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

Planning a Trip to Raja Ampat: How Many Days Should You Book?

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?

Fam Islands Raja Ampat, Indonesia

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.

Diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

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!


Planning a Trip to Raja Ampat: How Many Days Should You Book?

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

Planning a Trip to Raja Ampat: How Many Days Should You Book?

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.

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  1. Ruth Beckett
    April 9, 2018

    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.

    • Papua Paradise
      April 16, 2018

      Yes, that’s a great option Ruth!
      When would you like to visit us? If you need any further information, please let us know 😉

  2. mary stalnaker
    April 15, 2018

    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.

    • Papua Paradise
      April 16, 2018

      Hi Mary,
      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.

  3. David
    May 23, 2018


    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?



    • Papua Paradise
      May 23, 2018

      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.

  4. Sophie
    June 7, 2018

    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.

    Thank you!

    • Papua Paradise
      June 8, 2018

      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:

      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:

      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:

      If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

  5. Beatriz
    July 26, 2018

    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


    • Papua Paradise
      July 30, 2018

      Dear Beatriz,

      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.

      Best regards,

      Papua Paradise team.

  6. Barry
    November 12, 2018

    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

  7. April 23, 2019

    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.

    • Papua Paradise
      May 14, 2019

      Hi Thomas, thanks for your comment! We are glad to know you found useful our tips for planning a trip to Raja Ampat.

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