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Raja Ampat Islands

Raja Ampat, or "four king" is an area which is located at the eastern end of Indonesia, West Papua province. The Raja Ampat area is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, and has 4 main islands of misol, salawati, batanta, and waigeo. Raja Ampat is the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya.

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The area's massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands are remote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

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Has been recognized by international pollsters that the diversity of marine life in Raja Ampat is the highest on earth. Diversity is much larger than any other area, for example in the Coral Triangle which consists of Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, this Coral Triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat very likely have the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world

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Raja Ampat Diving & Dive Sites

Diving in Raja Ampat Marine National Park - West Papua, Indonesia 

raja ampat divingRaja Ampat is the largest marine national park in Indonesia. Raja Ampat has natural charm under a beautiful sea, offers amazing diving and the most stunning topside scenery of any dive destination on Earth, the diversity of marine life that live beneath the sea raja ampat is 1 of 10 where the best diving in the world and is a paradise for divers.

Has been recognized by international pollsters that the diversity of marine life in Raja Ampat is the highest on earth. Diversity is much larger than any other area, for example in the Coral Triangle which consists of Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, this Coral Triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat very likely have the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.

"Raja Ampat Islands is good for Reef life and health, wrecks, underwater photography and visibility"

Scuba Diving Conditions:

Raja Ampat marine conditions are excellent for scuba diving, with water temperatures around 28°C all year round. Visibility between 10 to 30 meters depending on the dive site location. The current in Raja Ampat varies from quiet to very strong depending on dive location too. The depths ranging from 10 to 40 meters. Due to varied dive sites and most of dive sites have current level from moderate to strong, Raja Ampat is recommended for experienced divers.

Diving Season:

Raja Ampat diving is superb just about all year round. The term High Season is of little meaning here since there is such an expanse of sea visited by only a few liveaboards that "diver soup" is not really a danger. May to September is light rainy season, and Mid-July to mid-September sees some small surface swells, but not usually serious enough to interfere with your enjoyment.

Depth : 10 - 40 meter
Visibility : 10 - 30 meter
Currents : Moderate
Surface : Calm
Water Temp : 27 - 30 ºC
Experience Level : Intermediate - Advanced
Number of Dive Sites : More than 200

Raja Ampat Dive Sites

There are many popular dive sites in Raja Ampat. one of the best destinations for diving in the world, around 70% kind of sea creature is here. here are a few of the popular dive sites in the Raja Ampat Papua Indonesia.

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1. Misool Island: This is one of the larger islands in the archipelago. The stunning reefs around Misool offer a breathtaking kaleidoscope of colour which offers a nice contrast to all the big stuff on other dive sites. Sloping walls are carpeted with soft corals of every colour imaginable housing all manner of critters from Manta, Ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, pygmy seahorses. See the video of diving on Misool island →

2. Cape Kri: This reef is one of the more popular dive sites of Raja Ampat and its no surprise why. Marine Biologist and respected author of a number of marine reference books Dr. Gerald R. Allen said "On my last trip to Raja Ampat, I recorded 283 fish species during a single dive near the Kri Island resorts. This is the most fishes ever seen on a single dive over a career spanning almost 30 years." Divers here can look forward to being literally engulfed by fish, huge swirling schools of dogtooth tuna, jacks, giant trevally and chevron barracuda. In addition to these expect to see large napoleon wrasse, car sized Queensland groupers and reef sharks as you drift along with the fish. Coral growth here is also diverse with all manner of hard and soft varieties. It is best to stay deep here to avoid the stong surface currents.

3. Sardine Reef Sardine reef is a large off shore reef that slopes down to around 25 meters. There are no actual sardines here but the fish are so tightly packed that it derives the name of the dive site. Great schools of fish block out the light, jacks, tuna, trevally, they're all here in huge numbers. There are also Australian Wobbegongs to be found here hiding under ledges and table corals. This dive really is a fish frenzy, you even need to stay close to your buddy if you want to keep them in sight for the living walls of fish.

4. Cross Wreck Named after a cross marking the landing spot of the first Christian missionaries to Irian Jaya this wreck is upright on the sandy bed at 18 meters. The Japanese patrol boat is the most accessible of all Raja Ampat wrecks, depth charges and the ships lamps can still be seen. Penetration is possible to the communications room, engine room and front hold where features such as the switchboard and ammunition can be seen. Coral cover is good and plenty of reef inhabitants now call the wreck thier home, these include lionfish, huge napoleon wrasse, humphead parrotfish and all manner of critters that come our especially at night.

5. Critters Corner At the end of the Cross Wreck is this delightful little area back towards the beach. In amongst the sand and rubble are a vast array of critters including frogfish, leaffish, devil scorpionfish, seahorses and mantis shrimp.

6. Aircraft Wrecks There is a wrecked P40 that was shot down and now lies at 27 meters, the plane which is still largely intact was discovered in 1999.

7. The Passage The passage lies between the islands of Gam and Waigeo. It is only about 25 meters wide and looks more like a river from the surface. A jumble of rocks marks the entrance to this enchanting looking dive site, the coral almost grows to the surface here. There is not much choice but to drop in and drift down the channel, pausing in bays where the current is more forgiving. Plenty of life can be found here including octopus, flatworms and cuttlefish, even the Wobbegong shark can be spotted on occasion. Schools of bigger fish await out in the current such as jacks, tuna, barracuda and sharks. Caves and arches also make up some of the topography here.

8. Nudibranch Rock Close by is this recently discovered sheltered dive site where the small island and bays wield a number of flamboyant nudibranchs.

9. Mike's Point This rocky outcrop just off Cape Kri was bombed duing WWII. From the air it was mistaken for a Japanese ship due to its size and the wake left by speeding currents. Walls surrounding the islet drop to over 40 meters and attract huge schools of sweetlips, snappers and fusiliers. A dazling array of giant sea fans on a shelf at 27 meters can be explored for pygmy seahorses and the walls and coral crevaces home all manner of reef life. Mike's point is named after pioneer Max Ammer's son.

10. Wai Island This spot is famed for its visiting manta rays and a couple of WWII aircraft wrecks. However it is also popular for night diving in the secluded bay. All manner of creatures emerge to feed including octopus, stonefish, epaulette sharks, wobbegongs, squid, pipefish and many rare nudibranchs.

Raja Ampat Liveaboard Vessels:

pearl of papua liveaboard

Pearl Of Papua From US$ 330 / Night

The beautiful wooden phinisi schooner, fitted with the latest marine technology and equipments that are ensured to meet with international safety standards, designed for 14 passangers.

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sea safari 8

Sea Safari 8 From US$ 450 / Night

The luxurious and largest of phinisi liveaboard in indonesia, comfort for diving and liveaboard, with 44 meters long and 10 meters of wide, designed for the convenience of 27 passangers.

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temukira liveaboard

Temukira From US$ 335 / Night

A modernized traditional indonesian wooden Bugis schooner liveaboard with a more affordable price, while keeping a safe and comfortable dive vessel. Designed to accommodate for a max of 12 passengers.

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putri papua liveaboard

Putri Papua From US$ 305 / Night

MV Putri Papua is a wooden phinisi boat with 26 meters length and 5.5 meters of beam, which can accommodate up to 9 passangers on 5 air-conditioned and comfortable rooms.

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black manta liveaboard

Black Manta From US$ 400 / Night

Built and designed by divers for divers, She is a very new, strong, stable, comfortable, and designed specifically for diving, able to accommodate up to 14 passengers

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raja ampat explorer

Raja Ampat Explorer From US$ 355 / Night

MV Raja Ampat Explorer is a traditional Indonesian Bugis style wooden vessel, With 33.5 meter of length and 7.5 m of beam. She takes 14 passengers.

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tambora liveaboard

Tambora From US$ 395 / Night

Tambora is a wooden pinisi boat, built and designed for comfortable of scuba diving, and also featured of classic luxury with international security standards ...

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seamore papua liveaboard

Seamore Papua From US$ 359 / Night

Seamore Liveaboard is a 32 x 7.5 meters traditional PHINISI Style Boat serving Diving and Leisure Cruises in Raja Ampat, Papua and surroundings.

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ocean rover liveaboard

Ocean Rover From US$ 400 / Night

Ocean ROver is designed by divers for divers. The steel Vessel ensures a silence and a quite navigation to have a great rest after diving while enjoying the very tasty food

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kurabesi explorer liveaboard

Kurabesi Explorer From US$ 350 / Night

Kurabesi Explorer strives to provide a unique eco-tourism experience to each of our guests. On a special-crafted journey, you will be taken to the one of last frontier ...

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seamore papua liveaboard

Mari Dive Cruise From US$ - / Night

A 32 m traditional phinisi boat with 3 deluxe cabins and 2 superior cabins, designed to accommodate up to 10 passengers. A new management and recently renewed (completely overhauled) in 2015-2016

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