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Raja Ampat (West Papua)

ABOVE THE WATER

Formerly known as Irian Jaya, West Papua contains the last frontier for diving in Indonesia: Raja Ampat. The name means “Four Kings” and refers to an area containing 1500 islands in the north east part of Indonesia. “Remote” is the key word out here, and though there are several excellent land-based resorts, the best way to explore the region is from a liveaboard boat.

UNDER THE WATER

The sheer number of different species you will find in Raja Ampat is astounding, with sites for big pelagic animals, sites for macro life, and everything in between. Here you can find big aggregations of manta rays or sites with more than 200 fish species in one dive. There are blue water mangrove sites, drop offs, nutrient-rich upwelling areas and coral reefs that stretch for miles. On the land you can find pristine rainforest and scores of uninhabited islands waiting to be explored.

Cenderawasih Bay is one of the only places in the world where you can dive with whale sharks; fishermen have set up feeding stations that the wild sharks visit daily. This is accessible either via liveaboard or from the Ahe Dive Resort.

It could be said that once you have dived West Papua, you will be spoiled for life. See the Indonesia Liveaboards page for vessels travelling to West Papua.

Accommodation In Raja Ampat

Misool-Eco-Resort

Misool Eco Resort/ Misool Dive

  •  Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: No
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes (Misool Dive)
  • Resort Highlight: Outstanding Design & Facilities
  • Diving Highlight: Diving Right Off Your Balcony
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Kri-Eco-Resort

Kri Eco Resort/ Kri Diving

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: No
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight: The Entire Resort Is Made Of Locally Sourced & Low Impact Materials
  • Diving Highlight: The Incredible Numbers Of Underwater Species
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Sorido-Bay-Resort

Sorido Bay Resort/ Sorido Diving

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: No
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight: One Of The Best House Reefs You Will Ever Dive!
  • Diving Highlight: –
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Raja-Ampat-Biodiversity-Eco-Resort

Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort/ Raja Ampat Diving

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: No
  • Air-Conditioning: No
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight: The Natural Surroundings
  • Diving Highlight: The Variety Of Marine Life!
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papua-paradise-eco-resort

Papua Paradise Eco Resort/ Gangga Divers

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: No
  • Air-Conditioning: No
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight: The Beautiful Over The Water Villas
  • Diving Highlight: Spectacular Marine Life: Everything From Mantas To Pipefish!
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Dive Operators In Raja Ampat

Meridian Adventure Divers

Meridian Dive

  • Type: Resort
  • Suitable For Non Divers: Yes
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Hot Water: Yes
  • On-Site Dive Shop: Yes
  • Resort Highlight:  Luxurious resort!
  • Diving Highlight: Awesome reefs!
  • Full Details Coming Soon…