How to get to Emperor Raja Laut?
Emperor Raja Laut operates in some of the world's most beautiful and outstanding areas of natural beauty with the majority of itineraries starting in relatively remote domestic airports. We therefore recommend clients use one of the four main international hubs for international flights to Indonesia - Bali, Makassar, Manado and Jakarta.
Indonesian airlines are infamous for delays and cancellations so we also recommend clients plan at least one night in each of these hubs between their international and domestic flights in and out of Indonesia.
Recommended hubs for each port:
Of course, much of this depends on your international flights; however, for each Port of Embarkation we have listed our recommended hub:
|Port of Embarkation / Disembarkation||Itineraries||Hub||Airlines Between Hub & Port|
|Labuan Bajo||Komodo, Banda Sea||Bali||
Nam Air (Sriwijaya)
Wings Air (Lion Air)
Embarkation Waisai via Sorong
Raja Ampat & Banda Islands
Nam Air (Sriwijaya)
Nam Air (Sriwijaya)
|Ambon||Raja Ampat & Banda Islands||Makassar or Jakarta||
Special Consideration for Raja Ampat
The Government of Raja Ampat in Waisai, Indonesia has announced that from the 1st of January 2018, all port clearance for tourist cruising and diving permits must be processed and issued in Waisai instead of Sorong.
As a result, all Raja Ampat cruises departing from the 1st January 2018 will board and depart from Waisai, Raja Ampat province.
However, to minimise the disturbance to you and your plans and holidays, all cruises will start in Waisai and will finish and disembark in Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia.
Therefore, please consider one of the following two options in order to get from Sorong to Waisai for your arrival (boarding) of Emperor Raja Laut:
- FLY: A 30 minute flight with either NAM Air in the morning or WINGS (a subsidiary of LionAir) in the afternoon. These flights cost approximately IDR350,000 (USD25)
- FERRY: A 2 hour speedboat ferry from Sorong to Waisai which costs IDR200,000 (USD15). Clients will be met at Sorong airport and accompanied to the ferry with a member of the Emperor Raja Laut team.
We would also like to suggest that if you have time, and want to break up their journey, we can suggest considering the facilities provided by Meridian Adventure Dive. For more information please visit their website.
If you would like an introduction to Meridian Adventure Dive, please feel free to contact Emperor's helpful reservation team who will be happy to put you in touch with them directly.
Getting to your international hub
As Indonesia's most popular tourist hot spot, a whole host of airlines fly here from all over the world. For a comprehensive list please visit Skyscanner.
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 and Seminyak to the Wellness and Yoga hub of Ubud, Bali has something for everyone to relax and entertain before or after your Emperor Raja Laut cruising holiday.
A host of international airlines from around the world directly service Indonesia's capital, such as Garuda Indonesia direct from London and Amsterdam. A comprehensive list of airlines flying into Soekarno-Hatta Airport is here.
Jakarta is one of the most populated cities in Indonesia and famous for its shopping, nightlife and traffic.
Silk Air from Singapore is the only way to get to here directly from outside of Indonesia. This is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines so flights from your home country via Singapore to Manado are usually easy to arrange.
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 Straits. Eco Divers is a reliable operator who has dive centres at both of these world-class spots.
Silk Air from Singapore and AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur are the only way to get to Makassar directly from outside of Indonesia. Silk Air is a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines so flights from your home country via Singapore to Makassar are usually easy to arrange.