Anyone can make a guess? Which dive destination provides you with one of a kind experience akin to swimming in a well-stocked aquarium?
Which dive destination is still considered as ‘truly’ untouched by divers and still in its pristine conditions?
That’s right, it will be Raja Ampat, known as The Four Kings!!
Raja Ampat is located off the Northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of Papua New Guinea. Consisting of 4 main islands – Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, there are over 1500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding them.
Mysterious? Exotic? Raja Ampat is the answer to both!
According to the Conservation International (CI), Raja Ampat is suggested to have the highest marine life diversity recorded on earth, which means, it is greater than the marine life diversity of the well-known Coral Triangle! Pause awhile and think, with that superb abundance of marine life the reefs are inhabiting, won’t you think it will be a breath-taking and memorable experience to dive at least once in Raja Ampat then?
In Raja Ampat, no two islands are alIke and even no two dive sites are the same at all. Each dive site you dive at, it will be a totally different experience from the other. There are always be surprises awaiting for you and definitely a high chance that you’ll spot something you’ve never seen before!
What’s more amazing are the steep-sided walls of the rocks on Raja Ampat’s islands that are shaped by water and wind. Also, there are soft, pure sandy bays waiting for you to explore in between your dives. However, it’s always under the water where one can find the most healthy and prolific reefs with an abundance of amazing marine life unfazed by us.
Now, here comes the exciting part! Raja Ampat is home to many endemic species, such as their very famous ‘walking sharks!’
Other than the ‘walking sharks’, get prepared to be mesmerized by the stunning, mind-blowing performance put together by the large numbers of schooling fish, manta rays, wobbegong sharks, Denise and Pontohi pygmy seahorses, giant trevally, parrot fish, barracudas, decorator crab and just almost every fish and critter you will find in your marine life book with a lively and colourful backdrop of healthy soft and hard corals!
Denise and Pontohi pygmy seahorses! Hmmm do you know which is which? Try guessing it!
Crinoid Shrimp Spider Crab
Mandarin Fish Sea Snake
Wobbegong Shark! It is one of the 12 species of carpet sharks. Does it look like a carpet design?
Manta rays with a white belly are common. How about a manta ray that is completely black from the top to bottom? These black mantas are endemic to Raja Ampat!
How do we dive at Raja Ampat? We would suggest a liveaboard (LOB) rather than land-based resorts. As Raja Ampat dive sites are so widespread and diverse, diving from a LOB will allow you to cover more dive sites as travelling time is greatly reduced. The diversity of the 200+ dive sites there are just huge, ranging from walls to jetty to mangroves to sandy and to corals!
Simply put, Raja Ampat is a ‘hands down’ underwater marine heaven. With a trip there, the four heavenly kings will cast a spell on you with its charm and leaving you truly smitten and awestruck by the beauty of its heaven when you leave.
Nevermind the remoteness, long flights and transits, join us in our trip to Raja Ampat from 3-10 Oct and be ready to get charm together by the King of Asia’s dive destinations’ spell!