Sparcely populated, Raja Ampat, Papua is compromised by many islands. To name a few, Wayag Island, Teluk Kabui, Fam Island, Cape Kri, and much more. Located in the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is sensational for its extraordinary marine biodiversity and amazing diving and landscapes.
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.
Raja Ampat is known for its legendary coral islands, one of them being Pianemo. It is here where coral islands with different sizes can be seen covering a wide area. The scenery is breathtaking with crisp, clear blue waters. The communities that surround Pianemo call this island the ‘small Wayag.’ This is because if you view this area from above, you will notice that this island grouping resembles a miniature-sized Wayag. (more…)