Raja Ampat

Located off the northwest tip of the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands. It is no surprise that Raja Ampat is considere of the best scuba diving destinations in the world with crystal clear waters and a rich marine ecosystem.

Why Dive in Raja Ampat?

Raja Ampat is home to an astounding diversity of marine life, including over 1,300 species of fish and 600 species of coral. This makes it a paradise for scuba divers, who can expect to see everything from colorful schools of tropical fish to majestic manta rays and many sharks.

Divers can explore underwater caves, walls, and pinnacles that are teeming with life. The crystal-clear waters allow for excellent visibility, making it easy to take in all the sights and sounds of the underwater world.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Raja Ampat for scuba diving is between October and April. The waters are calm and visibility is at its best. The weather is relatively dry that make it easier to plan and enjoy your diving trips.

Dive Sites

There are many excellent dive sites in Raja Ampat, each offering its own unique experience. Some of the top dive sites include:

  • Manta Sandy: As the name suggests, this dive site is known for its resident population of manta rays. Divers can often spot these graceful creatures gliding through the water. Turtles and schools of fish as well.
  • Cape Kri: Located on the east coast of the island of Waigeo, Cape Kri is known for its abundant marine life and beautiful coral reefs. Divers can expect to see everything from colorful schools of fish to giant clams and even the occasional shark.
  • Friwen Wall: This dive site features a steep drop-off. You will encounter variety of marine life, including coral, sponges, and anemones. Schools of fish, turtle or shark as well.
  • Boo Window: Located on the island of Boo, this dive site features a natural window in the reef that allows divers to pass through to the other side. The site is home to a variety of marine life, including colorful schools of fish, coral, and anemones.

Liveaboards in Raja Ampat

For those who want to fully immerse themselves in the diving experience, liveaboards are a popular option in Raja Ampat. These floating hotels allow divers to spend multiple days out at sea. Exploring a variety of dive sites and enjoying all that the region has to offer. Liveaboards often include meals, diving gear, and other amenities. Making them a convenient and comfortable way to experience the best of Raja Ampat’s diving.

Accommodations and Dive Resorts

There are a variety of accommodation options available in Raja Ampat, ranging from luxury resorts to budget-friendly guesthouses. Many of the dive resorts in the area offer packages that include diving excursions, gear rental, and other amenities.

How to Get There

Raja Ampat can be reached by air or boat from the city of Sorong, which is located on the western coast of the island of New Guinea. From Sorong, it is possible to take a boat or ferry to the various islands and dive sites in the archipelago.

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Hotels & Resorts in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat
Hotel, Dive Resort
From 496 USD per night

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat
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Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat
Hotel, Dive Resort
From 290 USD per night

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat
Dive Resort
From 283 USD per night

Liveaboards in Raja Ampat

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Max passengers: 15
From 370 USD per day
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Cabins: 6
Max passengers: 12
From 247 USD per day
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From 525 USD per day
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Cabins: 8
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From 560 USD per day
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Max passengers: 16
From 560 USD per day
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Cabins: 7
Max passengers: 17
From 375 USD per day
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Cabins: 6
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From 284 USD per day
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Cabins: 4
Max passengers: 8
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Cabins: 9
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From 367 USD per day
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Raja Ampat

Cabins: 6
Max passengers: 10
From 350 USD per day
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