Raja Ampat Islands

Raja Ampat, or Four Kings, is located at the heart of the Coral Triangle region and is comprised of a group of four main islands: Batanta, Misool, Salawati and Waigeo. This location should be on every diver’s bucket-list.

Overview

Raja Ampat is widely known as the world’s most biodiverse marine region on Earth. With 500 specials of coral, 1,500 species of fish and home to rare species including the walking epaulette shark, it has been declared a marine sanctuary.


 Getting There

Raja Ampat is located near the coastal town of Sorong, off the northwest tip of the island New Guinea, Indonesia.

We can arrange a taxi/shuttle/boat transfer to the resort.


Best Time To Dive

The best time to dive in Indonesia is between April and October. Water temperature is a constant 28ºC/29ºC and visibility ranges between 15-30 metres.


Dive Sites

Cape Kri

Surround yourself in fish at one of Raja Ampat’s fishiest dive destinations. The fish numbers and variety are truly amazing. The site is current dependent with a steep slope featuring beautiful coral growth and lots of reef and schooling fishes, including the giant Queensland grouper, dogtooth tuna, giant trevallies and chevron barracuda.

Sardine Reef

Although you won’t find sardines here, you will find fish as tightly packed. Sardine Reef not only boasts great schools of fish including trevally and tuna but offers up the chance to see giant clams at 10m and strange looking tasselled sharks known as wobbegongs. The resident school of bumphead parrotfish, colourful soft corals and plentiful marine critters make this dive site a must and one that has recorded over 970 species of fish.

The Passage

A drift dive through a narrow but nutrient rich channel near Waigeo. Look for archerfish amongst the mangroves, orange cup corals and percula clownfish, squat lobsters and crinoid shrimps. An abundance of pygmy seahorses steal the show here as they cling to colourful sea fans. Off the wall and in the channel, you’ll also see yellowfin barracuda and mobula and eagle rays passing through.

Other sites include: Fam Island, Misool, Kaboei Bay Rock Islands, Boo windows, Nudi Rock, Citrus Ridge, Mike’s Point, Happy Ending, Waigeo – Bird Wall, Yangelo Reef.

 

Accommodation

Stay on land or at sea. You can choose between a resort or the liveaboard option when visiting Indonesia’s Raja Ampat.