Why Visit Raja Ampat
With over 1500 islands still unnamed, the Raja Ampat region is remote, undisturbed and relatively undiscovered. Largely off the tourist map this last frontier is famous for those in the know about diving holidays, as the best underwater ecosystem in the world. Offering fantastic diving below water, and pristine beaches, BBQ picnic lunches, massage in situ, and friendly tribal villages for the land lubers, this region has enough appeal to send a shiver of excitement down the spine!
- Private charter a yacht to explore the islands at your own pace
- Visit the lagoon in Wayag, a spectacular group of rock islands
- See the Wilson's bird of paradise
- Dive, swim or snorkel across the equator
- Visit the historical Banda Islands - stepped in history and the birthplace of nutmeg and mace
- Stay land based at the Misool Eco Resort or Papua Explorers Resort
- Fly over the island groups by helicopter on a True North expeditionary cruise
About Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat is located off the northern tip of New Guinea in Indonesia’s West Papua province. The main islands are Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. Sorong is the gateway for many of the cruises to Raja Ampat and is accessed from Singapore, Bali, Darwin or Jakarta.
Currently the way to see this region is aboard one of the sophisticated yachts sailing the waters of Raja Ampat. Many of these yachts can be privately chartered throughout the year. Operating in West Papua between October and March and then sailing to Komodo/ Flores for the summer months. Silolona and Si Datua Bua, Tiger Blue and Alila have all come on the scene in recent years, with more boats in the pipeline.
Adventurous expeditionary cruises also now operate in these waters, the most well-known being North Star and Sea Trek. The starting point is usually North Australia.
You will find more marine species in the coral reefs of Raja Ampat than anywhere else on the planet - often referred to as the global epicentre of marine biodiversity. There are upwards of 500 coral species and 1000 coral reef fish species, in glorious multi-colour that is second to none on the planet. Although you do not need to be a diver to enjoy this region. Apart from the reefs, this area also has some of the most stunning top-side views in the world. Next to that you can spot the dazzling birds of paradise, hear the shrieks of the crested cockatoo and the flapping of the wings of passing hornbills.
Raja Ampat has an equatorial monsoon climate. It is pretty much the same all year round, with the exception of the windy season - June to September. Lying on the equator, this region enjoys a year round day length of about twelve hours. For the driest time of year travel between October and November, then February to April.