Thanks to its hard-to-reach location, the best and most
practical way to experience drift diving in
Raja Ampat is on a liveaboard. However, in recent years, more
and more fabulous resorts have slowly been cropping up, perfect for
those who prefer to spend their nights on dry land.
Below are some of our favourite spots in Raja Ampat for drift
The Dampier Strait, a narrow passage that separates Waigeo
Island, Batanta Island and the mainland, has a reputation for some
of the best drift diving in Raja Ampat. The strait's unique
topography, combined with the presence of the Indonesian
Throughflow (a major ocean current) makes it an amazing choice for
drift diving with several sites in the area.
Cape Kri is one of the most popular dive sites in the Dampier
Strait, known for holding the record for the most fish species
recorded in a single dive. The currents here are strong to very
strong, with divers drifting along a colourful coral wall,
surrounded by impressive schools of groupers, snappers and sweet
lips. The site is exhilarating, to say the least, with the added
bonus of being more suitable for less experienced drift divers
compared to other sites in Raja Ampat.
Sardine Reef is another fantastic choice for drift diving in
Raja Ampat. The site is east of Kri Island, where strong currents
run along the eastern shore and visibility can reach up to 30
metres. During the dive, there are vibrant soft corals, large table
corals and an abundance of schooling fish. Rarely, lucky divers may
even spot wobbegong sharks.
Misool Island is the second largest of Raja Ampat's four main
islands. It's even more remote than areas like Waigeo and the
Dampier Strait, with plenty of dive sites in and around its
The island is an amazing choice for anyone looking to go drift
diving in Raja Ampat thanks to its strong currents, abundant
wildlife and pristine reefs. Gorgonian Passage is one of our
favourite drift dives in the area, with divers drifting along a
narrow passage that separates two islands. The underwater walls are
decorated with colourful sea fans, and at the end of the dive
there's a fantastic coral garden.
If you're considering a once-in-a-lifetime trip to go drift
diving in Raja Ampat, our expert team can help you put together
your dream itinerary, handling all the little details to create
your perfect holiday.