Sorong is the largest city of West Papua, well known as the access point for the incredible scuba diving found at Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.
Sorong diving connects tourists to Raja Ampat’s remote, pristine reefs and marine diversity which has been found to be considerably greater than other diving locations across the world. Divers can also travel by liveaboard to Canderawasih Bay, which is famous for whale shark sightings, four species of sea turtle as well as dolphins and dugongs.
There is no scuba diving directly from Sorong, yet, the port city is the common access point to the aquamarine waters of Raja Ampat and Cenderawasih Bay. Liveaboards, which allow divers to see a wider range of dive sites, will pick you up from Sorong’s port and dive resorts offer transfers. Raja Ampat dive resorts do not often access the south of Raja and hence visiting liveaboards are the best way to visit the south as well as Cenderawasih Bay.