your hotel, you will be welcome onboard the Anne Bonny liveaboard. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, diving operations, and life onboard. We will aim to depart by 11 am (or when the last guest is onboard) and cruise through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool, for approximately 12 hours.
- Day 2 (3 dives): Balbulol
- (No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock) Schools of pretax, snapper and bump head parrotfish can be found at these dive sites, including barracudas and jacks surrounding the pinnacles. You will spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside a narrow bay enclosed by towering rocks. We will take the dinghies to explore another lagoon located further into the rocks, and as night falls, you will see and hear the magnificent Palm Cockatoos roosting along the rainforest edges.
- Day 3 (3 dives + 1 night dive): Boo Island
- (Shadow Reef, Jamur Boo, Yellit Kecil or Besar) + Night Dive Shadow Reef, also known as Magic Mountain, is one of the top-rated diving sites in Raja Ampat. An offshore pinnacle with a long and narrow ridge, shoals of bannerfish, pyramid butterfly and yellow snappers can be seen cavorting on top of the ridge, persistently stalked by giant trevallies orange-spotted jacks & longnose emperors. The ridge goes progressively down, with yellowtail barracudas patrolling the upper sector and white tip and grey reef sharks found nestled under the large coral tables. At the end of the peninsular is a cleaning station where oceanic manta rays come to be cleaned from parasites by wrasse and other reef fish.
- Boo Rock or Jamur Boo is known for the “windows” or rounded openings on the end of the largest rock that completely pierce the reef from the surface down to five meters deep. Although the two rocks appear separate from the surface, they are in fact connected underwater by a magnificent reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish. Reef sharks, parrotfish, surgeonfish, schooling batfish, fusiliers, snappers and moray eels are all found here, as well as a wide variety of nudibranchs, unicornfish, octopus and green turtles.
- Yellit Kecil’s (whilst sharing all of the attributes of its neighboring sites) main characteristic is the large number of nembrotha nudibranchs that can be observed on the ridge.
- Day 4 (3 dives + 1 night dive): Wayilbatan
- The Wayilbatan area offers impressive dive sites with a remarkable range of marine diversity and topography. At Wedding Cake, schools of batfish, trevallies, barracuda and pygmy seahorses congregate. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to take in the scenic landscapes with some kayaking and paddle boarding amongst the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the region. Four Kings dive site comprises four underwater pinnacles covered in soft coral and colourful tunicates. You can swim from one rock to the next, enjoying the soft corals, psychedelic colours and abundant fish life. Be sure to look out for turtles here.
- Day 5 (3 Dives): Pulau Fiabcet
- Fiabcet Island in Misool beckons divers to an enchanting underwater paradise.with its 3 famous dive sites Nudi Rock, Tank Rock and Whale Rock you will immerse yourself in its vibrant coral gardens, where a symphony of vibrant fish swirls among the reefs. Witness the grace of manta rays as they glide effortlessly through the crystalline waters. With its awe-inspiring biodiversity and mesmerizing marine life, Fiabcet Island truly epitomizes a diver’s utopia.
- Day 6 (3 dives): Yilliet and Wagmab
- Yillet Misool’s dive sites offer a kaleidoscope of vibrant coral gardens, bustling with diverse marine life, from majestic manta rays and sharks to playful dolphins and curious turtles. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of these remote and untouched underwater havens. Goa Besar, situated south of Farondi, consists of superficial shelved gardens of yellow-coloured soft corals, wall tops blanketed with plate corals, leather corals, yellow and purple sea squirts, and rounded hollows filled with coral shrubberies, sponges and red ornamental ghost pipefish. Tunnels in the caves collide with green soft coral trees and sponges, and house night-time snapper and sweetlips. Late in the afternoon after your third dive, we will depart North and set sail for an overnight cruise to Penemu Island; a navigation of approximately 12 hours.
- Day 7 (3 dives): Penemu Island
- Early in the morning, we will arrive at Penemu’s My Reef dive site where you will enjoy one of the largest populations of fish in the area. This site is very impressive, particularly when the current is strong. After breakfast, you will dive Melissa’s Garden; the most well-known site in the region, famous for its extensive and healthy hard coral reefs as well as Galaxy; a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon after your third dive, you will take a short boat tour to Penemu and walk up to the famous viewpoint above Penem’s star-shaped lagoons (Piaynemo Raja Ampat). Here, you will have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset and dinner onboard.
- Day 8 (3 dives): Wofo
- We start the day with early navigation to the Wofo Island area, the most northern point of our cruise. In the morning, you will dive at Wofo’s the Black Forest, a stunning dive traversing the deep black fan landscape rising to a beautiful and pristine shallow reef. The second dive is at Wofo Tembok (a wall dive) and finally Teman Wofo. The evening will be spent on the beach experiencing one of Calico Jack’s famous beach BBQ parties, where you relax on our giant bean bags under the stars, explore the beach and meet the local hermit crabs.
- Day 9 (3 dives): Gam, Yangeffo
- An early morning’s navigation brings us to the stunning Mangrove Anchorage in the passage of Gam and Yangeffo. Here you will find some of the most stunning dive sites in West Waigeo: Citrus Ridge, Mayhem and Way Pretty Shallow. In the right conditions, you can expect some of the highest voltage diving in Raja Ampat, with currents bringing massive schools of barracudas, three species of fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, and bump heads parrotfish, wobbegongs, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.
- Day 10 (3 dives): Arborek
- After awakening within the mangroves, we will make the short journey to dive at Arborek, a hard coral sea-mount with an extremely diverse range of sea life when the currents are strong. From here we dive at one of the most reliable Manta ray congregation spots in all of Raja Ampat, the famous cleaning station, Manta Sandy. It is easy to spend a whole day observing these majestic creatures as they somersault through the water, feeding on plankton and being cleaned by several species of wrasse and butterfly fish. In the afternoon we’ll make our way to Sawandarek in Dampier Strait, where you will visit the local village and see the traditional way of life for these island people, before enjoying a night dive at the Sawandarek Pier. In the shallows, the posts at Sawandarek Pier are covered in soft corals, with pipefish and cuttlefish dwelling deeper below. On the reef, giant clams nestle among soft corals, which also provide shelter for hermit crabs,flatworms and skeleton shrimp.
- Day 11 (2 dives): Dampier Straight
- The final dives will be in the morning at Cape Kri and Sardine reef where you will discover some of the largest concentrations of big fish in Raja Ampat. Large schools of trevallies, barracudas, annerfish, sweetlips, tuna and snappers congregate on these sites. Large grey reef sharks can also be seen. In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s stunning secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong where you will arrive later in the evening.
- Day 12: Disembarkation in Sorong
- After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewell and transport you either to your hotel or airport.
Note: All schedules are subject to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.
Make your reservations today, and let’s dive into 2024 together in the stunning waters of Raja Ampat!