Raja Ampat is widely considered to be the top liveaboard destination in Asia. Because only a few locations in the world can compete with the marine life diversity that Raja Ampat has to offer. The combination of beautiful reefs, a high amount of fish life and every visit you make provides you with new and exciting dives. As a result, divers come back on a Raja Ampat liveaboard over and over again.
North and South best describe diving Raja Ampat. With North Raja Ampat being more drift diving in nutrient-rich waters, therefore, attract masses of schooling fish. Barracuda, horse eye jacks and Marauding sharks which are often seen on dive sites here.
The Southern region is more diverse and has more gentle diving here you look for coral gardens, slopes, seamounts, bommies and pinnacles covered in beautiful soft corals and gorgonian sea fans. Also throughout Raja Ampat, you will find cleaning stations for manta rays.
In conclusion, this is a great liveaboard destination to see a significant variation of underwater life.
Best time to visit Raja Ampat
The best time to go on a Raja Ampat liveaboard is in October and November because of the weather. If you are not able to go in those two months, there is still great diving going on the rest of the dry season that runs from October – May. Liveaboard operators will make sure to make the best route for the time of the year.
In the wet season from May – October there are still liveaboards diving in Raja Ampat but the weather is unpredictable, and the seas can be pretty rough.
Where does a Raja Ampat liveaboard leave from
A Raja Ampat liveaboard departures from Sorong in the West Papua province of Indonesia. The easiest way to get here is by domestic flight from Jakarta. Other options are Bali or International flights from Singapore or either Kuala Lumpur.
Citizens from most countries get a 30-day visa on arrival just make sure that you bring a valid passport with at least six months from expiring date. Also, it is wise to bring some copies of your passport and four passport size photos. For up to date visa requirements have a look at the Indonesian embassies.
Although you can pay many things with credit cards and major currencies, it is wise to bring some local money along as remote areas might not be able to accept it. The national currency is the Indonesian Rupiah.
Raja Ampat Liveaboards
PEARL OF PAPUA; TREASURES OF THE SEA ABOUND. This Buginese schooner was traditionally built in Sulawesi in 2010. The tropical wooden construction has a length
PANUNEE; BUCKETLIST MATERIAL FOR SCUBA-LOVERS. Originally built in 2006 as a diving vessel, the MS Panunee was recently refurbished to the latest standards. The aluminium
MANTA MAE; UNMATCHED WITHIN THE FLEET. This modern replica of the native spice-trading vessel enables you to experience the fabulous Indonesian culture and nature in
EUPHORIA; A STATE OF BLISS IN SCUBA PARADISE. Euphoria liveaboard was locally constructed in 2012. It organises affordable diving safaris to Raja Ampat, famous for
CALICO JACK; THE PIRATE THAT WON’T ROB YOUR WALLET. Our pretty 2014 liveaboard was specially built for scuba tourism. The dimensions of this recreational wooden
AMIRA; ADMIRATION AND RESPECT FOR NATURE’S DELICATE AFFLUENCE. With 52 meters of sheer beauty and elegance, this schooner brings you to the best diving spots
WATER ADVENTURES OCEAN WIDE (WAOW) INDONESIA; LIVE THE DREAM. Waow liveaboard is the result of a swiss entrepreneur having a dream: building a magnificent diving
LADY DENOK; PARADISE EXISTS IN THE INDONESIAN ARCHIPEL. Built in 2015 this elegant wooden Phinisi schooner has a length of 28 meters. She is equipped
AMBAI; THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME ON OUR LIVEABOARD Our modern (2012) liveaboard is a practical and comfortable vessel built for recreational diving in the
MERMAID 2; IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE BEAUTY OF THE INDONESIAN WATERS Built in 2000 and recently renovated to modern standards, this steel motor ship with
MERMAID 1; LIVE TO SEE THE WONDERS OF INDONESIAN AQUATIC FLORA AND FAUNA Built in 1999 and just renovated to the newest standards this steel
DAMAI 2; EXPLORING THE RICHNESS OF INDONESIAN SEALIFE AND HOSPITALITY Our beautiful 2011 liveaboard was specially constructed for scuba diving in the Indonesian Archipelago. It
DAMAI 1; EXPERIENCE INDONESIAN LUXURY AND DISCOVER THE AMAZING SEALIFE Our elegant 2009 liveaboard was specially constructed for the scuba diving. It has a length
BLUE MANTA; GREAT DIVING, GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE. This recently built liveaboard has a steel hull with a length of 45- and a beam of
DEWI NUSANTRA; 5-STAR EXPERIENCE OF INDONESIAN AQUATIC LIFE. Dewi Nusantara is one of the most efficient and experienced companies in the liveaboard diving industry
PINDITO; WE SPECIALIZE IN MAKING YOUR DIVING DREAMS COME TRUE. Pindito enterprise has been operating since 1992. Our know-how in this field of tourism is
SAMAMBAIA; SUSTAINABLE DIVING CRUISES IN THE INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO. MV Samambaia is a 2 masted wooden Phinisi schooner with a length of 40- and a beam
THE SEVEN SEAS; FIRST-CLASS ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS IN INDONESIA. MV The Seven Seas is a traditionally built schooner with a length of 45-meter. The iron-wooden hull,