Raja Ampat literaly translates to Four Kings.
The myth goes that each King reigns over one of four main islands, Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.
For the lucky few Raja Ampat is not one of the most frequently visited scuba diving areas but can surely be nowhere better on earth. The highest marine diversity on the planet, beautiful topside scenery and awesome underwater topography, makes Raja Ampat islands the closest place to heaven.
To stand on the bow of your liveaboard sailing towards lush islands, inhabited by people whose lives are so different, really gives you the umbelievable feeling of freedom.
There are a great variety of environments to cater for every diver’s taste and level: from wall to slopes, caves and canyons, seamounts, much diving, wrecks.
The experience of diving the reef and the Raja Ampat islands surpasses the expectations of the most seasoned diver and underwater photographer, as well as the beginners. There are more than 1500 smaller islands covering over 50,000 sq km. To see it all in one trip is impossible as there are thousands of possible dive sites. Exploration of this immense wonderful area is still continuing.
Cape Kri. If you want to see large fish and to be enveloped by fish then roll in here, both desires will soon be satisfied. Groupers, sharks, snappers, Napoleon wrasse, barracuda, dogtooth tuna, trevallies. They are all here in numbers.
Cape Kri is a great place to spot wobbegongs, the curious carpet shark, but you should also admire gorgonian fans to look for pygmy seahorses grasping its branches.
Misol Island. Is located in the southern part of the Raja Ampat area and is home to an astonishingly colourful reef-scene. Soft corals dress up slopes, walls and canyons in a colourful palette No big schools here but cuttlefish, pipefish, Indian lionfish, nudibranchs, soft corals and critters. Unmissable by night.
The Jef Fam Group. Is in the central region of Raja Ampat, so it’s quite probable that you’ll visit it whether we are joining a southern or northern cruise route. It’s quite a large area with some impressive cabbage corals, sheet corals and mushroom corals What makes Jef Fam special is its diversity of marine encounters and is the best place to find wobbegongs. You can also see huge giant clams, Spanish mackerel, great barracuda and manta rays.
Manta Ridge. Is one of the best dive spots in Raja Ampat to regularly see mantas in impressive numbers, it is a popular central site, thanks to a cleaning station which delivers some awesome manta ray action to the few lucky enough to be there. In current, you may have to hook into place before enjoying the show which includes some black mantas, bumphead, parrotfish and turtles all unconcerned by the audience.
Your memories of diving in Raja Ampat will stay with you forever.
Water temperature: 27-30°C. A 3mm shorty should be sufficient. If you feel the cold a 5mm shorty is advisable.
Length of stay: Recommended 10-16 days cruise.
Airport: Sorong. International flight to Jakarta or Manado and then domestic flight to Sorong.
Time zone: GMT +9.
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