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Raja Ampat , Far East & Australia

Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth. Located in the heart of The Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is known to have the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world. If you haven’t experienced the diving in this area before, it is is known for the diversity and abundance of marine life. The area of the Four Kings is comprised of over 1500 islands and home to 600 types of corals, 1,500 fish species and over 600 types of mollusks.

Diving
The four main areas offered in our recomened itineraries are Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Banda Sea and Triton Bay. We feel you will ge the most access to these areas by liveaboard. Itineraries include the best of the Banda Sea and South Raja Ampat (Misool). The highlights are the amazing macro critters in Ambon Bay, large pelagics in the Banda Islands, manta cleaning stations near Mansuar and the huge schools of fish near Farondi. Guests may also see pristine reefs and walls, the rare mandarin fish, sea snakes, hammerhead sharks and much more.

Banda Sea, with its spice islands, colonized by the Portuguese and the Dutch took now visited by sailors, fishermen and divers, especially due to the extraordinary amount of fish. Many remains of the colonies are still visible, so this area is especially exciting to visit. 

Cenderawasih Bay National Park is one of the most exciting places to dive in Indonesia because of the Whale Sharks. In Cenderawasih Bay guests can spend hours diving with multiple Whale Sharks. The bay is also dotted with hundreds of small islands and atoll’s that are home to some of the most pristine hard coral garden’s in Indonesia, and home to a variety of endemic marine life due to the separation of the bay from open seas for thousands of years.

Triton Bay lies to the south east of Raja Ampat and is located in the center of the Coral Triangle. Triton Bay is the name given to the coastal region located east of Kaimana, a small harbour town on the southwest coast of West Papua. This region offers magnificient diving that includes beautiful soft coral, giant sea fans, black coral forests, large schools of fish and much more. The topside scenery is breathtaking with cliffs, beautiful greenery and ancient cave paintings.


 

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Fact File

Diving Conditions

House Reef Shore Diving Boat Diving Liveaboard Wreck Diving

Suitability:

Beginners 

Intermediates 

Advanced 

Technical 

Best Time: All Year.

Average Air temps: 25-17°C

Average Water temps: 28-30°C

Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Up to 200m (July - December)

Top Dive Sites: Four Kings - Raja Ampat - Cenderawasih Ba - Banda Sea - Triton Bay.

A variety of liveaboad diving itineraries available. More >

Great Reasons to Dive in Raja Ampat

  • Explore the Coral Triangle
  • Fantastic biodiversity & Marine Life
  • Four Kings Area - 1500 islands, 600 types of corals, 1,500 fish species and over 600 types of mollusks
  • Macro critters in Ambon Bay, rare Mandarin fish.
  • Large pelagics in the Banda Sea.
  • Cenderwasih Bay Whale Shark.
  • Triton Bay black coral, sea fans and pristine reef. 
  • Hammerheads, large schooling fish and more.

 

Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.