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.
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…