Raja Ampat, boat sharing
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Sep 5, 2013 4:54 AM Last Post By: aminpoenja
Jan 23, 2012 11:36 PM
Raja Ampat, boat sharingHi, we are going to Maluku Islands and Raja Ampat from 1st February and stay in Maluku for about a month. We are 3 at the moment, planning to rent a boat in Sorong for about 10 days and cruise the Raja Ampat, including Wayag. The boat is a bit expensive (about 1000 l of diesel, charter of boat etc.). We expect the total cost could reach some 15 Million. There are some 6 places on the boat in total, so would be great to share with someone..). Sleeping on the boat or beach, snorkeling, visiting remote areas etc. We are all 3 from Czech Republic flexible regarding the plans and time-schedule. For sure we want to avoid expensive eco-lodges, diving lodges etc.. I still speak some bahasa ..
Any current info or advice on Raja Ampat and “budget” boat charter would be also highly appreciated, thanks.
Jan 23, 2012 11:40 PM
Jan 27, 2012 3:31 AM
Jan 28, 2012 12:02 AM
3Laszlo, we want to spend some 10 days on board, visiting several island groups in the area, so after arrival, I will check both options - if by chance we make a good deal with bigger diesel boat in Sorong, we go from there, otherwise (more probably) we rent a longboat from Waisai, hard to plan from Europe :-)
Feb 10, 2012 10:25 AM
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Feb 12, 2013 11:42 AM
6it is dificult to pick a tent in Raja Ampat beaches..... Normally, the beaches dissapear with the high tide..And, in the places with a village ,normally there is also some expensive homestay, so they dont allow you to camp...In Wayag there is a nice camping site, free of charge , with shadow, toilets, tables and chairs ..
For the long boat trip, we have been travelling with one of them for 8 days last November , from Sorong till Wayag and back to Mansuar Kecil.(the crew was backing to Sorong ) This is for sure the best way to explore Raja Ampat, but still expensive.One millon a day for the boat with crew ( 3 people) , and 10 millon for the gasoline ..Still cheaper than any other option.We were four people and for us was a fantastic experience.When it wasnt any place avalaible for campiong , the crew brought us to a family house, and also the locals one time host us for free .In wayag all was perfect for camping , and it is the best place, so you can spend some days there ..
If you want the captain contact, i can send you his telephone number, but he doesnt speak a word of english .I can speak some bahasa indonesia, so we could arrange all in advance by telephone
Feb 19, 2013 6:02 AM
7@simatteo: could you tell me how it worked out at the end? to charter a boat and spend some 10 days on board, visiting several island groups in the area sounds amazing. on the other side a daytrip by speedboat to wayag is no option for me. I want to enjoy this area definitively for a longer time and a more fair amount of money.
@everyone: does anyone have contact to someone who could individually organize a 10 day chartered boat trip to wayag area?? or does anyone have some advices regarding to that?
is here anyone who would like to join round about may / june to split the costs?
Feb 19, 2013 6:06 AM
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Jun 15, 2013 4:10 AM
12karmakolos, you mentioned a camping site on Wayag - are you able to provide any more informaiton about this? How to get there - any arrangements that need to be made prior to pitching your tent!? I am going to Raja Ampat in September and intend on a combination of homestays and camping. any infor appreciated.
Jun 16, 2013 1:47 PM
13As karmakolos rarely checks TT, I would note that you would be wrong to expect a proper "campsite" on Wayag. The most likely place where you would be allowed to camp would be near the local Conservation International guardpost. There is another lovely spot to camp inside the lagoon, but foreigners may not be allowed to use it.
Getting there involves chartering for many millions of rupiahs - see her post 6 to confirm.
Jul 15, 2013 12:42 AM
14Dear All, sorry for late reply. A short summary from last year: we rented a boat from Waisai for 10 days (about 9 m long), loaded the boat with 600l of fuel, 200l water, 30 rice and 5 kg of chilli :-) and spend 10 great days snorkeling, exploring islands and sleaping without any problems on the beaches (we brought 8x7m long plastic sheet that was allways laid on super-simple bamboo construction..). Just please note, that this kind of rather small boats, you can rent in Waisai, can have big problems to reach Wayag is the see is rough. This year we will return to the area but with 16m boat from Sorong and will spend at least 2 weeks on board.
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