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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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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: manta ray, bumphead parrotfish, pygmy seahorse, napoleon wrasse, tassled wobbegong shark

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Coral Triangle Snorkelling Adventure

Visit Raja Ampat and Triton Bay on a unique snorkelling only liveaboard adventure. Explore pristine reefs, dive amongst large schools of fish, and awe at chance manta encounters on this exclusive departure.

  • When to go: Mar
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,645 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard Group trip

Critters & Kings

Diving in Indonesia is a rewarding experience, especially when combining two locations famed for their incredible biodiversity. Discover abundant critters in Ambon and gaze at majestic manta rays in Raja Ampat.

  • When to go: Sep-Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,375 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Dive Raja Ampat

Diving the spectacular reefs of Raja Ampat from a resort offers visitors a world-class experience. The remote location at the heart of the Coral Triangle presents an incredible diversity of wildlife.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 15 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,875 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Raja Ampat Liveaboard

Exclusive departures in 2018 & 2019

Join a liveaboard adventure in Raja Ampat, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth! Choose from a variety of vessels and itineraries to discover majestic islands with sharks, manta rays, turtles and enormous schools of fish.

  • When to go: Nov-Apr
  • Duration inc. flights: 12 to 18 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £4,095 pp
  • Trip type: Liveaboard trip
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Papua Paradise Eco Resort

Featuring over water bungalows with views of the house reef, this resort is located on Birie island. A haven for both divers and non-divers, the marine life and flora found here are exceptional.

Misool Eco Resort

Fringed with powder white sand beaches and protected by stunning clear lagoon and abundant reefs, this exclusive private island resort sits in a prime position within the vast Raja Ampat archipelago.

Raja 4 Divers

Experience it all on the private island of Pulau Pef in central Raja Ampat. Discover the rich seascape and explore topside jungle and beaches from this authentic Papuan dive resort.

Sorido Bay Resort

Located on a beautiful deep lagoon with a white sand beach on Kri Island, this traditional resort with just seven cottages is ideal to access some of the most spectacular dive sites in Raja Ampat.

Suggested liveaboards are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Dewi Nusantara

This 57 metre long, three masted topsail schooner moves with grace and stability through the waters of eastern Indonesia, concentrating on exploring Raja Ampat, Ambon, East Flores and Komodo.

M/V Mermaid II

A spacious 33 metre yacht, the M/V Mermaid II offers comprehensive itineraries covering Raja Ampat or Komodo, and is suitable for divers of all certification levels. Nitrox is available on board.


The luxurious Tambora has been engineered for a minimum of noise and vibration and aims to take you on an exhilarating journey through the Indonesian archipelago, unique in diversity and home to the world’s best dive sites.

Calico Jack

Built for adventure, this classic phinisi cruises some of the most ecologically abundant areas of the planet including Komodo and Raja Ampat. With five cabins and an attentive crew, divers can expect an exceptional experience.

M/V Mermaid I

This 28 metre steel motor yacht offers comprehensive nine night itineraries to Raja Ampat and Komodo. She accommodates 15 guests in a variety of cabins, with a large dive platform, equipment rental and Nitrox.

MS Aurora

The MS Aurora is a luxurious double masted traditional phinisi, designed for a discerning clientele. Cruising Indonesia year round, there are a variety of itineraries to choose from, all showcasing marine biodiversity at its best.

MSV Amira

This 52 metre luxury phinisi first set sail in 2010 and was built with locally grown timber by indigenous craftsmen using ancient traditional methods. Enjoy up to four dives per day on itineraries throughout Indonesia.

MSY Damai II

Operating in Indonesia - and, on occasion, Micronesia - the MSY Damai II is a traditional Indonesian schooner. There are a variety of itineraries available, and she is accompanied by two custom designed high speed tender boats.


The Pindito is a traditional Indonesian liveaboard, accommodating 16 guests in spacious cabins. Depending on the season, she cruises Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat, visiting dive sites of unparalleled excellence.

Raja Ampat Aggressor

This luxurious liveaboard offers spectacular itineraries around Raja Ampat, Ambon, Cenderawasih and Triton Bay in eastern Indonesia, providing guests with exceptional diving adventures throughout the year.

S/Y Indo Siren

A traditional phinisi, handcrafted from ironwood and teak, this luxury Siren fleet boat cruises the Indonesian archipelago throughout the year visiting world-class locations in Raja Ampat and Komodo.