Calico Jack

CALICO JACK liveaboard; THE PIRATE THAT WON’T ROB YOUR WALLET.

Calico Jack liveaboard was newly built specially built for scuba tourism in 2014. The dimensions of this recreational wooden dive boat are 30 by 7 meters.

We organize friendly priced and short escapes for 10 participants maximum. Having fun while upholding safety measures is our raison d’être. We want everybody to have a great time, regardless of the scuba diving experience.

Possible dive destinations include Alor, Komodo, Raja Ampat, Moluccas, and the Forgotten Islands. The length of the trip varies from 6 to 12 days. You can still find treasures in the Indonesian archipelago.

Accommodation

Calico Jack lodges his guests in 5 cabins. 2 double bed cabins, two double or single cabins (the double beds can be separated into two single beds), and one twin cabin.

All have a private en-suite bathroom, and individual air conditioning and daily housekeeping, including towels and toiletries, are part of the service.

Twin Cabin

Twin Cabin

Room size: 7 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: 2 Single
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:
Double Cabin

Double Cabin

Room size: 7 m²
Max. occupancy: 2
Beds: Queen
Private bathroom: 1
Air conditioning: 1
WiFi in the room:

Comfort

The cool and pleasant lounge area is furnished with comfy sofas, charging points, audio and video entertainment, computer, library, etc.

The guests can enjoy the partly shaded sundeck with lounge chairs, bean bags, and hammocks to relax.

Our international crew of ocean devotees and other pirates consists of 14 friendly and highly trained members. They consider their main task to ensure the happiness and wellbeing of all guests.

Catering

Delicious and healthy food is prepared in the large galley and served three times a day as a buffet. Enjoy your meal in the lounge or the outside dining area.

Beach bbq is optional. In-between, snacks and drinks are offered to you after every dive. If you have special dietary requests of an allergic or religious kind, let us know when booking.

You can order a wide range of beverages, from soft drinks to wine from the bar.

Diving

The dazzling beauty of Indonesian dive sites and marine life is something everybody should experience. It will be your playground for only a short time but will leave a lifelong impression.

So, gear up on our spacious dive platform with rinse tanks and showers. A dive tender will bring you and a guide to the most terrific sites. You can join in for three dives per day, with alternate night dives.

Next to the dive deck, we have special storage for underwater cameras and a photography station with storage for underwater camera set-ups. A rental service for diving gear is available onboard.

As a bonus, our guests can make use of snorkeling equipment for the shallow lagoons, surfboards, kayaks, and wakeboards. We organize land excursions during our Indonesian liveaboard holidays for those who like some solid ground under their feet.

SPECIFICATIONS

Year built: 2014

Length: 30 meters

Beam: 7 meters

Top speed: 12 knots

Cruising speed: 8 knots

Engines: 2 x 220 Hp Mitsubishi diesel

Max guests: 10

Number of cabins: 5

Number of bathrooms: 5

Tenders: 5.5m Rib Centre console 85HP + 4.8m Wooden 40HP Yamaha

Water capacity: 5000 liters

Fuel capacity: 8000 liters

Freshwater maker: 5000 liters per day

NAVIGATION, COMMUNICATION, AND SAFETY FEATURES

 Depth Sounder

 GPS

 Radio VHF/DSC/SSB

 E.P.I.R.B. Distress System

 Emergency Rafts

 Life Vests

 Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers

 Oxygen

 First Aid Kits

Calico Jack, a traditional Indonesia Phinsi liveaboard, runs dive safaris to Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, Ambon, and Alor.

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18 Apr 2021
Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong)
Arrival: 18 Apr 2021
Departure: 29 Apr 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong)

The sample itinerary below highlights what you can expect on one of our cruises to Raja Ampat. Each cruise is unique; navigation and dive sites may vary slightly due to weather conditions and visibility.

DAY 1 | Embarkation in Sorong

We will pick you up either at your hotel or Sorong airport and take you to the harbor, where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. We will set sail at approximately 11 am (or when the last guest has boarded) and cruise through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool, navigation of approximately 12 hours. This will allow you to get acquainted with the ship, set up your dive gear & cameras, and meet and socialize with the other guests and friendly crew.

DAY 2-6 | Southern Raja Ampat/Misool (16-18 Dives)

Misool is located South of Raja Ampat and is famous for its steep rocks with vertical walls, a profusion of soft, colorful corals, sea fans draped brilliantly over the reefs, and plenty of fish. The islands around East Misool are grouped by area. These are the areas you can expect to visit (weather permitting) and the most popular dive sites we frequent:

Balbulol (No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock): Schools of Platax, snapper, and bump head parrotfish can be found at these dive sites, including barracudas and jacks surrounding the pinnacles. You will spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside a narrow bay enclosed by towering rocks. We will take the dinghies to explore another lagoon located further into the rocks. As night falls, you will see and hear the magnificent Palm Cockatoos roosting along the rainforest edges.

Daram (Candy Store, Warna Berwana, Andiamo): Andiamo is a large, stunning reef with a submerged pinnacle covered in sea fans and surrounded by schools of fusiliers and batfish. Blacktip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse can also be found here. Candy Store, named the first divers to explore this reef, felt like kids in a candy store, is covered in huge sponges, beautiful soft corals, and sea fans. In the valleys, schools of Fusiliers, butterflyfish, and barracuda gather.

Warokaraket/Boo Island (Shadow Reef, Jamur Boo, Yellit Kecil, or Besar) + Night Dive: Shadow Reef, also known as Magic Mountain, is one of the top-rated diving sites in Raja Ampat. An offshore pinnacle with a long and narrow ridge, shoals of bannerfish, pyramid butterfly, and yellow snappers can be seen cavorting on top of the ridge, persistently stalked by giant trevallies, orange-spotted jacks & longnose emperors. The ridge goes progressively down, with yellowtail barracudas patrolling the upper sector and white tip and grey reef sharks found nestled under the large coral tables. At the end of the peninsula is a cleaning station where oceanic manta rays come to be cleaned from parasites by wrasse and other reef fish.

Boo Rock or Jamur Boo is known for the “windows” or rounded openings on the end of an enormous rock that completely pierce the reef from the surface down to five meters deep. Although the two rocks appear separate from the surface, they are connected underwater by a magnificent reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish. Reef sharks, parrotfish, surgeonfish, schooling batfish, fusiliers, snappers, and moray eels are all found here, as well as a wide variety of nudibranchs, unicornfish, octopus, and green turtles. Yellit Kecil’s (while sharing all of its neighboring sites) main characteristic is many Nembrotha nudibranchs that can be observed on the ridge.

Wayilbatan (Dunia Kecil, Barracuda Rock, Four Kings, Wedding Cake) + Night Dive: The Wayilbatan area offers impressive dive sites with a remarkable range of marine diversity topography. At Wedding Cake, schools of batfish, trevallies, barracuda, and pygmy seahorses congregate. You will have the opportunity to take in the scenic landscapes with some kayaking and paddle boarding amongst the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the region in the afternoon. Four Kings dive site is made up of four underwater pinnacles covered in soft coral and colorful tunicates. You can swim from one rock to the next, enjoying the soft corals, psychedelic colors, and abundant fish life. Be sure to look out for turtles here.

Yilliet (No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock): In the early morning, we will take short navigation to dive into the Fiabacet area, where colorful soft corals and beautiful sea fans smother the reefs. A deep underwater ridge connects the islands of Boo in the East to Kalig in the West. In certain areas, the ridge moves up shallower to form the park’s incredible dive sites. These include Batu Kecil (also known as Tank Rock), Nudi Rock, and Whale Rock. Here you will find one of the most extensive reef systems in all of Raja Ampat, offering a fantastic range of marine diversity. You can expect to see abundant and healthy fish life, a galore of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, colorful anemones, and reef sharks.

Wagmab (3 Rocks, Goa Farondi): Located 20 km from Misool Island, this islet of Farondi is a popular dive site in Raja Ampat due to its unique and distinctive landscape, which consists of tunnels, caverns, boulders, and colorful walls. The western face of Farondi Island has two large caves with a shallow reef and a dramatic cliff north of the headland. Here, a shallow garden of stony corals gradually becomes a sandy slope home to large gorgonian fans and Barbiganti pygmy seahorses.

Goa Besar, situated south of Farondi, consists of superficial shelved gardens of yellow-colored soft corals, wall tops blanketed with plate corals, leather corals, yellow and purple sea squirts, rounded hollows filled with coral shrubberies, sponges, and red ornamental ghost pipefish. Tunnels in the caves collide with green soft coral trees and sponges and house night-time snapper and sweetlips. Late in the afternoon after your third dive, we will depart North and set sail for an overnight cruise to Penemu Island; navigation of approximately 12 hours.

DAY 7 | Penemu (3 Dives)

Early in the morning, we will arrive at Penemu’s My Reef dive site, where you will enjoy one of the largest fish populations in the area. This site is awe-inspiring, mainly when the current is strong. After breakfast, you will dive Melissa’s Garden; the most well-known site in the region, famous for its extensive and healthy hard coral reefs, as well as Galaxy; a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon, after your third dive, you will take a short boat tour to Penemu and walk up to the famous viewpoint above Penemu’s star-shaped lagoons. Here, you will have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset and dinner on board.

DAY 8 | Wofo (4 Dives)

We start the day with early navigation to the Wofo Island area, the most northern point of our cruise. Here, in the morning, you will dive at Wofo’s the Black Forest, a stunning dive traversing the deep black fan landscape rising to a beautiful and pristine shallow reef. The second dive is at Wofo Tembok (a wall dive) and finally Teman Wofo. The evening will be passed on the beach, experiencing one of Calico Jack’s famous beach BBQ parties, where the crew will entertain and socialize with you as you relax on our giant bean bags under a pagoda, explore the beach and meet the local hermit crabs.

DAY 9 | Gam (3 Dives)

An early morning’s navigation brings us to the stunning Mangrove Anchorage in the passage of Gam and Yangeffo. Here you will find some of the most spectacular dive sites in West Waigeo: Citrus Ridge, Mayhem, and Way Pretty Shallow. In the right conditions, you can expect some of the highest voltage diving in Raja Ampat, with currents bringing massive schools of barracudas, three species of Fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, bump head parrotfish, wobbegongs, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.

DAY 10 | Arborek (4 dives)

After waking within the mangroves, we will make the short journey to dive at Lalosi, a hard coral sea-mount with an incredibly diverse sea life range when the currents are strong. From here, we dive at one of the most reliable Manta ray congregation spots in all of Raja Ampat, the famous cleaning station, Manta Sandy. It is easy to spend a whole day observing these majestic creatures as they somersault through the water, feeding on plankton and being cleaned by several species of wrasse and butterflyfish. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to Arborek in Dampier Strait, where you will visit the local village and see the traditional way of life for these island people before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier. In the shallows, the posts at Arborek Pier are covered in soft corals, with pipefish and cuttlefish dwelling deeper below. On the reef, giant clams nestle among soft corals, providing shelter for hermit crabs, flatworms, and skeleton shrimp.

DAY 11 | Dampier Straight (2 Dive)

The final dive will be in the morning at Cape Kri, where you will discover some of the largest big fish concentrations in Raja Ampat. Large schools of trevallies, barracudas, bannerfish, sweetlips, tuna, and snappers congregate on these sites. Large grey reef sharks can also be seen. In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s stunning secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong, where you will arrive later in the evening.

DAY 12 | Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewells and transport you either to your hotel or airport.

Marine Life: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat. Divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand, and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species, and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulet sharks inhabit these waters too.

02 May 2021
Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong)
Arrival: 02 May 2021
Departure: 13 May 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong)

The sample itinerary below highlights what you can expect on one of our cruises to Raja Ampat. Each cruise is unique; navigation and dive sites may vary slightly due to weather conditions and visibility.

DAY 1 | Embarkation in Sorong

We will pick you up either at your hotel or Sorong airport and take you to the harbor, where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. We will set sail at approximately 11 am (or when the last guest has boarded) and cruise through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool, navigation of approximately 12 hours. This will allow you to get acquainted with the ship, set up your dive gear & cameras, and meet and socialize with the other guests and friendly crew.

DAY 2-6 | Southern Raja Ampat/Misool (16-18 Dives)

Misool is located South of Raja Ampat and is famous for its steep rocks with vertical walls, a profusion of soft, colorful corals, sea fans draped brilliantly over the reefs, and plenty of fish. The islands around East Misool are grouped by area. These are the areas you can expect to visit (weather permitting) and the most popular dive sites we frequent:

Balbulol (No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock): Schools of Platax, snapper, and bump head parrotfish can be found at these dive sites, including barracudas and jacks surrounding the pinnacles. You will spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside a narrow bay enclosed by towering rocks. We will take the dinghies to explore another lagoon located further into the rocks. As night falls, you will see and hear the magnificent Palm Cockatoos roosting along the rainforest edges.

Daram (Candy Store, Warna Berwana, Andiamo): Andiamo is a large, stunning reef with a submerged pinnacle covered in sea fans and surrounded by schools of fusiliers and batfish. Blacktip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse can also be found here. Candy Store, named the first divers to explore this reef, felt like kids in a candy store, is covered in huge sponges, beautiful soft corals, and sea fans. In the valleys, schools of Fusiliers, butterflyfish, and barracuda gather.

Warokaraket/Boo Island (Shadow Reef, Jamur Boo, Yellit Kecil, or Besar) + Night Dive: Shadow Reef, also known as Magic Mountain, is one of the top-rated diving sites in Raja Ampat. An offshore pinnacle with a long and narrow ridge, shoals of bannerfish, pyramid butterfly, and yellow snappers can be seen cavorting on top of the ridge, persistently stalked by giant trevallies, orange-spotted jacks & longnose emperors. The ridge goes progressively down, with yellowtail barracudas patrolling the upper sector and white tip and grey reef sharks found nestled under the large coral tables. At the end of the peninsula is a cleaning station where oceanic manta rays come to be cleaned from parasites by wrasse and other reef fish.

Boo Rock or Jamur Boo is known for the “windows” or rounded openings on the end of an enormous rock that completely pierce the reef from the surface down to five meters deep. Although the two rocks appear separate from the surface, they are connected underwater by a magnificent reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish. Reef sharks, parrotfish, surgeonfish, schooling batfish, fusiliers, snappers, and moray eels are all found here, as well as a wide variety of nudibranchs, unicornfish, octopus, and green turtles. Yellit Kecil’s (while sharing all of its neighboring sites) main characteristic is many Nembrotha nudibranchs that can be observed on the ridge.

Wayilbatan (Dunia Kecil, Barracuda Rock, Four Kings, Wedding Cake) + Night Dive: The Wayilbatan area offers impressive dive sites with a remarkable range of marine diversity topography. At Wedding Cake, schools of batfish, trevallies, barracuda, and pygmy seahorses congregate. You will have the opportunity to take in the scenic landscapes with some kayaking and paddle boarding amongst the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the region in the afternoon. Four Kings dive site is made up of four underwater pinnacles covered in soft coral and colorful tunicates. You can swim from one rock to the next, enjoying the soft corals, psychedelic colors, and abundant fish life. Be sure to look out for turtles here.

Yilliet (No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock): In the early morning, we will take short navigation to dive into the Fiabacet area, where colorful soft corals and beautiful sea fans smother the reefs. A deep underwater ridge connects the islands of Boo in the East to Kalig in the West. In certain areas, the ridge moves up shallower to form the park’s incredible dive sites. These include Batu Kecil (also known as Tank Rock), Nudi Rock, and Whale Rock. Here you will find one of the most extensive reef systems in all of Raja Ampat, offering a fantastic range of marine diversity. You can expect to see abundant and healthy fish life, a galore of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, colorful anemones, and reef sharks.

Wagmab (3 Rocks, Goa Farondi): Located 20 km from Misool Island, this islet of Farondi is a popular dive site in Raja Ampat due to its unique and distinctive landscape, which consists of tunnels, caverns, boulders, and colorful walls. The western face of Farondi Island has two large caves with a shallow reef and a dramatic cliff north of the headland. Here, a shallow garden of stony corals gradually becomes a sandy slope home to large gorgonian fans and Barbiganti pygmy seahorses.

Goa Besar, situated south of Farondi, consists of superficial shelved gardens of yellow-colored soft corals, wall tops blanketed with plate corals, leather corals, yellow and purple sea squirts, rounded hollows filled with coral shrubberies, sponges, and red ornamental ghost pipefish. Tunnels in the caves collide with green soft coral trees and sponges and house night-time snapper and sweetlips. Late in the afternoon after your third dive, we will depart North and set sail for an overnight cruise to Penemu Island; navigation of approximately 12 hours.

DAY 7 | Penemu (3 Dives)

Early in the morning, we will arrive at Penemu’s My Reef dive site, where you will enjoy one of the largest fish populations in the area. This site is awe-inspiring, mainly when the current is strong. After breakfast, you will dive Melissa’s Garden; the most well-known site in the region, famous for its extensive and healthy hard coral reefs, as well as Galaxy; a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon, after your third dive, you will take a short boat tour to Penemu and walk up to the famous viewpoint above Penemu’s star-shaped lagoons. Here, you will have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset and dinner on board.

DAY 8 | Wofo (4 Dives)

We start the day with early navigation to the Wofo Island area, the most northern point of our cruise. Here, in the morning, you will dive at Wofo’s the Black Forest, a stunning dive traversing the deep black fan landscape rising to a beautiful and pristine shallow reef. The second dive is at Wofo Tembok (a wall dive) and finally Teman Wofo. The evening will be passed on the beach, experiencing one of Calico Jack’s famous beach BBQ parties, where the crew will entertain and socialize with you as you relax on our giant bean bags under a pagoda, explore the beach and meet the local hermit crabs.

DAY 9 | Gam (3 Dives)

An early morning’s navigation brings us to the stunning Mangrove Anchorage in the passage of Gam and Yangeffo. Here you will find some of the most spectacular dive sites in West Waigeo: Citrus Ridge, Mayhem, and Way Pretty Shallow. In the right conditions, you can expect some of the highest voltage diving in Raja Ampat, with currents bringing massive schools of barracudas, three species of Fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, bump head parrotfish, wobbegongs, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.

DAY 10 | Arborek (4 dives)

After waking within the mangroves, we will make the short journey to dive at Lalosi, a hard coral sea-mount with an incredibly diverse sea life range when the currents are strong. From here, we dive at one of the most reliable Manta ray congregation spots in all of Raja Ampat, the famous cleaning station, Manta Sandy. It is easy to spend a whole day observing these majestic creatures as they somersault through the water, feeding on plankton and being cleaned by several species of wrasse and butterflyfish. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to Arborek in Dampier Strait, where you will visit the local village and see the traditional way of life for these island people before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier. In the shallows, the posts at Arborek Pier are covered in soft corals, with pipefish and cuttlefish dwelling deeper below. On the reef, giant clams nestle among soft corals, providing shelter for hermit crabs, flatworms, and skeleton shrimp.

DAY 11 | Dampier Straight (2 Dive)

The final dive will be in the morning at Cape Kri, where you will discover some of the largest big fish concentrations in Raja Ampat. Large schools of trevallies, barracudas, bannerfish, sweetlips, tuna, and snappers congregate on these sites. Large grey reef sharks can also be seen. In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s stunning secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong, where you will arrive later in the evening.

DAY 12 | Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewells and transport you either to your hotel or airport.

Marine Life: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat. Divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand, and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species, and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulet sharks inhabit these waters too.

16 May 2021
Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong)
Arrival: 16 May 2021
Departure: 27 May 2021
Days/nights: 12 Days / 11 Nights
Raja Ampat (Sorong - Sorong)

The sample itinerary below highlights what you can expect on one of our cruises to Raja Ampat. Each cruise is unique; navigation and dive sites may vary slightly due to weather conditions and visibility.

DAY 1 | Embarkation in Sorong

We will pick you up either at your hotel or Sorong airport and take you to the harbor, where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, the diving operations, and life onboard. We will set sail at approximately 11 am (or when the last guest has boarded) and cruise through Sele Strait to reach the East of Misool, navigation of approximately 12 hours. This will allow you to get acquainted with the ship, set up your dive gear & cameras, and meet and socialize with the other guests and friendly crew.

DAY 2-6 | Southern Raja Ampat/Misool (16-18 Dives)

Misool is located South of Raja Ampat and is famous for its steep rocks with vertical walls, a profusion of soft, colorful corals, sea fans draped brilliantly over the reefs, and plenty of fish. The islands around East Misool are grouped by area. These are the areas you can expect to visit (weather permitting) and the most popular dive sites we frequent:

Balbulol (No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock): Schools of Platax, snapper, and bump head parrotfish can be found at these dive sites, including barracudas and jacks surrounding the pinnacles. You will spend the night in the hidden lagoon, a very special anchorage inside a narrow bay enclosed by towering rocks. We will take the dinghies to explore another lagoon located further into the rocks. As night falls, you will see and hear the magnificent Palm Cockatoos roosting along the rainforest edges.

Daram (Candy Store, Warna Berwana, Andiamo): Andiamo is a large, stunning reef with a submerged pinnacle covered in sea fans and surrounded by schools of fusiliers and batfish. Blacktip reef sharks and Napoleon wrasse can also be found here. Candy Store, named the first divers to explore this reef, felt like kids in a candy store, is covered in huge sponges, beautiful soft corals, and sea fans. In the valleys, schools of Fusiliers, butterflyfish, and barracuda gather.

Warokaraket/Boo Island (Shadow Reef, Jamur Boo, Yellit Kecil, or Besar) + Night Dive: Shadow Reef, also known as Magic Mountain, is one of the top-rated diving sites in Raja Ampat. An offshore pinnacle with a long and narrow ridge, shoals of bannerfish, pyramid butterfly, and yellow snappers can be seen cavorting on top of the ridge, persistently stalked by giant trevallies, orange-spotted jacks & longnose emperors. The ridge goes progressively down, with yellowtail barracudas patrolling the upper sector and white tip and grey reef sharks found nestled under the large coral tables. At the end of the peninsula is a cleaning station where oceanic manta rays come to be cleaned from parasites by wrasse and other reef fish.

Boo Rock or Jamur Boo is known for the “windows” or rounded openings on the end of an enormous rock that completely pierce the reef from the surface down to five meters deep. Although the two rocks appear separate from the surface, they are connected underwater by a magnificent reef draped in soft corals and brimming with fish. Reef sharks, parrotfish, surgeonfish, schooling batfish, fusiliers, snappers, and moray eels are all found here, as well as a wide variety of nudibranchs, unicornfish, octopus, and green turtles. Yellit Kecil’s (while sharing all of its neighboring sites) main characteristic is many Nembrotha nudibranchs that can be observed on the ridge.

Wayilbatan (Dunia Kecil, Barracuda Rock, Four Kings, Wedding Cake) + Night Dive: The Wayilbatan area offers impressive dive sites with a remarkable range of marine diversity topography. At Wedding Cake, schools of batfish, trevallies, barracuda, and pygmy seahorses congregate. You will have the opportunity to take in the scenic landscapes with some kayaking and paddle boarding amongst the most spectacular hidden lagoons in the region in the afternoon. Four Kings dive site is made up of four underwater pinnacles covered in soft coral and colorful tunicates. You can swim from one rock to the next, enjoying the soft corals, psychedelic colors, and abundant fish life. Be sure to look out for turtles here.

Yilliet (No Contest, Dangerous Kayak, Love Potion, Number 9, Pet Rock): In the early morning, we will take short navigation to dive into the Fiabacet area, where colorful soft corals and beautiful sea fans smother the reefs. A deep underwater ridge connects the islands of Boo in the East to Kalig in the West. In certain areas, the ridge moves up shallower to form the park’s incredible dive sites. These include Batu Kecil (also known as Tank Rock), Nudi Rock, and Whale Rock. Here you will find one of the most extensive reef systems in all of Raja Ampat, offering a fantastic range of marine diversity. You can expect to see abundant and healthy fish life, a galore of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, colorful anemones, and reef sharks.

Wagmab (3 Rocks, Goa Farondi): Located 20 km from Misool Island, this islet of Farondi is a popular dive site in Raja Ampat due to its unique and distinctive landscape, which consists of tunnels, caverns, boulders, and colorful walls. The western face of Farondi Island has two large caves with a shallow reef and a dramatic cliff north of the headland. Here, a shallow garden of stony corals gradually becomes a sandy slope home to large gorgonian fans and Barbiganti pygmy seahorses.

Goa Besar, situated south of Farondi, consists of superficial shelved gardens of yellow-colored soft corals, wall tops blanketed with plate corals, leather corals, yellow and purple sea squirts, rounded hollows filled with coral shrubberies, sponges, and red ornamental ghost pipefish. Tunnels in the caves collide with green soft coral trees and sponges and house night-time snapper and sweetlips. Late in the afternoon after your third dive, we will depart North and set sail for an overnight cruise to Penemu Island; navigation of approximately 12 hours.

DAY 7 | Penemu (3 Dives)

Early in the morning, we will arrive at Penemu’s My Reef dive site, where you will enjoy one of the largest fish populations in the area. This site is awe-inspiring, mainly when the current is strong. After breakfast, you will dive Melissa’s Garden; the most well-known site in the region, famous for its extensive and healthy hard coral reefs, as well as Galaxy; a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon, after your third dive, you will take a short boat tour to Penemu and walk up to the famous viewpoint above Penemu’s star-shaped lagoons. Here, you will have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset and dinner on board.

DAY 8 | Wofo (4 Dives)

We start the day with early navigation to the Wofo Island area, the most northern point of our cruise. Here, in the morning, you will dive at Wofo’s the Black Forest, a stunning dive traversing the deep black fan landscape rising to a beautiful and pristine shallow reef. The second dive is at Wofo Tembok (a wall dive) and finally Teman Wofo. The evening will be passed on the beach, experiencing one of Calico Jack’s famous beach BBQ parties, where the crew will entertain and socialize with you as you relax on our giant bean bags under a pagoda, explore the beach and meet the local hermit crabs.

DAY 9 | Gam (3 Dives)

An early morning’s navigation brings us to the stunning Mangrove Anchorage in the passage of Gam and Yangeffo. Here you will find some of the most spectacular dive sites in West Waigeo: Citrus Ridge, Mayhem, and Way Pretty Shallow. In the right conditions, you can expect some of the highest voltage diving in Raja Ampat, with currents bringing massive schools of barracudas, three species of Fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, bump head parrotfish, wobbegongs, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.

DAY 10 | Arborek (4 dives)

After waking within the mangroves, we will make the short journey to dive at Lalosi, a hard coral sea-mount with an incredibly diverse sea life range when the currents are strong. From here, we dive at one of the most reliable Manta ray congregation spots in all of Raja Ampat, the famous cleaning station, Manta Sandy. It is easy to spend a whole day observing these majestic creatures as they somersault through the water, feeding on plankton and being cleaned by several species of wrasse and butterflyfish. In the afternoon, we’ll make our way to Arborek in Dampier Strait, where you will visit the local village and see the traditional way of life for these island people before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier. In the shallows, the posts at Arborek Pier are covered in soft corals, with pipefish and cuttlefish dwelling deeper below. On the reef, giant clams nestle among soft corals, providing shelter for hermit crabs, flatworms, and skeleton shrimp.

DAY 11 | Dampier Straight (2 Dive)

The final dive will be in the morning at Cape Kri, where you will discover some of the largest big fish concentrations in Raja Ampat. Large schools of trevallies, barracudas, bannerfish, sweetlips, tuna, and snappers congregate on these sites. Large grey reef sharks can also be seen. In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s stunning secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong, where you will arrive later in the evening.

DAY 12 | Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewells and transport you either to your hotel or airport.

Marine Life: At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat. Divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop-offs, caves, black sand, and white sand. Giant manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species, and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulet sharks inhabit these waters too.

30 May 2021
Raja Ampat North (Sorong - Sorong)
Arrival: 30 May 2021
Departure: 07 Jun 2021
Days/nights: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Raja Ampat North (Sorong - Sorong)

Day 1: Embarkation in Sorong, Raja Ampat (1 dive)

We will pick you up either at your hotel or Sorong airport and take you to the harbor, where our crew will welcome you onboard Calico Jack. Following refreshments and a short tour of the ship, you will be briefed on safety, diving operations, and life onboard. We will aim to depart by noon and head 5 hours north to Waisai.

It will allow time for you to get acquainted with the ship, set up your dive gear & cameras, and meet and socialize with the other guests and friendly crew before an afternoon check dive. You will spend the night close to Waisai at safe anchorage, witnessing your first unforgettable sunset and dinner on board.

Day 2: Dampier Straight (4 Dives) (Mioskon, Chicken Reef, Cape Kri, Yenbuba)

After a short, early morning’s navigation, we begin the day with dives at Mioskon & Sardine Reef. Ironically, sardines are about the only reef fish not found at Sardine reef, but you’ll hardly notice as “fish thunder” (the loud booming sound made when large numbers of fish move rapidly through open water) engulfs you, and swarms of fish block out the sky. Both are excellent dive sites full of schooling fish, including fusiliers, surgeonfish, trevallies, rainbow runners, sweetlips, and bannerfish. The reefs are adorned in sea fans, soft corals, and orange elephant ear sponges.

In the afternoon, you will dive into Cape Kri. One of the most famous sites in the region boasts some of the largest concentrations of big fish in Raja Ampat and holds the impressive record of 374 fish species identified during one 90 minute dive. For sunset, we head west to our anchorage outside the village of Yenbuba, where you will experience your first-night dive at Yenbuba Jetty.

Day 3: Arborek Island/Manta Sandy (4 Dives) (Cape Yenbuba, Manta Sandy, Lalosi, Arborek)

Starting the day close to our anchorage, you will begin the morning with a dive at Cape Yenbuba, a beautiful drift wall dive. While taking breakfast, we relocate 1.5 hours to one of the most reliable Manta ray congregation spots in all of Raja Ampat, the famous cleaning station, Manta Sandy.

It is easy to spend a whole day observing these majestic creatures as they somersault through the water, feeding on plankton and being cleaned by several species of wrasse and butterflyfish.

For lunch, we’ll make our way to Arborek. After a third dive at Lalosi, a seemingly never-ending pristine submerged reef, you will visit the local village and see the traditional way of life for these island people before enjoying a night dive at the Arborek Pier.

In the shallows, the posts at Arborek Pier are covered in soft corals, with pipefish and cuttlefish dwelling more in-depth below. On the reef, giant clams nestle among soft corals, providing shelter for hermit crabs, flatworms, and skeleton shrimp.

Day 4: Penemu (3 Dives) (My Reef, Melissa’s Garden, Penemu Trek, Island Lagoon)

Early in the morning, we will arrive at Penemu’s My Reef dive site, where you will enjoy one of the largest fish concentrations in the area. This site is awe-inspiring, mainly when the current is strong.

Before lunch, we’ll squeeze in a second dive at Melissa’s Garden, a beautiful coral garden teeming with schooling fish and sharks; you will take a short boat tour to Penemu and walk up to the famous viewpoint above Penemu’s star-shaped lagoons.

Here, you will have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset. A night dive will follow the evening in the Island Lagoon area.

Day 5: Aljui (4 Dives) (Chanel No. 5, White Arrow, Channel Island, Cendana Pier)

Heading further north, we will enter a large natural bay around Aljui.

Here, you will have the chance to dive at Chanel No.5, White Arrow, and Channel Island, a mix of wall and reef dives close to the village and where pearl farming is conducted. The sites are brimming with soft, colorful corals, sea fans, pygmy seahorses, and a wide variety of nudibranchs.

Cendana Pier is also teeming with life and one of the best night dives in Raja Ampat.

Day 6: Wofo (3 Dives) (Black Forest, Wofos Wall, Teman Wofo, Beach BBQ)

We start the day with early navigation to the Wofo Island area. Here, in the morning, you will dive at Wofo’s the Black Forest, a stunning dive traversing the deep black fan landscape rising to a beautiful and pristine shallow reef. The second dive is at Wofo Tembok (a wall dive) and, finally, Teman Wofo.

The evening will be passed on a secluded beach, experiencing one of Calico Jack’s famous beach BBQ parties, where the crew will entertain and socialize with you as you relax on our giant bean bags under a pagoda while being served up our chef’s delicious BBQ dinner. Explore the beach, meet the local hermit crabs, and indulge in a glass of wine as music is played and fireworks light the night sky.

Day 7: Yanggefo (4 Dives) (Mayhem, Citrus Ridge, Lalosi, Batu lima)

An early morning’s navigation brings us to the stunning Mangrove Anchorage in the passage of Gam and Yangeffo. Here you will find some of the most spectacular dive sites in West Waigeo: Mayhem and Citrus Ridge. In the right conditions, you can expect some of the highest voltage diving in Raja Ampat, with currents bringing in massive schools of barracudas, three species of fusiliers, trevallies, batfish, bump head parrotfish, wobbegongs, as well as black and white tip reef sharks.

Lalosi (“Fusilier” in Papuan) is a hard coral seamount located west of Arborek Island, has extremely goof fish life when the current is running. The reef extends for up to half a kilometer, making it one of the better drift dives in Raja Ampat. We will make our final night dive at Batu lima. Magnificent little dive sight where walking sharks are often encountered.

Day 8: Dampier Strait (2 Dives) (Blue Magic, Sardine Reef, Sorong)

We save the very best for the last. During our final diving day, we discover two great dive sites: Blue Magic and Sardine Reef. Both of these sites offer some of the largest concentrations of big fish in Raja Ampat.

Large schools of trevallies, barracudas, sweetlips, tuna, and snappers congregate on these sites. Oceanic Manta can also be seen at Blue Magic.

In the afternoon, we have time to relax on one of Kri’s secluded beaches before sailing back to Sorong, where we arrive later in the evening.

Day 9: Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, the crew and Calico Jack will say our fondest farewells and transport you either to your hotel or airport.

Liveaboard Diving in Raja Ampat

Located in the Northwest corner of Indonesian West Papua, at the Indian and Pacific Oceans’ meeting points, pristine coral reefs (home to 75% of all known corals) teem with such an array of marine life that scientists describe it as a ‘species factory.’

This spectacular variety of marine life (over 1,300 species of fish, 600 mollusk species) combines with some of the natural world’s most exotic birds, including distinct Birds of Paradise. Raja Ampat is the undisputed epicenter of marine biodiversity and one of the richest marine ecosystems in the World.

The Raja Ampat archipelago (which, when translated to English, means ‘Four Kings’) encompasses 40,000 square km of land and sea, consisting of over 1,500 islets surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Batanta, Salawati & Waigeo. The first comprehensive scientific study of the area was conducted as recently as 2001, and a record-breaking census found nearly 1,000 previously unknown tropical fish species. With the unearthing of Raja Ampat’s biodiversity still in progress, international conservation groups, in partnership with local communities and government, established seven ecologically connected marine protected areas (MPA) in 2007. Another five across the Birds Head Peninsula have been added since.

The relative remoteness of Raja Ampat has been the region’s most outstanding defense against overuse and exploitation, resulting in a pristine ecosystem unfettered by the maelstroms of industrialization with ecological wealth unsurpassed anywhere else on the planet.