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A Quick Guide to Raja Ampat For Non-Divers

Raja Ampat has long been a dream destination for divers, but it is also seeing a rise in popularity with non-divers. This is an area of the world famed for its underwater life, so what should those who aren’t planning to dive do? Keep reading to find out if Raja Ampat is for you.

Exploring the Marine Life

A Quick Guide to Raja Ampat For Non-Divers

The main draw to Raja Ampat is its unbelievable marine biodiversity. Studies have shown over one thousand species of fish and hundreds of corals and other marine creatures thrive in these waters. If you aren’t diving in Raja Ampat you will definitely want to get your snorkeling gear on and explore.

At Papua Paradise the house reef is teeming with life. Access is from the resort’s jetty where it is deep enough to enter the water without harming the reef. You could easily spend all day snorkeling around the resort watching the underwater world.

Once you’ve seen the house reef, you might also want to get out and see more. Snorkelers are welcome on the Gangga Divers dive boats that head out to some of the most incredible dive sites in Raja Ampat. You’ll be following the dive schedule, which will give you plenty of time for snorkeling.

Above Water Day Trips

A Quick Guide to Raja Ampat For Non-Divers

The rich wildlife doesn’t stop at the waters edge. Above water the islands are covered in dense rainforest, encircled by rich mangroves and waterfalls. All are habitats for an impressive variety of species of birds, plants, insects and even endemic marsupials and mammals.

Most guests at Papua Paradise are excited to book the Batanta island waterfall trip or a dawn trip to see the famous red bird of paradise or Wilson’s bird of paradise in their natural habitat.

A Quick Guide to Raja Ampat For Non-Divers

If you’re a birding enthusiast there is a breathtaking array of avian life to spot. Look out for sunbirds, beach kingfishers, raja shelducks, and willie wagtails. You can also book a sunset hornbill cruise to see hundreds of hornbills heading home to roost on nearby Batanta Island.

If you want to find out more about the people and culture of Raja Ampat you can request a trip to one of the populated islands nearby. The people of the region are friendly, welcoming and happy to talk about their way of life.

Time to Relax

A Quick Guide to Raja Ampat For Non-Divers

You may have seen numerous photos of Raja Ampat on social media. While the region does have lovely soft white sand and crystal turquoise water, this isn’t an area we recommend if you want to stretch out on a beach and soak up the rays.

Many of the sandy islets and small islands we stop at during dive breaks are uninhabited and have very little shade. The sun in this part of the world is extremely strong and without shade you would burn very quickly if you decided to sunbathe.

Instead, the loungers and hammocks on the deck of your over-water bungalow are the perfect places to read a book, nap, or just watch the magic of nature. And since there is little internet and no phone signal at Papua Paradise, we recommend switching off and stepping away from work and social media life.

Non-Divers Welcome!

A Quick Guide to Raja Ampat For Non-Divers

Papua Paradise might be aimed at the diving crowd, but don’t worry if you don’t dive. The slow pace of life, natural beauty and choice of snorkeling and above water activities will definitely keep non-divers happy. Just be aware you are not travelling to a beach holiday experience but an underwater and nature lovers destination.

Are you a non-diver but want to visit Raja Ampat? We’d love to hear what the draw is for you in the comments below.

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  1. Penny Fenton
    July 17, 2019


    We are thinking of visiting Raja Ampat again. We stayed at the Misool Eco Resort this April. We are both
    snorkelers, not divers and were interested in your resort. Could you tell me if it is possible to swim from
    the over the water villas? Also, what is the best time of year for snorkelling to avoid currents and poor visibility
    water. We were interested in coming out about May time.

    We have been travelling out to Indonesia for about 30 years now and up until this year, generally went to islands off Flores like Angel Island and the Komodo Resort, both of which were lovely but would like another trip to Raja Amat
    With kind regards,

    Penny Fenton

    • Papua Paradise
      August 22, 2019

      Hi Penny, our resort is open for diving and snorkeling all year round.

      Unlike other parts of Indonesia, weather pattern in the central Raja Ampat are much stable, with less distinct dry and rainy seasons. Diving and snorkeling condition are good all year round and water temperature is a constant 28° – 30°C (82° – 86°F), with visibility averaging 10-20m.

      At Papua Paradise Eco Resort we have two major seasons. From November until March we consider these months as our Manta Ray season, with frequent sightings of Reef and Oceanic Manta Rays at a cleaning station easily accessed from our resort (about 15 minutes by boat). Mantas are of course attached to the Plankton blooms and therefore during these months the visibility can be reduced, yet not always and not at every snorkel site. Our cleaning station is around 12 meters deep, so is suitable for everyone; it is known to be quite interactive with Mantas flying directly above the heads of the divers and moving gracefully above the cleaning station just 5 meters away from our guests.

      The months from April to October bring better underwater visibility, which can be a stunning 20 to 30 meters. June, July and August can bring Westerly and Northerly winds which can make the surface sea conditions a little choppy for crossings and snorkeling but holds little effect on the state of the dive itself.

      Further to your question, it won’t be possible to jump directly from the bungalow. However, we have 2 House Reef at the resort. The Corals at both house reef are in very good shape and with a lots of tropical fish around. They are located directly in front and behind the Resort which are accessible from our jetty. You will be able to snorkel all day round, since sun rises in House reef 2 and sets in House reef 1.

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