La Galigo: 9% Discount on 9D8N South Raja Ampat | Jan 20 – 28

Destination: Raja Ampat
Departure date: January 20, 2024
From: Sorong
Arrival date: January 28, 2024
To: Sorong
Regular price: 4275 USD / Person
Promotion price: 3890 USD / Person

La Galigo 9th years celebration! La Galigo offers 9% discount on an unforgettable 9D8N liveaboard trip through the mesmerizing South Raja Ampat from January 20 to 28. Embark on a journey like never before as you explore the rich marine biodiversity of South Raja Ampat. This region is renowned for its vibrant coral reefs, diverse marine life, and crystal-clear waters. From breathtaking drop-offs to thrilling drift dives, every subaquatic moment promises to be a spectacle.

Trip Details

  • Departure: 20th January – 28th January 2024
  • Trip Start/Finish: Sorong
  • Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
  • Dive: up to 24 dives
  • Diving Experienced Required: Open Water – 40 minimum logged dives

Cabins Price

  • USD 3,890 per person instead of USD 4,275

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Itinerary

  • Day 1: Sorong to Waisai:
    Day one starts with your pickup from either your hotel or the airport. Heading to Sorong Port. Enjoy welcome drink. After you have been shown to your rooms and unpacked your luggage, itʼs time for a welcome briefing before we have some lunch, then you have some time to relax, and then onwards to our first dive of the trip. Our ‘welcome diveʼ is usually conducted at the nearby island of Saonek Kecil. The waters are generally calm, and it is a perfect spot to get the diving going. After the checkout dive, you can get nice and comfortable in your new surroundings and get excited about the first full day of diving tomorrow.
  • Day 2: Dampier Strait:
    Whilst in the central Dampier Strait we will conduct 4 dives. This is what we typically aim for in a day throughout the trip, although some days are a little different as the number of dives may be reduced by doing a land tour or having to do a large crossing from one region to another (Raja Ampat is a big place!). The typical schedule is morning dive, breakfast, mid-morning dive, lunch, afternoon dive, afternoon snack, night dive, and dinner…. DIVE, EAT, SLEEP REPEAT! One of the top dive sites in this area is Blue Magic Dive Site, home to majestic Oceanic Manta Rays, and other large pelagics such as Spanish Mackerel and Bigeye Trevally. Next up is one of the Dampier Straitʼs highlights, we will head to the nearby island of Mioskon Dive Site, to dive into its spectacularly colorful reef with an assortment of large bommies encrusted with hard and soft corals.
    Next up, Cape Kri Dive Site, arguably the top house reef in the world, was made famous by Raja Ampat pioneer Max Ammer. A booming current-driven site where you can see pelagics hunt as you float leisurely nestled in the reef above on a reef hook. The other dive site we will be visiting tonight is a dive on Kri Islandʼs south coast, in Yenbuba Villageʼs Jetty Dive Site. An amazing array of fish has populated this area, both under the jetty pylons and amongst the hard coral garden that protrudes down the slope past it. This will be our anchor point for the night as you soak in the stunning sunset views with the islands of Waigeo and Gam in the distant, fiery horizon.
  • Day 3: Pianemo (A.K.A. Penemu):
    Melissaʼs Garden Dive Site is undoubtedly the top dive in this area, with a staggering number of coral and fish species packed into this small piece of marine real estate. It gets its name from an amazing hard coral garden situated on a reef between 3 small islands. Its beauty needs to be seen to be believed. Another one of the places we may visit today is the Keruo Channel Dive Site. A great gentle drift dive down a mini wall and slope on the edge of Keru Island. One of the other favorites we often visit in this area is the Batu Rufus Dive Site. This dramatic dive site has a 40m plus drop-off wall to the blue. Amazing views when you sit at 20 meters depth and look up and down at the stark landscape you are floating between. The iconic limestone pinnacles have become as much a part of the Raja Ampat experience as the diving has, and Pianemo lagoon/lookout is just one of many such stunning formations. The best time to hike this hill is late afternoon when the temperature has dropped and the lighting starts to turn golden, but the rewards for climbing are well worth it.
  • Day 4: Batanta
    On day 4 we will head to a lesser-known corner of Raja Ampat, an area known as Dayang, at the western end of Batanta island. The Dayang Dive Site takes place over a shallow, sandy reef which is actually a magnet for Manta Rays, which come to this area to feed as well as conduct routine visits to their “cleaning stations” or “manta spa” (ask our Cruise Director to tell you about this fascinating aspect of their behavior). This is still a bit of a new area for diving itineraries in Raja Ampat as this cleaning station was only discovered a few years ago so for those coming back for a second round at Raja Ampat this may be new.In the afternoon as you relax, we will set sail for the southern islands of Raja Ampat, the biggest crossing of the trip will have you waking up tomorrow morning in Misool.
  • Day 5: Wayil – Misool
    Misool is a huge island, with an overwhelming multitude of smaller, satellite island clusters. There are in fact numerous “regions” within this area itself. If being surrounded by limestone pinnacles does not instill in you a sense of awe, doing a night dive amongst these towering peaks surely will! Today we will show you the dive sites around Wayil, where you will undoubtedly experience the feeling of being far, far away from the rest of civilization An outstanding selection of dive sites are located fairly close to each other in Wayil, one of which is the blockbuster Four Kings Dive Site, a group of towering pinnacles which are almost too large to circumnavigate in a single dive, which also happens to attract giant Oceanic Manta Rays. Giant Trevally, Napoleon Wrasse, and large Snapper are all often found here. Another favorite we will dive into is Barracuda Rock Dive Site, a pinnacle with an unusual underwater cavern, which is also home to a patrolling tribe of schooling Barracuda. Neptuneʼs Sea Fan Dive Site is another great spot we regularly visit here, it gets its name from the vast number of Gorgonian Sea fans on the site.
  • Day 6: Fiabacet/Boo – Misool
    One of our dives today is at the iconic Boo Window Dive Site. Unique in topography, the reef has window-like swim-throughs and a great chance for some wide-angle photos. Secret: the sea fans here often conceal Pygmy Seahorses! Anchovy Dive Site is one of my personal favorites on this day. An explosive dive site where you can see schools of Mobula Rays dart in amongst schools of anchovies, scattering them for just long enough for you to have a window through the reef to the circling Mantas feeding on the other side. Nudi Rock Dive Site is also included in todayʼs itinerary, an iconic south Raja Ampat site with a rock on the surface that is an uncanny resemblance to a Nudibranch, and amazing colors of coral and abundant marine life in the current swept depth below the surface.
  • Day 7: Warakaraket – Misool
    The diving in this part of Misool is filled with the pristine coral life in the heart of Misool and Giant Manta Rays, close to the Eco Resort. Whale Rock Dive Site and Tank Rock Dive Site are both abundant in beautiful soft coral and schools of fish, and conditions and logistics with Misool Eco Resort will decide which of the sites are dived. Weather permitting due to its open ocean location, we will dive Shadow Reef Dive Site (a.k.a. Karang Bayangan/Magic Mountain), undoubtedly the blockbuster dive site in this remote corner of Raja Ampat, located in the unprotected southern waters of Misool. You can often find huge Manta Rays gliding across this incredibly ‘hard to beatʼ dive site.
  • Day 8: Daram
    On the penultimate day of the trip, we will start at Andiamo Dive Site. Another spectacular site to end your southern Raja Ampat journey. Here you will see Pygmy seahorse, hunting Giant Trevallies, and Barracuda galore. The final dive of your trip will conclude at Warna Berwarna Dive Site, you can expect lots of sea fans, schooling Fusiliers, and Bumphead Parrot Fish. Our journey to Sorong may take around 18 hours depending on currents and prevailing weather conditions. But after an incredible trip, our crew will make sure youʼre comfortable while they prepare a night of food, song, and dance to party the night away with you while we set sail for Sorong.
  • Day 9: Disembarking in Sorong
    La Galigo will be anchored up in the morning around 5:00 A.M. in Sorong, in preparation for you to catch your flight, or check in to your hotel. Guests are welcome to stay onboard until 11:00 A.M., and our staff will assist you with transportation to your desired location. After breakfast, guests may also take the time to exchange photos and swap contact details to keep in touch with new friends and dive buddies!

Note: All schedules are subject to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.

Secure your spot now and don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the wonders of South Raja Ampat with fellow diving enthusiasts!

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About The La Galigo

La Galigo offers trips to renowned diving spots like Komodo and Raja Ampat. The liveaboard was built with comfort and a diving lifestyle in mind. It fosters a family-friendly atmosphere and focuses on providing fun, comfort, and exceptional value for money on all trips.

Learn more about La Galigo

La Galigo Liveaboard, is a traditional phinisi that craftsmen from Southern Sulawesi in Bira built in 2012. The hull is made from ‘Iron Wood’ and the interiors are finished in tropical teak, weighing over 169 gross tons. The latter is designed and managed with comfort and practicality in mind, featuring a dive platform at the rear and cabins with en-suite facilities and stunning sea views. Furthermore, the engine room is soundproofed to reduce noise and promote better sleep. You can choose from 7 cabins with 3 different class types (Deluxe, Master, Suite), accommodating up to 14 people.

The Cabins

Deluxe Cabins

The lower deck cabins feature an American-style deep spring bed that can be converted into twin beds upon request. Also, each of the cabins has its private ensuite, equipped with hot fresh showers and climate control.

Master Cabins

The main deck master cabins offer a stunning view and direct access to the sun deck. They also feature an American-style deep spring bed that can be adjusted to double or twin beds. Each of the master cabins comes with its private en-suite, furnished with hot freshwater showers.

Suite

For the ultimate liveaboard experience, you can opt for the grand suite, which is the premium accommodation available on board. The suite boasts a spacious double bedroom, an extra large en-suite, and a private balcony with 270-degree views. Additionally, it includes a private lounge room with a couch, a 48” full HD TV, and a private fridge.

Dining, Relaxation, and Safety on board

La Galigo Liveaboard caters to your requirements and offers various dining options. Enjoy buffet meals, snacks, vegetarian options, but ask for vegan options in advance. Furthermore, you can enjoy drinks and snacks throughout the day.

Relax and unwind after a day of activities on the boat’s ample space, including a large restaurant/bar and a 48″ full HD TV. Enjoy the library of movies, books, and games. Additionally, you can sunbathe on the sundeck or find respite from the heat in shaded areas. Stay safe with industry-standard safety equipment and trained crew members in first aid.

Itineraries, Diving & other Activities aboard La Galigo

La Galigo offers the Jurassic Komodo and Ultimate Komodo itineraries. These options provide a range of marine life encounters, from shallow coral reefs to deep seamounts. Or, if you’re seeking the remote beauty of West Papua, the Diving Raja Ampat South itinerary is for you, with opportunities to see mantas and sharks up close. La Galigo provides fixed itineraries in Komodo and Raja Ampat. However, they can also accommodate requests to venture into other areas of Indonesia.

Whether you’re interested in snorkeling, scuba diving, birdwatching, free diving, or any other adventure, La Galigo can help you customize your trip. Indonesia’s natural beauty and over 17,000 islands offer endless possibilities for exploration. Bear in mind, you must have diving certification from recognized agencies such as PADI, NAUI, SSI, BSAC, and if you haven’t dived in a year, you must take a refresher course.

What’s in the package?

Included on the Package:

  • VAT
  • Transfers/pick up from the airport
  • All meals and post-dive treats, tea, coffee, water, and juice
  • Accommodation
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Tanks
  • Weights/Weight belts
  • DSMB with reel rental
  • Reef hook rental
  • Dive computer rental
  • Dive guide service

Excluded on the Package:

  • Flight tickets/travel & transfer from airport to hotel
  • Dive and repatriation insurance (can be arranged)
  • Visa fee/Airport tax and extra baggage fees
  • Ranger and Marine Park fees/Rangers fees (on-land activity): Raja Ampat North $190/pax, Raja Ampat South $220/pax, Ultimate Raja Ampat $285.pax, Jurassic Komodo $160/pax, Ultimate Komodo $190/pax
  • Dive rental equipment $35USD/pax/day, Nitrox $25USD/pax/day (paid onboard)
  • Dive courses and certification (price on application)
  • Beer, soft drinks, and snack package
  • Fuel surcharges** (based on market price, you may be asked to pay an extra fuel allowance up to 60 days before departure, and not more than $150USD/pax)
  • Tips (prefer in local currency)
  • La Galigo Merchandise

About The La Galigo

Maximum passengers: 14
Number of cabins: 7

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