Raja Ampat is a large area of 50,000 square kilometers located in the northeast of Indonesia, on the border with Papua New Guinea. This area is considered to be one of the greatest marine biodiversity in the entire planet and where diving in its waters is synonymous with great dives, encounters with pelagic creatures, sharks, manta rays and all kinds of amazing wildlife, in a truly wild and little explored environment.
Diving in Raja Ampat is done around massive coral reefs protected from fishing. This incomparable paradise for diving hosts 600 species of coral, more than 1,000 species of fish, 700 of mollusks and is the residence of some of the stars of the underwater world such as manta rays, mimic octopus, frog fish, the most outstanding invertebrate colonies, whales, dolphins, hammerhead sharks, ghost pipefish or orangutan crabs.
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What is the best season for diving in Raja Ampat?
Although it is possible to dive throughout the year, we must set our diving liveaboard trip to Raja Ampat from October until the end of April, when there is a greater concentration of plankton and, although visibility is reduced, we can see much more action, especially of manta rays. In summer you can experience stronger wind, the crossing will be uncomfortable and can happen heavy rains. In fact there are very few liveaboards operating in Raja Ampat at this time of the year as they are usually in other areas of Indonesia like Komodo.
Sea temperatures are fairly constant, ranging from a minimum of around 27 ° C between May and October, to 30 ° C in the period from November to April. Of course, in Raja Ampat it can rain at any time, not only during the rainy season.
What certification is required to dive in Raja Ampat?
In many liveaboards don’t ask for more than the Open Water Diver certification to dive in Raja Ampat, but, as in Komodo National Park, for the strong currents that can be suffered and the depth close to 25 meters of some dives, the recommended certification is AOWD and at least 50 dives. Nitrox more than recommended in an area where 4 daily dives are made.