Raja Ampat

Located off the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province is the Raja Ampat Archipelago. Also known as the Four Kings, this remote region comprises over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. This part of Indonesia is within the Coral Triangle – the region with the richest marine biodiversity on earth. A Raja Ampat liveaboard promises to be the trip of a lifetime for scuba divers and snorkelers alike.

Raja Ampat is a true diver’s and snorkeller’s paradise with crystal clear waters, massive coral reefs, and the world’s greatest marine biodiversity. Still almost entirely unpopulated and quite remote, these islands offer stunning uninhabited beaches and idyllic islands to explore at leisure, the perfect setting for a Raja Ampat liveaboard or luxury cruise.

Raja Ampat Liveaboard Experiences

Whether you are a seasoned diver or snorkeler, or someone who is just starting out, you’ll be mesmerised by the sheer abundance of fish and the incredible marine biodiversity at every site. With so much on offer in this remote region of Indonesia, a Raja Ampat liveaboard is undeniably the best way to explore. Cruise the islands in comfortable luxury, diving or snorkeling whenever you want, and spending the time in between soaking up the sun on the deck.

Raja Ampat is home to numerous species of sharks and rays including wobbegong sharks, reef sharks, epaulette sharks, manta rays, eagle rays and huge marble rays. It’s not only the big fish that are impressive though; the reefs are adorned with tiny jewel-like reef fish; dense schools of silvery fish occupy the blue; and for those who prefer macro life and intriguing critters there’s pygmy seahorses, an array of rare nudibranch, harlequin shrimps, flamboyant cuttlefish, frogfish and everything in between.


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Dense schools of silver fish occupy the blue in Raja Ampat


For anyone who is looking for a luxury and truly tropical remote destination, a Raja Ampat liveaboard aboard El Aleph ticks all of the boxes. This is a dream come true. Aquamarine bays, deep blue ocean, powder white sand, palm trees, lush jungle, unique wildlife, and the finest Raja Ampat liveaboard cruise vessel available.


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Raja Ampat is an underwater paradise


Raja Ampat’s Diverse Wildlife and Birdlife


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The Red Bird of Paradise is found in Raja Ampat


A luxury Raja Ampat liveaboard is not only of interest to those who prefer to spend their time exploring underwater. Bird life and wildlife in Raja Ampat is prolific and it is home to several species of Birds of Paradise including both the Red and Wilson’s Birds of Paradise. Other common bird species include: Lorikeets, Eclectic parrots, Kookaburras, Paradise Kingfishers, Glossy mantled manucodes, Cockatoos and many more.


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The cuscus is an endemic tree-dwelling marsupial


As some of Raja Ampat lays on the Australasian continental plate the flora and fauna of Raja Ampat has similarities to that found in Australia. Raja Ampat is where you will also find the endemic cuscus (a tree dwelling marsupial), monitor lizards and coconut crabs.


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A Papua New Guinea and Raja Ampat liveaboard is a true voyage of discovery


Combining Destinations

Raja Ampat is also an easy destination to link with the Banda Sea, Alor, the Forgotten Islands, the Spice Islands as well as Komodo for those planning a longer voyage. For those who really want to get off the grid and make a true voyage of discovery, a cruise of Raja Ampat and Papua New Guinea combined is highly recommended.

Unmatched Luxury and Service

The level of luxury and exemplary service that is offered aboard el Aleph simply cannot be matched by a land-based operator in this region. Why would you choose to restrict yourself to one small area when you can explore it all? A private charter on board el Aleph uniquely ensures the ultimate in personalized service and unfettered attention. From the moment you step on deck, your needs will not only be met but will be exceeded by far. From ensuring your coffee (or cocktails) are prepared exactly as you want, to lavish menus developed around your preferences, the crew is on hand to make sure that you and your guests want for nothing.

It’s not only our service, 5 star cuisine, and lavish cabins that are unparalleled. Aboard el Aleph you decide your schedule, where you want to go, and when. There are no one else’s needs to take into account other than yours – this is a truly exclusive way to explore off the grid and without compromise.


If you have a taste for exploring and don’t want to compromise on the finer things in life, then a private charter with el Aleph guarantees unparalleled service, luxurious and spacious cabins, privacy, and of course – an incredible adventure from start to finish.

For reservations or enquiries, please contact us using our contact form –  or email us at info@elalephcruising.com; and we will promptly reply.

Please note that we are not a yacht agency — your enquiries will be addressed directly by el Aleph’s owner. All of our charters are custom designed to suit your tastes and interests. For your comfort and privacy, we accept bookings for full boat charter only — not by the cabin.