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.

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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…


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

Arenui Liveaboard

Arenui Liveaboard

Indonesia

The Arenui liveaboard is a traditional Indonesian wooden vessel sailing the waters of Komodo, Maluku, Raja Ampat, Banda and beyond to provide incredible diving without sacrificing luxury or 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

Exuding exotic adventures of Indonesian sailing boats travelling the historical Spice routes, seafaring on the Silolona is a luxurious nautical experience.

Where to stay

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Si Datu Bua

Indonesia

Si Datu Bua, Silolona’s sister boat, allows guests to experience some of the best diving spots on the planet, while experiencing fabulous hospitality and luxury onboard.

Where to stay

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Tiger Blue

Indonesia

A beautifully crafted traditional Phinisi yacht, Tiger Blue is one of the fastest boats under power, and with luxurious teak fittings and billowing sails, the perfect way to explore the enthralling waters of the Indonesian Archipelago.

Where to stay

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