Guide to the Dampier Strait: The Best Time to Go, Marine Life and Dive Sites

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Are you considering taking a dive trip? Raja Ampat is without a doubt one of the most amazing diving locations on earth; it will elevate your diving to a whole new level of amazement and make you want to return time and time again for more. Scuba diving first became available to the general public through small onshore dive operations in the 1990s in the Dampier Strait, which is located in the central Raja Ampat region, between the islands of Gam, Waigeo, and Batanta.

The name Dampier Strait comes from William Dampier. Dampier was an English explorer who even turned pirate at one stage, but among other things, he brought the discovery of this area  to the western world. Strong currents are created by the Straits topography, which permits the ‘Indonesian throughflow’ to pass by this area. These currents bring a plethora of sea life chasing the nutrient rich water. You will thus be able to witness a variety of indigenous marine life that you have never seen before. 

Keeping this in mind, there are dive sites for every skill level at every dive destination, though some of the more well-known ones may be harder. Their fame stems from their currents and the specific diving techniques required to access the site (like using reef-hooks). If you plan to dive in the Dampier Strait, keep this in mind. 

You should consider your skill level and be aware that there might be certain areas where you shouldn’t dive. You will benefit if you have an advanced diver certification, but if you don’t, there isn’t a better place to obtain your certification than at a Raja Ampat resort or liveaboard.

When is the best time to visit the Dampier Strait?

The thrilling waters of the Dampier, which will stick in your memory for years, are a great reason to dive in the Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat. From October to the end of April are the best times of year to dive in Raja Ampat, with more chances of favourable weather, the seas are calm and level.  For your chance to see manta rays (oceanic and reef, including black mantas), visit in the last few months of the year and early in the new year. 

Exploring this area is challenging due to windy conditions from mid-May to mid-September. Rainstorms are common at that time of year. Make plans appropriately as a result!

Stunning Marine Life

Take in the wealth of marine life that reflects the beauty of the Dampier Strait’s waters. In addition to Dugongs, Black Mantas, Oceanic Mantas, and numerous other amazing marine creatures, the Dampier Strait is home to sharks, including the Tasselled Wobbegong Shark and the Epaulette Shark. 

Diving with whale sharks is the one question that comes up every time. Seldom seen in Raja Ampat, they are found in several Indonesian locations, including Kaimana and Teluk Cendrawasih. When trying to find somewhere in Indonesia that has what you want to see, research is essential.

Coral Triangle

500 reef species find refuge in the Coral Triangle, which is made up of Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. You won’t be disappointed if you decide to dive into the coral triangle because there are many different marine life species there, including cetaceans, sea turtles, and blue whales, which are among the largest whales on Earth. Although we have never heard of a Blue Whale sighting here, the Dampier Strait lies directly in the heart of the Coral Triangle. 

Next, it’s critical that you select the best dive sites if you decide to dive in the Dampier Strait. They are all perfectly safe for divers of specific experience levels, so keep in mind that you should always dive to your appropriate skill and training level.

Wonderful Dive Sites

Divers can discover a diverse range of species in the Dampier Strait, with some of the top dive sites listed below:

Cape Kri Dive Site

One of the best places to dive, Cape Kri is home to an abundance of sea creatures and a varied coral ecosystem. It is estimated that 374 different fish species, including reef fish, batfish, and jacks, are found there. The region’s biodiversity is astounding. There’s always something catching your attention, whether it’s the pelagic fish cruising around or the reef sharks defending it. Taken as a whole, this dive site is very interesting and highlights the beauty of the Dampier Strait.

Arborek Jetty Dive Site

The jetty on Arborek Island is another incredible dive site that would let your inner photographer loose. The area is packed with colourful coral reefs and an absurd amount of fish swimming around them. In addition, the dive site is home to unusual aquatic life and fish that are camouflaged, making it an absolute paradise. Remember to take pictures so you can keep these incredible memories forever!

Enjoy a Diving Trip in Raja Ampat and Komodo with La Galigo Liveaboard

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La Galigo is known as one of the best liveaboard diving boats in Raja Ampat Indonesia, and it offers trips to well-known diving destinations such as Komodo and Raja Ampat. The Coral Triangle is located in Indonesia, which has the highest marine biodiversity on the planet.

La Galigo Liveaboard Diving was founded in 2015 by two avid divers who wanted to explore some of Indonesia’s pristine reefs but found that all existing scuba diving options were frequently out of their budget, and wanted to provide an affordable option for everyone to be able to explore these beautiful places.

La Galigo Liveaboard Diving in Raja Ampat & Komodo is a friends and family affair, and our liveaboard diving trips are always focused on fun, safety, guest comfortability, and are exceptional value for money. Our trip prices range from $2,160 for a six-day Komodo liveaboard diving trip to $3,375 for an eight-day Raja Ampat liveaboard diving trip. The price includes four meals a day, diving three to four times a day or snorkelling, and  land tours.

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