Raja ampat doberai eco resort

F.A.Q

WHERE RAJA AMPAT IS ACTUALLY LOCATED
Raja Ampat is Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of Papua in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.
Raja Ampat Regency is a new regency which separated from Sorong Regency in 2004.[1] It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Ø Marina Express Schedule

            Sorong to Waisai:

  • Sun to Mon at 9 am and 2 pm

Waisai to Sorong:

  • Sun to Mon at 9 am and 2 pm

Ø Marina Express Ticket :

  • Executive IDR 125.000;
  • VIP IDR 230.000;

Ø Flights Jakarta to Sorong and Waisai

AIRLINES DEPARTURE TRANSIT ARRIVAL
Sriwijaya Air 00:05 am
Jakarta (CGK)
Makassar 07:30 am
Sorong (SOQ)
             NAM Air 00:10 am
Jakarta (CGK)
direct 06:30 am
Sorong (SOQ)
Garuda Indonesia 00:15 am
Jakarta (CGK)
Makassar 06:30 am
Sorong (SOQ)
Wings Air / Lion air 02:00 amJakarta (CKG) Menado 10:00 amWaisai
           Batik Air 00:15 am
Jakarta (CGK)
direct 06:30 am
Sorong (SOQ)
02.00 amJakarta (CKG) direct 08:30 amSorong (SOQ)
22:00 amJakarta (CKG) Makassar 07:00 amSorong (SOQ)

 

Ø Flights Sorong to Waisai (Raja Ampat)

AIRLINES DEPARTURE TRANSIT ARRIVAL
             Susi Air 09:10 AM Direct 10:30 AM
             Wings Air 13:45 PM Direct 14:15 AM

 

Ø Flights Waisai to Sorong

AIRLINES DEPARTURE TRANSIT ARRIVAL
             Susi Air 12:10 PM Direct 13:30 PM
             Wings Air 14:40 PM Direct 15:10 PM

Ø Flights Sorong to Jakarta

AIRLINES DEPARTURE TRANSIT ARRIVAL
Sriwijaya Air 07:25 AM
Sorong (SOQ)
Makassar 13:35 PM
Jakarta (CGK)
Garuda Indonesia 14:30 PM
Sorong (SOQ)
Makassar 19:25 PM
Jakarta (CGK)
             Batik Air 14:45 PM
Sorong (SOQ)
Makassar 17:35 PM
Jakarta (CGK)

Note: The schedules might be changed any time without notification

 

Step by Step from Sorong Airport to Doberai Private Island

  1. Sorong Airport – Sorong Harbor

Take airport taxi, 15 minutes from Sorong airport to Sorong harbor (Pelabuhan Rakyat). The cost is IDR 150.000;/car/drop. We could help you to arrange the taxi driver; named Pak Haji +6285343661960 or Rahman +6282347888423. Guest could pay directly to the driver upon arrival.

Kindly be informed that the taxi drivers would not use sign board written your name, but don’t worry, they will find you right after you step out from the arrival gate.

  1. Sorong Harbor to Waisai (capital city of Raja Ampat)

Take the ferry 2 hours, from Sorong harbor (Pelabuhan Rakyat) to Waisai. The ticket is available 2 hours before departure. The ticket is available at the ticket counter at Sorong harbor. The ticket is IDR 125.000,- / person for ECO, and IDR 230.000,- / person for VIP. Booking ticket days before is not a common practice here. Guest should be at the harbor at least 1 hour before departure. For the comfort of your legs, please take the front row seats no: A1 – A10, or asking for the open-air cabin above if you prefer one.

The drivers speak English sufficiently. For your comfort, you could ask the taxi driver to buy the ferry ticket for you. Just the give the money to him, there is no tip for this extra service.

In case you do not need porter to carry your luggage, be sure to not allow them to touch them. You could just say “no thanks” or “tidak terima kasih” in bahasa to them.

If you do so, make sure to ask the porter first. The normal cost is IDR 20.000,- / luggage.

  1. Waisai Harbor to Doberai Eco Resort

Our Speedboat would pick you up at Waisai harbor, and bring you to the resort in 25 minutes.

Please inform us at least two days before, the schedule of the ferry that you will take, (9.00 am or 2.00 pm).

The counter for PIN entry Raja Ampat is at Waisai harbour. Guests could pay it right after disembarking the ferry, before going to Doberai Private Island.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT? HOW IS THE WEATHER?
As Indonesia is completely a tropical country, diving conditions in Raja Ampat are good here all year round. Diving in Raja Ampat is not particularly seasonal. Water temperature is a constant 28°-30°C (82°-86°F), with visibility averaging 10-20m.
The Raja Ampat area does not have any real rainy season, but sometimes we do have heavy rain. However, rarely will it rain the whole day. In case it does rain, umbrellas are provided in your bungalow.
The sea is usually flat all year round. The average Temperature at sea level is about 31 °Celsius or 80 °Fahrenheit during the day time and 24 °C or 76 °F during the night.
CAN I PAY WITH CREDIT CARD?

Credit card payment is accepted only for additional activities or purchase on site.

IS THERE INTERNET & MOBILE CONECTION?
As of now, Telkomsel cellphone signal could reach the resort, even though in the certain areas only, like at the eco over water restaurant and some other areas. The signal is only 2G, so it is not as fast as 4G. However, one can still do whatsapp and email communication. For googling, it is slow but still doable.
Hence, we do not provide wifi, but provide hotspot at the restaurant instead. For more convenience communication, we suggest to buy local Telkomsel sim card.

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Make sure you understand that we are in a very remote area so please bring along all you`ll need.
Do not forget to bring/arrange:
  • Dive Certification card & Dive insurance
  • 3 passport photos and 3 copies of your passport for your travel permit which we will arrange for you
  • A passport valid from 6 months from the time of entry. Nationals of most countries will be granted a 30-day Visa on Arrival for 25 USD. Please be sure you have one full empty page in your passport in which to put the visa sticker. Please check latest regulations. You may be asked by Indonesian Immigration officials to show a copy of your airline ticket out of Indonesia within the 30-day period.
  • A reefhook, if you have.
  • Sun protection, hats and sunglasses. We are situated only 50 km South of the Equator; you will burn easily if unprotected.
  • Insect repellant & light coloured clothes. Although there are very few mosquitoes on the island, Malaria is present in Papua. Take special care in the early morning and just before sunset. Long sleeves and long pants and mosquito repellent will help to protect you; common sense and normal precautions apply.
  • Your favourite tipple. It’s very difficult (and very expensive) to get alcohol in Sorong. We encourage you to bring your favorite bottle of wine or spirits from the Duty Free shop in your home country.
  • Good walking shoes & binoculars (especially if you want to join visit the Birds of paradise)
  • Please bring all necessary medication. We highly recommend to bring antibiotic eardrops & antihistamine tablets.
  • Batteries
  • Please plan carefully to minimise your rubbish. When possible, choose rechargeable batteries. We also encourage you to take them back to your home country since we try to minimise rubbish and cannot easily deposit it.
Please be aware that we are located in a remote area and your safety and health are of highest importance, and we recommend that you take all safety precautions.
The closest hospital is in Sorong (1-2h by boat). We kindly ask you to check with your insurance company. Although, we have almost every kind of emergency and first aid equipment, we aim to prevent any unexpected accidents.
The closest recompression chamber is in Malalayang Hospital, Manado so we encourage you to dive conservatively, not doing any deco dives.

WHAT IS THE TIME ZONE?

Indonesia has three Time Zones :
Western Indonesian Time : GMT +7 (Jakarta)
Central Indonesian Time : GMT +8 (Manado / Makassar)
Eastern Indonesian Time : GMT +9 (Raja Ampat)
Please beware of that when taking domestic flights.

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