Raja Ampat is still a quite unknown area in Indonesia, but among divers on the contrary, it’s a famous destination. This because it offers an incredible lot of different fish species and fantastic coral reefs, varying from hard to soft coral. The islands themselves are very impressive too. The Raja Ampat islands have silent lagoons with crystal white sand and water that varies in colours from bright green to bright blue.
From mid-Juli till mid-September it’s rainy season in Raja Ampat, the sea may, locally, be less pleasant to travel long distances by boat. This doesn’t have to be a problem for divers, since dozens of dive spots are within 15 minutes by boat.
The islands of Raja Ampat are therefore mostly known among divers. Some beautiful dive sites are:
Between Waigeo and the smaller island Pulau Gam are many little jungle islands of limestone. The Nudibranch Rock is certainly one of the highlights of this site, because on this rock lives an extremely important population of brightcoloured … slugs.
The coralreefs around this small island on the north coast of Batanta houses rare fish species, like the recently discovered Raja epaulette shark, wobbegong shark, crocodile fish and big mantas. There’s also an old American fighter aircraft wreck dating from the Second World War.
This location between the Gam and Mansuar islands is a real rays’ paradise. In this area swim more than 15 different ray species of which some with a wingspan of 5 metres! Exceptional is that this location is a kind of washing station for the rays. The rays lie down on the coral and are then ‘cleaned’ by small lipfish. Best period: mid-October untill mid-April. From May to September there is little chance to spot mantas here.
Video Raja Ampat snorkel cruise
Accommodaties Accommodations Hébergements
Dore Atri is the homestay of pak Martin. The homestay has 3 rooms, divided over 2 cottages. Both cottages are located right on the beach.
The family speak English reasonably well and know a lot about the culture and history.
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Kri Eco Resort is located on the edge of the island on a pristine white beach. Nice bird calls will wake you up in the morning, your breakfast is ready and then it’s time for the morning dive. The cottages are built above the water. Facilities such as toilets and washrooms are on shore, but within ... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
The Papua Explorers dive resort is located on the south side of the island of Pulau Gam. The resort mainly accommodates divers, but also non-divers will enjoy themselves here with snorkelling, canoeing, birding or just relaxing.
The 12 spacious (72 m2) bungalows are built above the water and have... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
Throughout the year, the Papua Paradise eco resort is a wonderful place to stay for diving in the most beautiful marine gardens in the world.
The cottages are spacious, clean and built above the sea.
New are the Deluxe over-water bungalows. Somewhat larger and more luxurious than the superior bu... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
The beautiful Raja Ampat Biodiversity resort is located on the beach of the island of Pulau Gam, directly on the Dampier Strait. The resort has only 9 cottages, divided between Standard, Superior and Deluxe. All are built in traditional style and are located directly on the beach, have a private ter... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
Raja Ampat dive resort is a 15-minute boat ride or 20-minute drive from Waisai Town on Waigeo Island in Raja Ampat. The resort has 12 bungalows, all equipped with AC, bathroom with hot running water, 24 hours electricity and a private veranda.
The diving center has modern Bauer compressors and mo... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
Mawar Homestay lies at the western tip of Pulau Arborek and offers two private and one four-room bungalow on land, and three private beach bungalows which are over water at high tide. All have spectacular sunset views.
Bedding in each room consists of mattresses on the floor with pillows, bolste... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
The liveaboard is a simple Buginese schooner with a dormitory with 8 reasonably comfortable beds. In some places you can choose to stay in (again) a simple homestay. There are a shared toilet and shower on board.
Stay includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Het eenvoudige Scuba Republic resort telt slechts 7 kamers, 3 double, 2 twin en 2 triple beach bungalows, alle met eigen badkamer, aircon en terras..
Het resort beschikt over een restaurant, laundry service en het belangrijkst: een eigen (SSI) duikcentrum.... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
Yenkangkanes Homestay has an ocean bungalow with two rooms, each of which sleeps two people on mattresses equipped with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets. A shared verandah has chairs and tables from which to take in the ocean views across to Gam and Friwen island. A third similarly equipp... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires
Private (VIP) bungalows
Yenkoranu’s private (VIP) bungalows have glazed windows and ensuite private bathrooms with showers and western style pedestal toilets. The private bungalows have free standing double beds with covers, pillows, bolsters and mosquito nets and bath towels are supplied.
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Yenros Homestay has four single room, private bungalows located in a cove on a perfect stretch of beach near Yenbeser village on Gam. Bedding in all bungalows are mattresses on the floor with mosquito nets, pillows and bolsters. Power outlets and room light switches are provided. Each bedroom also ... meer infomore infoinformations supplémentaires