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Diving Raja Ampat and West Papua

Indonesia is a rather well-endowed area for diving, with over twenty internationally recognized sites. The archipelago of Raja Ampat, along withKomodo National Park, is without a doubt the flagship destination of this country that all divers dream of. Located to the NW of New Guinea, the Raja Ampat National Park is an area of about 46000 km2, consisting of over 1500 islands, of which the four main ones are Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, representing the “four kings”... in indonesian 'Raja Ampat'.

Considered by many to be the richest marine habitat in the world, the archipelago is at the heart of the Coral Triangle, straddling Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Solomon Islands. Not surprisingly, it is Cape Kri, on one of the islands, that holds the world record number of different species (374) seen in one single dive! With over 1000 species of fish, more than 500 species of coral and 700 plus species of molluscs, the seascapes of Raja Ampat are extraordinary and classify the Archipelago among the top 5 diving sites in the world. Certain spots offer you the possibility to see oceanic manta rays, like at Manta Sandy. Cape Kri, or Sardine Reef guarantee you an impressive selection of fish, with multiples schools of trevallies, barracudas or bumphead parrotfish… but also turtles, huge groupers, Napoleons, giant trevallies, tunas and sharks of all kinds. Raja Ampat also has two rare species of sharks: the wobbegong, master of camouflage, and the walking shark, which can be seen at nightfall. This last one, of the epaulette family, has only been discovered in 2013!

Far from 'civilization', the area is sparsely populated or visited, leaving the ecosystem intact on thousands of islands, with very little pollution or fishing. Thus the area has extraordinary landscapes, incredibly blue lagoons, huge mangroves, deserted beaches, and virgin forests… all this will certainly leave you with unforgettable memories! The reefs are varied, with sheer walls, slopes, pinacles, caves, lagoons, some covered with hard corals and others with bright colored soft corals, or gorgonian sea fans inhabited by denise, bargibanti orpontohipygmy seahorses. Try and spot all the different frogfishes and nudibranchs... Like with Sulawesi, UW photographers will be absolutely delighted!

Diving conditions are great throughout the year, and the water temperature is around 28C. November to April sees less rain... The visibility ranges between 10 and 30m depending on the site and season. There are many drift dives, so Raja Ampat is best-suited for already experienced divers. On another note, the best time to observe manta rays is from October to April!

No matter which route you choose, this will be an unforgettable experience!

Diving Raja Ampat and West Papua

Indonesia is a rather well-endowed area for diving, with over twenty internationally recognized sites. The archipelago of Raja Ampat, along withKomodo National Park, is without a doubt the flagship destination of this country that all divers dream of. Located to the NW of New Guinea, the Raja Ampat National Park is an area of about 46000 km2, consisting of over 1500 islands, of which the four main ones are Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, representing the “four kings”... in indonesian 'Raja Ampat'.

Considered by many to be the richest marine habitat in the world, the archipelago is at the heart of the Coral Triangle, straddling Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Solomon Islands. Not surprisingly, it is Cape Kri, on one of the islands, that holds the world record number of different species (374) seen in one single dive! With over 1000 species of fish, more than 500 species of coral and 700 plus species of molluscs, the seascapes of Raja Ampat are extraordinary and classify the Archipelago among the top 5 diving sites in the world. Certain spots offer you the possibility to see oceanic manta rays, like at Manta Sandy. Cape Kri, or Sardine Reef guarantee you an impressive selection of fish, with multiples schools of trevallies, barracudas or bumphead parrotfish… but also turtles, huge groupers, Napoleons, giant trevallies, tunas and sharks of all kinds. Raja Ampat also has two rare species of sharks: the wobbegong, master of camouflage, and the walking shark, which can be seen at nightfall. This last one, of the epaulette family, has only been discovered in 2013!

Far from 'civilization', the area is sparsely populated or visited, leaving the ecosystem intact on thousands of islands, with very little pollution or fishing. Thus the area has extraordinary landscapes, incredibly blue lagoons, huge mangroves, deserted beaches, and virgin forests… all this will certainly leave you with unforgettable memories! The reefs are varied, with sheer walls, slopes, pinacles, caves, lagoons, some covered with hard corals and others with bright colored soft corals, or gorgonian sea fans inhabited by denise, bargibanti orpontohipygmy seahorses. Try and spot all the different frogfishes and nudibranchs... Like with Sulawesi, UW photographers will be absolutely delighted!

Diving conditions are great throughout the year, and the water temperature is around 28C. November to April sees less rain... The visibility ranges between 10 and 30m depending on the site and season. There are many drift dives, so Raja Ampat is best-suited for already experienced divers. On another note, the best time to observe manta rays is from October to April!

No matter which route you choose, this will be an unforgettable experience!

Diving Raja Ampat and West Papua

Indonesia is a rather well-endowed area for diving, with over twenty ...

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Best time to dive : October through May
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