There are some alternatives to go to Raja Ampat through some ways. The easiest way to get to Raja Ampat is to fly to Sorong via Jakarta or Singapore. Domestic travelers can also fly via Makassar or Manado. Take a six-hour flight from Jakarta to Sorong, via Manado. There are scheduled flights everyday (you can check the airport or airlines to specify the flight schedules) Airlines serving these domestic flight routes are Silk Air, Garuda Indonesia, Pelita Air and Merpati
From Jakarta or Bali: Merpati, Express Air, Batavia Air and Lion/Wings operate daily flights from Jakarta to Sorong (with stopovers in Ujung Pandang/Makassar and/or Manado)
From Singapore: Silk Air operates regular flights from Singapore to Manado. From Manado to Sorong regular flights are offered by Lion Air and Merpati. It is easiest to check with a local Indonesian Travel agent or directly with the airline for the latest domestic flights available.
To access the diving spots, the visitors can contact and use the professional diving organizers in Sorong. Before going to the dive spots, the visitors need to obtain a permit from the local Papua police station. Hence, the visitors need to bring the passport and three (3) copies of the passport page with the Indonesian Visa. The diving organizers will help with these formalities.
From Sorong, there are two type of boats available; Speed Boat (40 minutes - 1 hour boat trip, carries 15 passengers); Long Boat (2-3 hour boat trip and could carry 10 passengers). The boats can also be rent to getting around the islands.