Raja Ampat Diving Holidays: An Overview

We have been really lucky to dive some amazing places around the world. Some had really extraordinary coral, some wonderful marine life, some incredible macro life, but nowhere really has it all. It looks like this might break the rules if the reality meets the hype. Turns out it does.

Neill and Louisa are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The highest marine biodiversity on earth.
  • The 'fishiest' dives we have ever seen in the north.
  • Spectacular soft coral dives in the south.

Our Guide to Raja Ampat Diving Holidays

The diving in Raja Ampat is absolutely fantastic and arguably amongst the very best you will find anywhere. There are more recorded species here than anywhere on the planet as confirmed by Dr. Mark Erdman of Conservation International. This is the epicentre of marine biodiversity.

You can dive Raja Ampat by liveaboard, stay in the south at Misool Eco Resort or in the north at a growing collection of resorts, with Sorido being one of our favourites. A liveaboard is the best way to cover as much of the magnificent diving here in the least amount of time but resort-based holidays work very well too.

The marine life is more plentiful in the north whilst the soft corals are the draw in the south. However, either would be wonderful, but if you want to combine the two and have the time available, then a liveaboard is the way to go, but bear in mind they are some 150 miles apart or a full 24 hours steam on a liveaboard.

All in all, and at the risk of overselling the place, our trip to Raja Ampat certainly delivered diving that is amongst the very best we have ever experienced, if not the best. When all this comes together, as it does mostly, it is incredible and truly breathtaking, stunning, amazing, gobsmacking, fantastic…


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Original Highlight

Pink coral with fish in the blue behind

The site of Cape Kri is a record breaker, with esteemed marine biologist Dr G Allen counting an incredible 374 species of fish in one single tank dive.

Louisa, Original Diver

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  • Average Temp. — 30°C / 86°F
  • Rainfall — 39cm / 15.4 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Flight from London

14:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs


Top picks for Raja Ampat

Sorido Bay

Sorido Bay

Raja Ampat

A two hour boat journey from the town of Sorong takes you to the remote Sorido Bay Resort, one of the pioneering resorts in this part of the world and the very best place from which to dive some of the world’s best dive sites.

Where to stay

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Misool Eco Resort

Raja Ampat

Misool Eco Resort is in one of the most beautifully remote places we have ever been. The diving, and the place, are very special.

Where to stay

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Dewi Nusantara

Raja Ampat

Dewi Nusantara is one of a handful of great quality boats operating in the top diving locations in Indonesia. It doesn't get much better.

Where to stay

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Arenui Liveaboard

Indonesia

Experience the ‘coral triangle’ - the highest marine biodiversity on earth - in boutique luxury on board a traditional Phinisi. The Arenui liveaboard cruises the waters of Indonesia providing the very best when it comes to diving and activities while sacrificing nothing in terms of luxury and comfort.

Where to stay

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Amanikan Liveaboard

Indonesia

Combine a stay at Amanwana, with a Komodo Expedition. The Aman group are now offering this amazing adventure - from the incomparable and original Amanwana on Moyo Island to the dragon-infested islands of Komodo with their pristine reefs and sensational marine life staying on the Amanikan boat.

Where to stay

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Silolona

Indonesia

If you want the ultimate in liveaboard luxury then look no further than Silolona. It really doesn’t get much better.

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Si Datu Bua

Indonesia

The sister boat to Silolona has arrived, and it is every bit as impressive and luxurious. Defining ‘Dive in Style’, this sailing yacht will allow you to experience some of the best diving spots on earth from the extreme comfort of Si Datu Bua.

Where to stay

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Tiger Blue

Indonesia

The Tiger Blue liveaboard is an immaculate and newly built 34m traditional Phinisi. Being newly built she is one of the faster boats under power, an important consideration when you visit destinations like Raja Ampat where the distances from north to south are not inconsiderable. As well as Raja Ampat, this liveaboard boat operates in the Banda Islands and Komodo/Flores and is available for both private charter and set-date departures throughout the year.

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We trust your judgement completely and once again you arranged one of the most amazing holidays we've ever been on.

Becky

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