Raja Ampat, Indonesia, otherwise known as the “Four Kings” is a stunning archipelago consisting of over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals creating diverse underwater landscapes. A Raja Ampat diving safari is all about diversity, both of dive sites and marine life and the best way to experience the most of the region is by dive liveaboard, which offer trips to the northern and southern islands combined. At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat, divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans, to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop offs, caves, black sand and white sand.
Dives with manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too. Our Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries typically depart from Sorong, reachable by domestic flight from Jakarta, Manado, Makassar or Ambon. Each of our dive itineraries offers something a little different and it is the exceptional diversity of Raja Ampat which promises vastly different diving experiences each time you enter the water.
Scuba divers are still discovering amazing dive sites but the highlights of any trip would include dives in the Dampier Strait such as Manta Sandy and Cape Kri, as well as dives at Misool and the Fiabacet chain of islands in the far south, plus Gam and Yangeffo and the atmospheric Arborek Jetty.
It is possible to dive Raja Ampat all year round, however the majority of our liveaboard holidays run between October and June, allowing for the yachts to also offer trips in the Komodo National Park. The water temperature remains constant between 26-29C.