Destination Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat, or ‘four kings’ as it translates from Indonesian, consists of over 1562 beautiful tropical islands, yet it takes its name from 4 of the larger islands, Batanta, Waigeo, Salawati, and Misool. It is critically acclaimed to be one of the best places on our planet to dive, due to both the above and below surface offerings. There isn’t really a low season for Raja Ampat, however during June and July there tends to be higher levels of precipitation, this reflects in our Raja Ampat scheduling.
When you ‘Google’ paradise, turns out you may well be viewing images of some of the limestone cliff formations located in Wayag, or the infamous sea gypsies that base their homes on stilted wooden platforms, overhanging idyllic white sand beaches scattered throughout the region. When you finally dive in, you will find passing majestic giant manta rays, graceful whale sharks, playful dolphins, the list goes on. Meanwhile don’t forget to keep an eye on the reefs and corals, sponges, soft corals, shrimps, crabs and countless nudibranchs and hundreds other invertebrates. If all of those things don’t grab your attention, the highest concentration of marine life ever surveyed on one dive was here. 75% of all coral species in the world are found within these waters, there is no equivalent in the terrestrial world. This the heart of the Coral Triangle and there is nothing, anywhere, like this. This is it – the centre of marine biodiversity on our planet. Every divers ‘bucket list’ gets ticked off upon their first visit, then they come back time and time again, and see even more. Its tantamount to pioneer diving, where new species are being di
scovered regularly, and you could well be the first to view one of them. This is the end of the rainbow.