Can We Book Cheap Tickets to Raja Ampat for Direct Flight?
The answer is, there is no direct flight from major cities like Jakarta and Makassar straight to Raja Ampat. It is such a long way to go to Raja Ampat. The place is such an expensive destination for travellers. Not only because of the fee we have to pay when we get there, but the transportation as well. So it is not recommended at all for solo backpackers. If you want savvy vacation to Raja Ampat, the best and only way is to travel in group. For accommodation, there are some affordable bungalows for you to rent.
Now back to the transportation, especially cheap tickets to Raja Ampat. Your journey starts from Soekarno-Hatta airport Jakarta. Some airlines like Lion Air, Sriwijaya Air, Express Air, and Garuda Indonesia provide flights from the city to Makassar. The fare is about USD150 to USD 450 for one way trip. Of course cheap tickets to Raja Ampat is adjusted with each class you choose. However, cheap tickets can also depend on the season. In non peak season, the price is usually cheaper than peak season. From Makassar, you can get cheap tickets to Raja Ampat via Sorong. It is the main gate for travellers to enter Raja Ampat islands.
Now Express Air provides direct flights from Jakarta, Makassar, and Manado so you can save your travel time. It takes about seven hours from Jakarta to Sorong, three hours from Makassar and three hours from Manado. From Jakarta, the airlines depart at five in the morning, from Makassar it starts at 08.40 am, and Manado at 07.00 am.
Travelling to Raja Ampat is really costs you some fortune and time. So you need to allocate your time to arrange your trip carefully.