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How to get to your departure port?

Emperor Harmoni and Raja Laut operate in remote areas served by small domestic airports. The international airports of Bali, Jakarta, Makassar and Manado all have a variety of connections to the boats' nearest departure airports.

Indonesian airlines are known for delays and cancellations, so we also recommend clients avoid short connections even staying overnight. Many guests also like to arrive a day before departure and book into an hotel for 1 night before embarkation.

Recommended hubs for each port:

Of course, much of this depends on your international flights; however, for each Port of Embarkation we have listed possible options:

Itineraries From Hub To Port & Nearest Domestic Airport Airlines Between Hub & Port
Komodo Jakarta or Bali Airport & Port: Labuan Bajo Garuda Indonesia
Wings Air (Lion Air)
Batik Air (Jakarta only)
Nam Air (Sriwijaya)
Raja Ampat Jakarta
Manado
Makassar
Bali*
Airport: Sorong
Ports: Embark Waisai (via ferry), disembark Sorong
Garuda Indonesia
Nam Air (Sriwijaya)
Batik Air (Jakarta only)
Lion Air
Raja Ampat & Banda Islands Jakarta
Manado
Makassar
Bali*
Airport: Sorong or Ambon
Ports: Embark Waisai (via ferry) or Ambon, disembark Ambon or Sorong
Garuda Indonesia
Nam Air (Sriwijaya)
Batik Air (Jakarta only)
Lion Air
East Flores & Alor Jakarta or Bali Airport: Maumere or Alor (via Kupang)
Ports: Embark/disembark Maumere or Kalabahi Bay (Alor)
Garuda Indonesia
Wings Air (Lion Air)
Nam Air (Sriwijaya)
TransNusa
Alor & Banda Sea Jakarta or Bali Airport: Ambon or Alor (via Kupang)
Ports: Embark/disembark Ambon or Kalabahi Bay (Alor)
Garuda Indonesia
Wings Air (Lion Air)
TransNusa

* No direct flights to Sorong from Denpasar/Bali

Special Consideration for Raja Ampat

All Raja Ampat cruises will start in Waisai and will finish and disembark in Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia.

The most convenient and cost-effective way to get to Waisai is by speedboat ferry. For your convenience, a one-way "VIP" ferry ticket from Sorong to Waisai is included in the price of your liveaboard.
Additionally, if you have both the time and would prefer to break up your journey, we advise you to consider staying a night in a hotel either in Sorong or Waisai before boarding.

Please chat to Emperor's helpful and resourceful reservations team who will be happy to advise you either by using the live chat or email at reservations@emperordivers.com.

Why not use a helpful local agent?

It's easy to book accommodation in Indonesia using websites like Booking.com however many guests prefer to book arrival transfers, tours, hotels and some internal flights with a local agent. We'll happily connect with an agent partner in Indonesia who can help with all your local travel requirements.

We'll not only put you in touch but stay with you through every step of the communication process.

It's normally cheaper to book your domestic flights along with your long haul flights but if you do need assistance with domestic flights this same agent is licenced to provide tickets for you.

Getting to your international hub

Bali:

As Indonesia's most popular tourist hot spot, a whole host of airlines fly here from all over the world.

Bali is possibly one of the most famous tourist destinations on earth and is the epicentre of Indonesian tourism. It's a hot spot for surfers, beach bums and yogis to name a few. No matter what your taste or your budget Bali has it all.

From the surf paradise beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Canggu to the Wellness and Yoga hub of Ubud, Bali has something for everyone to relax and entertain before or after your Emperor dive holiday.

Jakarta:

A host of international airlines from around the world fly into Indonesia's capital.

Jakarta is the most populated city in Indonesia and (in)famous for its shopping, nightlife and traffic.

Manado:

Silkair (soon to be replaced by Scoot) from Singapore is the best way to get to Manado directly from outside of Indonesia. Both Silkair and Scoot are subsidiaries of Singapore Airlines, so flights from your home country via Singapore to Manado are usually easy to arrange. The only other direct international flight to Manado is from Davao (Philippines).

If you would like to extend your holiday in Indonesia for some land based diving, then Manado is the perfect choice being the home to both Bunaken National Park and muck diving in the Lembeh Strait. Eco Divers is a reliable operator who has dive centres at both of these world-class spots.

Makassar:

Silkair (soon to be replaced by Scoot) from Singapore and AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur are the only way to get to Makassar directly from outside of Indonesia. Both Silkair and Scoot are subsidiaries of Singapore Airlines, so flights from your home country via Singapore to Manado are usually easy to arrange.