Diving in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is rated as one of the best diving destination in the world and has been gaining popularity over the years among divers. Raja Ampat is located in West Papua, off the island of New Guinea. It comprises of 1,500 small islands. Raja Ampat has over 1,000 species of fishers and 600 coral species.
Rainy Season: July to September
Diving Season: October to April
Average Temperature: 27ºC – 30ºC
Liveaboard vs Dive Resort
With over 40,000km2 of land and sea, the best way to explore Raja Ampat is from a Liveaboard However, Liveaboard in Raja Ampat doesn’t come cheap. It is actually one of the most expensive liveaboard diving destinations in Asia due to its remoteness. However, there are many divers still choose dive resort over liveaboard. As dive resorts in Raja Ampat offers the luxury of privacy and the amazing serenity that surrounds the resort.
Getting to Raja Ampat
Due to the remoteness of Raja Ampat, getting here is not the easiest. It requires a few connecting flight before you can arrive at Raja Ampat. Sorong airport is the gateway to Raja Ampat. Most liveaboards if not all will embark and disembark in Sorong.
Name of Airport: Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia
Operating Airlines: Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air
Transit: Jakarta or Manado
Alternatively, you can use skyscanner.com to help you find the quickest route.