Chicken Reef

A huge submerged pinnacle with huge marine life diversity

Chicken Reef Raja Ampat

Rock formations of all shapes

Chicken Reef site is a submerged pinnacle located in the Northeast of Kri Island. This reef has a depth of approximately 30 meters and features some rock formations and various soft and hard corals where colorful fish inhabit. The reef has an enormous number of magnificent marine life, in particular large numbers of reef fish and of course, many black tip reef sharks.

School of Giant Trevaly in Chicken Reef

An adventure in Central & South Raja Ampat

Diving Cruise RAJA AMPAT | 12 Days / 11 Nights

Central & South Raja Ampat, 
Waisai to Sorong

Departures 
2022
13th & 27th Dec

Departures 2023:
- 20th Jan
- 1st & 15th April
- 9th May
- 2nd June

315$ per day instead of 350$
Total 3770$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 3 dives/day

Please refer to the FAQ Section

Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
10.0
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
Testimonials

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Map Cruise Raja Ampat Misool 12 Days 11 Nights

Day 1 : Welcome onboard!

Today is the cruise departure! We will be waiting for you at the airport of Sorong or we can pick you up at your hotel if you have already arrived and we will take you to the harbor of Waisai. From now on, you are in our hands, and we will take care of everything. Once on the boat, you will get a general briefing from the cruise director before he shows you around the boat. After what, you will be shown to your cabin and enjoy the boat for the rest of the day.

Day 2 : Dampier Strait

South Waigeo, Gam Island and the Dampier Strait are a renowned area of Raja Ampat. The Dampier Strait is full of an amazing marine diversity due to the rich currents going through this area. We will start with diving on the East side of the passage at Blue Magic which is an incredible dive site and the best to start your dive liveaboard. In the afternoon, we will go diving to Sardine Reef and Kap Kri where we will have the chance to see some big pelagic! At the end of the day, we will drop the anchor in Yenbuba bay where we might have the time to take a small walk in the streets of this authentic village toward the church.

Day 3 : Mansuar Island

The small village of Saundarek is located on this island but it does not change the fact that this is one of the most abundant area in marine life. We will go diving in the waters from this village and discover the Napoleon wrasse, barracudas and reefs sharks that swim in the area… Later, we will have few opportunities and will decide the dive sites according to the conditions but the idea is either to go diving with Manta rays at Manta Ridge, in the incredible Coral Garden of Mayhem or in Cytrus or Yeben Kecil… Many wonderful dive sites full of diversity. At the end of the day, we will have a tasty BBQ party on Yeben beach!

Day 4 : Pianemo Island

Early morning, we will do a small trekking to the top of Pianemo Island where we will enjoy the sunrise with a wonderful view on Raja Ampat archipelago, the Waigeo Island facing us. Later, in the morning, after a small snack, we will go for our first dive on Barracuda Reef. After, we will eat a copious breakfast and head back to the water for a dive in Melissa’s Garden, a site with the richest marine fauna and flora… In the beginning of afternoon, we will go for our third dive at My Reef where many species face each other and sometimes we have the chance to see the hunt with the trevally and tuna chasing their preys. At the end of the day, we will cruise to Misool, South Raja Ampat for the second part of our journey.

Day 5 : North of Misool Park

We will start our discovery of Misool area by the North and first go on the dive site of Sagof which is an incredible macro site where you have to look in the shelters of the wall. We will also go on the famous site of Wagmab where we often find some carpet sharks waiting for their preys… In the afternoon, we will head to Farondi Cave which is a cave going from 3 to 30 meters deep and worth to be explored before drifting along the wall.

Day 6 : Daram, West of Misool

Today, we will go diving in Daram area which is renowned for its aquatic landscapes and its water clarity. Many sites are available in this area such as Andiamo, Candy Store or Warna Berwarna…

Day 7 : Yuliet & Romeo

These two tiny islands offer an exceptional plateau of coral, the marine life is rich and you will encounter barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, black tip and epaulet sharks. A typical topography of Raja Ampat.

Day 8 : Pele area

This area is located in the Southwest of Misool and we will go diving in Kaleidoscope, so called for its multicolor corals… We also plan to take you on an incredible dive on Blue Hole where a big hole in the rock goes down to 30 meters deep. A splendid tunnel that will amaze all the divers and photographers. Later, we will also go to Pele’s Playground where we will find some Manta and Mobula rays as well as other pelagic.

Day 9 : Fiabacet

This area is located at the top South of Misool. It is renowned for its flora beauty with the numerous sponges, wonderful corals and Gorgonians that cover the walls and reefs… Exceptional macro dives should be done in this area with the sites of Nudi Rock and Tank Rock that are 5 stars world-class dive sites.

Day 10 : Southeast of Misool

This area of Misool is among the most famous of Raja Ampat with few internationally renowned dive sites such as Boo Window where the coral and the marine life is so abundant that it is difficult to see it through… Other dive sites such as Karang Bayangan and Magic Mountain that host a big population of pelagic and big species, a paradise for every diver.

Day 11 : Goodbye Misool

In the morning, we will have enough time to do a last dive in the North of Misool. Later, we will cruise back to Sorong and enjoy the way back on the boat. Surprises and stunning landscapes are part of the way back, don’t forget to enjoy the view!

Day 12 : Arrival in Sorong

We are back in Sorong and it is the last day of the cruise… We will have a nice morning and have enough time to exchange pictures and memories but after that it will be time for check-out. Say bye to the crew and the boat. We will take you back to the airport or to your hotel in Sorong area and you will leave this trip full of lifelong memories!

* Please note that the itinerary and services mentioned above are subject to be changed if force majeure, unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances require the captain or the crew to do so. However, we will always do our best to stick to this program.

Type of dive

This site is exposed to strong currents, and usually dives in Chicken Reef are done below 30 meters of depth, therefore the site is only recommended for advanced divers and higher levels and will be best dived when the current is just right. The very great visibility, normally reaching 30 meters, helps divers with their navigation in the strong currents, nevertheless when currents are milder, the current will just move you along the reef in a pleasant way.

Orange Lined Cardinal

One of the richest Fauna

Chicken Reef’s slope is dotted with large coral bommies and within the gorgonian fans and anemones you will find plenty of critters hiding. There are plenty of soft and hard corals such as black stag-horn corals, table corals and feather corals, which makes this site a mind-blowing diving spot for coral lovers. The bottom of the site is a sandy floor and it is packed with schools of black snappers, large schools of fusiliers, groupers, clown triggerfish, sweet lips, blue fin jacks, batfish, surgeonfish, tunas, garden eels, butterflyfish and smaller groups of moorish idols, unicorn surgeonfish, angelfish and banner fish. Despite the fact of having a similar topography to other sites, it delivers a vastly different set of species. What also makes this an interesting site, is the large quantity of small fish that attract predators, hence it is common to see barracudas, whitetip sharks or giant trevallies in search of food. Spanish mackerel can be spotted swimming around the reef. On the shallower parts of the dive site, you can frequently see a large school of bump head parrotfish cruising around. You might also be rewarded with the sighting of Crocodile fish or Wobbegong Sharks.

Thornback Cowfish

And beautiful Macro

In regards to the macro life of this amazing site, fish that can be found include pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimps, flatworms, nudibranchs, pipefish frogfish, leaf fish and some very interesting crabs. This fantastic dive site is a photographer's dream, with both wide angle and macro opportunities, which means one time will not be enough, and you will want to do it again.

Lined Nembrotha Lineolata

What are you waiting for?

The colors of Chicken Reef are amazing, the reef life is great, it is perhaps the most commonly visited in Raja Ampat, so don’t think twice and come to discover the beauty of the place, favorite of many.

Divers can enjoy this site all year round, given the exceptionally warm water temperature, ranging from 28 to 30 Celsius degrees. However, the best time to dive here is from mid-October to mid-December, due to the sunny weather and calm seas.

Crocodilefish Close-up

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We choose to work with people we know for years, all offering a high quality service on perfectly maintained Phinisi.

All boats, Cabins & on-board furniture's have an authentic and sophisticated design, made with quality materials.


Spacious and Comfortable
shared space, Lounge, Sun Deck, Restaurant will grant you a maximum comfort.

You will also enjoy free access to kayaks and stand-up paddles (SUP) if you wish to explore the surrounding.
Then it's up to you to chose if you want to enjoy a stunning sunset from the lounge with a fresh drink or from the SUP in the middle of pristine water.

One of the most, if not the most important part of your cruise, The Crew. They all are experienced, they know when to be discreet and how to treat you well.

Another important part of your journey, the Food., you will enjoy some great dishes cooked with love by some skilled chef. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, you will be delighted all day long. 


You can refer to the label on the boat description to have a quick overview about the class of the cruise.
Luxury
 All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and Private bathroom (ensuite). 
Comfort: All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and some cabins may have shared bathroom (Max 2 cabins).

You should definitely consider the full charter option especially if you are planning this cruise with your family or friends. It will make the experience even more exceptional. As we offer a large choice of boat, no matter if you are 6, 10 or more than 12 we will find the best vessel according the standing you are expecting. From 1000$ per night in adventure standing, 2000$ per night in Comfort standing and from 3000$ in Luxury standing. Contact us for more informations.

Not at all, beginners can do discover scuba diving during the cruise (let us know to arrange it)


Open water certified divers or equivalent will have access to most of the dive sites, but to make the best of the cruise Advanced level and experience in drift dive is recommended. You can spend a few days with us in Bali before starting your cruise, by joining our Safari tour or to get your Advanced certification in one of our four dive centers, it will allow you to dive up to 30m depth, to join night dives and be more confident and comfortable while drift diving.

For an even better training we recommend you to join the drift specialty in Nusa Lembongan.

If you are more into Leisure, Yoga or Surfing, we can offer you some great cruise experience while practicing some of your favourite activities. Contact us for more informations.