Raja Ampat is home to an amazingly diverse flora, fauna and one of the top diving destination in the world. The abundance of natural resources of the archipelago lies not only found in its water but also on its land. The land contour without mount or mountains exceeding 1000 meters above the sea level makes the forest in the lands of Raja Ampat a lowland forest. The diversity of wildlife in Raja Ampat is extraordinary, and people of the island are committed to preserving the world’s richest variety of species. There are 4 nature reserves in Raja Ampat regency as follows: (more…)
Diving is an enjoyable sport and hobby. However, it’s also a high-risk activity, therefore one should take precaution before and while diving. Here are some important things to note if you choose to go diving in Raja Ampat.
When diving in Raja Ampat, all divers should know that there is no reliable hyperbaric chamber in Papua. As such, should you experience decompression sickness, you will have to be evacuated to Manado or Bali. So before you get to that point, you will need to plan your dives as non-decompression dives as well as manage your dive profile very carefully during your trip. It’s also very important that you show recognizable proof of proper training and certification by an international body, and be physically fit before diving. More often than not, the divemaster will also carry out a quick assessment prior to going on the dive. (more…)
Eager to discover a whole new world? Inhabited by rare, vivid, and intriguing critters? If so, then Raja Ampat is the dive site for you. It is here that you’ll find schooling jacks, goatfish, sharks, batfish, pygmy seahorse, barracudas, pale tailed surgeonfish, giant six banded angelfish, threadfin anthias, manta rays, groupers, batfish, fusiliers, purple anthias and more. Other interesting species endemic when Diving in Raja Ampat include:
Manta Sandy Raja Ampat is one of the most amazing dive sites can be found when diving in Raja Ampat. It is located to the south of a large reef; the reef that is between Airborek Island and Mansuar Island towards the Dampier Straits west end. It is known as Manta Site or Manta Mantra. This site is very rich in plankton and also serves as a cleaning station. Because plankton is what most underwater creatures eat, many of them frequent this site.
Diving Raja Ampat is known for its rich marine biodiversity, thanks to its strategic location in the heart of the Coral Triangle and its unique position between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. Surveys by Conservation International suggest that the area has the greatest diversity of marine life known on the planet and that 75% of the world’s species live here. This may also be attributed to the massive coral colonies as well as warm ocean temperatures throughout the year. (more…)