Raja Ampat Papua Indonesia

Diving in Raja Ampat Papua in Indonesia is magically good. The area of ​​Raja Ampat in Papua Indonesia consists of approximately 1 largely untouched islands. Here in the center of the so-called coral triangle is the greatest biological diversity on earth. As part of what is often called "The Bird's Head Peninsula", in the western part of New Guinea lies this area. The diving here is fantastic and today it is one of the last outposts of the Indonesian archipelago to be discovered.

This part of western New Guinea consists of many small uninhabited islands. These small islands surround the four largest islands in the region, Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. Very little human presence, minimal industrial development and the area's geographical isolation have all combined to keep this area largely untouched for many years. The region has grown a lot in recent years and more and more diving resorts and liveaboards are now coming here. West Papua is today perhaps the world's hottest diving destination because of its fantastic marine life.

Incredibly large number of fish species

The area holds the world record for the most different fish species seen on one and the same dive and dive site. Here, Dr. Gerry Allen found a total of 284 marine species during a single dive. They were seen on Kofiau Island.
64% (505) of all the world's known coral species have been found in the waters here at Raja Ampat! Here you can also find 75% of the world's total number of hard coral species.

Few places can compete with Raja Ampat's outstanding and pristine environments. Here you can experience and dive in caves, mangrove swamps and fjords. Sometimes at dive sites where the rainforest is seen hanging above you right down to the surface. All these different environments are inhabited by strange marine species and exhibit a very rich and varied marine life. The coral reefs here are known, among other things, to be home to the fantastic Wobbegong or carpet shark. Even for the strange little epaulette sharks. They are often called bamboo sharks or walking sharks. If you're lucky, you can see and experience them hunting or "crawling around" during a night dive. You will also find invertebrates here in large quantities and it is a real paradise for underwater photographers. Octopuses, nudibranchs or nudibranchs, crustaceans and much, much more.

You can go and stay and dive here as well liveaboard like on resorts. The best diving is concentrated around a relatively small area but generally the diving is at such a high level that you will have a fantastic diving trip and holiday if you choose to go here.

Travel information Raja Ampat

  • Time zone: GMT +9
  • Currency: Rupiah
  • Language: Indonesian is the most common language in Raja Ampat.
  • Water: Avoid drinking tap water and ice made from tap water. Buy bottled water instead
  • Visa: As a Swedish citizen, you get a visa at the border and it is valid for up to 30 days.
  • Health: Contact your nearest vaccination clinic for advice
  • Pressure chamber: Located in Manado on the island of Sulawesi. It is very expensive and difficult to arrange transport there so extra safety stops, nitrox and a comprehensive dive insurance are a must. 
  • Country code: +62
  • Electricity: 220 volts. Most electrical sockets correspond to our sockets in the Nordics.
  • Weather: The climate is warm and tropical, the temperature varies between 25-32 degrees depending on the season. The dry season usually lasts between October and April.
  • Current water temperature and average sea temperature per month
  • Tip: About 10% of the bill is usual.
  • Clothing recommendations: Casual clothing is suitable in all situations. Covering clothing is mandatory when visiting temples and smart to have as the sun is very strong.