Raja Ampat is the World's most biodiverse marine region. It boasts the most species of hard and soft corals in the world, a remarkable 75% of the all the world's coral species can be found here. Along with sharing over 1,500 fish species with both the tropical Pacific and Indian Oceans, this is undoubtedly one of the best tropical diving destinations in the world.

Located just off the North-western tip of Papua's Birds Head Peninsula, the area is comprised of nearly 2,000 islands and submerged sea mounds. Most of the islands are made up of steep outcrops of limestone that formed millions of years ago as ancient coral reefs. And as the equator runs directly through this region, all available terrestrial surfaces are covered in lush tropical plants. Birds and wildlife abound and can be seen daily, and the region is so remote, it is nearly impossible to see local villages or other divers during a trip.

Liveaboards are by far the best way to visit this region, as it's remoteness and sheer size make it impossible to completely visit any other way. The dive sites are just as varied as the marine animals found here, encompassing every imaginable type of dive possible and every underwater ecosystem. But the highlights include the multicoloured soft coral reef in the south of the park around Misool Island, the shallow hard coral reefs in the middle near Mansuar Island, encounters with both oceanic and reef species of Manta Rays, and the fantastic muck diving of Aljui Bay in the north.

Temperatures tend to always be around 27 ñ 29 degrees C, and visibility can vary from 10 to 25 meters. Visibility is often not amazing compared to other tropical destinations, but the turbidity of the water is caused from the high level of nutrients flowing through the park, which is exactly why this area thrives in biodiversity and density.

Almost all liveaboard trips depart and return from Sorong on Papua. The best flight connections to Sorong are from Makassar and Jakarta (via Makassar). There are also connections from Ambon and Nabire less frequently during the week. Tourists do not need special permits to travel to this region and dive here. As the region lies directly on the equator, rain is a common occurrence, so it can be cooler, otherwise when the sun is out, the temperatures are always warm and humid.

Featured boats

Seahorse is a professional Indonesian style schooner, it offers deluxe dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat, Chendrawasih Bay, and Banda Sea area, it can accomodates up to 16 guests.

Mermaid I is a professional dive yatch running by Mermaid Fleet, it offers deluxe dive liveaboard trips in Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea area, it can accommodates only 15 guests on board.

Black Manta 720, formerly known as Black Manta, it is a professional dive yatch running by an trustable team, it offers dive liveaboard trips in the Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda Sea area, it can accommodate 16 - 18 guests per trip.

Ambai is a professional dive yacht launched in May 2012 offering diving liveaboard trips in Indonesia, specifically Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea and Triton Bay areas, for individual divers or groups of up to 16 guests.

Coming trips

10/07/2017 to 17/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Aggressor (formerly Ocean Rover) is a professional dive yatch running by Aggressor Fleet, it offers dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay and Banda Sea, it can max. host 16 guests per trip.

10/07/2017 to 20/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Putri Papua is a budget dive liveaboard running by Grand Komodo, it offers a regular 11D/10N dive liveaboard trip in Raja Ampat all year, perfect for a small group up to 9 people to charter.

11/07/2017 to 21/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Explorer is a comfortable liveaboard running by Grand Komodo, it offers a regular 11D/10N dive liveaboard trip in Raja Ampat all year, it can accommodates up to 14 guests.

15/07/2017 to 25/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Seahorse is a professional Indonesian style schooner, it offers deluxe dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat, Chendrawasih Bay, and Banda Sea area, it can accomodates up to 16 guests.

16/07/2017 to 22/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Sea Safari 8 is the largest dive liveaboard running by SeaSafari Fleet, it offers liveaboard trip in Raja Ampart, Cendrawasih Bay, Triton Bay area, it can host 24 - 25 guests per trip.

17/07/2017 to 27/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Temu Kira is a comfortable liveaboard running by Grand Komodo, it offers dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat and Cendrawasih Bay, it can accommodates up to 12 guests.

19/07/2017 to 26/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Aggressor (formerly Ocean Rover) is a professional dive yatch running by Aggressor Fleet, it offers dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay and Banda Sea, it can max. host 16 guests per trip.

21/07/2017 to 28/07/2017

Raja Ampat

Pearl of Papua is a medium-range budget liveaboard running by an Indonesian local team, it provides dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat and Cendrawasih Bay area, it can accommodates up to 14 guests.

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