Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in the province of West Papua, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, caves, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and the smaller island of Kofiau.
Approximately 9.8 million hectares of land & sea encompass the Raja Ampat Archipelago, in Indonesia’s West Papua Province, off the North Western tip of the island of New Guinea. About 1500 islands & so many reefs that it would take more than a lifetime to explore…
Northern Raja Ampat is surrounded by uninhabited islands, with spectacular white sand beaches & pristine forest. According to Conservation International, marine surveys …suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines & Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. Over 200 dive spots to explore & to suit all levels of training. From sighting big fishes to macro environment living in this Indonesian seas. For the non divers, most of the diving sites are available for snorkelling.
Raja Ampat is all about diversity – not only diversity of species, but also of dive sites. There are some areas where soft corals and sea fans dominate, others with hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, drop offs, caves, black sand and white sand…and there are more species of fish life here anywhere else in the world. Here, all the levels of the food chain are well represented – from pygmy seahorses to top predators. In many places brightly colored soft corals can be found close to the surface which, illuminated by natural sunlight, make these dive sites spectacularly colorful. The reefs in Raja Ampat just buzz with life!
The stunning beauty of Raja Ampat’s exotic & enchanting islands will leave your camera full. Take extra memory sticks for the underwater scenery; great visibility, pristine waters, healthy reefs and a dazzling array of marine life promise pretty pictures indeed!
The jewel of Raja Ampat is found further down south. Misool is also a place of great bio-diversity and wonderful cave diving opportunities. Do take time to experience both the north and the south islands of Raja Ampat.
Best Time to Dive Raja Ampat
|Best Dive Season||October to April|
|Temperature||28-30C / 82-86F|
|Water Temperature||28-30C /82-86F|
There is no best or worst time for Irian Jaya diving. Conditions remain largely the same throughout the year.
Occasionally the sea might pick up a little at Raja Ampat between the months of July and September