Raja Ampat liveaboards
Recommended liveaboards to Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat liveaboards for individual bookings and group charter
- Blue Manta. Floating 5 star hotel in Raja Ampat
- Mermaid 1. A great reputation. 10 day trips.
- Mermaid 2. Great value Raja Ampat liveaboard
- Shakti. Raja Ampat group charter liveaboard
Raja Ampat liveaboards
Raja Ampat has been on the diving map for several years now. However the size and remoteness of this corner of the world means that you need to be a pretty dedicated diver to make it this far. The remoteness is what makes it so special, a true adventure. You’ll see more wildlife than you’ll see people and more local boats than cars.
Raja Ampat is best dived by liveaboards that can access the hundreds of islands and their surrounding reefs. There are a few budget Raja Ampat liveaboards as well as plenty of luxury boats with all the comforts of home.
Raja Ampat (the 4 Kings) is located in the Indonesian province of West Papua, north west of New Guinea’s Birds Nest Peninsular. The area referred to as the Coral Triangle. It is recognized by marine scientists as the epicenter of marine biodiversity. The four main islands in the archipelago are Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.
Raja Ampat diving is hugely varied with everything from pelagics to critters. Raja Ampat has some of the most pristine reefs anywhere in the world. As well as reef diving you can also dive in mangroves, or mud, or under a jetty. If you like to photograph critters that can’t be found anywhere else, they you are going to love Raja Ampat. New species are still being discovered, Raja Ampat is biodiversity central.
If you are a photographer visiting Raja Ampat bring both wide angle and close up lenses. That’s because there is so much variety to shoot because of the multitude of underwater habitats. These include volcanic black sand slopes, deep pinnacles, mangrove swamps and more.
Coral reefs often come right to the surface at Raja Ampat so long shallow dives of unlimited duration are possible.
Night dives are also something special in Raja Ampat.
Raja Ampat Diving Guide. Know the basics
Raja Ampat land temperature:
Tropical Climate. Average 28°C (82°F) . The best months to visit the area are mid October to mid December. Wind and waves can make boat trips uncomfortable from June to September. Many of the land based resorts are closed during these months.
Raja Ampat water temperature / Wetsuit required:
28-30 C (82-86 F) warm water. Usually a dive skin is sufficient. On some of the long shallow dives you may want a 3 mm suit to avoid getting chilled. The water temperature will be a degree or two cooler in May to October.
When to go diving to Raja Ampat?
Raja Ampat can be dived year round however the typical Raja Ampat liveaboard season is October to April. That’s when the weather in West Papua is at it’s best. There is no best time of year for visibility underwater, it varies from day to day. For flat seas visit in mid October to mid December.
Raja Ampat water visibility: 10-60m
Raja Ampat diving types:
Reefs, walls, sea mounts, pinnacles, wrecks, muck, black sand, jetties, mangroves. Pretty much anything you can imagine.
Raja Ampat diving experience level:
Intermediate to Experienced. Currents can be strong. Very few beginner divers join these trips.
Raja Ampat marine life:
The Coral Triangle is the most bio diverse region of the planet. Particular highlights of the area are wobbegongs, pygmy seahorse, huge schools of fish, pristine corals (75% of the world’s coral species are here), hammerheads, mandarin fish, mimic octopus and much more,
Most visitors come for the diving and spend only short periods of time on land. However there are other activities above water. Like rain forest trekking and Papuan village tours. Or sitting on deserted beaches and bird watching (bird of paradise)
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