Raja Ampat is located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province. Raja Ampat or the Four Kings is an archipelago comprising of 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals.
Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source of larval dispersal made Raja Ampat possibly the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world with population of 1,508 fish species, 537 coral species, and 699 mollusk species. In addition to that, the tropical setting has created breath taking views and made Raja Ampat a paradise for bird watching. It is not a surprise that Raja Ampat is included in the Top 10 best destination for Tourism and Diving in the World.
Raja Ampat is a world’s top destination for water activities such as Diving and snorkeling. It is as well very famous for many amazing virgin landscape such as Wayag, Pianemo, Rufus Island, The Passage or Pasir Timbul. Yeben Island, the home of Cove Eco Resort is located just in the middle of these amazing spots.
Cove Eco Resort is a lovely eco resort in Raja Ampat that is located on a Private Island. We offer complete packages for family vacation, romantic getaways, and water sports activities. Cove Eco Resort facilities and services include first class pick up service from Sorong, Waisai or other resort and Homestay, fully equipped dive center, family activities and full service for VIP and Guests.
Cove Eco Resort is deeply committed to a policy of environmental and social responsibility. We seek to provide exceptional and enriching experiences in a sustainable environment, for both staff and guests alike. We aim to protect and revitalize both our natural surroundings and the community of Raja Ampat in which we operate. We are committed to demonstrating to our hosts, our guests, and the local government that tourism can support a local economy with much more favourable terms than mining, logging, overfishing, or shark finning. We’d love to sit down with with you over a cup of coffee and share more.
Our resort is based on 8 Cottage (6 Standard Cottage and 2 Superior Cottage) with about 40 staff. We can accomodate up to 18 persons maximum when full. Average occupancy is about 12 guest at the same time.
Unlike several resort or Homestay, we offer 24h electricity in every villa without any restriction (ceiling fan 24h) as well as hot water. Our electrical generator is located far away behind the hill so the environment of the resort is completly silent (except sound of wave and birds…).
We have a slow internet access with Wifi available 24h at the common area (not accessible from your cottage). The internet connection is using a private satellite connection of 1MB/s shared among guest which is very slow compared to land service. You can use it for light email, WhatsApp, Facebook messenger or basic web page. For more heavy web service the connection will require lots of patience ! Call with VoIP services (like WhatsApp call or Facetime call for example) will not work. Heavy website such as banking service, flight booking, etc... might not work. We recommend you to use 4G signal from your mobile (weak 4G signal from the jetty, but can be helpfull).
We have a weak 4G signal from our jetty that can be helpfull. It only work with local SIM card from Telkomsel. We strongly recommend you to purchase a 10Gb Data SIM card from Telkomsel upon arrival in international airport of Jakarta or Bali (ensure it is from Telkomsel and operational all over indonesia, or it might not work). Price for 10Gb cost from 200,000 to 300,000 IDR. It is not available in Sorong and we can't purchase it on your behalf.
Starting in December 2019 we have new Superior Cottages that are provided with Air Conditioning. Other Standard Cottages are provided with Ceiling fan.
Like most of resort in Raja Ampat, the fresh water is from fresh water well from the island. The fresh water can be salty depending of the rainfall. Water salinity at the resort range from TDS 500 to 2000 depending of the rainfall. (for info, potable water is up to TDS 1000 while seawater is around TDS 30000).
Our meals are carefully planned with a selection of Asian or International menu. We do not serve buffet, but instead our meals are freshly cooked with always two variation to choose prepared by our Chef. For the guest with allergies and meal restriction we will do our best to accomodate your preferences. Every meal is unique with no repetition over 7 days.
Due to our location, we make our own pastries in the island to ensure freshness. We serve fruit, however fruit and vegetable are a bit tougher since the terain is difficult to grow fruit and vegetables. Please accept our appologies if availability of desired fruit and vegetables are not available due to its nature of short life span.
Potable water is included and refillable Cove Bottle is provided for refill as much as you need. In addition Tea and Cofee are included as well.
No, alcoholic and soft drink are not included in the package price, but it is available at extra cost.
Yes, you can bring alcohol from the duty free or from your country (Indonesian custom allow for 1L bottle per person). We apply a corkage fee of 10 EUR on the bottle that you would bring and will keep it cool in our fridge to be served during your lunch and dinner.
Diagram are from Waisai, please note that Yeben Island is usualy more dry.
Unlike other region of Indonesia, climate in Raja Ampat is much more stable in average, with less distinct dry and rainy seasons. The weater is changing very rapidly and a blue sky occurs often after a short rain shower.
The Island of Yeben is usualy more dry than other location on main land such as Gam because the cloud are less attracted by our small island. It is very often that we can see heavy rain on the shore 10km from us while it is perfectly dry on our island.
Visibitlity tend to reduce from October to April when plankton high concentration brings Manta rays and other pelagic fish to the area. Summer months have greater visibility but with less pelagic fish.
The climate in Papua has not a very clear dry or wet season. However usualy the period of December to January tend to be more wet, while the period from mid-July to mid-September can be more windy.
As the weather is changing frequently, over a 7 nights stay you will most likely experience both rain and blue sky.
In Raja Ampat, the weather is windy from mid of July to early September. Aside from this yearly occurrence, diving in Raja Ampat is not particularly seasonal.
September and October bring massive schools of bait fish, which attract bigger hunting fish and Mobula rays.
The south winds in May and June bring more sharks and pelagics. Visibility tends to be at its best from April to June. See the calendar of diving season on the picture above.
Any month will be fine. However around the windy season (mid-july to mid-september) and the wet season (December to January) the sea can be more choppy.
The low season period from June to September usualy offer the best promotion, contact us for the best deals !
Most of foreign visitor tend to travel to South East Asia in Autumn, Winter and Spring to get our nice tropical weather and enjoy Western countries in Summer.
In addition all liveaboard quit Raja Ampat to relocate mostly to Komodo diving spot because the dry season start there (it's difficult to navigate to Komodo from November to April).
Finaly Raja Ampat is famous for Manta and they tend to show less often in the period of June to September.
We are open all the year. Because our resort is located on the north of Yeben Island, we are sheltered from the south and west winds that occur around August or December.
Yes, our resort has been build on the north side of the Yeben Island to be protected from south and West winds. Most of the time you will not notice much wind at the resort, with a calm sea in front of the resort.
|Airline||Flight No.||From Jakarta |
|Arriving in |
|1||Garuda||GA-682||Direct from Jakarta||00:30 am||06:35 am||4h 05m|
|2||Batik Air||ID-7797||Direct from Jakarta||00:30 am||06:30 am||4h 00m|
|Airline||Flight No.||From Sorong |
|Arriving in |
|1||Garuda||GA-699||One stop of 1h 10min in Makassar||14:55 pm||18:40 pm||5h 45m|
|2||Batik Air||ID-6285||One stop of 45min in Makassar||14:05 pm||17:15 pm||5h 10m|
|Airline||Flight No.||From Bali |
|Arriving in |
|1||Garuda||GA-405 + GA-682||One Stop of 2h 0min in Jakarta||22:00 pm||06:35 am||7h 35m|
|2||Batik Air||ID-6519 + ID-7797||One Stop of 1h 50min in Makassar||22:00 pm||06:30 am||7h 20m|
|Airline||Flight No.||From Sorong |
|Arriving in |
|1||Batik + Lion air||ID-6195 + JT 745||One stop of 1h 15min in Makassar||14:05 pm||18:10 pm||4h 55m|
|2||Garuda||GA-699||One stop of 3h 25min in Makassar||14:55 am||21:00 am||7h 05m|
If you would like to look at full schedule of all airlines going to Sorong, please check out www.traveloka.com for full information. Flight listed above are for information only based on 16th March 2019 update.
The nearest airport to Raja Ampat is located in Sorong. Unlike the olden days, the growth of tourism has made traveling to Raja Ampat more accessible and more affordable. Air Carriers such as Garuda, Sriwijaya, Lion Air, and Express Air offer transportation to Sorong from various destinations.
The fare for return air ticket from Jakarta or Bali to Sorong range from Rp. 3.5 million to 6 million (EUR 200-600).
Many international carriers provide baggage allowances for Scuba equipment, however domestic airlines are limited. At present the baggage allowance for Lion and Sriwijaya is 20 Kg per person. The allowance for Wings Air and several smaller companies is 15kg. Any excess baggage must be paid at the airport. Rates for excess baggage are subject to change without notice and vary depend on the airline, aircraft type and location.
For domestic flights in Indonesia, we recommend to use www.traveloka.com specialized in South East Asia which list all domestic airline in Indonesia. International flight booking website usualy only list the flight operated by Garuda, but not the other local airline such as Batik Air, Lion Air, Sriwijaj, Nam, etc...
That depends on your Nationality. Most of western nationalities have a “Free Tourist Visa” upon arrival valid for 30 days. Some others nationalities require a Visa to travel in Indonesia. Please check the Indonesian Embassy in your country to see if you qualify for a “Free Tourist Visa”.
Be carefull for the transfer between International and Domestic terminal. It takes about 20min of bus or taxi between terminal, but the time to find a taxi of a bus can take up to 30min. If you take a taxi, choose only Silverbird (black Mercedes) which are safe and cost about 100,000 IDR for terminal transfer (other type of taxi are STRONGLY not advised). For transfer between Domestic and International flight that are not from the same airline company, we advice minimum 4h and reasonable is 6h to cope with any delay or other issues.
During transfer in Makassar, you will be required to exit the plane, collect a boarding ticket at the transfer desk, return to the gate to return to the next (or same) plane. Be carefull of the gate number as it is very often that the gate number displayed on the screen do not match with the boarding pass, and sometime both of them do not match with the actual gate. So please always ask a staff to reconfirm the gate number.
In case of a delayed flight that prevent you to catch our regular transfer, an other dedicated boat would have to be arranged. It would cost 250 EUR per person >12 year (minimum 2) for an additional boat at different time and it would probably require to stay a night in Sorong for a cost of about 50-80 EUR.
Please ensure that your passeport validity is minimum 6 months from your last day outside of your home country. Most of airline will not let you flight with a passport that expire in less than 6 months from the return date of your vacation.
|Period||Saturday transfer |
|Monday transfer |
|Other transfer |
225 EUR (min.2)
|1st October to 31st May||Direct||via Waisai||via Waisai|
|1st June to 31st September||via Waisai||via Waisai||via Waisai|
|Transfer||Itinerary||Departure time||Arrival Time |
|Departure Time |
|Arrival Time||Flight Schedule|
|via Waisai||Sorong to Yeben island |
Yeben to Sorong
|09:00am from Sorong |
06:30am from Yeben
|13:30pm at Yeben |
11:00am at Sorong
|arrival at Sorong not later than 08:00am |
flight not earlier than 13:30pm
|Direct||Sorong to Yeben island |
Yeben to Sorong
|13:00pm from Sorong |
06:30am from Yeben
|16:30pm at Yeben |
10:00am at Sorong
|arrival at Sorong not later than 11:00am |
flight not earlier than 13:30pm
Our little paradise is unique due to its remote location that preserve it from mass tourism. To reach it, we have dedicated transport included in all our package on either Saturday or Monday. The transport is fully inclusive from airport or Hotel until the Island of Yeben via Waisai using scheduled ferry, or direct from Sorong to Yeben depending on the exact day.
Yes, subject to a surcharge of 225 EUR per person > 12 year (minimum 2), it is possible to arrive on other weekdays.
All extra transfer from Sorong are always via Waisai (not direct transfer).
For the months from October to May, direct transfer are organized for arrival/departure on Saturday. For other months or Monday, the transfer are via Waisai.
Yes, it is possible to arrange your transfer from other resort or Homestay around Dampier Strait on our way between Waisai and Yeben (such as Waisai Pier, Biodiversity Resort, Papua Explorer or Papua Diving and Sorido Bay resort) at no surcharge. For other days or other location not on our way, dedicated transfer can be arranged as well with specific surcharge. Please contact us for the details.
We will pickup you at your prefered location (Sorong Airport, Sorong Hotel or other location agreed during the reservation). Our friendly staff will guide you all the way, take your baggages, ticket as required and your Marine Park entry fee will be already prepared by our team as agreed during the reservation.
For transfer via Waisai, you shall be in Sorong not later than 08:00am.
For direct transfer, you shall arrive in Sorong not later than 11:00am.
On the departure day, you will leave the island early morning around 06:30am and will reach Sorong around 10:00am to 11:00am depending of your exact schedule. You shall take a flight not earlier than 13:30pm to have sufficient margin in case of delay due to weather or ferry schedule.
- IDR 1.000.000 or 75 EUR - in cash to pay the Raja Ampat Marine Park Entry Fee
- Valid Passport that is not expiring within the next 6 months until return to your home country
- A raincoat or poncho if desired
- A light sweater – the evenings and early morning boat excursions can be chilly
- All personal toiletries that you will need for the duration of your stay (there are no shops on the island)
- Wherever possible, biodegradable soap and shampoo – please assist us in minimizing our impact on the pristine local environment. We offer complimentary natural soap for all guests.
- Sunscreen, sunglasses & hat.
- Mosquito repellent (DEET or PICARIDIN are recommended).
- Sturdy (water/mud proof) shoes if you wish to do any jungle hike or bird watching excursions around the islands; some of the stunning forest trails pass through shallow streams and muddy patches
- A small waterproof bag – these are an excellent safety precaution if you wish to take cameras or extra clothing or any other non waterproof items about with you on the boats.
- Binoculars to view bird life both around the resort and on excursions.
- Dive Certificate and Log book.
- Proof of dive insurance covering emergency evacuation.
- Due to our remote location, all diving guests are required to present their dive insurance coverage.
- We recommend “Divers Alert Network”.
- All dive gear: mask, fins, regulator, BCD, wetsuit, dive computer (mandatory). An underwater flashlight is also recommended. Please advise us in advance if you wish to rent any equipment during your stay. All diving guests will be issued a surface marker buoy, and given instructions on its use
- Excessive plastic packaging – please pack items carefully and remove excess packaging to minimize any rubbish you bring to the island (all garbage is sorted into our compost, recycled, where possible, in Sorong, or disposed of in our incinerator).
- Dive gloves – these are not permitted at Cove Eco Resort.
- Non-rechargeable batteries – it is almost impossible to recycle batteries in Indonesia; whenever possible, please choose re-chargeable.
- Soap, shampoo and other personal items that contain excessive perfumes or are “antibacterial.” All these products contain harmful agents that will have adverse affects on our little island paradise.
- Fishing equipment – there is no fishing at Cove Eco Resort as we are in a protected non-fishing zone.
No. Because Raja Ampat is a remote location we dive very conservatively. We do not allow decompression diving, and the maximum depth is 30 metres. We do not allow solo diving.
Our tank are compatible with both INT and DIN standard.
Yes, we dive everyday, including Saturday and Sunday.
The maximum is 4 diver per guide. Often less, depending of the specificity of each group.
Our tank are 12 liter. We do not have larger capacity tank.
No, due to the extremely remote location of Raja Ampat, dive insurance is mandatory as the cost can escalate very quickly if an evacuation is required. We recommend you to subscribe your own and if you don't have any yet we can subscribe you to DAN short term insurance (covering diving in Indonesia only) at 10 EUR for 1 day, 20 EUR for 2 days, 30 EUR for 5 days, 40 EUR for 10 days, 50 EUR for 30 days.
No, for safety reason Dive computer is mandatory. Raja Ampat is very remote and the safety is our most important duty for diver coming with us.
Our dive are based on maximum 60minutes or 50bar limit, whichever is reached first.
All our tank are 12L only, we do not offer 15L tank.
At the moment we do not offer NITROX. NITROX is planned to be added in the very near future.
The water is at 28 degC +/- 1 degC all the year. We recommend 3mm wetsuit.
Our regular itinerary includes about 35+ unique spots. We can return you to any specific spot if you like.
Our regular itinerary of 35+ spots includes most of the interesting location in the range of 10 Nautical Miles (18.5km). Each Wednesday we bring our diver to Melissa's garden at no surcharge and depending of your package we will bring you at least severall times to spots within 15 nauticals miles (28km) to location such as The Passage, Manta Sandy, etc... For location above 20 nautical miles, (37km) such as Kri, Sardine, Friwen, etc... dedicated trip can be arranged with a surcharge or part of an excursion.
Yes, diving is possible during excursion.
Our rental gear is recent and well maintained for the highest level of safety.
The east side of Yeben is accessible by walk. We have completed a path that allow to walk from the resort to the jungle and beach on the east side. For the west side, it is not accessible. We plan to add some other path all over the island in the future but it takes times as the Yeben island is about 50 hectare of virgin vegetation.
Yes, the Tanjung Beach on the east side is accessible via a dedicated path throught the jungle and hill. It takes about 10min by walk to reach it.
Snorkeling from the resort is possible for good swimmer. The best spots are about 7-10min on the east or to the west from the resort. There are also many schools of fish all around the jetty that are fascinating. From the Tanjung Beach (10minutes by walk you can as well enjoy beautifull spots with nice corals. If you intend to visit us for snorkeling only, all our package include snorkeling excursion each day to many areas, such as the beautifull Yeben shallow, Manta Cove or other locations around Yeben. You can also join diver to explore other areas because most of diving spots are also suitable for snorkeling.
Snorkeling in Raja Ampat is mainly from jetty or boat. Unlike areas like Maldives or Thailand, most of reefs are not sandy bottom and instead with many corals (which make the area so famous). In very shallow water (less than a meter deep) it can be dangerous with sharpen corals and also there is a high risk to damage the corals with fins.
For the snorkeler passionate, this allows you to be full of activities during your stay without worrying about any surcharge for boat, guide, equipment or extra kayak rental. All is included and you can join diver group to many different location. In addition. It is also great for couple with one diver and one non-diver so that the non-diver can join together all spots.
The restriction is on the schedule and itinerary. Different spot are scheduled by the resort each day at 08:00am and 14:00pm. Snorkeler and Diver can be on the same boat depend of the location and number of guest at the resort.
All our excursion and tour are based on returning to Cove Eco Resort at the end of the day.
Price of excursion are based on gas, boat charge, crew, park entrance, donation and hiring of local guides and government taxes. Sorong cost are higher than other region of Indonesia and Yeben island is extremly remote. For example the gas has to be shipped 100km from Sorong prior to be used which multiply all costs. To get the most competitive price the best is to join with other guest in order to get degressive price.
Our price is based on number of adults in the group. If additional adult join, we would adjust your invoice and refund you the difference (degressive price with larger group).
Yes, you can snorkel or dive at many different location during excursion.
To confirm your reservation, we require the payment of 25% of the full invoice within a week of the invoice issuance. The 75% balance will have to be paid 45 days prior arrival.
Yes, upon the reservation we will send you a link to fill an online form to collect your information (flights, passport, meal preferences, allergies, dive history, dive certification no, dive insurrance, etc...)
For the low season (June to September we recommend you to book at least 2 months in advance. For the high season October to May we recommend you to book at least 4-6 months in advance. For the peak periods (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Chineese New Year, Easter...) you should make your reservation 12-10 months in advance as we are small, it gets full relatively quick
Yes, depend of your bank country we can accept various currency such as EUR, USD, IDR, GBP, AUD, NZD based on actual mid-market rate. For currency other than EUR, USD or IDR, we apply a fee of 1% to cover the exchange rate and transfer.
Yes, we accept credit card payment in USD during reservation with a surcharge of 4% via Paypal. At the resort we can accept credit card payment in IDR with a surcharge of 4%. We recommend payment by bank transfer in EUR or USD to avoid 4% credit card fees.
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