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Diving in Raja Ampat

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When to go to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is almost a year-round destination with a tropical climate. The high season is from October to May. The average air temperature ranges between 23-28C/73-82F. The water temperature is averaging at 28C/82F throughout the year. The water visibility varies from 10 to 40m/32-130ft. The currents vary from none to moderate, but can be strong in some areas.


What to see

Raja Ampat is home to 540 types of corals, well over 1,000 species of fish inhabit these waters and 700 types of mollusks. Divers can see pelagic fishes such as giant trevally, dogtooth tuna, barracudas, blacktip and whitetip reef, wobbegong sharks, whale, as well as mimic octopus, cuttlefish, solar powered nudibranchs, ghost pipefishes, snake eel and others.

Scuba diving in Raja Ampat

Situated in West Papua, Raja Ampat (meaning ‘Four Kings’ in Indonesian) is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, shoals, cays environing the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. The closest airport to Raja Ampat is Sorong. Hundreds of islands, great visibility, warm waters offer some of the world's most spectacular scuba diving; this spot was even reputed for having the highest species counts in the world. There are vertical underwater walls, slopes, ridges, sea mounds, reef flats, narrow shallow channels, pinnacles and war wrecks. These islands are also very rich in macro life and are a heaven for underwater photography. Due to the sometimes strong currents, diving here is not so good for absolute beginners, rather for more experienced divers.


Most popular dive sites

There are lots of dive sites spread over huge distances. The best-known diving sites are The Passage, Cape Kri, Manta Sandy, Cross Wreck, as well as Blue Magic, Sardine Reef, Melissa's Garden.

Dive centers in Raja Ampat

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