Far from the view-blocking skyscrapers, dense and hectic concrete jungles, congested traffics, flickering electric billboards, endless annoying noises, and all the nuisances of modern cities, you will find a pristine paradise where Mother Nature and warm friendly people welcome you with all the exceptional wonders in Raja Ampat, the islands-regency in West Papua Province.
Raja Ampat, which means “four kings” in the Indonesian language is remote, exotic, beautiful and literally pulsing with life. With all the spectacular wonders above and beyond its waters, as well as on land and amidst the thick jungles, this is truly the place where words such as beautiful, enchanting, magnificent and fascinating gets its true physical meaning.
The diving in Raja Ampat is absolutely fantastic and arguably among the very best, you will find anywhere. Raja Ampat boasts incredible numbers of medium to large size fish, good macro, and great hard and soft coral reefs, along with some muck and mangrove sites. The underwater diversity of this area is amazing, and the topside beauty is stunning. There are more recorded species here than anywhere on the planet. This is the epicentre of marine biodiversity.
You can dive Raja Ampat by live aboard, stay in the south at Misool Eco Resort or in the north at a growing collection of resorts. A live aboard is the best way to cover as much of the magnificent diving here in the least amount of time but resort-based holidays work very well too.
The marine life is more plentiful in the north whilst the soft corals are the draw in the south. However, either would be wonderful, but if you want to combine the two and have the time available, then a live aboard is the way to go, but bear in mind they are some 150 miles apart or a full 24 hours steam on a live aboard.
Some of the top dive sites in and near Raja Ampat are: Dampier Strait, Batanta Island, Misool Island, Waigeo Island, Triton Bay and Cenderawasih Bay.