Raja Ampat is located in an archipelago that has earned its fame from the abundance of marine life found in the area. Divers coming here have one thing in mind—experiencing what the underwater paradise has to offer. And just exactly what kind of paradise lies in the deep blues and diving, you’ll have to read on to see.
The full of wonder dive in the world
The temperatures of the waters that surround the Raja Ampat archipelago average from 22 to 30 degrees Celsius when you diving. This temperature is perfect for a wide variety of marine life to flourish. According to studies done by natural conservation agencies such as the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, the species on every each diving site of Raja Ampat are estimated to have 1,397 species. It is home to numerous fish, 60 species of crayfish, 530 species of snails, 5 species of squid, 699 different types of mollusks, and much more. With this amount of aquatic life, it’s no surprise that Raja Ampat has been known to be the “Capital for Fish in the World”.
Aside from this, there are more than 600 species of hard coral found here that support the underwater ecosystem. This number represents 75% of the known hard coral species in the world.
Where to Diving in Raja Ampat
When diving in Raja Ampat, one need not to worry about crowds or not being able to fully enjoy their diving experience as there is a wide variety of dive sites to choose from! The archipelago consists of hundreds of islands covering 50,000 square kilometers. You can be sure of varied diving experiences with each site you visit.
The different dive sites do not only feature different types of marine life, but also different marine landscapes. You can visit dive sites featuring hard corals, black sand, caves, shallow reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds or white sands. These different habitats support a wide variety of marine life that represent every level of the food chain.
There are also various habitats that are unique to Raja Ampat. These include the mangrove habitats growing adjacent to coral reefs. These give divers a once-in-a-lifetime experience that they can’t get anywhere else in the world.
Exploration of Raja Ampat’s waters is currently ongoing which means that new dive sites are constantly being discovered—each with amazing new habitats to explore. Because of the numerous sites already up for grabs plus the constant discovery of new ones, there’s a huge chance that you won’t be able to explore even half of the dive sites when you visit Raja Ampat. In which case, you should take the time to plan your trip carefully to ensure that you make the most of your diving trip. Raja Ampat’s underwater world is a treasure trove filled with gems awaiting your discovery.
To make sure you don’t miss out, contact Papua Paradise Eco Resort and let our guide show you the wonders of Raja Ampat.