12-Day High-End Cruise from Maluku to Raja Ampat

This cruise combines remarkable underwater sites with historical sites. The route from Maluku to Raja Ampat takes you first to the remote and outstanding Banda Islands, known for their diverse dive spots and historical importance during the colonial era. Then discover Koon Island, southeast of Seram Island, and its vibrant marine life. Finally, set sail for the incomparable Misool Islands in Raja Ampat, a dream destination that boasts one of the world’s richest biodiversity hotspots. Beyond its sanctuary of pristine underwater ecosystems, Misool’s landscapes are equally captivating, with tranquil lagoons, lush mangroves and secluded beaches.

What we particularly like about this cruise

12 days/11 nights

From Ambon, Maluku
to Sorong, West Papua
$ 5.280 starting from
  • Per guest in shared double cabin
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Ambon Airport – Nusa Laut
First day of the cruise

Upon arrival at Ambon Airport, you are met by your driver and taken to Teluhu Harbor. You board your Phinisi yacht and after a brief introduction to the boat, crew and safety procedures, you set sail for Nusa Laut. On the way there is a stop at Mamala Island for a check dive or snorkeling. The yacht then heads east to Nusa Laut, where you anchor for the night.

30 minutes by car. Scuba diving and/or snorkeling included. Accommodation: On board the yacht (various cabin categories). Meals: Full board.

Exceptional underwater worlds
Diving with hammerheads

Day 2: Nusa Laut
Amazing diving/ snorkeling in Nusa Laut

Today you have the opportunity to experience three exciting dives, either along reef slopes or walls. Snorkeling is also fantastic in these vibrant and thriving reef environments. After your underwater explorations, the yacht sets sail overnight in a southern direction towards Suanggi Island.

Scuba diving and/or snorkeling included. Accommodation: On board the yacht (various cabin categories). Meals: Full board.

Day 3: Suanggi Island – Banda Neira
Diving with Hammerheads and reaching the Banda Islands

Early morning arrival at Suanggi Island, a site where we may have a chance to see hammerhead sharks. Today’s agenda includes three dives along walls and pinnacles. We then make our way to Banda Neira, aiming to arrive at this stunning island just as the sun sets. You spend the night in the serene bay of Banda Neira.

Scuba diving and/or snorkeling included. Accommodation: On board the yacht (various cabin categories). Meals: Full board.

Fort Belgica
Fort Belgica is a 17th-century fort in Banda Neira
Once more precious than gold: nutmeg

Day 4 & Day 5: The Banda Islands
Dive into the history and rich waters of the Banda Islands

The Banda Islands, clustered around Banda Neira, are rich in history and offer incomparable diving or snorkeling experiences. Over these two days you are immersed in both. You explore the Banda Islands, learning about their rich history with visits to museums and forts. You also dive Banda Neira’s lava flow and Batu Kapal, Hatta Island’s Karang Hata, Tanjung Buton and Rhun Island. These waters are rich with marine life, and you may encounter majestic pelagics such as hammerhead sharks, mobula rays, dogtooth tunas and massive schools of fusiliers. You also see the famous mandarin fish and other fascinating creatures of Banda’s waters. You spend the nights aboard your beautiful yacht in the bay of Banda Neira, where sailors from all over the world anchored hundreds of years ago. 

Scuba diving and/or snorkeling included. Accommodation: On board the yacht (various cabin categories). Meals: Full board.

Day 6: Koon Island
Cruising from Maluku to Raja Ampat

Arriving at Koon Island early in the morning, your diving and snorkeling experiences are carefully planned, taking into account the day’s tides and currents. Here you encounter a wide variety of marine life, from the largest creatures to the smallest. You can see a vibrant underwater community with a variety of reef fish, formidable species such as trevallies and groupers, and the occasional shark, manta or mobula ray. After three dives at Koon Island, an overnight cruise to the Misool Islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago.

Scuba diving and/or snorkeling included. Accommodation: On board the yacht (various cabin categories). Meals: Full board.

Stingless jellyfish in Misool
Balbulol in Misool

Day 7 to Day 11: Misool Islands
Exploring the underwater treasures of the Misool Islands

You arrive at Misool around midday. To ensure the best possible experience, the diving schedule for the next 5 days will be decided at the last minute according to weather and sea conditions. You sail around the Misool area and enjoy great diving at some of its sites, including:

Boo Window and Magic Mountain
These dive sites have the highest concentration of biodiversity in the world due to a strict conservation policy. At a depth of only 6 meters, you discover an impressive coral garden formed on an underwater mountain plateau. Descend along the ridge and cross paths with giant black manta rays, napoleons, and hundreds of other fish. The scenery is as lush above as it is underwater.

Fiabecet area
You dive the famous Fiabacet Ridge, a hotspot for pelagic fish and turtles. This site features underwater ridges connecting Tank Rock and Nudi Rock, while the Fiabacet Pinnacle and Whale Rock sites feature stunning soft corals and abound with marine life including seahorses and pygmy seahorses.

Wayil area
Explore the Wayil Islands with their stunning turquoise lagoons and karst islands. Climb to the top of an islet for breathtaking view of the heart-shaped “Lake of Love” protected by a coral reef. Divers can explore iconic sites such as Wedding Cake with wave-carved rocks, coral, turtles and carpet sharks; the vibrant 4 Kings with colorful reefs; and Neptune’s Fan Channel with giant sea fans. Non-divers can kayak and relax on deserted beaches.

Pele area
Dive at Pele’s Playground, known for its schools of anchovies and pelagic predators. The Kaleidoscope site features black and colorful soft corals and gorgonian fans. Manta rays are also spotted here and the marine life is vibrant in both shallow and deeper waters.

Balbulol and Farondi
Discover the enchanting islands of Balbulol and Farondi. These islands are like a puzzle of lagoons surrounded by pyramid shaped rocks. The lagoons are full of colorful fish and glowing coral in clear, shallow waters. Some lagoons even offer the thrill of diving among countless stingless jellyfish. When it comes to diving, there are fantastic spots like Baby Rock, Balbulol Corner and Balbulol Plateau. They offer spectacular drop-offs, canyons and pinnacles, with vibrant marine life in the shallower areas. You can also explore the area by kayak and stand-up paddleboard, or simply enjoy some excellent snorkeling adventures.

Scuba diving and/or snorkeling included. Accommodation: On board the yacht (various cabin categories). Meals: Full board.

Iconic Love Lake in Misool
Misool scenery from the sky

Day 12: Sorong – Sorong Airport
Last day of the cruise

After an overnight sail towards Sorong, you arrive at the harbor around noon. After the farewell your driver takes you to the Sorong Airport for your onward flight or to your hotel in town.

30 minutes by car. Meals: breakfast.

The Yacht: 12-day high-end cruise

Price & Conditions

12-Day High-End Cruise from Maluku to Raja Ampat ● 12 days/11 nights ● from Ambon, Maluku to Sorong, West Papua

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From Ambon, Maluku to Sorong, West Papua
Starting from
$ 5.280
 per guest
  • Surcharge for single cabin +30%
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

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From Ambon, Maluku to Sorong, West Papua
Starting from
$ 4.700
 per night
  • Maximum 10 adults
  • Price in EUR/IDR on request

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