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Raja Ampat diving: Interesting and thrilling

Posted on November 11, 2010 | Adventure TravelNo Comment

Literally standing for Four Kings, Raja Ampat islands offer an unparallel diving vacation off the famous Bird’s Head cape on the New Guinea island of Papua. This archipelago is a striking territory of over 1,300 islands as well as shoals surrounding the four leading atolls. Off this archipelago, the reefs are titled as ‘the new Palau’ due to the likeness of Palau with regards to the marine variety as well as remoteness offering the most thrilling diving site in Indonesia. So, the Raja Ampat islands are for those who cannot go to Palau and are unable to experience its magic of the rich and unique marine world.

According to the reef biologists, Raja Ampat islands are the hub of an assortment of coral types as well as fishes, molluscs, and other marine creatures. Statistically, today, some 1,100 fish types species live here along with the 600 hard coral species that make up for more than 50% of all species. Among all the fishes, the damsel fish is in much higher population. Coming to the reefs, they adorn a remote section that is termed as the coral triangle where suitable ocean tides and weather nurture the corals. Adding to the excitement is the surprising fact that not much investigation has taken place here leaving most of the reefs in an exceptional state. Moreover, the whole oceanic area is a genuinely beautiful area to explore whose credit goes to its isolated location that has played an important role in keeping it unblemished. The entire land present here is the deposit of the coral remains, while the sand here is full of sharp coral ruins. All these statements justify a memorable Raja Ampat diving where liveaboard diving is just awesome.

Okay, now in order to experience the true Raja Ampat diving, you need to locate this coral assortment in the coral triangle. So, catch a sailing ship or take a big boat on rent with a guide. And yes, also remember that besides diving, even snorkeling is at its best here as this is certainly the new site found for liveaboard diving and snorkeling. However, some amount of damage to the reef has taken place due to fishing and agriculture.

Nestled in Irian Jaya, the Raja Ampat islands are now becoming famous for diving and much of the region is still to be explored both by the biologists and divers. But, whoever has experienced the Raja Ampat diving claims that there is no other place better than this one on Earth. Apart from the admirable marine diversity, the islands are also blessed to boast the spectacular topside vistas. To view and capture the striking underwater topography that is a heaven on Earth, join one of the few Indonesia liveaboards that offer a majority of scuba diving sites that if explored will ensure a memorable trip. Some of the main draws here are the numerous wrecks of ships as well as planes and dolphin greets. Lastly, do not forget a tour to the Misool Island where simple slide makes you gaze at the ideal coral vistas.

Quick facts
  • 1,511 reef fish types throng the Bird’s Head cape.
  • 1,320 reef fish are present in the archipelago of Raja Ampat.
  • 27 common reef fish species are the sole creatures visible at the cape of Birds Head.
  • 75% of the total coral species on Earth are in Raja Ampat.
  • Hard coral species that are 10 times more than in Caribbean throng this archipelago.

  • 57 Mantis Shrimp species, 13 marine mammal types, and 5 extinct sea turtle species live in the Birds Head cape.
  • Excellency:
    Advanced liveaboard diving, reefs, photography, marine life
  • Depth:
    Over 40 m
  • Visibility:
    10 m to 30 m
  • Tides:
    Can be powerful
  • Weather:
  • Water Temperature:
    27 to 30°C
  • Total Diving Sites:
    Over 200
  • Reachability:
    Liveaboard cruises from Irian Jaya and West Timor
  • Minimum Days:
    12 to 15 days
  • Dive Sites:
    Cape Kri, Cross Wreck, Farondi Island, Fabiacet, Jef Fam Group, Manta Ridge, Kaleidoscope, Sardines, Banda Islands, and Sel Pele Bay
  • Season:
    No peak season, excellent throughout the year.
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