ideal location, diversified fauna and balanced biomass, welcoming and competent staff, eco-responsible initiatives and a stay where learning rhymes with pleasure. Brief over the top!
Why We Love It
The beauty of Raja Ampat is unparalleled: picturesque island formations, spectacular reefs, and the most bio-diverse marine life at the heart of the "Coral Triangle." We love this resort's very welcoming team and the diversity of activities available: whether you're diving (as much as you like!), exploring other islands, or even getting hands-on with coral restoration, you can do as much - or as little - as you want! Polish off your day with spectacular sunset views from your very own water-bungalow!
The on-site Raja Ampat SEA (Science, Education, and Awareness) Centre is a foundation dedicated to conserving Raja Ampat's marine life. They welcome visitors, so be sure to check it out!
Who Is It For?
This is premium "bucket-list diving," so if you've seen it all, you'll appreciate the natural beauty. Currents can be strong, which may appeal to some folks who enjoy the challenge!
Non-diving partners can do yoga, massage, kayaking, bird-watching, photography, excursions to other islands, free-diving/snorkeling, and even coral restoration on the "house reef" just off the beach.
Children under 10 years old who share their parent's bungalow get a 50% discount on accommodation.
Once a year: Coral Explorers Week
Coral Explorers is a very different kind of dive experience - it’s a week to explore the world’s richest reefs and have them explained to you by world-famous coral reef science communicator Russell Kelley and Rachel Pears, Great Barrier Reef marine park manager.
Raja Ampat: The Origins and Species
Where does Raja Ampat come from, how did it get there and where is it going?
Discover why Raja Ampat is one of the world’s epicenters of biodiversity
Why are there so many species?
What Is THAT Thing?
Learn to identify anything from fish to tentacles, to shapes and holes, without being a marine biologist using Russell’s recipes for easy ID.
You’ll be surprised how with a few simple visual tips, you can put any beastie into a group.
Coral Reef Ecology
Why are corals amazing? How do reefs “work” and why are they so important?
Sex on the reef: discover the secret cycles of reef creatures and how to be in the right place to see them
Learn about the global and local threats to coral reef health including Crown of Thorns Starfish.
A Typical Day of the Coral Explorers Week:
A typical day will include 7 am breakfast, followed by two morning dives before a full buffet lunch.
The afternoon consists of one afternoon dive, followed by sunset talks with Russell and Rachel.
Sunset or night dives will be arranged within the context of learning sessions, for example following the “Night vs. Day” module.
You are encouraged to explore what you have learnt with Russell and Rachel during the day dives, contribute photos for evening Q&A sessions and contribute hands on to one of the liveaboard's projects: monitoring, ID, transplantation, or otherwise!
Deluxe Water Cottage Accommodation with en-suite bathroom & hot water
Full board (international buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
Afternoon tea/coffee and cakes
Wi-Fi internet access
Laundry service once per week
Transfers to the island if the arrival/departure is on our scheduled transfer days (Sundays and Wednesdays)
What's not included?
The Raja Ampat Marine Park Fee: IDR 1,000,000 (about ... EUR)
Purchases made at the resort such as alcoholic or soft-drinks, chocolate, cigarettes, souvenirs, etc.
Extra trips and excursions (ask SeaCrush for a quote!)
Exceptional transfers and transfers to other resorts
Flight tickets and overnight stays at hotels (Sorong or airport hotels during transit)
At the heart of the Coral Triangle
1427 reef fish, over 600 coral species, 75% of the world’s coral species
Abundant pelagic life: many species of reef sharks, white and black tips, wobbegong sharks, bamboo sharks, reef mantas at nearby cleaning stations, and majestic oceanic manta in open water,
Large schools of tuna, trevally, mackerel, batfish, surgeonfish, angel and butterflyfish, napoleon wrasse, bumpheads, giant sweetlips, damsels, fusiliers, anthias, etc. and also magnificent macro with the rare pygmy seahorses.
Season: high season is from October to April, when plankton blooms reduce visibility but bring greater numbers of manta rays
Currents: strong and changing - some dive sites are not suitable for beginners or anyone that doesn’t feel comfortable in currents
Visibility:15 to 20 m (50 to 66 ft) (nutrient rich water leads to reduced visibility)
Water Temperature:28° to 29°C (82° to 84°F)
Depth: both deep and shallow dives
The Dampier Strait (also known as "Augusta's Strait") is among the best diving in Raja Ampat, with over 50 sites in the area
From the resort, most sites are only a 15 to 25-minute boat ride away; the furthest site - "The Passage" - is 45 minutes by boat
Guests can book up to three boat dives a day, plus unlimited house reef dives
All dives are planned and executed without decompression stops
Well-known sites are: Manta Point, Cape Kri, Mioskon, Odtima, The Passage, Mike’s Point, Sardines Reef, Blue Magic, Chicken Reef, and Hidden Bay
Operation created in 2013
Number of boats: 4
PADI Five-Star dive center
Courses up to divemaster, ask us
Maximum divers per group: 6 with a head dive guide and an assistant guide in each group.
Equipment Recommended: dive computer, safety buoy, whistle, and 'reef hook' (to use on rocks only!)
Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote
Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Darwin, Australia, or Manado, Sulawesi - note that there is a chamber in Raja Ampat, but it is not certified or compliant with international standards
Visas, Flights, and More!
Many nationalities are eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Others need to obtain a Visa on Arrival for 30 days at the major entry points to Indonesia. Visa on Arrival costs $37 (about ... EUR) and usually can be extended for another 30 days.
Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival and have one full blank page
Must be able to show an onward ticket that departs before your visa expires