|Dive area / region : Indonesia - Raja Ampat - See the map||
|Best diving season : January • February • March • April • May • June • July • August • September • October • November • December|
|Recommended number of days to stay : More than 1 week...|
|Number of dive sites : More than 20 Dive Sites|
|Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit|
|Average visibility : 16 - 20 meters|
|Average dives depth : 25 Meters|
|Type of currents : Medium level currents|
|Months when these currents are present : Year round|
|General surface conditions : Medium conditions|
|Wreck types : War ships||
|Type of marine life : Anemone • Barracuda • Corals • Crayfish • Cuttlefish • Dolphins • Dugong • Grouper • Jacks • Jelly fish • Lobster • Moray Eels • Nudibranch • Octopus • Plants • Rays • Reef Fish • Sea snakes • Sea urchins • Seahorses • Shark - Grey nurse • Shark - Reef shark • Shrimps • Softcoral • Sponge • Squid • Star fish • Tuna • Turtles • Whales • Worms|
|Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Open|
Scuba Diving at Raja Ampat - Indonesia
Written by Raja4Divers - Indonesia January 23, 2013 Hits: 2499 0
The Raja Ampat translates as 'four kings', and describes the four groups of islands around the Bird's Head Peninsula of West Papua in Indonesia: Waigeo in the North, Batanta, Salawati and Misool to the South.
The Bird's Head Peninsula forms the north-western end of the island of New Guinea. To the east is Cenderawasih Bay and to the south Bintuni Bay. To the west, across the Dampier Strait is Waigeo island of Raja Ampat, and Batanta island lies just off the northwest tip. The peninsula south is Bomberai Peninsula. The peninsula is around 200 by 300 kilometres, and is bio-geographically diverse, containing coastal plains to the south. The Arfak Mountains are a 3000 metre high mountain range that are found in the east. Slightly shorter than the Arfak Mountains, the Tamrau Mountains are found in the north. Bon Irau, a 2420 meter high mountain, is found in the Tamrau Mountains and is the highest mountain. The highest mountain on the Bird's Head Peninsula is Pegunungan Arfak. It is 2920 meters high and is located 24 miles southwest of Manokwari The Landscape of Raja Ampat In an area roughly 50 000sq km, the Raja Ampat comprises a unique labyrinth of more than 1200 islands and rocky outcrops which protrude from calm, turquoise water. The karst topography is characterised by mushroom islands, cones, caves, fissures and ridges, eroded by winds and tides over time. The limestone islands are covered with lush rain forest right down to the water's edge. The Inhabitants of Raja Ampat Surrounded by tranquility and nourished by fish and sago palms, the people of this remote archipelago have been living apart from the world for half an eternity. It is a world sparsely populated by humans, a mere 35 000 people live in widely scattered coastal villages.
The area is a fascinating melange of natural wonders, both above and below the water. The Marine Life of Raja Ampat The Raja Ampat is deemed a species factory for marine life, with scientists proclaiming the bountiful reefs the baseline against which all reefs on Earth should be measured. These are the world's richest reefs, home to 75% of all known coral species, 1459 species of reef fish and counting. Continuously discovering new species,including sharks, shrimp and reef building coral, scientists confirm this region as the Earth's richest seascape. Conservation is active in Marine Protected Areas throughout the Raja Ampat, and in addition, the area around Pulau Pef specifically is also protected by a no-take zone. The Raja Ampat is not only about diversity of species, but also of habitats. Colourful soft and hard coral gardens, walls and slopes, sea-grass beds, blue water mangroves, caves and caverns, muck critters, adrenalin filled drift dives, glass calm water, wrecks, jelly fish bays and superbly fishy reefs. From giant Manta rays, to tiny Pygmy seahorses, the Raja Ampat has it all!
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