There are daily ferries between Sorong and Waisai (abaut 10 km northeast of Saonek), capital of the Raja Ampat district on the island of Waigeo. Ferries leave Sorong at 13.00 hrs and the journey takes between 1.5 to 2 hours. The return ferry from Waisai to Sorong leaves around 11.0 am. There are also speedboats for rent at Sorong (Rp. 1500000-3000000). Every 1-2 weeks a Perintis boat to Saonek and on to Halmahera. In Saonek is a homestay near the pier and quite good snorkeling.
There are many flight service to Sorong from Jakarta, Makassar, Manado or Jaya Pura. Express Air is the air line that specially service the route into Eastern Indonesia. The other are: Lion Air, Merpati Air etc. If you plan to Sorong or Jaya Pura, it was strongly recommended if you book a return ticket from a travel agent in Jakarta, and when you arrive at Sorong air port or Jaya Pura air port, the first thing first is a confirmation your return at the Air Line
The harbour of Sorong is deep enough and well-known as port of call. The Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (PELNI) is Indonesian's national shipping company.
PELNI LINE owns several ships to transport passengers as well cargo, though includes cruise-ships with all modern comfort and ac-cabins. Get info about regular sailing schedules ...
We happen to welcome the liner KM Rinjani, belonging to the national shipping line, PT PELNI. So a next time I will visit Sorong again I hope to set sail to Irian Jaya by PELNI (just an great idea I guess). For interested sailors, there is an office in Sorong too >>>
Sorong PELNI Info
JL. Jend. A. Yani Komplek, Sorong
Tel: (0951) 21716 - 21860 - 21938
It is well-known that air transport is the easiest and most comfortable means of travel in Indonesia. Fly by Garuda Indonesia, Merpati Musantara, Bouraq, Mandala Airlines, and get Sempati Air special to Irian Jaya/Papua. Prepare your permit for Irian Jaya is very important for not wasting time.
Normally there is no problem to book a plane reservation and having the flight on the day it is supposed to go (from Jakarta, Java or, Den Pasar, Bali). Air fares might well change their schedule, you'd better inform the Jakarta & Bali flights. I even flew once from Surabaya and, had to change at Ujung Pandang, Sulawesi ... all went in a normal way (Java, Sulawesi, Ambon, Biak - Irian Jaya).
The direct flight time from Bali to Jefman, Sorong is 5 hours, each passenger is allowed 25 kg of luggage, excess baggage is charged at $1.50 US per kilo (subject to change without notice). The only airport in Papua capable of landing a Boeing 747 (Jumbo Jet) is the Bandar Udara Frans Kaisiepo in Biak ...
Jefman, Sorong Airport, is a small island about 32 km from the town, where my dad worked. This island had the possibility for a runway because of its flat. Here the voyage to the harbour of Sorong starts. Now the regular daily airport ferry is a real rip-off, but there's no other way to get into town (only by cruise-boat like the Pelni-line of hiring a longboat yourself,... count out your money).
When entering Sorong harbour you can hire a long-boat to sail around. And see the redish building (the Soos) on the top of the hill. Once this was the best place for events, like X-mas and New Year's Eve, ... for now totally fallen into disrepair.