Central Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat area is a top diving destination. The coral here is in very good condition, there is a lot of fish and many different kinds and the topography is rich and varied – limestone formations create a labyrinth of canyons, passages, overhangs, chimneys and caves. All together the area offers different types of diving, from walls to slopes, caves and canyons, seamounts, muck diving, wrecks, and many distinctive signature sites like Blue Water Mangroves and The Passage. There are a great variety of environments to cater for every diver’s taste and level. The experience of diving the reefs and islands of Raja Ampat often surpasses the expectations of the most diver or underwater photographer, as well as satisfying beginners.
You can expect to see very large schools of sweetlips, banner fish, surgeons, snappers, fusiliers, emperors and batfish, along with usual reef fish. You’ll see at least two schooling species of barakuda, milling jacks, bumped parrotfish, solitary Napoleon wrasse and some giant groupers. Sharks are common, including the weird and lethargic tasseled wobblegong. Eagle rays, mantas and turtles round out the show. The hard and soft corals are healthy and profuse.