2016’s First Trip: Raja Ampat – Dream Comes True

Who would think I finally landed at my dream islands? Well, not only wandering around the islands, but for 12 days?

Just like what old people say: “No matter when or how, keep the dream.”

Some trip organizers offer 4 or 5-day trip for each package of Wayag (North Raja Ampat) or Misool (South Raja Ampat) with price ranges Idr 5-10 mio /pax (air tickets excluded), but I combined both to a package with only Idr 12 mio including air tickets. Of course it was cheap, it was a shared cost with other 8-10 people that I knew from a local backpacker forum. They are 2 dentists and a doctor that flied from Saumlaki thru Ambon, a doctor from Biak, and 3 guys from Jakarta.

The route was Sorong – Misool – Sorong – Waisai – Sorong. Yeah, it started and ended in Sorong.

In the past, people had to take connecting flights via Makassar, Ambon or other cities to reach Sorong. But now there are Nam Air and Express Air that operate direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong with fare around Idr 2.5mio – 5mio for a round-trip ticket. It’s cheaper if you would take kapal PELNI (ferry)  from Ambon but with several days of the sailing time.

So why would you wait? Arrange your own trip with several travelmates if you want to travel on budget. Private trip can be arranged with the help of trip organisers. Please leave a comment if you need references or information.

Taking sunblock with you is definitely a must!

 

SOUTH RAJA AMPAT

Different from Waisai, until last month there was no public express boat to Misool. But some visitors can rent a private speed boats, and the resorts can arrange private pick-up or drop-off. We reached Misool pier on Tuesday morning by express ferry KM Fajar Bahari after sailing for around 8 hours from Sorong (it started to sail around midnight on Monday). The regular ticket is Idr 200,000/pax, but we paid Idr 400,000 more for a cabin with 2 bunk beds to secure our bags.

Previously the ferry from Sorong to Misool only sailed on every Tuesday, but it has become twice a week now on every Monday and Friday. And the ferry boats from Misool sail on every Thursday and Saturday.

The eco resort charges Idr 5,000,000/night/pax with 7 days minimum stay, while our homestay Harfat Jaya only charged us Idr 400,000/night/pax including 3x meals. We stayed there for 4 nights.

With the other 7 new travelmates, I explored these spots in South Raja Ampat:
– Goa Tengkorak (historical cave with some skulls and bones of native Misool people)
– Goa Keramat (historical cave with beautiful view)
– Lenmakena Lake:Lake with Stingless Jellyfish
– Puncak Harfat Jaya
– Lenmakena: swiming with stingless jelly fish
– Goa Putri Termenung (cave with impressive stones)
– Balbuhol
– Yap Pap
– Namlol
– Several Snorkeling and Diving Spots, one of them was Wedding Cake

We met Tom, a guy from Holland that would join us to Sorong and Waisai, when we were waiting for the ferry that would carry us back to Sorong. He didn’t want to be alone in Misool whilst the boat charge for island hopping was also costly if he was going alone.

Some videos and pictures from instagram of Malvin and Ko Wiljo — my travelmates– are linked here, they got like 15 dive sessions that made me so jealous. I hope to come back to Raja Ampat soon with my diving license so I can beat them with prettier underwater pictures and videos 😉

I will also update this post with new pictures and videos later, keep checking 🙂

 

Diving Scene

I took this picture while diving

 

My first diving experience, even though just a discovery session at max 6m

My first diving experience, even though just a discovery session at max 6 meters of depth

 

 

 

 

Goa Keramat (Keramat Cave): There's the tomb of someone that introduced Islam to Misool people, just in front of this cave. The cave is so pretty that I didn't want to leave it. Try to swim into the inside part of the cave until you find the the back entrance, but don't forget to get a torch with you because it's so dark inside.

Goa Keramat (Keramat Cave): The cave is so pretty that I didn’t want to leave it. Try to swim into the inside part of the cave until you find the the back entrance, but don’t forget to get a torch with you because it’s so dark inside

 

Goa Keramat (Keramat Cave)

Goa Keramat (Keramat Cave): There’s the tomb of someone that introduced Islam to Misool people, just in front of this cave

 

As if I were The Lady of The Sea

Let the sea wash away your sorrow

 

Panorama picture at Harfat Peak taken by Ko Wiljo

Panorama picture at Harfat Peak taken by Ko Wiljo

 

Me, so excited at the Harfat Jaya Peak

Me, so excited at the Harfat Jaya Peak

 

 

Balbulol

Balbulol

 

Can I name this Lil Island since it still has no name? ^_^

Can I name this Lil Island since it still has no name? ^_^

 

Some snorkeling Scenes in Misool

Snorkeling Paradise in Misool

 

Cute shapes of karsts

Cute shapes of karsts

 

I saw hundred scenes like this in Misool

I saw hundred sceneries like this in Misool

 

Goa Tengkorak, we should jump and climb up from the boat to the cave

Goa Tengkorak, we should jump and climb up from the boat to the cave

 

Harfat Jaya homestay

Harfat Jaya homestay

 

NORTH RAJA AMPAT

Before we departed to Waisai from Sorong pier, we stayed for a night in Sorong because we arrived at night that day.

The express boat from Sorong sailed on Monday around 2 pm and we arrived at Waisai pier after 2-hour sailing. Pak Corneles of Kordiris homestay was already at the pier to pick us up to Gam Island. The homestay has dive centre with reasonable prices, leave me a comment if you would like to know the contact details.

In north Raja Ampat, we stayed for 4 nights at Gam island and 2 nights at Kri island. They have different ambiences so it’s very recommended to experience staying at both islands like us. Or you may try to stay at Arborek or other islands that have homestays or resorts.

While we were in North Raja Ampat, we explored these spots:
 
– Pianemo
– Arborek
– Max’s Point
– Sawandarek
– Yenbuba
– Mioskun
– Five Rocks
– Cape Kri
– Kuburan
– Blue Magic
– Sarden
 

 
The view of a homestay from one of piers at Kri Island

The view of a homestay from one of piers at Kri Island

 

Some homestays at Kri Island, taken from running boat

Some homestays at Kri Island, taken from running boat

 

 

Around Kordiris Homestay - Gam Island

Around Kordiris Homestay – Gam Island

 

Tom was so amazed by the beauty of Pianemo

Tom was so amazed by the beauty of Pianemo

 

Pianemo

Pianemo:

 

Our lovely hut at Kri island

Our lovely hut at Kri island

 

The beach of Pulau Kalelawar (Bat Island)

The beach of Pulau Kalelawar (Bat Island)

 

 

#anemonefish #rajaampat #scuba #dive

A video posted by malvin (@malvinsuryanto) on

 

 

 

 

 

A giant #cuttlefish camuflages with the coral #scuba #dive #scubadiving #rajaampat

A video posted by malvin (@malvinsuryanto) on

 

#sweetlips #scuba #dive #rajaampat

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Underwater aroun Kri island

Underwater aroun Kri island

 

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