Raja Ampat is an archipelago of majestic islands located in the most easterly province of Indonesia, West Papua.
Believed to be the epicentre of the Coral Triangle, this is the most biodiverse marine region on earth. Located between the Indian and Pacific oceans the deep sea currents funnel nutrient rich waters through the reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds forming solid foundations for marine species to grow and flourish. Relatively unexplored until recently, its rich coast and marine resources have made it a target for economic development. As more is discovered about the region, its global significance continues to grow.
Divers and snorkellers are often mesmerised by the sheer density of fish and coral life. Expect vibrant and colourful reefs, plenty of macro life, schooling barracuda, countless schools of fish (over 1,200 known species are found here), manta ray encounters and plenty of drift diving in the fast currents, which help feed the nutrient rich waters.
The archipelago consists of 1,500 small islands and cays, the main larger ones being Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool, the 'Four Kings'. The region is a pioneer for conservation across Indonesia which includes huge Marine Protected Areas, no-take zones and it is prohibited to fish for sharks and rays here.
It is possible to visit year-round at a resort and in season by liveaboard.
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