RAJA AMPAT
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Plan your Diving trip to Raja Ampat


How to get to Raja Ampat

  • Our Raja Ampat liveaboards depart from Sorong, a little coastal city on the North West part of the Indonesian  Papua well served with many daily morning flights from the main International  Indonesian Airports such as  Jakarta,  Manado, Makassar, and Denpasar. 

  • For your International flight - Jakarta is the recommended International airport if your journey is limited to your cruise - we recommend Emirates with its EK356 flight landing at Jakarta airport (the day before the departure of your cruise)  at  15:40.  Return the last day of the cruise + 1 with  EK357 at 00:20. 

  • NB: Wallacea is happy to assist you with flight suggestions and booking (it can be complicated to buy them online from abroad since Credit Card payment are rarely available).

A 2-week off the tracks experience

For a 14 days trip, you will be on the sea for 11 days.  It’s pretty far from all the other tourist hot spots and therefore not on everyone’s radar. Good to know!

What you need to know about Raja Ampat diving

World’s best diving in the world. Top region for marine biodiversity, schools of fishes, macro, and outstanding landscapes. Raja Ampat is an archipelago consisting of four main islands—Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool—surrounded by over 1,500 smaller islands and reefs. This region is part of the West Papua province in Indonesia.

Raja Ampat certainly represents the world’s richest marine diversity, with the highest number of known species of fish, corals, and mollusks. Certain areas are known for their density of fish; one with groups of Manta Rays, the others with schools of barracudas, parrotfish, humpback groupers and the list goes on. Not to mention the best macro you will see everywhere. Photographers, please bring your full set of lenses: wide angle & macro will delight you equally.

The rich variety of reefs are also not to be overlooked with vertical walls, slopes, dry rocks, caves, and lagoons; some covered with hard corals while the others with brightly colored soft corals. Also renowned as the center of pygmy seahorses and gorgonians, everywhere you go you will be amazed by the profusion of marine life that Raja Ampat has to offer you.

Liveaboard: best way to dive Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is a large and remote paradise for diving: that also makes Raja Ampat diving liveaboard the best way to experience its pristine waters and green landscapes. But to reach its equatorial hot waters, you have to fly and fly again... after all, do we imagine heaven being located at the corner?

That's notorious, Raja Ampat is an expensive diving destination in Indonesia. Its untouched waters have so much to give that time and money are nevertheless well spent. Listed on every diver's bucket list, Raja Ampat has more species of fish, hard and soft corals, sea fans, rare species of sharks like wobbegong and walking sharks, than anywhere else in the world. However, its fantastic biodiversity and marine life are spread all around this 40000 km2 archipelago (pretty much Switzerland's surface). To experience the best diving in the world with a limited time, Liveaboard safaris is by far the best option. Let's check more in details how our Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries will make your diving Indonesian trip a lifetime experience.

Raja Ampat offers 3 world-class diving zones

  • NORTH (Wayag - Kawe)

The Norths is mainly rocky bottoms, gorgonians but also true forests of black corals; some excellent macro sites too.

Wayag Islands are those Raja Ampat iconic landscapes. This special location never ceases to amaze. Visitors are being overwhelmed by a series of uninhabited islands, rises out of the most biodiverse waters on the planet.

The landscape of the small islands there is absolutely breathtaking. Many fishes also.. Kawe is excellent. Great macro in Aljui bay. Underwater life is less spectacular than in the South though. Not to visit Wayag during a trip to Raja Ampat is like skipping the Eiffel tower during the first trip to Paris: unthinkable!

  • CENTRE (Dampier strait - West Waisai)

Dampier Strait lies in the central part of Raja Ampat, in the Indonesian province of West Papua. Diving these sites is a sensational and very rewarding experience! Colorful coral and pinnacles buzzing with tropical fish.
The currents are strong– because the Strait is the principal channel through which the nutrient-rich waters of the Indonesian throughflow pass through on their way south and the deep basins of the Banda Sea.
But these powerful currents bring an abundance of nutrients and marine life. Look for nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, crinoid shrimp, reef octopus, and tons of small tropical fish, as well as a number of shark species. 
Coral reefs where the hard corals dominate.  While the majority of sites are suitable for "wide-angle" photography, a large number of pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, and other Indonesian specialties also provide opportunities for beautiful "macro" photos.

  • SOUTH (Misool)

Exceptional for wide angle and macro, undersea life, mantas, lots of fish, soft corals and gorgonian fields. 

Raja Ampat also presents magnificent landscapes to explore—labyrinths of quartz islands, vast mangrove forests, deserted beaches, and lagoons. We offer our guests to go for a tour to small villages or in search of the famous birds of paradise...

Now you know why choosing one Raja Ampat diving zone out of the 3 would not make your diving liveaboard experience complete. As well located as the best Raja Ampat resort can be, as fast its speedboats are, a land-based trip even in the most luxury Raja Ampat resort will push you to nothing else than planning another Raja Ampat adventure as soon as possible. But if you have time, at least 3 weeks in total, then after your Raja Ampat liveaboard diving experience all over the place, chilling on the beach in Paradise will be appreciated.

Best time to dive Raja Ampat

The literature frequently mentions the best period of time to visit Raja Ampat runs from October to April / May. Actually, by way of qualifying that, this is the period of time to be able to visit the entire Raja Ampat - under the double condition that one does it on a liveaboard dive boat and for a duration of at least 10 nights. Indeed, even with a diving liveaboard, If you plan to do a  for 9 nights or less, you will have to skip one of the 3 diving areas anyway, no matter the season you will experience it. If you go for a resort, you will skip 2 great diving areas. If you plan to visit Raja Ampat from June to Mid-September, that's the South (Misool) that we will skip.

Southeast monsoon affects indeed the South part of the Raja Ampat creating waves, wind, and a bad visibility. But Dampier Strait and the North part of Raja Ampat can joyfully be dived all year long.

Raja Ampat liveaboard or resort

Our 11-night scuba diving liveaboard cruises are some of the very few that visit all the Raja Ampat - down to Misool (south part of the Park), up to Wayag (top North) -  with a great selection of the very best scuba dive sites of all the area. 

Another important benefit you get from a Liveaboard is to experience the best remote diving in the world.

It's a minimum of 33 diving sites you will discover with our Raja Ampat ultimate cruise - navigation is around 650 nm (1100 km) in 12 days / 11 nights.

For underwater photographers, a Raja Ampat liveaboard experience is optimum in regards to getting the best shots: you get diverse pristine dive spots combined with the ability to dive - Nitrox - up to 4 times a day with a nice combination of macro and wide angle subjects. 

Why traveling with us

Because we are liveaboard specialists since 2002. 

Wallacea has been cruising and exploring Indonesia’s best diving destinations for 16 years. We offer luxurious yet affordable scuba diving cruise liveaboards from 8 to 14 nights in the Indonesian best destinations of Raja Ampat as (Misool, the Dampier Strait, and Wayag). We are also 24/7 at your service to offer you the best possible liveaboard experience. Our Raja Ampat Liveaboard reviews will help you plan your diving trip to this pristine destination.

Our standards are 3 dives/ day + night dives | a multilingual cruise director-diving instructor |  1 dive guide/ 4 divers

Just some points 

  • ✓ We offer good values' Raja Ampat liveaboards
  • ✓ Great comfort, experienced crew & dive guides
  • ✓ Large camera rooms with plenty outlets
  • ✓ Optimal diving experience: large diving deck
  • ✓ Outdoor spacious lounges
  • ✓ Delicious fusion Asian-Western cuisine
  • ✓ Free Nitrox
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Our Raja Ampat's best dive sites selection


West Papua or Papua Barat, Indonesia is a province located in the western part of the New Guinea Island which covers an entire peninsula called Vogelkop ("bird's head") and the surrounding islands. The province separated from the Papua province (formerly known as Irian Jaya) in February 2003, with the name West Irian Jaya before changing to its current name in February 2007. There are approximately 643,012 inhabitants in this province.

Raja Ampat is located in the "Coral Triangle", the world’s center of coral biodiversity. This area has been claimed to possess the richest diversity of known coral species in the world—up to 75% according to The Nature Conservancy.

UNESCO plans to put Raja Ampat on its list of World Heritage as the area with the richest marine biodiversity on the planet. In 2007, the Indonesian government created seven new marine protected areas covering a total area of 9,000 km².

Credit: divereport.com

WATER TEMPERATURE

The sea water temperature is averaging around 29°C throughout the year.

VISIBILITY

The visibility is generally around 20 meters but might drop to 10 meters or less due to the concentration of nutrients in the water, tidal changes andor plankton blooms.

The best time to visit the entire Raja Ampat is from November to April. During the SE monsoon, the sea condition in Misool gets rough and the visibility tends to be poor. This period is also the driest, even though the climate remains equatorial with numerous showers throughout the year.

CURRENTS

The currents are generally consistent with strong currents at about one-third of the dive sites. Divers are suggested to stay cautious about the depth and dive profiles due to the isolated location of the reefs and the currents of the area. * Level 2 or PADI Advanced with a minimum of 50 dives required. Less experienced divers can also participate with a specific supervision that has to be arranged before the cruise.

There is no clear separation between dry and wet seasons. The driest months are from November to March, but rain is possible at any time. The SE Monsoon from May to October might limit our access to the sites outside the Dampier Strait.

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Our next available cruises for Raja Ampat


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