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Raja Ampat is famous for it's stunning reefs, macro life and close up Manta rays encounters.
Situated at the end of the earth it is considered one of the best dive spots in the world due to it's remoteness, incredible marine life and untouched reefs.

Upcoming Raja Ampat Liveaboards

  • Why choose Aurora:
    Included in the price is Nitrox, Government taxes, Marine park and port fees, no hidden extras, 4:1 guide to diver ratio, Free Wifi when possible, Beach BBQ, ... Kayak and SUP on board and an experienced crew.

    Aurora is a liveaboard designed specifically for scuba divers, but also non-divers will have the time of their life onboard.
    Aurora can accommodate 18 passengers in 9 cabins : 7 cabins on the lower deck and 2 cabins on the Main Deck with a sea view.

    Free Nitrox
    Free Internet
    EnSuite
  • Why choose Fenides:
    This premium phinisi is designed to offer absolute comfort on all 3 decks in five cabins catering for a more private experience with a maximum of 11 guests. ... The sublime service ensures every detail, from the technical to the culinary, is well taken care of.
    Satelite internet, Nitrox, Kayaking, SUP, Wakeboarding, Fishing (where allowed), Beach BBQs and on-land trips are all included in the price.

    Fenides features contemporary design and modern furnishings, creating an ideal home-from-home for its guests. With just five spacious cabins, the boat caters to a maximum of 11 guests, ensuring an intimate and exclusive atmosphere.
    The accommodations include one luxury master cabin, two twin cabins, and two double cabins. Each cabin is equipped with the finest linen, air-conditioning, world-class TV and media systems, and expansive, fully-fitted en-suite bathrooms.

    Free Nitrox
    Internet
    EnSuite
  • Why choose Ilike:
    A twin engined Liveaboard with trips focussed on the more experienced divers (Advanced and 75+ dives) with 4 divers per guide, a very diver oriented boat that ... offers the very best quality of diving with superbly knowledgable crew and covering all the best areas in Indonesia at the very best times, great value for money.

    Ilike hosts a total of 16 guests in 8 cabins that are fully air-conditioned with ensuite bathroom with hot water shower, toilet and sink.
    There is one sea View cabin on the Upper Deck that can be a double or Twin cabin.
    On the Lower Deck is one Double Suite cabin, 4 Superior Cabins and also 2 Standard cabins all with a double and single bed, so suitable for couples or friends sharing.

    Nitrox
    Internet
    EnSuite
  • Why choose Ondina:
    More than 22 years operating in the region they are experts and will provide the best diving experience possible in the region at a very affordable rate on a ... super comfortable boat proved by their very high percentage of repeat guests. They also provide land tours visiting villages and deserted beaches all included in the price. They have a 5 diver to guide ratio allowing them to adapt to the diving skills of everyone on board.

    Ondina is a mid level boat and is a pioneer of diving in Indonesia travelling year round moving with the seasons to visit the best diving at the right times. Ondina caters to 16 guests in 8 ac twin or double cabins.

    Nitrox
    Internet
    EnSuite
  • Why choose Pearl of Papua:
    Great mid range boat, only 14/15 divers, good value for money, experienced crew, covers large areas of Raja Ampat and North Papua, offers visit ... villages, play with sharks on shallow beaches, barbecue on secluded island, climb hills and trek to see rare birds, Free use of paddle boards, kayaks and snorkelling equipment. Great new wrap around Suite on the Uppper deck)

    Pearl of Papua liveaboard is a mid-range boat that aims to be your sanctuary at sea with its cosy cabins and en-suite bathrooms, on board massage, delicious and hearty meals. She caters up to 15 guests in 2 suites (1 on the Lower deck and one on the Upper deck), 2 deluxe main deck cabins and 3 standard bunk bed cabins on the lower deck all with air conditioning and en-suite bathroom.

    Nitrox
    Internet
    EnSuite
  • Why choose Teman:
    Accompanied by a crew of 10 for 12 guests you can explore the most remote areas of Indonesia, from Komodo to Raja Ampat, Banda Sea, Triton Bay, Sulawesi and ... Halmahera upon request. Apart from diving other activities include snorkeling, kayaking, trekking, paddle-boarding and beach barbecues. This boat is perfect for dive cruises or adventure trips for a large family or friends together. All 5 cabins have an ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, and ample storage space.

    Teman liveaboard takes 12 guests in 5 cabins and offers a unique and adventurous way to explore the stunning natural beauty of the region with comfortable and well-equipped cabins, you can enjoy daily diving and snorkeling trips to encounter the incredible marine life as well as trekking to see the famous Komodo dragons in their natural habitat

    Nitrox
    Internet
    EnSuite
  • Why choose White Pearl:
    This is a stunning high end liveaboard with Free Nitrox and WiFi, a 6 meter jacuzzi and water slide, all cabins have a seaview, free use of SUP boards and ... Kayaks with GST and fuel surcharge included in the trip price and an on-board spa and jet ski at an extra charge whilst still being a serious dive boat.

    White Pearl is an exceptional vessel that measures 56.4m (183ft), with 13 opulent rooms including 1 Master Suite, 2 Junior Suites and 10 Deluxe Cabins accommodating up to 26 guests and offers a variety of incredible amenities, including a sun deck, huge Jacuzzi, dining area, camera room, diving area and a range of cabins with basic amenities and an entertainment area with Tv's, gaming consoles and gym equipment.

    Free Nitrox
    Internet
    EnSuite

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is an archipelago consisting of the islands of Misoool, Salawati, Batanta, and Wiageo which are surrounded by over 1,500 small islands and cays. Formerly known as Irian Jaya, this area is now part of the newly named West Papua province of Indonesia and is located on the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula, on the island of New Guinea.

Put simply, Raja Ampat could quite possibly be the best diving in the world. It certainly is the world's most bio diverse marine region with more recorded fish, coral and mollusc species than anywhere else on Earth. The variety of marine life can be staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, you may encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to don your snorkelling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales. Other highlights include the innumerable war wrecks, both ships and planes (with new wrecks being discovered constantly).

The reefs of Raja Ampat are just as varied as the marine life. There are vertical walls, reef flats, slopes, sea mounts, mucky mangroves, lagoons and pinnacles. The reefs are in pristine condition with miles of perfect hard corals and many varied colourful species of soft corals. The diving is predominantly drift dives due to the moderate prevalent currents in the area which provide nutrients for the myriad fish and coral. Currents are average to moderate and vary from none to very strong. Visibility is normally very good but can vary and is normally at its best earlier in the day so your pre-breakfast dives are not to be slept through!

This is truly "Frontier Diving". Topside the beautiful islands stretch as far as you can see and are largely uninhabited. At night the lights of local fishing boats twinkle in the dark along the few inhabited shorelines while in more remote areas you may only see a distant spec of light over the entire horizon.

Raja Ampat has a high season from October to May and weirdly enough it is during their rainy season due to the winds in the dry season making parts of the park inaccessable.
The rainy season should not be mis-construed though. It is generally mostly a shower in the late afternoon and evening and most of the time the days are nice, wind is minimal and the skys are generally clear or slightly over cast.
The seas are calmer at this time of the year as the oppposite season has winds that kick up waves and make it very difficult to dive the more exposed sites in the Southern part of Raja Ampat.
The water temperature stays roughly the same around the 27-30 degrees celcius mark all year round.

Recently, due to the popularity of Raja Ampat, a lot of boats have been running trips in the so called low season (May to October) and this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade off is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable due to higher winds and waves but as the area is so vast and there are so many quality dive sites the reports from these northern trips have been glowing so far and there are new dive sites being discovered all the time.