Raja Ampat is the most impressive group of islands of Western or Indonesian New Guinea. Raja Ampat consists of over 15.000 islands and is known as one of the most impressive seascapes in the world. Deserted beaches and high mountain ranges dominate the landscape. Raja Ampat is also known as ‘The pearl of Papua’.
The north-western coast of Papua lies directly in the flow of the Indonesian current, here the sea level is higher and as this warmer water gets pushed alongside the island, the current gets stronger and brings with it an abundance of marine life. On the soft and hard coral of the reefs live many colourful and rare creatures. One of these is the pygmee seahorse which only grows up to 4 inches, it is perfectly camouflaged with its pink coral colour and soft texture. Many experienced divers come here to admire this rare and beautiful creature. As the waters of Raja Ampat hold an abundance of food for sharks, many species can be found here, for example the black tip reef shark. These notorious hunters thrive in the shallow waters alongside the coast, and their presence marks the healthy condition of the reefs. To dive Raja Ampat will be an experience of a lifetime. Raja Ampat and its coral triangle hosts the highest number of fish species anywhere to be found, and will show you the most divers underwater world on earth.
The giant lizard who looks very much like a dinosaur only exists on a few islands in the world, the islands of the Komodo Archipelago. The Komodo dragon can grow up to 9 foot tall and weighs over 300lb, this makes it the biggest lizard on earth. They are real predators and feed on whatever they can find. Their prey gets bitten by the dragon and slowly dies of its injury. Just one bite can be enough to kill. The dragon has a extremely venomous and deadly saliva. Their prey dies after hours of suffering. For millions of years the Komodo dragon has improved its hunting skills to near perfection making good use of it! Komodo dragons are voracious, they tear apart their prey and can eat almost their own bodyweight in one single meal. They are the only predators living on these islands and they fulfil a very important function. Their efficiency in picking the weak animals as their prey sustains the right balance the ecosystem. During a guided tour on the island of Rinca you can observe the Komodo dragon up close. Sometimes we even see them swimming, but usually they are very lazy lying underneath the trees. Be careful though they are not as innocent as they look!
Wayang is Raja Ampat’s famous mushroom shaped island. On a tour climbing the highest point of te island we reach a breathtaking panoramic point of view. White sandy beaches mark the coastline and crystal clear turquoise waters surround the atolls. Rough coves and bright green atolls as far as the eye can see. This stunning view will surely be a dream come true for nature lovers as well as divers. The underwater world around the islands will never cease to amaze you. The boats in Raja Ampat will take you to the most spectacular diving spots in these waters.
In these waters the world record for number of fish species in one dive was reported. In, and around these abundant reefs you will encounter large school of predator fish such, as trevally, barracuda and tuna. The rare wobbegong shark is often spotted here. After diving there are miles of sandy beaches to enjoy and relax.
If you want to encounter giant manta rays, this is the place to find them. Manta rays come to these waters to get cleaned and to feed. The current brings plankton on which the manta feeds. Here you will find the best opportunity to observe these graceful giants.
One of the best macro sites around the northern part of The 4 Kings, the bay’s sheltered waters provide good habitat for many kinds of critters. The jetties have become overgrown with encrusting marine life over time and attract a nice mix of critters. Aljui bay will fill out your critter list; blue ring octopus, bobtail squid, ghost pipefish, ribbon eel, toadfish or wobbegong shark and especially on night dives this is one of the places that you would not want to miss…the best!
A labyrinth of thousands of small mushroom like islands form tiny dots of lagoons with sparking white sand surrounded by extensive formations that make the Misool area one of the most wonderful places on earth. Not only will the land scenery take your breath away but the underwater scenery is even better and holds some of the richest species in the world! Massive seamounts, rocky outcrops, lime stone arches with windows that are overgrown by fountains of life; clouds of glassfish dancing away from tuna and golden jacks, a ground for mobula rays drifting by with the sweeping of currents. It’s really hard to take it all in, with so much action happening at once.
Beneath Penemu’s surface, submerged ridges extend in all directions, schooling fish whipped into feeding frenzies by the gusting current that count as some of the strongest currents in the Dampier Strait. With the decent water flow, massive schools of fusiliers swarm over the divers, while underneath the reef becomes a diffusion with huge patches of pastel colours, anthias, turtle, and napoleon wrasse. Bumphead parrotfish and giant trevallies join in the frenzy as well as rainbow runners and barracudas that gather in the blue near by. Fam’s delicate hard coral gardens, are full of life in the shallows and make it a wonderful snorkelling spot during your surface interval or you can just explore the picturesque white sandy beaches surrounded by clear turquoise blue water.
New Guinea lies on the eastern border of the Indonesian Archipelago. This area was formed by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and over a period of 300 million years New Guinea was attached to Australia. Due to the rising of sea levels, New Guinea was detached, and a new island was formed. New Guinea is located right between two tectonic plates that collided, forming a mountain range that covers the island like a giant spine. Nowadays this tropical island boasts one of the highest mountain ranges on earth and this is where we find one of the few remaining wildernesses on earth.
The Indonesian province of Papua covers the western half of New Guinea. Papua is a impenetrable island and therefor a very mystical place for those who wish to explore. The island offers a surprising variety of scenery from lush rainforests and thick mangrove to thousands of miles of deserted beaches surrounded by the most beautiful coral reefs. These ecosystems are full of life and host an abundance of colourful vegetation, hidden far into the jungle.
The area is well conserved by the setup of many marine protection areas with aims of sustainable tourism to empower the local populous. Scientists have announced that this area of the coral triangle has the most diverse marine life on the planet due to adjoining currents from the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Home to many endemic fish the waters are also bursting with colour from truly breathtakingly healthy coral reefs that you can only witness here, not to mention manta ray congregations.
Travelling Raja Ampat by Pinisi is by far the best way to discover the beauty of both land and sea life. Our Yacht charters take you to the most remote places on earth. These charter yachts have been sailing these remote, mysterious waters for years. Sailing around the islands one discovers unequalled natural beauty, both above and below sea level where you can dive the reefs of Raja Ampat.
The best time of year to travel Raja Ampat is from October to April. Most yachts sailing in Raja Ampat are anchored here during the season. The best conditions are in, and around this period. We recommend to have at least a Padi Advanced Open Water certificate. This will give you the opportunity to enjoy your diving experience tot he max! Because of the strong currents and challenging divesites some experience will be to your advantage. There are Padi certified and experienced dive guides and teachers on every yacht sailing Raja Ampat. They will safely guide you through the dive sites and take you to the highlights and hidden under water treasures of Raja Ampat Diving. Luxury charters in Raja Ampat will offer you the possibility to organise your personal favourite activities and offer you a made to measure itinerary. Get ready for a dream holiday experience with Yacht Charter Indonesia.
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