Raja Ampat: Diving Information, Dive Sites, Liveaboards and Resorts
Raja Ampat Description:
- Seasons : All Year Possible - Rainy from June to August
- Diving Highlights : Home of the world’s highest marine bio-diversity. Plenty of Mantas (reef and pelagic species), world class macro, amazing hard and soft corals
- Current : Gentle to strong
Raja Ampat is located off the western tip of what is known as the bird’s head peninsula in northern Papua (also known as Irian Jaya – the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea), the most eastern province of Indonesia. Its remoteness and small dispersed population of indigenous fishing villages kept the area a secret to all but a few liveaboards for many years. Now the area is a marine protected park, and known as the heart of the coral triangle, and is famous for containing the world’s richest reefs. In this area, 72% of all the world’s species of corals can be found, and more than 1,300 different species of fish, many endemic to the area. In a single dive you are likely to see more than 200 species alone.
The Raja Ampat archipelago encompasses nearly 10 million acres of land and sea, with over 1,500 islands. For divers the area can be described in three parts: the North, consisting of Kawe, Alyui Bay, and the islands of Wayang, the Middle area around the islands of Kri and Fam, and the South, located off the southeastern tip of greater Misool island. In the north one can expect to find absolutely stunning mushroom shaped limestone islands, covered in lush green jungle foliage, spread out over a staggeringly large area. Here the diving consists of mostly pinnacles and small, steep sided islands covered in soft and hard corals of many different colors. Some of the exposed dive sites here are great spots for schooling fish, Mantas and sharks. While in Alyui Bay the subjects are mostly macro, where many varieties of nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, pipefishes and frogfish can be found.
The reefs around the islands of Kri and Fam, in the middle of the park, can be considered to have some of the best hard coral growths in the area. Regular dives with schooling big eyed jacks, Spanish mackerels, Tunas, and some good chances to see reef sharks are around here. There are also several Manta cleaning stations where polite and lucky divers can sometimes spend their entire dive encircled by schooling happy Mantas. In the south of Raja Ampat, near the island of Misool, divers will be stunned by some of the most colorful and rich soft coral gardens in the world. Here, forests of multi-colored fans mixed with colorful reef fishes and invertebrates cover almost every dive site. Seasonal blooms of bait fish sometimes blanket entire areas, attracting hunting schools of Mobular rays and jacks, these dives can really turn out to be thrillers. While a seamount used as a cleaning station by large pelagics such as Mantas, sharks, giant groupers and the occasional Marlin tops the best of the south.
With such a variety of dive sites spread over such a large area, diving with a liveaboard in Raja Ampat is the best recommendation. And with so many different vessels visiting this famed area, let us help you find the right boat for your diving holiday in the heart of the coral triangle.
From 2’400 US$
Diving vacation at Raja Ampat Dive Lodge at Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat Dive Lodge is located at the heart of the most spectacular diving in northern Raja Ampat. Mere minutes from the famous Manta aggregation sites and the fish-filled dives at the western edge of the Dampier Strait, our intimate lodge is the prefect place to experience the most bio-diverse reefs in the world.
Fronted by a white sand beach and backed by the ever-verdant Papuan rainforest, the dive (...)
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At 43m long and 9m wide, Arenui is a one of a kind, beautifully built traditional Indonesian phinisi that sails the seas of Indonesia throughout the year, specializing in taking divers to world famous reefs in the comfort and luxury only a true boutique liveaboard can offer. The vessel is built from 70% recycled wood with a maximum capacity of 16 guests. Each of the 8 cabins are uniquely decorated with exquisite handicrafts from different Indonesian provinces. 2 Master (...)
From 2’850 € NITROX for FREE
The 40 meter S/Y Indo Siren has been designed and built by Worldwide Dive and Sail on the island of Sulawesi. She is a traditional Indonesian ‘gaft-rigged Phinisi’ hand crafted with an iron wood hull and a teak interior. She has been custom-made with all the luxury facilities for the modern diver. In particular, this luxury vessel has specialized spaces and equipment for the Underwater Photographers and Videographers. She carries a maximum of 16 guests for each trip. This (...)
From 1,430 €
MV Paisubatu II is a comfortable 77 feet traditional Sulawesi wooden boat launched in 2006. She takes a maximum of 10 guests in 5 double cabins all equipped with their own private bathrooms. Her large open deck area and her cozy wooden cabins are very appealing and relaxing. She cruises together with our 55 feet dive boat that carries the compressor and the diving equipment. Height crew members, two local dives guides and a western dive instructor are on board to care of (...)
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Dewi Nusantara is a traditionally-crafted, three-mast wooden motor sailor, stretching a luxurious 57m (188 ft.) long and 12m (40 ft.) wide, she accommodates a maximum of 18 divers in 9 cabins. All of the staterooms are larger than any other liveaboards in the industry, at 54 sq. meters (180 sq. ft.) each, plus there is a 142 sq. meter (470 sq. ft.) “Master and Commander Suite” located on the main deck with huge panoramic windows. All cabins have private ensuite bathrooms (...)
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Ocean Rover was designed for comfortable and safe offshore diving. Her thick steel hull is 100 ft/30 m long and 26 ft/8 m wide. She is powered by three Hino V10 420 Hp diesel engines, driving three individual propellers for extra safety. Her cruising speed is 10 knots with a top speed of 12.5 knots, which will allow you to visit many far away dive sites in a single cruise.
Ocean Rover takes a maximum of sixteen passengers in eight cabins which are all located on the (...)
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Sea Safari 8 has comfort for both diving liveaboard,with the highest standard of safety cruising experience. This boat is in Raja ampat part of the year and run the cruise in the North part a the Raja Ampat Archipelago. When it came back to the Headquarter in Bali, you will have the alternative in using the Sea Safari 7 that will bring you both in Raja Ampat, Ambon, Misool, Iraian Jaya.
The boat is 34,35 meters long and 10 meters wide with a draft of 3.50 meters. For (...)
From 2840 €
The Adelaar has four spacious air-conditioned staterooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and all the amenities of a luxury boutique hotel. Built in "classical yacht" style, the interior has rich wood paneling and high ceilings. The exclusive master suite is the largest, with a queen size bed, sofa and desk, as well as abundant closets and drawer space. The master en-suite bathroom has a spacious shower, double sinks and a separate toilet area. The three others guest (...)
From 2060 € NITROX available
The 8 cabins (6 on the lower deck and 2 on the upper deck) have individual controlled air conditioned, private bathroom with hot water. An inside lounge and restaurant, large shadow deck areas and a sundeck complete the common parts. The photographers will enjoy a dedicated room for the maintenance and preparation of their cameras, as well as a large screen in the lounge to share pictures and videos.
At the rear of the deck, a large dive deck extended by a platform (...)
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Diving Liveaboard for 5 to 11 nights across Indonesia
Black Manta takes a maximum of 18 divers in 9 luxurious cabins. With an extensive dive deck, huge lounge area equipped with a 42” plasma T.V. & a full compliment of safety equipment, this vessel is truly state of the art. The Captain, boat crew, and dive crew all have many years of experience in the Komodo, Alor and Raja Ampat areas.
The boat carries 2 Bauer M320 compressors and a nitrox membrane system. She (...)
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With an overall length of 41 meters, a beam of over 8 meters and accommodating a maximum of 8 guests, Damai is a one of a kind luxury liveaboard that sails the seas of Indonesia year round. Specifically designed for divers, the vessel offers a large dive station with individual rinse tanks and a camera room with separated work stations with integrated 220 or 110v charging stations. Damai employs a crew of 16, and is the first liveaboard in Indonesia to offer a (...)
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Diving Liveaboard for 10 Days / 9 Nights in Indonesia
M/V Mermaid I is a 28 meter, double engine steel motor yacht. She comfortably holds 15 guests in 1 Master State Room (king bed), 1 Single and 4 Deluxe Cabins (double or twin beds) and 2 Budget Cabins (double/twin beds) below deck.
The master, single and deluxe cabins have en-suite bathrooms, refrigerators and panoramic sea view windows.
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If you’re looking for a diving adventure in Indonesian waters, then SMY Ondina is always ready to give you the opportunity to explore the most exotic and remote islands of this unique country. A typical trip on this 32-meter long Indonesian pinisi not only includes up to 4 dives a day, but also various land excursions – whether you’re up for visits to fishermen villages or walks on deserted beaches, hiking up a steaming volcano or barbecuing on an uninhabited island, Ondina (...)
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Diving Liveaboard for 8 Days/7 Nights or 11 Days/10 Nights in Raja Ampat
The Pearl of Papua liveaboard aims to be your sanctuary at sea with its cozy cabins and en suite bathrooms, on board pampering (massage and spa), delicious and hearty meals, and an overall hassle-free adventure.
Crafted by the highly respected and renowned boat builders of Tanah Beru in South Sulawesi, this beautiful wooden phinisi schooner is fitted with the latest marine technology and equipment (...)
From 1’820 US$
Diving Liveaboard for 8 or 11 Days, from Sorong - Indonesia
MV Putri Papua is a wooden 26 meter length boat, which can accommodate up to 9 guests thanks to its 5 air-conditioned and comfortable staterooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. Onboard you will find a TV with CD/DVD player in the dining area which is situated on the main deck, and a table to recharge your cameras and a work station to check or modify what you have captured under water that day.
18 scuba tanks are (...)
From 3100 USD
Diving Liveaboard for 11 Days / 10 Nights, departure from Sorong - Indonesia
MV Raja Ampat explorer is a wood 33.5 meters length boat, which can welcome 14 guests thanks to its 7 air-conditioned and comfortable staterooms with en-suite bathroom. You will find a TV with CD/DVD player in the dining situated on the main deck, a table to recharge your cameras and a work stations to check or modify that you have captured under water.
20 scuba tanks are ready to be used on (...)
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At 33 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, the MSY Seahorse is a spacious and majestic vessel built in the traditional Indonesian seafarers style from the island of Sulawesi, commonly known as the Bugis. Being a classic wooden Pinisi, it is nevertheless fully modernized and thus, combines the vintage beauty of traditional craftsmanship with contemporary conveniences and safety features, providing comfort and coziness in the remotest waters of the Indonesian archipelago, (...)
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The Seven Seas is a 45 meter long, traditionally built Indonesian Buginese schooner that has been custom designed by a team of owners with many years of experience in these waters. With the knowledge of what a vessel needs both in terms of safety and comfort for guests, the Seven Seas superbly provides all of their clients with an experience many come back again and again for.
Accommodating a maximum of 16 guests, the spacious lounge/dinning area, 2 shaded sun-decks (...)
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Diving Liveaboard at Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya with MV Temu Kira
MV Temu Kira is a wood 33.5 meters length boat, which can welcome 12 guests thanks to its 6 air-conditioned and comfortable staterooms with ensuite bathroom. You will find a TV with CD/DVD player in the dining situated on the main deck, a table to recharge your cameras and a work stations to check or modify that you have captured under water.
20 scuba tanks are ready to be used on the dive deck, which is (...)
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The 40 metre S/Y Indo Siren has been custom-made with all luxury facilities for the modern diver in mind. Particular, this luxury vessel specializes in extra space and equipment for underwater photographers and videographers. She was designed and built by the best craftsmen on the island of Sulawesi as a traditional Indonesian ‘gaft-rigged Phinisi’ hull from iron-wood and a full teak interior.
Indo Siren comfortably carries a maximum of 16 guests in 8 large (...)
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