Boats seeking to cruise Cenderawasih Bay, must obtain a SIMAKSI letter, which gives the vessel permission to visit the National Park. Once granted this letter, a ranger will be assigned to the vessel and will accompany and facilitate the entire trip.
The SIMAKSI application letter to be handed in at the National Park Authority office in Manokwari, requires:
- Identification of all passengers and crew
- Purpose of visit
- Length of stay
- List of all equipment that will be used
Address: Jl. Essau Sesa, Sowi Gunung, Manokwari, P.O Box 229, Tel/Fax: (0986) 214719.
There is a complicated and ever-changing list of charges for equipment and guests entering the National Park, but it is much wiser to let the yacht consultancy obtain the necessary permissions than for the uninitiated to try to navigate the convoluted entry system
Summary of Procedure for Liveaboards Visiting Cendrawasih Whale Sharks:
Private yacht procedures for entering in Triton Bay are more complicated than anywhere else in the BHS as locals have had much less contact with outsiders and are less understanding of tourist's intentions. Boats are required to check in with the port authorities in Kaimana and also meet the head of the village to which the specific cruising waters belong. As there are no official regulations and fees, it is recommended to go through an agent who can communicate with the locals and organize everything. A local agent can be found through the yacht consultancies.
A private yachts entering Raja Ampat are subject to fees, dependent on the size and passenger capacity of the boat. Currently there are no specific criteria, and private yachts wishing to cruise and dive in Raja Ampat should seek the services of a yacht consultant to arrange entry and permits.
Where to buy Raja Ampat Marine Park Entry Tags:
- Raja Ampat Tourism Management Team Office in Sorong, located in the JE Meridien (Directly opposite Sorong Airport entrance)
- Waisai Tourist Information Center
Contact information for the Tourism Management Team Office:
Tel: +62 951 328 358