Some call Raja Ampat a hidden gem, other’s call it exclusive, we simply call it PARADISE.
Do not get us wrong, we have been faced with various logistical challenges throughout the years, but never have we thought it not to be worth every inch mile of it. But the good news is that Raja Ampat has become a lot more accessible than what it used to be (believe us when we say, A LOT MORE).
And the travel forms part of one of the biggest adventures you will embark on…
WHERE IS RAJA AMPAT?
Raja Ampat Regency is in West Papua, East Indonesia.
Located in the heart of the Coral Triangle, it is the literal crossroads for the Indian and Pacific Ocean species, having the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world.
The easiest way to get to Raja Ampat is to fly to Sorong from Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon or Manado. Getting to this little piece of paradise has gotten so much easier!
After arriving at Sorong Airport, you have two options for reaching Meridian Adventure Dive Resort.
1. By daily public ferry, from Sorong to Waisai.
There are two daily express ferries from Sorong to Waisai and Waisai to Sorong. The Express Ferry takes around 2hrs and departs daily at 9am and 2pm, from either port. There is not online or booking system yet in place for buying the ferry tickets, it is a matter of turning up and buying them directly from the counter. Each locations’ ticket office can be found in the buildings before the docks.
They offer both Economy and VIP tickets; the VIP room has a private toilet and air-conditioning. It is not uncommon for the ferries to depart late (but not that much later than the scheduled time), so it is always best to allow extra time when taking a flight on the same day as the ferry. For ferries departing at 9am its possible to catch a flight after 2pm on the same day.
The ferry terminal is a short 4 min walk along the waterline to the resort. Taxis are readily available to drive you the resort or we can organise a pick-up upon request.
2. By private speed boat
We have custom built high-speed Dive Boats that can be arranged as pick-up from Sorong to Waisai, or we can organise a trusted boat operator for you. It will still be a 2-hour trip.
Meridian Adventure Dive Resort is in Waisai (the Capital of Raja Ampat), on the island of Waigeo. Which is an island just across the channel from Sorong. The Resort is based just behind our Marina Facility which is walking distance from the Ferry Terminal.
Situated in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Meridian Adventure Dive is a PADI 5 Star Resort and winner of the PADI Green Star award. Scuba divers enjoy our professional services that have become synonymous with both the PADI and Meridian Adventure names.