Raja Ampat

Diving in Raja Ampat

Palms, white dream beaches, crystal clear water, breathtaking scenery and the most bio-diverse marine region on earth – welcome to Raja Ampat. The group of these fantastic islands is located in the northwestern part of Indonesia. It lies in the middle of the so called coral triangle. Above water you can find a stunning and beautiful area which is very famous for its birds. Only a few photographers, scientiests and nature lovers find their way to Raja Ampat. Far away from mass tourism and civilization you can enjoy your holidays and experience the best gifts of mother nature.

The underwater paradise of Raja Ampat

The wonderful area around Raja Ampat offers you different diving experiences from pelagic drift dives to magic muck dives. More than 1400 species of fish and more than 600 species of hard corals call Raja Ampat their home. This massive and amazing biodiversity is unique on our planet earth. Hundreds of awesome dive sites are waiting for you. Various diving experiences ensure that every diver will be highly entertained and come to his expense.

Raja Ampat is not only famous for his amazing reefs. You can observe a lot of big stuff like manta rays, mobula rays, schools of humphead parrotfish, sweetlips or various sharks like the Walking Shark and the Wobbegong.  If you are lucky enough you may observe some dolphins or even whales. Beneath the amazing coral reefs and the big stuff around Raja Ampat you can observe a lot of critters like the deadly blue-ringed octopus, the funny wunderpus, mating mandarinfishes, the weird ghostpipefish, beautiful nudibranches or the cute pygmy seahorse.

Especially the wide range of pygmy seahorses are striking. You can find all known species – Bargibanti pygmy seahorse, Red Denise pygmy seahorse, Denise pygmy seahorse, Santa Clause pygmy seahorse and the Pontohi pygmy seahorse.

… as you can see – Raja Ampat offers you a lot of impressive opportunities!

In general all our Trips to Raja Ampat includes the major dive spots arround Dampier Straight. Depending on the length of the Trip we spend more Time on each spot or go further North or South. Of course as more Time we have as more flexible we can be with customer wishes and reacting on actually sea conditions. On specific Trips we go South to Misool Island and even to Koon Island and Bandaneira at Banda Sea. Doesn?t matter wich Trip you take, we show you the Hailights of Raja Ampat from Wobbegongs Sharks, Mantas, beautiful Coral Gardens until the smalles creatures the Marine Park has to offer. Between enjoying the underwater world, you still have time to explore Beaches, do a hike for observing the Bird of Paradise and so on….

sample 12 night trip – Raja North / Central

1st day

arrival at Sorong Airport ( SOQ ) followed by a 20 minutes car transfer to Sorong harbour
checkin on Wellenreng and a smooth cruise to Batanta Island
depending on Conditions we do a checkdive on the way


2nd day

after a nightly crossing – wakeup at Batanta – East Side
3 – 4 Dives in Batanta Area – for Muck and Mantas


3rd day

2-4 Dives arround Batanta – Westside


4th day

3-4 Dives arround Penemu and Fam Islands


5th day

3-4 Dives arround Penemu Archipelago


6th day

2-3 Dives arround ” The Passage ” North


7th day:

2-4 Dives Dampier North – like Manta Point, Jetty Dives


8th day:

3-4 Dives arround Blue Magic, Sardine Reef, Mioskon


9th day: 

3-4 Dives arround Blue Magic, Sardine Reef, Mioskon


10th day

3-4 Dives arround Cape Kri


11th day

3-4 Dives arround Central Damier Straight and Batanta North


12 th day

1 Dive in the Morning arround Batanta Island 
sail back to Sorong


13 th day

checkout at the morning and car transfer to Sorong Airport approx. 30 Minutes

sample 12 night trip – Misool / Central

1st day

arrival at Sorong Airport ( SOQ ) followed by a 20 minutes car transfer to Sorong harbour
checkin on Wellenreng and a overnight Cruise to Misool Island


2nd to the 8th day

wakeup at Misool Area
2 – 4 Dives each Day on the best Divesites arround Misool Protected Areas
Magic Mountain, Boo Windows ect. 
experience the nicest Beaches and fishiest Waters Raja Ampat has to offer
overnight sail to Penemu Area


9th day: 

3-4 Dives arround Penemu Archipelago


10th day

2-3 Dives arround Penemu and Fam Islands


11th day

2-3 Dives arround Blue Magic, Sardine Reef, Mioskon


12 th day

1 Dive in the Morning arround Batanta Island 
sail back to Sorong


13 th day

checkout at the morning and car transfer to Sorong Airport approx. 30 Minutes

check in time & location
between 7 am and 11.30 am at Sorong harbour

check out time & location
between 5.30 am and 11 am at Sorong harbour

closest Airport
Sorong
Airport Code: SOQ

Airport Transfers
the transfer from & to Sorong Airport is included in the Trip Price
it takes about 20 Minutes by car
latest arrival accepted at the Airport: 11.00am
earliest departure from Airport accepted: 6.30 am

water temperature
approx 28 to 30 degree celsius

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