Planning a Trip to Raja Ampat: How Many Days Should You Book?
Raja Ampat is a remote archipelago off of West Papua. When planning a trip to this incredible area you’ll want to make sure you have enough time to travel between islands and explore all the most stunning areas. Whether you’re a diver or not, you won’t want to make your trip too short because there are amazing sights to see in Raja Ampat.
Arriving in Raja Ampat
Most visitors to Raja Ampat fly into Sorong on the island of West Papua and get a boat out to the islands from there. From Sorong to Papua Paradise Eco Resort is about 2 hours by boat. The resort’s boat leaves for Papua Paradise at 2pm, so if you arrive early in the morning Papua Paradise will arrange transport to a hotel, breakfast and then transport to the port for the trip to the resort.
If you arrive after 2pm, Papua Paradise will arrange transport from the airport to a hotel in Sorong for a night and then to the boat to Papua Paradise the next day. Sorong is a small port city, but has some beautiful beaches, waterfalls and nature spots very close by that you can visit while you’re there.
How Many Days Will I Need at the Resort?
How many days you book at Papua Paradise Eco Resort depends on what you plan to do. The resort has a minimum stay of 3 nights and divers will want at least this amount of time to ensure they get to see the diversity and beauty of marine life in Raja Ampat. Day trips to the Fam Islands and Passage as well as Batanta are must do’s while you’re staying at Papua Paradise.
If you are booking a scuba diving course with Gangga Divers you’ll need to check how many days your course is. Divers will also need to allow 24 hours of no diving before they fly according to PADI best practices.
There are also fantastic places to explore on land, with half-day trips to Arifi village, waterfalls and early morning hikes to see the endemic birds of paradise. The boats to Sorong leave between 6am and 9am depending on the guest with the earliest flight, so keep in mind it isn’t possible to take one of these trips and leave the same day for Sorong.
With 3 days for diving and a couple for exploring, you’ll want to book at least 5 nights. If you want to have some downtime as well, 7 days is ever better!
Don’t try to cram everything in while you’re in Raja Ampat. You might want to stop and look around and allow yourself some time to just soak in the sights and sounds. Raja Ampat is unlike anywhere else in the world and Papua Paradise Eco Resort is a very special place to stay.
Also allow yourself time for your body to recover if you’re diving. You might not realize it while you are underwater, but diving is like resistance training and you might be sore, especially if you are diving multiple times a day. A visit to the spa, some sunbathing and a good meal are all ways you can relax and recover from diving.
And again, don’t forget your last dive should be no less than 24 hours before you fly. You can choose to spend this time at Papua Paradise or return to Sorong for a day before your flight.
Getting the Timing of Your Raja Ampat Trip Right
It takes a little planning to make sure your timing is right on a trip to Raja Ampat, but we promise it’s absolutely worth it!
We suggest a trip of at least 7 days to make sure you have time for travel, diving and also to decompress. If you booked a trip to Raja Ampat, how long would you like to stay? Let us know in the comments below.
If we are going to fly all that way I think at least 2, maybe 4 weeks is a good amount of time to visit Raja Ampat.
Yes, that’s a great option Ruth!
When would you like to visit us? If you need any further information, please let us know 😉
Looking for a trip for April 2019. Husband a big diver – I dive but haven’t for a long time. Prefer snorkeling and touring to see sights.
Looking for moderately priced accommodations.
This sounds awesome. We are going to send you an email with more details about our resort, diving, snorkeling and tour options.
We are looking forward to welcoming you and your husband at Papua Paradise Eco Resort.
We are planning a trip for this June. We would like to stay 7-10 days. I see you offer unlimited diving. Is this shore diving or boat diving?
Hi David, thanks for your message.
Our unlimited package include all our local dives sites (no further than 20 minutes by boat) and short distance day trips to Kry, Manta Sandy and 3 Jetties (45-60 min by boat).
There is only extra charge for the long distance day trips to Fam Islands and The passage (1h 30 min by boat).
If you have any other question, please let us know.
Hi Papua Paradise
Could you please advise if this location is suitable for non-divers? We enjoy snorkelling and exploring islands but neither of us have dived previously.
Hi Sophie, thanks for your comment.
Papua Paradise Eco Resort has its own house-reef just in front of the over-water bungalows and is one of the best places for snorkeling in Raja Ampat.
From the resort you can also go on snorkeling day tours, as well as other tours like Batanta Island waterfall trip, Fam Islands day trip, Wilson’s Bird of Paradise tour, etc. See all our tour options here: http://www.papuaparadise.com/tours
If you would like to experience how it feels to breathe underwater but are unsure whether or not diving is for you, you could try the PADI Discover Scuba Diving (1 morning program) and if you like it, you could go on with the PADI Scuba Diver (2 days course) or the PADI Open Water (3-4 days course). Find more info here: http://www.papuaparadise.com/diving/diving-courses
Finally, the resort also has a stunning spa where you can relax mind and body in the natural surrounds of jungle and ocean sounds. Discover more here: http://www.papuaparadise.com/spa
If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
We are planing to go there 5-7 days
We are not advance divers but also can do another activities you offer
My concern is ,I have some food intolerance ,may I ask you if you have a resort restaurant where I can order several kind if dishes?
I need to know in advance so your assistant will be much appreciated
Thanks for your comment. We are sending you an email to know more about your food needs.
We always do our best to accommodate our service to our guests special needs.
Papua Paradise team.
My wife and I are living in Surabaya for a couple of years. But we would like to explore Indonesia. We are teachers and would like to take a trip in the December break. Let us know about what you offer
Dear Barry, thanks for your comment.
Please feel free to visit our website to learn more about our packages: https://www.papuaparadise.com/book-now
Thanks for providing your thoughts on it. I really follow these trip planning before planning any trip. All those are really useful. Keep it up.
Hi Thomas, thanks for your comment! We are glad to know you found useful our tips for planning a trip to Raja Ampat.
I, My Wife and My Son (4 Yrs) from India are planning to come to Raja Ampat in the Second Week of September for 3 Nights; Will this be sufficient to explore as much possible? We are Vegetarian and are worried about the availability of veg meal? Also about the safety concern for 4 yr old? Please suggest.
With 3 night stay, you will have 2 full days to do activities. The first day will be a non-activity day, as you are arriving late in the afternoon at the Resort. You can do activities on 2nd and 3rd day.
For your dietary consideration, we will send you the Guest Information Form where you can mention about it. This information will be passed to our F&B Department and they will prepare the meals accordingly.
As you are going to travel with children, kindly to be informed our children policy:
As Papua Paradise is located on a remote and uninhabited island covered in forest and jungle wild-life, we uphold a strict policy of parental supervision at Papua Paradise Eco Resort. This policy stipulates that all children below 12 years old must be under the direct supervision of a parent at all times, and may not be left in the care of a dive guide or any other member of staff, without the presence of a parent.
Our Resort is not properly equipped to entertain children of a young age and we do not have any activities for children except snorkeling. There is no TV, no swimming pool, baby coat nor do we have babysitters available. Mosquitoes are present and in view of the presence of children at this age malaria prophylaxis is recommended. For further medical queries regarding travel to Raja Ampat, be sure to consult the doctor.
For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us: http://www.papuaparadise.com/contact-us and you can book here: http://www.papuaparadise.com/book-now
Jeg planlægger en mindfulness og yoga tur for mig selv marts 2020.jeg ville gerne afsted i 16 dage. Er det svært når man lander at finde frem til jer. Og hvad er prisen på hotellet.
Hilsen stina danmark
Please provide information regarding a 6 day stay. What are your high end resorts?
Hi Michael, please feel free to visit our Book Now page to see our rates and packages: http://www.papuaparadise.com/book-now
My partner and I would like to come visit Raja Ampat in August this year. We would maybe like to book the full diving experience for seven nights but were wondering if the day trips to the other isands are also included in the final price?
Hi , I’m planning for a trip to raja ampat in November ,it really looks beautiful. we are 2 ppl coming from India for 3 day trip, Please suggest me if it’s safe for 2 ppl to visit or group visit is safer option as it’s quite an isolated island.
Hi Yash, yes sure, 2 people or a solo trip to Papa Paradise is completely safe.
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