Indonesia Dive Holidays

Raja Ampat

A remote area relatively undisturbed by humankind

The variety of marine life here is staggering with some areas boasting enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as the wobbegong. Fish and coral surveys by Conservation International report that Raja Ampat, in the heart of the Coral Triangle, contains possibly the highest marine biodiversity on the planet. This is truly an underwater photographers’ heaven (both macro and wide-angle), with huge corals in vibrant colours, high fish density and widespread macro critters.

Raja Ampat is also a birder’s paradise. Flocks of colourful parrots are a distinctive sight when you first arrive on the island. And after the first night’s deep sleep, you awake to a chorus of tropical birdsong. Eagles are a common sight, however, there is a lot more to birdwatching. The islands are home to three endemics; Wilson’s bird of paradise, Waigeo brush turkey and the famous, crimson plumed red bird of paradise. Other birding highlights include Western crowned pigeon, pheasant pigeon, palm cockatoo, great-billed parrot and Moluccan red lorry (alas no yellow lorry!).

Flights & Transfers

Fly to Sorong, in Papua Barat (West Papua) province of Indonesia. The most direct route is via Singapore and Manado on Singapore Air/SilkAir. There are three departures every day from Heathrow and one flight every day from Manchester to Singapore. Flight time is approximately 12 hours. If you take a morning flight it’s possible to connect straight through Singapore to Manado with a short transit time, on SilkAir, the regional wing of Singapore Air. SilkAir flies four times a week between Singapore and Manado; every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Flight time is 3.5 hours. You’ll need a night in Manado* before taking the onward flight to Sorong the next morning. (An overnight stay is also required on the way back.) The resort will meet you at Sorong Airport and take you by short car trip to the boat that will transfer you to your island. The boat transfer time is around 2.5-3 hours, depending on the sea conditions.

Raja Ampat is a birder’s paradise. Flocks of colourful parrots are a distinctive sight when you first arrive on the island. And after the first night’s deep sleep, you awake to a chorus of tropical birdsong.

Where to stay

A selection of beautiful resorts in this region.

Kri Eco Resort (Papua Diving)

Kri Eco Resort caters for all tastes and provide a healthy fusion of western and indonesian dishes. Nature-lovers will find all the luxury they could wish for.

Star Rating: 3*
Number of Rooms: 13
Distance to dive centre: on site
Distance to Airport: approx 1 hr by car

Papua Explorers Dive Resort

The resort’s water-bungalows combine traditional Papuan construction with modern comforts, enjoy the songs of the tropical birds and unwind.

Star Rating: 4*
Number of Rooms: 10
Distance to dive centre: on site
Distance to Airport: 1 hr by boat

Sorido Bay Resort (Papua Diving)

Sorido Bay Resort has a total of 7 spacious cottages in a private setting, with modern amenities in closest proximity to Northern Raja Ampat’s dive hot spots.

Star Rating: 4*
Number of Rooms: 7
Distance to dive centre: on site
Distance to Airport: approx 1 hr by car

“Dive into Raja Ampat” (@Waiwo Resort)

A nature lovers, jungle style resort set on a beautiful white sand beach. Sympathetically positioned under the cooling tree canopy with an abundance of wildlife.

Star Rating: 3*
Number of Rooms: 14
Distance to dive centre: on site
Distance to Airport: approx 2 hrs by hydrofoil

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