Dampier Strait Diving: An Overview
When it comes to diving in Indonesia, the Dampier Strait hardly needs an introduction. The narrow passage separates Raja Ampat's mainland from Batanta and Waigeo islands and is known for its quality of drift dives, mind-blowing biodiversity and sheer volume of fish.
There are countless spots along the strait to choose from, found throughout its various small and large islands. While they're all fantastic, a few which are not-to-be-missed are Cape Kri, Arborek Jetty and Sardine Reef.
Cape Kri famously holds the world record for the most number of fish species recorded on a single dive (a whopping 374) and is ablaze with colour and activity. Found off the coast of Kri Island, the site is filled with a multitude of snappers, batfish and triggerfish.
Arborek Jetty is another fantastic choice for diving in the Dampier Strait. This stunning macro site has frogfish, giant clams and pygmy seahorses dotted in and around the jetty's coral-encrusted pillars. For a thrilling drift, Sardine Reef is a top choice. Ironically, the site doesn't have sardines but instead is named after its densely packed schools of damselfish, fusiliers, snappers and more.
If you'd like to go diving in the Dampier Strait, our expert team can assist you with a custom-made itinerary to suit all your needs.