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The best diving destination in Indonesia
Raja Ampat is a vast area of 50,000 square kilometers located in northeastern Indonesia on the border with Papua New Guinea. This area is considered to have the greatest marine biodiversity on the planet and diving in its waters is synonymous with great dives, encounters with pelagics, rare sharks, manta rays and all kinds of fauna in a wild and very little explored environment.
Diving in Raja Ampat takes place around massive coral colonies that are protected from fishing. This incomparable diving paradise is home to 600 species of coral, more than 1,700 species of fish, 700 species of mollusks and some of the stars of the underwater world such as manta rays, mimic octopus, toadfish of a thousand sizes and colors, the most outstanding invertebrate colonies, whales, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, ghost pipefish or orangutan crabs.
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5 reasons to consider a dive trip to Raja Ampat
MANTA RAY CLEANING STATION
Like Komodo, Raja Ampat has spectacular manta ray cleaning stations. At Manta Ridge we can see and interact with up to 30 manta rays at a time. One of the best sites in Indonesia to dive with manta rays.
Raja Ampat is not known for its large number of shark species, but we can find some spectacular ones that are found in very few areas in the world, such as the Wobbegong or the Epaulette shark. We can also dive with other species of reef sharks such as whitetips, blacktips and even hammerheads. And with a bit of luck, the whale shark.
In a single dive we can see huge schools of giant tuna, manta rays, barracudas, sharks, dolphins, nudibranchs, blue-ringed octopus, sea snakes, orangutan crabs and pygmy seahorses. Yes, in a single dive. An incomparable biodiversity.
There are a lot of liveaboards in Raja Ampat, but you will not find another liveaboard to share a dive with. Raja Ampat is an exclusive destination that you will have all to yourself.
When is the best time to dive in Raja Ampat?
Although diving is possible all year round, Raja Ampat is best visited from October to the end of April, when plankton concentrations are higher and visibility is reduced, but the action, especially manta rays, is much more abundant. In summer there are strong winds, the crossing is uncomfortable and there is heavy rain. In fact, there are very few dive boats operating in Raja at this time of year and they tend to be in other areas of Indonesia such as Komodo.
Sea temperatures are fairly constant, ranging from a minimum of around 27°C between May and October to 30°C from November to April. Of course it can rain in Raja Ampat at any time, not just during the rainy season...
WHAT CERTIFICATION DO I NEED TO DIVE IN RAJA AMPAT?
Many cruises only require an Open Water Diver certification to dive in Raja Ampat, but as in Komodo National Park, due to the strong currents that can be experienced and the depth of some dives approaching 25 meters, AOWD certification and at least 50 dives are recommended. Nitrox is more than recommended in an area where 4 dives a day are made.