Diving in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Archipelago is the center of world coral variety and one of the best places for diving on our planet. In the world of science Raja Ampat is considered a birthplace of the majority of corals. It is located in the north-west of New Guinea and consists of more than 1.5 thousands of small islands. The archipelago is a protected marine reserve. It can be divided into southern (Misoul Island and adjoining islands), central (Bantata and Kri islands) and northern (Vayang, Vaigeo and Kawe islands) parts. Divers and underwater photographers are attracted by the opportunity to see an abundance of fish and corals. Local dive sites offer lots of opportunities. For example, in Passage dive site, divers can have spectacular drift dives. At Kri island there is a beautiful coral reef, turtles and blacktip reef sharks. There is also a manta cleaning station in Raja Ampat. Diving in Raja Ampat is organized in safari mode. Most of the dive sites have currents. This diving route is recommended to experienced divers. See all Raja Ampat Liveaboards.

What to see: There are hard and soft corals of various shapes and sizes, mushroom corals, sponges, gorgonarias, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, mimic octopuses, blue-ringed octopuses, squids, shrimps, nudibranchs, eels, pipefish, crabs, pygmy seahorses. Among rare fish species it is possible to spot mandarinfish, brindlebasses and epaulette sharks. At some dive sites divers can meet whitetip sharks, mantas, napoleonfish, mobula rays, flatworms, barracudas, and others.

Depth: 8-40m/26-131ft

Currents: 1-3 knots

Visibility: 10-40m/33-131ft

Season for diving: The climate is tropical, hot. Diving in Raja Ampat is possible all year long. However, due to a low number of tourists, the safaris are organized not very often, mainly from October to March. During the period from May to September, there are more fall-outs than in other months. The average water temperature is about 28C/82F.

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