What are the choices?
- Fly to Sorong in Indonesia’s West Papua province
- Take a taxi from the airport to Sorong ferry harbour
- Then one of the ferries to Waisai
How to get to Raja Ampat ?
1: Getting to Sorong
Flight info presented here is aimed at international travellers seeking the quickest route to Raja Ampat from outside Indonesia and so ignores flights to Sorong from airports not serviced by international flights (Ambon, Jayapura etc).
Domine Eduard Osok Airport – SOQ
Sorong’s airport is Domine Eduard Osok (IATA code: SOQ) not Jefman Airport as some sources report. Jefman is an older airport (originally built by the Japanese during World War II) on an island off Sorong.
- There are no international flights into Sorong
- There are no direct (non-stop) flights from Bali to Sorong
From outside Indonesia:
Via Jakarta or Surabaya:
- Lots of airlines fly from Southeast Asian hubs to Jakarta and Surabaya.
- Silk Air flies from Singapore to Makassar (flights codeshared with Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia)
- Air Asia offers direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Makassar
Note that these are merely the most convenient entry points for international travellers bound for Sorong. There are other international airports in Indonesia, but to the best of our knowledge, none of those offer non-stop flights to Sorong. (Correct us if we’re wrong about that!)
From inside Indonesia:
- Use Traveloka, Tiket.com, Tiket2Indonesia or Skyscanner to check availability of flights from your departure point
- Many international credit cards do not work on Indonesian websites. Most guests report they have no trouble paying by card on Garuda’s website. Nusatrip.com sells Indonesian domestic flights and is worth a try if you have problems.
- If you want to experience sea travel in the archipelago, here’s Indonesia’s Pelni ship schedules.
Direct flights to Sorong
As Raja Ampat tourism grows, so do the number of flights available to Sorong. We used to publish a table of airlines and their flight times here, but the last few years’ growth in the available options has made it impractical for us to keep those up to date.
Instead, here’s a list of links to the airlines that fly direct (no stops) to Sorong from the most convenient international airports mentioned above. This information was current in March 2018. We recommend searching one of the flight aggregators linked above to quickly find available flight dates and times from the Indonesian airport that best that suits you.
Surabaya to Sorong (SUB-SOQ): Batik Air
2: Sorong airport to harbour transfers
The taxi ride from Sorong airport to the ferry harbour takes around 10-20 minutes, depending on traffic, and the asking price is around 100,000 Rupiah (~ USD10.00)
If you don’t have a lot of luggage you can get a lift on the back of a motorbike (ojek) for about 20,000 Rupiah (~USD2.00)
If you’re trying to keep costs as low as possible you can get there for 6000 Rupiah if you’re happy to walk a few hundred metres to the main road and catch the yellow public bimos (minibuses) to the city terminal, then transfer to the bimos heading for the harbour. Each leg of the trip is 3000 Rupiah – no news yet on how long that takes…
3: How to get from Sorong to the Raja Ampat islands
There are three choices for making your own way from Sorong to the Dampier Strait islands of northern Raja
3.1: Public Ferries
There are three companies that operate ferries between Sorong and Waisai. Waisai is on the island of Waigeo and is the capital of the Raja Ampat regency. All of the accommodation options on this website provide pickup from Waisai.
Departures from Sorong’s Pelabuhan Rakyat (public harbour) are at 0900 and 1400 every day. Journey time is about 2 hours.
Tickets can be purchased on your day of travel at the ticket offices in the Waisai and Sorong port office buildings. Just ask at the port if you can’t spot those. There are often also agents selling them on the wharf itself and you can purchase them on board if you board without one. Online booking of ferry tickets is not available.
At Sorong harbour, the express ferries can be found by going to the very end of the L-shaped pier. The express ferry is often tied up alongside another ship at the end of dock and you have to cross that ship’s deck to board the ferry.
Times shown in the tables below are departure times. The trip takes about two hours.
Bahari Express tickets are IDR 100,000 for economy class, or IDR 215,000 for a VIP ticket. A VIP seat will give you an adjustable-back chair in an airconditioned room.
|BAHARI EXPRESS SCHEDULE – FEBRUARY 2020|
|DAY||SORONG TO WAISAI||WAISAI TO SORONG|
After arrived at Raja Ampat our staf will pickup at Waisai harbour
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