Divers, explorers and adventurers are no strangers to Raja Ampat’s fabled beauty. Just a mere mention of ‘Raja Ampat’ brings to mind glistening emerald islands in dazzling turquoise waters, rich in nutrients and teeming with all manner of marine life.

Out-of-this-world dive sites like Cape Kri, Manta Sandy and Melissa’s Garden beckon the eager diver and snorkeler. Above the surface, thick, mysterious jungles are a haven for exotic creatures and the world’s rarest birds, including the breathtaking Birds of Paradise.

How to Reach Raja Ampat Islands?

sea view of Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat does not have an international airport. The easiest and fastest route is to take a flight to one of the major Indonesian cities like Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon, or Manado, and then fly domestically from there to Sorong.

Wondering how long it would take you to get to Raja Ampat? Here’s an estimate if you’re flying in from any of the following four Indonesian cities to Raja Ampat airport:

  • Jakarta (Soekarno-Hatta International Airport - CGK). Flight time is approximately 4 hours and 5 minutes.
  • Makassar (Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport - UPG). Flight time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
  • Manado (Sam Ratulangi International Airport - MDC). Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.
  • Ambon (Pattimura Airport - AMQ). Flight time is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes.

If you’re flying to Raja Ampat Airport from Denpasar, Bali, you’ll be departing from Ngurah Rai International Airport - DPS. Do note that there are no direct flights from Bali to Sorong, but connecting flights are available through the cities mentioned above.

How to get to Raja Ampat if you’re coming to Sorong from outside of Indonesia? There are also no direct flights from Singapore, Malaysia, or any other Southeast Asian countries to Sorong at this time. The best way to reach Raja Ampat airport in this case would be to fly into any of the cities mentioned above and board your connecting flight to Sorong.

Where Do You Fly Into to Get to Raja Ampat?

Sorong Domine Eduard Osok Sorong Airport

Divers and travelers looking to get to Raja Ampat Airport will need to fly into Sorong’s Domine Eduard Osok Sorong Airport (SOQ) and then take a ferry to Waisai, the main town on Waigeo Island. From Waisai, they’ll need to arrange for another transfer to get to their final destination in Raja Ampat.

How to Get to Raja Ampat - Kri Island?

Guests of Papua Diving Resorts, who book our standard package of 7 nights or more will enjoy complimentary boat transfers. Our standard departure days are Sundays and Wednesdays. For more information on boat transfer schedules, days and times, please check Papua Diving Resorts FAQ page.

For all other arrival/departure days and non-standard packages (min. 3 nights) bookings, boat charter fees will apply. See Papua Diving Resorts rates for detailed information.

Diving Holiday Raja Ampat With Papua Diving Resorts

Papua Diving Resorts in Raja Ampat for your diving holiday

Now that you know how to get to Raja Ampat, it’s time to embark on a diving holiday and explore Cape Kri and Raja Ampat with Papua Diving Resorts. 

Our unique location along the Dampier Strait makes us a favorite with divers and our two private dive resorts – Sorido Bay Resort and Kri Eco Resort – both come with their own dedicated dive centers offering PADI Dive Courses, complete with fully serviced, high-quality rental equipment. Dives and courses are led by experienced PADI professionals with many years of experience.

Sorido Bay Resort

Sorido Bay Resort in Raja Ampat by Papua Diving Resorts

Perfect for those who want a touch of luxury, Sorido Bay Resort is a collection of 7 charming bungalows with spacious rooms and ensuites, each with Wi-Fi, AC, a fan and a veranda that overlooks a vibrant house reef.

Kri Eco Resort

Kri Eco Resort in Raja Ampat by Papua Diving Resorts

Looking out over the dark blue waters of the Dampier Strait and distant mountain ranges, Kri Eco Resort is a cluster of 13 authentic Papuan-style water bungalows built from locally sourced materials with 3 room types to choose from.

Ready to explore Raja Ampat with Papua Diving Resorts? Learn more about us and what we offer and book your Raja Ampat holiday with the best rates and inclusions.