Melissa's Garden

Corals & fishes are everywhere

Raja Ampat Dive Site Melissa

Truly amazing dive site

Melissa’s Garden is a truly amazing dive site in Raja Ampat. It is located in between the small Jet Fam Islands, Northwest of the bigger island of Batanta and nearby famous Piaynemo island.

Dive Site Melissa

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.

A reef full of life

The dive site features an oval-shaped reef brimming with small marine life. It has a flat top with extended areas of intensely colored coral gardens that are made up of impressive hard and soft corals that come in a variety of colors and shapes, in addition to sponges and masses of crinoids. This abundance of hard and soft corals has created some magnificent formations where a large array of small marine creatures have found their shelters. It is a paradise for macro divers and macro photography lovers, who will not know what to photograph among all this beauty. It is the perfect spot for searching many brightly colored nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, ghost pipefish, mushroom coral pipefish and many anemone fish nesting amongst the anemones.

Clownfish Family

Topography of the dive site

Melissa’s garden is an eye catching dive, through and through, with endless healthy, colorful coral and fish everywhere you look. The reef starts at about 8 to 12 meters, sloping down to a sandy bottom at about 25 meters. Some species you will be able to see are angelfish, lionfish, large schools of surgeons and parrot fish crocodile fish, schools of fusiliers, anthias, damsels, ribbon eels, pinjalo snapper, centuries-old giant tridacna clams and many different species of splendidly coloured fish. In deeper waters sea snakes, barracudas and rabbitfish are also seen as well as sometimes manta rays. Keep your eyes peeled for the weirdly wonderful wobbegong sharks, grey reef sharks and blacktip reef sharks.

Wobbegong Shark in Melissa

A wonderful Coral Garden accessible to all levels

The dive site is relatively uncomplicated, which makes it suitable for all levels of divers. A good news for non-divers, is that the shallowest reefs rest at five meters below the surface, hence it is also a snorkelling friendly spot, so everyone can witness this huge variety of corals that goes as far as the eye can see. Melissa’s Garden is without any doubt one of the best coral reefs in Raja Ampat.

Not just a garden in name, Melissa’s Garden reef truly seems a never ending garden of an amazing diversity of soft and hard coral, fighting with each other for space, that are home to a wide variety of fish life. No wonder why it is considered to be amongst the oldest and most pristine and spectacular coral reefs in the archipelago.

Melissa

The best diving conditions

Be prepared to be amazed by this unmissable dive site whenever you decide to visit this part of the world, since there is no specific recommended time to visit this coral garden. Melissa’s Garden is good for diving at any time of the year, as its tropical climate and ocean’s sea water temperature tends to be constant at 29 Celsius degrees, creating perfect conditions for all year-round.

No visit to Raja Ampat will be complete without visiting this dive site!

Combtooth Blenny

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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.

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