Raja Ampat General Info
Raja Ampat Diving Facts
Raja Ampat Diving Resort
Raja Ampat Liveaboard
Ampat General Information
General reef conditions
water temperature: 27-30 C/ 80-86F
visibility: 10-30M / 33-98ft
current: moderate to strong
There is a great place to dive in the off-shore of
Sorong, precisely situated on RAJA AMPAT ISLAND GROUP. The Raja
Ampat area of Northwest Irian Jaya is filled with islands, surrounded
by reefs and inundated with fish! After 9 years in the area we have
only begun to discover the natural treasures awaiting us on each
Raja Ampat island group spreads out over a huge area and consists
of over 610 islands. The four largest islands are Waigeo, Batanta,
Salawati and Misool and are located at the Westside of the "Bird
head peninsula" in Irian.
The Raja Ampat has only recently been discovered by scientist to
house world's richest reefs systems. The group of islands is situated
on the equator, is part of Papua and counts more than 600 islands.
Till this very day the area is virtually unexplored and unknown
due to its size, what we do know is that it has revealed to harbor
an amazing diversity of breathtaking underwater life. The first
dives in this area was pioneered in 1990.
The area's reefs are covered in a diverse selection
of both hard and soft corals. Most of the areas reefs are pristine,
with mile after mile of perfect hard corals, drift after drift of
Dendronephya (soft) corals of many species and colors ranging from
brilliant red, to shocking yellow pretty pink and exotic purple.
Most reef dives are very colorful.
above, and on top of the corals are fish. Schooling fish, solitary
fish, beautiful fish, ugly fish, large fish, small fish! Some fish
that are considered to be rare in many parts of the world are abundant
in the Raja Ampat area. For example, many Sargassum Frogfish
are found in the floating weed in front of the dive resort.
Wobbegong Sharks are found on many dives, often
lying atop perfect table corals like a fish carefully arranged by
a chef on a dinner plate. The Epaulette Shark, a small shark only
a foot long, is numerous and found very often on night dives in
the seagrass or even on the shelf of a wall dive.
Giant Clams are found at many of our dive sites.
These clams are large enough to swallow a child, but are embedded
in the reef and covered with soft corals, tunicates and sponges
so thick they can barely close their shells. Wai Island has a "Giant
Clam Area" just off the beach.
The offshore reef sites, especially those near Kri
Island are poplulated with MEGATONS of schooling fish! Many different
species school in the current sometimes mixing so that a diver is
surrounded by a chaotic mass of fish life. The most common to see
are barracuda, jacks, bannerfish, surgeonfish, fusiliers, parrotfish
and snappers. All in many species. The fish are so dense that they
sometimes block the view of your dive buddy or the surface!
The Raja ampat area is not only stunning underwater.
Topside, the islands have a very diverse topography with steep mountain
shores and deserted white sand beaches. The area is far off the
beaten track and is rarely visited by foreigners. The raw beauty
of the islands will fascinate you. It's dense jungle interior is
known for its many orchids and the paradise birds. Waigeo and Batanta
have the Wilson's and the Red Bird of Paradise both endemic to this
area, as well as abundantly present Lorikeets, Parrots, Kingfishers,
Eagles and Hornbills.
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Raja Ampat Liveaboard, please contact us