Fam islands

Untouched virgin islands

Raja Ampat Fam Islands

Three islands' clusters

Fam islands (or Pam islands correctly pronounced) are a group of islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago with such a beauty comparable to stunning Wayag. They are located further West in the Pacific and are removed from the rest of the Raja Ampat islands. They can be divided into three island clusters; the Piaynemo islands, Pam (Fam) and surrounding islands, and the Bamboo islands. These islands, scattered at the Western end of the Dampier Strait, will blow your mind with incredible dives, deserted beaches, towering rock formations, and crystal clear lagoons.

Fam Islands Dive

Discover the mythic archipelago of the Four Kings

Diving Cruise RAJA AMPAT | 8 Days / 7 Nights

South Raja Ampat & West Waigeo Island, 
Waisai to Waisai

Departures
2022
- 11th
 May
5th June
- 2nd, 11th & 21st Aug
9th & 19th Nov
3rd Dec

Departures 2023:
- 10th Jan
- 3rd & 13th Mar
- 29th Apr
- 23rd May

300$ per day instead of 350$
Total 2399$/person FULL BOARD

Up to 3 dives/day

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Boat Rating *

Global
9.8
Vessel
9.7
Life Onboard
10.0
Activities
9.8
Itinerary *
Boat & Cabin
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Map Cruise Raja Ampat 8 Days 7 Nights

Day 1 : Sorong - Waisai

The adventure starts with your pick-up from Sorong Airport or your hotel, the crew will transfer you to the vessel located in Waisai harbor. Once arrived, you will be offered a welcome drink and right after your check-in, we will lift the anchor. You will have enough time to unpack, set your gear and socialize with others. You will spend your first dinner and night on board.

Day 2 : East 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 in the morning, we will arrive at Pianemo and go dive on its famous Reef where you will enjoy one of the largest populations of pelagic in the area. This site is very impressive, especially when the current is strong, when you can see the most of it. After breakfast, we will go dive on Melissa’s Garden, the most well-known site in the region, famous for its impressive and healthy hard coral reefs. Then, we will dive in Galaxy dive site which offer a large reef with abundant marine life. In the afternoon after your third dive, we will take you to Penemu Island where you can walk up to the famous viewpoint above Pianemo’s star-shaped lagoons. You will also have time to kayak and paddleboard amongst the incredible karst limestone landscape before sunset, dinner and night on board.

Day 5 : Wayag archipelago

Early morning, we planned to do a small trekking to the top of mount Pindito where an astonishing view is waiting for you, probably the best panorama you ever seen… After that, we will organize a dive in the waters next to this island where diversity is optimum. In the afternoon, we will go cruising between the islets with the speed boat and you will be offered to go diving, kayaking or paddling around this wonderful area. Few viewpoints are not to be missed!

Day 6 : Wohof Island

We will drop the anchor in front of this paradisiac island where white sand beach meets walls and stunning corals. We will go diving on the epic site of Edy’s Black Forest, black corals cover this reef with exceptional macro and don’t forget to look around to spot the schools of Trevally… We will also dive on Wofoh wall which is a gentle drift dive that allows you to examine the multicolor corals and the beautiful macro within the rocks: nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps are everywhere in the wall, just look around you to not miss anything!

Day 7 : Dampier Strait

Today is a special day as we need to schedule the dives according to your return flight. Anyway, most probably, we will be able to admire Wobbegong sharks in Mioskon and we will take you to Cape Kri where a record of 374 fish species identified during a 90-minute dive! A muck night dive awaits you at Yenbuba Jetty where we can find bobtail squid, octopus, stargazers, ghost pipefish, toadfish and lots of nudis. Only one or two dives will be possible on the last full day of cruise to match the surface time required for your return flight on the next day. In the evening, we will sail back to Sorong.

Day 8 : Disembarkation in Sorong

After breakfast and the last exchange of photos and memories, it will be time to say bye-bye to the crew, after what we will bring you back to your hotel or to the Airport in Sorong.

* 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.

Fam Islands: Amazing marine & on land features

Some of the highlights of these islands include the wonderful Piaynemo island, with its amazing dive and breathtaking view point, and Rufus island with its lagoon. With the exception of Piaynemo, almost all of the islands are small, low sand cays that are densely populated with coconut palms. You will find in this area, the most spectacular beaches in Raja Ampat with amazingly clear turquoise and azure water.

Rufus Island Raja Ampat

Lagoons & Coral Reefs

The Fam Islands group contains some of the most stunning coral reefs in Raja Ampat. The calm water, the abundance of marine life with some of the highest diversity of reef fish species known in Raja Ampat and pristine and colorful coral, attract divers from all over the world. The range of what you can see is endless, from larger predatory species such as sharks and tuna to brightly colored reef fish such as anthers and damsels, to tiny critters like different species of pygmy seahorses or even centuries old Tridacna Clams mingling amongst a tangle of soft and hard coral.

Just to have an idea of some of the great dive sites in the area, we can say that Melissa’s Garden for example, is considered one of the oldest and most pristine and diverse coral reefs in Raja Ampat. With such intense colors and tons of small marine life, this site is a paradise for underwater macro photographers. There is also Rufus dive site, a beautiful wall dive, where the wall is covered with soft and hard corals, sea fans and giant barrel sponges. The site features a limestone formation fringed by coral reef and a lagoon inside. And in Anita's Garden dive site, you will find some unique marine life.

Huge Barrel Sponge in Fam Islands

Incredible marine life

The life among these islands is hard to describe, lionfish, angelfish, large schools of surgeons and parrot fish, crocodile fish, schools of fusiliers, anthias, damsels, ribbon eels, snapper just to name a few. In deeper waters sea snakes, barracudas, rabbitfish and even wobbegong sharks are seen. Macro lovers will have their own feast with plenty of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, crabs, shrimps, octopuses, ghost pipefish, and mushroom coral pipefish and more. The waters surrounding the Fam Islands are also an important habitat for iconic species such as sharks, Napoleon fish, two types of turtles, both species of manta ray and marine mammals such as whales and dolphins. Dugongs and whale sharks have also been spotted.

Whale Shark in Fam Islands

An exceptional destination

Snorkeling is also very possible in Fam islands, just choose one island and have an experience that will be unmatched by any other location in the world. The beauty of this cluster of islands is not only underwater, but also above, with amazing hikes leading to rewarding viewpoints, lagoons, mangroves, incredible beaches, and peaceful spots where you feel like time doesn’t go by.

This archipelago has so much to offer, that despite being relatively far removed from the rest of the Raja Ampat regency; the wonders of Fam islands are definitely worth visiting.

Octopus on Fam Islands Reef