Freediving Trip to Raja Ampat
This was beyond INCREDIBLE! We had an unforgettable experience, learned very valuable skills, had lots and lots of fun, and saw soooo much beauty like never before! We’ll be back! Life will never be the same again
Price: USD 1600
Have you ever heard about Raja Ampat?
Raja Ampat Archipelago located in the West Papua Province of Indonesia is a unique place that every freediver dreams about. This is officially the richest reef in the world. 75% of all known coral species in the world, 1300 fish species, 13 species of marine mammals, 7 species of sea turtles, 700 species of mollusks, 57 species of marine shrimps. There is no other place on the Earth where freedivers can enjoy such richness of the underwater world! The landscapes of Raja Ampat are unique and scenic as well.
Taking a path from Bali island towards the East, crossing 2 time zones, travelers will find themselves on the western tip of New Guinea island, in the West Papua province of Indonesia. Words can not really describe the pleasure of what you will have as a freediver during diving there: go out of your bungalow, while walking to the shore put on your mask and snorkel, put on the fins and you are ready to enjoy the richest underwater jungle. You don’t need to go far from your homestay, the home reef is a wonderful spot: sharks, humpheads, several species of rays, gracious mantas, turtles, dugongs, dolphins… all of them enjoying life among coral gardens colored in all known colors.
The trip to these islands in the middle of nowhere is an unforgettable experience and something that can be told to children and grandchildren.
We will spend ten days on 3 different remote islands doing freediving training and exploring the underwater life of Raja Ampat as well as the land wonders of the archipelago.
We are happy to welcome experienced freedivers as well as beginners because training programs will be planned according to your physical form and freediving experience. During the trip, we will learn the art of freediving given by experienced instructors for you to use the new knowledge and skills later in some of the best dive sites in the world. You will enjoy being underwater and interacting with the thousands of sea creatures that we will see.
No special skills are needed to participate in the trip!
Therefore, even if you are not familiar with freediving but curious about your capabilities to naturally hold your breath underwater, this trip can become a unique opportunity to learn freediving and build a connection with the water.
Also, we invite you to learn to freedive or gain more freediving experience with us on Nusa Penida before the trip!
If you have not tried it before you may learn all the basics for freediving in our two-day course. If you are already a certified freediver you can join us for training or take advanced courses and better prepare yourself for the trip.
We have an experienced guide in our team, who has spent years in Indonesia, speaks fluent Indonesian, knows a lot about the social and cultural history of this huge country, and understands locals as people of his own country. We will also make our trip to be a journey into Indonesian culture and the local’s everyday life.
Price: USD 1600
Included in the trip
- Freediving sessions guided by professional freediving instructors and guides
- Yoga and breathing classes
- All tickets and permits including diving permits in Raja Ampat
- All transportation fees during the program, except flights
- Accommodation (two people in one room) in bungalows, 8 nights with meals 3 times a day
- 2 nights stay in hotels in Makassar and Sorong (two people in one room)
- Rental of freediving equipment
Excluded / additional costs
- Flights Bali-Makassar-Sorong and Sorong-Makassar-Bali
- Soft drinks & alcoholic beverages
- Meals other than mentioned above.
- Travel Insurance
Afternoon flight from Bali to Makassar and spend an overnight in the airport’s hotel before taking one more flight to the city of Sorong.
After arrival in Sorong, we will be transferred to the harbor and take a 3 hours journey by ferry to Waisai – the administrative center of Raja Ampat Archipelago located on the island of Waigeo.
Transfer to the guesthouse, rest after a long journey, first snorkeling and fun freediving on the home reef.
Early morning trekking to the jungle to see unique birds-of-paradise that inhabit only here.
Return to the guesthouse around noon.
Transfer by speed boat to Kri island, the place which will be our home for the next few days.
Check-in at the guesthouse. Having rest and freediving on the home reef full of life: schools of fish, turtles, sharks, and dozens of other amazing underwater inhabitants.
Our homestay’s jetty reaches a distance of 50m out of the shore where 10-30 m depth is already available. There are a couple of hundred meters of the home reef, stretching along the coast. It is a perfect spot for your first discoveries into the underwater world of the archipelago.
Every day we will start with yoga and breathing practices.
Then we will have freediving training on the buoy.
These days we will explore dive sites around Kri Island and the nearest Mansuar. There are plenty of them around: Chicken reef, Kri Cape, Blue Magic, Sardine reef, Mioskon Reef, and more.
Evenings we will spend in the guesthouse café discussing the bright impressions of the day, sharing emotions, playing board games, or watching freedive videos.
Dry day. On this day we will have a rest from diving and will do impressive trekking to the lake in the middle of Mansuar island.
In the afternoon we have a transfer to the island of Arborek where we will spend the next 2 days. Walking around the island and watching the beautiful sunset together.
Today we will travel to Pianemo island to check out the famous, beautiful karst islands. On the way, we will stop by several spots to dive into the amazing and very diverse reefs of the archipelago.
Freediving with Manta Rays!
The dive site called Manta Sandy is located not far away from Arborek. We will have this possibility to freedive with lovely gentle giants.
Afternoon we will have fun diving around Arborek.
Transfer to Waisai.
Return by ferry to Sorong and overnight at the hotel. Evening walk through Sorong.
Flight back to Bali.
The end of a long and unforgettable journey.
Booking and Payment
To book the trip we ask you to pay a deposit of 500 USD (+5% PayPal fee) per person via the PayPal or Wise account which we will provide you for bookings. This deposit is non-refundable unless the trip will be canceled from our side.
The remaining payment can be done via PayPal, Wise, or in cash (USD or IDR using the exchange rate on the day of payment). Payments via PayPal are subject to an additional 5% to cover PayPal fees.
Full payment is due 14 days before the start of the trip.
Cancellations and Refund
A cancellation fee of 500 USD applies to all bookings. The extra PayPal fee of 5% for payments is non-refundable.
For cancellations by customers, a cancellation fee of 500 USD applies. For cancellations before the start of the trip, we will refund payments above 500 USD.
Cancellations by Freedive Nusa
To run the Raja Ampat Trip a minimum number of bookings of 6 customers will be necessary.
Up to 14 days in advance of the start date Freedive Nusa will be able to cancel the trip. In this case, a full refund of all payments including the 500 USD deposit will be given to customers. With your booking you agree, that Freedive Nusa will not be held liable for any other travel arrangements might by customers, including but not limited to flights and transportation bookings to get to and from Sorong, reservations for accommodation, etc.
Sailing itineraries and daily programs are subject to change due to weather and sea conditions, availability of safe anchorage, government regulations, and other factors. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned. Program changes may take place during the cruise to take advantage of local cultural events, to adapt to sailing conditions, or in response to other factors. Only if the duration of the trip or event is adversely affected shall Freedive Nusa refund the difference between the agreed tour price and the services actually provided.
Freediving Trip to Raja Ampat
Simply send us a message through Contact Page (https://freedivenusa.com/contacts/) or your favorite messenger and we will provide you with all the information about booking and prepayment.
There is no certain time limit as long as we have space. The spots in the trip are limited so as sooner you book your trip as more chance you will have a space for chosen dates.
Yes, of course. Simply contact us and we will discuss all the details. You can choose your own dates and the schedule can be completely tailored for your needs and wishes.
Yes, all accommodation during the trip is included. Flights are not included. We will provide you with information about our flights. You can buy tickets on the same flight or we can buy it for you. So, we can travel from Bali and spend time on the road together.
No, you don't need to be a freediver but this experience will be definitely beneficial. If you don't have an experience we highly recommend to come to Nusa Penida before the trip and take the basic course with us. It will give you much more freedom, confidence, and enjoyment. If your timing not allow you to come earlier, during the trip we can teach you some basics of freediving but it won't be a proper complete course.