Raja Ampat Scuba Diving & Underwater Photography 2017-01-28T21:09:20+00:00

RAJA AMPAT, WEST PAPUA INDONESIA

Raja Ampat is the global epicentre for marine life & fauna

Superb Diving 9.6

Macro

8/10

Wide

10/10

Diversity

10/10

Abundance

10/10

Health

10/10

MOST MARINE BIO-DIVERSE PLACE ON EARTH

Lying in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Raja Ampat holds the prestigious title as the most marine bio-diverse place on earth – quite a title; but also fact. At its most recent count in 2011 the region was recognized to contain 1427 reef fishes, over 600 coral species (75% of the world’s coral species can be found here), not to mention the pelagic life that is abundant in the area.

To dive in Raja Ampat is breathtakingly spectacular, and truly unforgettable. Hard and soft corals compete for space on reefs that are bursting with life and colour. Swarms of small fish such as damsels, fusiliers and anthias mill about on the reef flats, while not too far away the large schools of tuna, trevally and mackerel congregate. Batfish, surgeonfish and barracuda aggregate around jettys and reef points, while angel and butterflyfish decorate both the reef flats and jagged coral towers that are home to abundant marine life. Large fish species include napoleon wrasse, bumpheads and giant sweetlips, and being in shark sanctuary not a day goes by where divers don’t spot one of the many species of reef shark in the area. And of course, there are the manta rays: reef mantas at nearby cleaning stations, the majestic oceanic manta in open water, and during the right season any given dive site may yield magnificent mantas gliding by. There are really no words to describe diving in this region; it must be experienced and is truly unforgettable.  There are over 50 sites in the area and enough sea life to satisfy the most discerning scuba diver.

PAPUA EXPLORERS RESORT

Papua Explorers Resort is located in the heart of the region, in the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua. Raja Ampat translates into English as Four Kings and gets its name from a local mythology about four kings that occupy the four big islands: Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool. It’s a stunning archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, hosting thousands of species some of which are endemic to the region.

Some scientific surveys reveal that the area has 603 hard coral species which represents more than 75% of all the species in the world. With its rich ecosystem and abundance of species, this is the bull’s-eye of the Coral Triangle in every sense. Papua Explorers is located on the island of Gam and just along the coast of worldwide renowned Dampier Strait, only 10 to 15 minutes away from the most famous dive sites like Manta Point, Cape Kri, Mike’s Point, Sardines & Manta Sandi. I highly recommend staying with Papua Explorers as they are committed to protected the area and sustainable practices.

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