Raja Ampat dive sites, Indonesia

Raja Ampat dive sites - Credit to Ratha Grimes



Raja Ampat dive sitesRaja Ampat is the paradise on the earth and the dream destination for the diving enthusiasts. This pristine island is probably the hottest diving spot in the world by far.

Raja Ampat dive sites and surrounding area are spread over vast distances.

Here’s the list of Raja Ampat dive sites to help you preparing your diving trip to this beautiful island.

Raja Ampat Diving Sides

Raja Ampat Dive Sites on the Northern Region

Kri Island is an absolute favorite among the Raja Ampat liveaboards. Here you can find the sheer numbers of fish.

Sel Pele is a very large bay situated on the western of Waigeo Island. It is known as the best place in Raja Ampat for critter hunting.

South Penemu is a lesser known pinnacle close to the south side of Raja Ampat’s Penemu Island, the precise location can be found with the help from the dive masters who will jump in the water to put a buoy in sites.

Waigeo – Bird Wall is a reef on the south side of Waigeo Island in northern Raja Ampat and is a gentle slope bottoming out at around 30 meters.

There are small bommies and rocky areas scattered all along the slope which provide the environment for an astonishing number of marine creatures.

Wofoh Island has a cluster of surface breaking points, those are 2 islands and 2 rocks.

The reef below is wide enough to form at least 3 different dive sites and you will likely have the chance to see them all over the course of multiple dives.

Yangelo island aces directly across from Gam Island and has beautiful and very healthy coral coverage.

Yangelo Reef is situated at the mouth of a channel, with its shallows rising up to a beautiful hard coral garden.

The deeper parts are home to ‘wobbegong sharks and probably the greatest abundance of schooling large fish in Raja Ampat.

And it is also where you can watch the yellow fin fusiliers, trevallies, lionfish and scorpionfish, nudibranchs, Pantohe, octopus and banded sea snakes, and so much more.

Raja Ampat Dive Sites on the Central Region

Jef Fam Group – The Jef Fam is a picturesque group of a dozen or so limestone islands and islets, lying directly west of Batanta Island.

Manta Ridge – This is the best place where you can watch Mantra Rays. Every dive at this popular cleaning station is blessed by the appearance of from 5 up to 30 manta rays.

Raja Ampat Dive Sites on the Southern Region

Boo Island – From the surface there are 2 rocks separated by a short stretch of water, beneath which there is a wealth of marine life waiting to be explored.

Fabiacet – is really a breath of fresh air for all of us that wish we could always dive on reefs with fish life as prolific as nature intended.

Gamfi Damu – The currents can be strong around Gamfi Island but it is always good news since it brings nutrients to the reef and you will see the soft corals at their best.

Most are at full extension, ready to trap and eat any free floating food, such as minute brine shrimp.

Kaleidoscope – As a break from all that big stuff you may want to sample the colourful delights of this Misool Island dive site.

Although you may have to look past a few mobula rays and Napoleon wrasse to get an unhindered view, what you will see is a reef which boasts an unbeatable range of colour.

The Passage – Between the islands of Wayilbatan and Walib in the southern region of Raja Ampat, there is a channel over 30 metres wide featuring some of the finest benthic life you are ever likely to see.


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Raja Ampat, Indonesia

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