The Jewel in the Crown
When I mention to other divers that I have been to Raja Ampat, I am usually asked “what’s it like”?
I think I have finally come up with a definition divers will be able to relate to. If you take the best Bunaken and Komodo dive sites (to stay within an Indonesian context), plus the best Ribbon Reefs dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, for good measure, add Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea to this mix, put them all together into one area, and I think you are getting close to what the diving at Raja Ampat is all about.
The biodiversity in Raja Ampat is quite overwhelming, and I wont go into details here, as there are scientific reports by the dozen, giving you all the information you could want. Whether you join one of the many Raja Ampat liveaboard boats, or you prefer to stay in one of the beautiful dive resorts scattered around the area, you’ll have a dive holiday you are going to remember for a long time.
Certainly, Raja Ampat is not the cheapest place to dive, and it’s a little awkward getting there – but it’s worth the effort and the expense – there is no doubt about it in my mind!
What about the whale sharks? Well, they are here too, all year round!
If you are into “heavy metal”, there is some pretty good wreck diving as well, around Manokwari – off the N. Coast of West Papua (which used to be called Irian Jaya)
If you have the time, having come such a long way already, why not spend a little more time in West Papua, taking in the breath-taking scenery, rainforests, maybe even do some hiking in the Baliem Valley, or a spot of birdwatching. There is so much to see in this part of the Indonesian archipelago, and it would be a shame not to explore West Papua a little further. To help you get started, you can find tour and other information by going to our Explore Indonesia West Papua page.
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