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Sorong possibly no longer LOB departure point for Raja Ampat in future?

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I stumbled upon a listing for Gaia Love, a newer liveaboard for Indonesia. Don’t worry...I’m not booking another liveaboard....yet.

In the details section on the PADI Travel website, I noticed a blurb about a possible change in departure ports for all Raja Ampat LOBs. A copy/paste is below. Has anyone heard any mumblings about it?

I wonder how quickly it will happen if/when it’s decided. Sorong is not the easiest to get to given flight patterns/schedules compared to other Indo destinations and if travelers already have a confirmed flight to Sorong, it will become even more “So Wrong” if another 2 hour ferry ride is tacked onto it barring purchasing another flight. I haven’t looked into or know whether Waisai is easier or more difficult to fly into compared to Sorong.

- Currently this trip is scheduled to use the port of Sorong(SOQ). However, the government of Raja Ampat is considering to ask all liveaboards on Raja Ampat trips to go through the port of Waisai in the future. Waisai is about a 2h ferry ride from Sorong and has its own small airport, Marinda airport (RJM).

- There is NOT a confirmed date for this change in regulation yet. We highly recommend that all guests check our website or contact the PADI Travel customer support before booking their domestic flights.

 


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