Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is located off the western tip of what is known as the bird’s head peninsula in northern Papua (also known as Irian Jaya – the Indonesian half of the island of New Guinea), the most eastern province of Indonesia. Its remoteness and small dispersed population of indigenous fishing villages kept the area a secret to all but a few liveaboards for many years. Now the area is a marine protected park, and known as the heart of the coral triangle, and is famous for containing the world’s richest reefs. In this area, 72% of all the world’s species of corals can be found, and more than 1,300 different species of fish, many endemic to the area. In a single dive you are likely to see more than 200 species alone.

The Raja Ampat archipelago encompasses nearly 10 million acres of land and sea, with over 1,500 islands. For divers the area can be described in three parts: the North, consisting of Kawe, Alyui Bay, and the islands of Wayang, the Middle area around the islands of Kri and Fam, and the South, located off the southeastern tip of greater Misool island. In the north one can expect to find absolutely stunning mushroom shaped limestone islands, covered in lush green jungle foliage, spread out over a staggeringly large area. Here the diving consists of mostly pinnacles and small, steep sided islands covered in soft and hard corals of many different colors. Some of the exposed dive sites here are great spots for schooling fish, Mantas and sharks. While in Alyui Bay the subjects are mostly macro, where many varieties of nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, pipefishes and frogfish can be found.

The reefs around the islands of Kri and Fam, in the middle of the park, can be considered to have some of the best hard coral growths in the area. Regular dives with schooling big eyed jacks, Spanish mackerels, Tunas, and some good chances to see reef sharks are around here. There are also several Manta cleaning stations where polite and lucky divers can sometimes spend their entire dive encircled by schooling happy Mantas. In the south of Raja Ampat, near the island of Misool, divers will be stunned by some of the most colorful and rich soft coral gardens in the world. Here, forests of multi-colored fans mixed with colorful reef fishes and invertebrates cover almost every dive site. Seasonal blooms of bait fish sometimes blanket entire areas, attracting hunting schools of Mobular rays and jacks, these dives can really turn out to be thrillers. While a seamount used as a cleaning station by large pelagics such as Mantas, sharks, giant groupers and the occasional Marlin tops the best of the south.

With such a variety of dive sites spread over such a large area, diving with a liveaboard in Raja Ampat is the best recommendation. And with so many different vessels visiting this famed area, let us help you find the right boat for your diving holiday in the heart of the coral triangle.

Recommended Diving Liveaboards

Ambai

From 266 USD/Day
MV Ambai, built in Sulawesi, started operation in May 2012. It can receive up to 16 divers in absolute comfort. Its design is however especially conceived as a dive cruise boat. He will bring you (...)

Aurora

From 275 USD/Day
Aurora is a beautiful middle budget traditional and schooner, It offers liveaboard trips in Alor, Maluku, Banda Sea, Komodo, Raja Ampat area, it can accommodates only 15 guests on board. ### The (...)

Blue Manta Explorer

From 285 USD/Day
Blue Manta Explorer is a luxury liveaboard running by professional dive team - Manta Fleet, it offers dive liveaboard trips in the Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, it can hosts 18 - 22 guests per (...)

Calico Jack

From 225 USD/Day
Calico Jack is small luxury traditional Phinisi yatch, it offers dive liveaboard trips in Komodo, Raja Ampat, and Banda Sea area, it can accommodates only 10 guests on board. ### Liveaboard (...)

Damai 1

From 455 USD/Day
Damai is a Luxury and high demanded diving liveaboard, with a length of 41m and a perfect conception for divers, this is a dream became true for divers and build by divers. You really need to (...)

Damai 2

From 448 USD/Day
Damai II is a sister boat of Damai I, a professional dive liveaboard that offers liveaboard trips to Raja Ampat, Komodo, Banda Sea, Cendrawasih Bay etc. It can accommodates max. 14 guests on (...)

Dewi Nusantara

From 450 USD/Day
Dewi Nusantara specializes in taking divers on unforgettable 12 day cruises to Raja Ampat, Komodo National Park or Cenderawasih Bay and Wakatobi, offering guests some of the largest cabins and (...)

Euphoria

From 306 USD/Day
Euphoria is a beautiful traditional to South Celebes phinisi style sailing ship that offer 12D/11N liveaboard trips to Cenderawasih Bay and Northern Raja Ampat area, it can hosts max of 14 (...)

Other Choices

Indo Siren

From 389 USD/Day
The Siren fleet's flagship vessel in Indonesian waters, the Indo Siren runs exclusive diving excursions throughout the year for the best liveaboard diving in Indonesia. Indo Siren is a (...)

Mermaid 2

From 300 USD/Day
Mermaid II is a professional dive yacht running by Mermaid Fleet, it offers deluxe dive liveaboard trips in Komodo, Raja Ampat, Banda Sea area, it can accommodates up to 18 guests. Mermaid Diving (...)

Ondina

From 216 USD/Day
Ondina is a beautiful wooden schooner, running by a professional team from Spain, it offers dive liveaboard trips in Komodo, Raja Ampat, and Banda Sea area, it can host max. 16 guests. ### (...)

Pearl of Papua

From 219 USD/Day
Pearl of Papua is a medium-range budget liveaboard running by an Indonesian local team, it provides dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat and Cendrawasih Bay area, it can accommodates up to 14 (...)

Putri Papua

From 277 USD/Day
Putri Papua can accommodate 9 guests in its 5 air-conditioned and comfortable staterooms all with en-suite bathrooms. Putri Papua is a budget dive liveaboard running by Grand Komodo, it offers a (...)

Seahorse

From 350 USD/Day
At 33 meters long and 8.5 meters wide, the MSY Seahorse is a spacious and majestic vessel built in the traditional Indonesian seafarers style from the island of Sulawesi. MSY Seahorse combines (...)

Shakti

From 314 USD/Day
Shakti is one of the most experience diving liveabord in Raja Ampat area, as it has been extensively explored the region within the past 13 years, it can accommodates up to 10 guests. #### (...)

Temukira

From 307 USD/Day
Temu Kira is a comfortable liveaboard running by Grand Komodo, it offers dive liveaboard trips in Raja Ampat and Cendrawasih Bay, it can accommodates up to 12 guests. TemuKira is a 33.5m (...)