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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 and untouched reefs.
These liveaboards offer you the best experience possible and are for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also gladly welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.
Why choose Dewi Nusantara:
Core repeat clients and fantastic reviews, very experienced crew with outstanding service, run by one of the pioneers in Indonesia, Stunning Master and ... Commander suite, 1 of the most popular Liveaboards in the area.
Dewi Nusantara's design and interior style is that of a floating boutique resort featuring the high end amenities guests expected from a boat of this standard. Catering to a maximum of 18 divers all of the state rooms are larger than traditional liveaboard state rooms and each cabin has private ensuite facilities and air conditioning and remains one of the most popular boats in Indonesia.
Why choose Katharina:
A dedicated boat for snorkelers and explorers, everything is included in the price apart from tips and alcohol, Free also is the use of paddle boards, kayaks ... and snorkelling equipment. These trips are adventure and discovery trips to show the true Indonesia where you are not playing second fiddle to divers.
Katharina is a traditional Indonesian phinisi, she has been fitted her out as a Snorkelling only cruising vessel and provides very comfortable accommodation for up to 14 guests in six cabins located below decks with trips focussing on snorkelling, trekking and experiencing the Indonesian archipelago.
Why choose La Galigo:
La Galigo has an experienced crew for only 14 divers, An amazing suite with 270 degree views, spacious living and diving area, very popular with ... guests.
La Galigo Liveaboard has 7 privately controlled air-conditioned en-suite cabins for 14 guests each with an American style deep spring mattress double bed and for added luxury you can choose the Suite, which has everything you need for your ultimate liveaboard experience, including a private balcony, an HD TV and 270 degree views.
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.
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 1 suite, 2 deluxe main deck cabins and 4 standard bunk bed cabins on the lower deck all with air conditioning and en-suite bathroom.
Why choose Raja Ampat Aggressor:
The mission of Aggressor Liveaboards is to provide their guests with the highest quality, most innovative and safest experiences possible. They ... offer unparalleled customer service on their comfortable small group adventures, accessing the most exciting destinations around the world to offer the best experience possible.
Raja Ampat Aggressor2 has 4 deluxe twin lower deck cabins plus 2 Master double lower deck cabins and 2 Upper deck Master cabins to accommodate 16 guests all featuring air conditioning and En-suite shower cabins and bathroom.
All our boats run fantastic Raja Ampat liveaboards of varying length visiting all the best places each with their own unique itinerary and features.
They are all different prices dependant on the length of the trip and standard of the liveaboard.
All our liveaboards are for people enthusiastic or serious about their diving but also welcome snorkellers and non-divers who will have their own separate itinerary.
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.
Not many liveaboards dive the Raja Ampat area, making this adventure even more unique and special.
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 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 but this is also the dry season and so promotes nicer weather and better visibility but the trade of is that only the northern more sheltered part of the park is accessable 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 - how to get to Raja Ampat.