WELCOME TO Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is one of Indonesia’s most captivating cruising grounds and is truly a paradise on earth. Majestically named the ‘Four Kings’, it boasts the best waters and most abundant marine life in the South East Asian region. Described by scientists as a biological hotspot and called the most beautiful island chain in all of South East Asia, Raja Ampat makes an everlasting impression.

The geography, the diving, the wildlife, the culture, and the hospitality of the people are all legendary. The diversity of marine life is staggering and too long to attempt to list and thanks to the Indonesian Through-Flow the water is as clear as gin and the diving and snorkelling grounds are some of the best on the planet.

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WAISAI

The serene turquoise waters surrounding Waisai Island hides a world of colour just below the surface. Offering an abundance of natural beauty, a distinct charm makes Waisai a special place to truly catch your breath, unwind and take it all in.

You will find Waisai’s main town to be well organised, practically laid-out and busy with friendly locals who maintain their houses and neat gardens with much pride. Here, the locals speak the Waigeo language, also known as Ambel, Amberi or Amber, and the Ma’ya language.

Just 30km (20 miles) from Waisai lies the magnificent Karst islands of eastern Kabui Bay. Their distinct limestone cliffs and hills, covered in a sea of deep green jungle are bursting with native orchids of all varieties. Take the opportunity while you’re here to dive the famed Kabui Passage, teaming with a variety of marine life and corals.

Waisai lies in the heart of the Coral Triangle, one of the world’s most bio diverse and important marine hotspots. This area is often referred to as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of this region because of the astounding range of fish and coral species found here, with over 3 000 fish species and over 300 coral species on record.

Our team guarantees that no two dives here will be the same, with a very good chance of seeing over 200 different fish species, on just one dive. Other marine life includes manta rays, the rare sleeping wobbegong shark, schools of barracuda, grey and white-tip reef sharks, brain corals and delicate gorgonian sea fans, to name just a few unique species.

 

WAYAG

Nestled in the Raja Ampat region, Wayag is frozen in time, untouched, lush and bountiful. With the Pacific Ocean to the North, the Halmahera Sea to the South and just 10 km (6 miles) north of the equator, the only way to describe Wayag is pristine tropical paradise.

This island is perfectly secluded and well known for numerous rolling atolls and astounding biodiversity, both on land and below the surface of the seas. In the heart of the Coral Triangle, you are guaranteed some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling on the planet. Tranquil warm waters are home to one of the most bio-diverse marine regions on earth, sure to make every dive unique.

For a day of exploration, you could enjoy the gorgeous beaches under the shade of many tall, lazy swaying palms, or trek to a view point for a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding mushroom-shaped islands. The jungles of Wayag remain completely unspoiled by human development.

The locals believe that you haven’t really been to Raja Ampat until you’ve been to Wayag. Our crew will confirm that Wayag is an island destination where the beauty on-land, matches the beauty found below the surface. Spectacular diving is always on the cards, with hundreds of fish species to see, flamboyant invertebrates, sea turtles, manta rays, corals and so much more.

 

MISOOL

Recorded as holding 75% of all known species of coral and ornamental fish in the world, Misool is a real-life treasure trove for underwater explorers. With the highest level of marine biodiversity on the planet, Misool is one of the four largest islands in the Raja Ampat region, just off the west coast of the large island of Papua.

Pristine, translucent waters mean you don’t even need to leave the comfort of the boat, to see the incredible marine life found around Misool. Known as one of the most spectacular islands in all of Raja Ampat, Misool is guaranteed to take your breath away at every turn.

The interior of the island is home to a mixture of lush forests that tumble down to meet intricate mangroves and palm fringed coastlines. The East and West of Misool are dominated by a maze of limestone pinnacles rising straight out of the ocean and covered in vegetation like something from Avatar’s Pandora. Even fascinating stinger-free jellyfish beg to be explored with a snorkel and goggles in a lake located in the Misool Mountains.

Spent some time out of the water and trek through the completely untouched forests, packed with unique flora and fauna, which are completely unique to this region of the world. Misool is host to a number of ancient cultural sites dating back around 5 000 years. Many a prehistoric Petroglyph can be found on the walls of the intricate cave systems of the island, and are worth the trek to be seen.

 

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