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75% of all coral species known in the world, 1400 species of fish, oceanic manta rays, epaulette sharks, wobbegongs, pygmy seahorses, reef sharks
Diving holidays in Raja Ampat are the crème de la crème when it comes to marine biodiversity. The perfect way to exploring this region, spanning 8,000 square kilometres, is by luxury liveaboard giving access to the best dive sites, though there are a number of excellent dive resorts too. There are around 1,500 islands and the largest are known as the 'Four Kings' made up of Misool, Batanta, Waigeo and Salawati.
Divers could return year after year to this region and only skim the surface of all there is to discover. The northern part of Raja Ampat has garnered fame through its schooling fish, manta encounters and excellent hard corals. Venturing south to the remote Misool area divers and snorkellers will be rewarded with vibrant soft coral gardens, oceanic manta ray sightings as well as booming big fish and shark populations.
Papua paradise eco resort house reef
inlet with jetty
reef sharks in wayag
bargibanti pygmy seahorse
Scuba diving in Raja Ampat is some of the best you could experience anywhere in the world. The Dampier Strait in the north has many big-hitting sites such as Blue Magic for big fish action and oceanic manta ray sightings, epaulette sharks and wobbegongs, while Cape Kri is the dive site with the most recorded fish species seen on one dive anywhere on the planet. Arborek Jetty is a muck divers’ haven for night dives with cephalopods galore, Spanish dancers, stargazers and bobtail squid. These sites can get busy so diving from a liveaboard is ideal as sites can be reached at less busy times.