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.
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.
Best Time: All Year.
Average Air temps: 25-17°C
Average Water temps: 28-30°C
Visibility: 5-100m (Jan-June)
Top Dive Sites: Four Kings - Raja Ampat - Cenderawasih Ba - Banda Sea - Triton Bay.
Great Reasons to Dive in Raja Ampat