Many people want to travel to Raja Ampat in West Papua, but feel blocked by a sizeable budget. We are trying to calculate spending on a backpacker-style trip to this ‘paradise in eastern Indonesia’.
Here the calculation of the budget for a trip to Raja Ampat backpacker style.

1. Transportation to Raja Ampat

The scenario is to depart from Jakarta to Sorong, West Papua. There are several airlines that serve this route include Garuda Indonesia, Nam Air, Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air, and Xpress Air.

The flight price to Sorong fluctuates, with a range of IDR 1.5 million – IDR 3 million each way. From the lowest count, the fare to go home costs IDR 3 million.

Arrive in Sorong, tourists must cross to Raja Ampat. The choice is by ship or aircraft Susi Air. To reduce costs, ships are the right choice. A fast boat with two hours’ sailing time from Sorong to Waisai (the capital of Raja Ampat Regency) is priced at IDR 130,000.

2. Cost is required to enter Raja Ampat

To travel in Raja Ampat, tourists are subject to tariff of Environmental Maintenance Service (TLPL) set at IDR 500,000 per person for domestic tourists and IDR 1 million per person for foreign tourists. This rate can be paid at the port or the Raja Ampat District office.

3. Accommodation

In Raja Ampat there are many choices of accommodation types such as hotels, resorts and homestays. For backpacker, homestay is the right choice because the price per night is the lowest.

The price range of homestay in Raja Ampat starts from IDR 250.000. Per night. We choose a homestay close to the sights or dive sites you want to visit. This will affect the cost of transportation.

4. Transportation in Raja Ampat

Could be, this is your biggest expense while in Raja Ampat. Keep in mind, Raja Ampat is an archipelago, with a total of 1,864 islands. If you want nature tour in Raja Ampat, you need a boat boat island hopping.

The high price of fuel in Raja Ampa is very influential on motor boat rental prices. For example to go to Wayag from Waisai, budget required IDR 13 million Back and forth. Towards Pianemo from Waisai required budget IDR 8 million Back and forth. To Teluk Mayablibit from Waisai it takes budget IDR 6 million rupiah PP. One motor boat can usually be charged 10-12 people.

Therefore, to reduce the transportation budget in Raja Ampat, go in groups. The ability to bargain for motorboat fares is also indispensable.

5. Consumption

Budget meal in Raja Ampat is actually not great. Generally, lodging in Raja Ampat like a homestay even provide three meals a day. This includes room rates.

Unfortunately beyond that, the food seller is a bit difficult unless you are traveling in Waisai area, the capital of Raja Ampat Regency. Food prices start at IDR 20,000 per serving.

Before eating, it’s good to ask the seller how much the price of food. Also do not forget to bring food before island hopping or diving as the trip will be quite far away.

From the above information, let’s counting the budget to Raja Ampat a backpacker style. Local tourist guide Raja Ampat suggested, the best duration of exploring Raja Ampat is four days and three nights. Here’s the description of the budget:

  • Plane tickets Jakarta-Sorong PP IDR 3 million
  • Ticket ship capat Sorong-Waisai PP IDR 260,000
  • TLPL IDR 500,000
  • Three nights’ accommodation IDR 750,000
  • Transportation in Raja Ampat (Wayag) IDR 1.3 million
  • Consumption outside homestay IDR 100.000
  • TOTAL IDR 5,910,000

You need about IDR 6 million holiday from Jakarta to Raja Ampat for four days and three nights, with note your tour route only to Wayag and surrounding area. The budget does not include a submarine rental if you want to dive.