The Raja Ampat tends to casts a spell on all those who visit. The incredible topside scenery is only the beginning - as soon as you drop beneath the surface a 'fairy wonderland' awaits.To quote Dr. Gerald Allen, Ichthyologist:
"...I feel privileged to have 'discovered' this special place relatively late in my career, providing a rare opportunity to compare it with the numerous locations I have dived around the globe. There is absolutely nothing else that compares!..Our surveys reveal that this region is the richest on the planet for reef fishes. The Raja Ampat islands are situated in the midst of a 'biological crossroad' and the result of this is a lavishly rich reef fish fauna that has no equal... There is no better place that I could recommend for underwater photographers and reef fish afficionados...the Raja Ampat islands boast an impressive array of fish inhabitants un-surpassed by any other area of similar size. There is also growing evidence that the region is also a hot-spot for reef fish endemism, in other words there are a host of species confined to this area and found no-where else. The survey results have generated considerable international publicity....and focused attention on the area's unparalleled marine biodiversity. There are few places on earth where pristine rainforest is abruptly bordered by amazingly rich coral reefs"
Heart of Biodiversity
Scientists have completed surveys in the Raja Ampat which obliterate species count records elsewhere on the planet. They consider these the world’s richest reefs, home to 75% of all known coral species, more than 1459 species of reef fish and still counting. Scientists have confirmed that the Raja Ampat is indeed the epicentre of global marine biodiversity, the baseline against which all other reefs on the planet should be measured, located as it is, in the very heart of the Coral Triangle. Continuously discovering new species, including sharks, shrimp and reef building coral, scientists confirm this region as the Earth’s richest seascape.
Diving at Pulau Pef
The reefs of the Raja Ampat are specifically referred to as ‘species factories’, replenishing other reef ecosystems by sweeping coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans via their strong currents. In the general area surrounding Pulau Pef, it is possible to experience a myriad of dive sites, where you could encounter almost everything underwater - a staggering variety of habitats and experiences.This is not just another diving destination, it is the Holy Grail for scientists, topside and underwater photographers, novice and advanced divers alike - proven to be the richest reefs on the planet.
Rich and colourful coral 'bommies' dripping with soft corals, unblemished reefs teeming with life, pristine blue water mangrove ecosystems, glass calm waters, dolphins and whales, adrenalin-filled drift dives, walls and slopes, giant Manta rays, Wobbegong sharks and walking sharks, muck critters, Pygmy seahorses as big as a grain of rice.
Raja Ampat has it all! All too often, the 'uncommon' is commonly abundant on these extremely rich reefs.
Raja4Divers resort is open year round for diving
Water temperature is a constant 28°-30° Celcius / 82°-86° Fahrenheit, year round
Visibility varies between 15 and 30m / 50 and 100ft
A variety of dive sites and habitats with incredible fish diversity
A possibility of diving up to 4 dives per day (3 guided boat dives daily plus a night dive)
A ratio of one dive guide to four divers with a maximum of eight divers per boat
Private dive guides available
Boat rides to dive sites take between 3 and 60 minutes (no fuel surcharges)
EAN 32 (Nitrox 32) is offered free of charge
Easy access diving on the house reef
Maximum permissible depth 40m
Recreational dives are planned for non-decompression diving
Raja Ampat and the Bird's Head Seascape
600+ species of hard coral (75% of world's total)
1,711 species of coral reef fish (and counting...)
35 species of endemic reef fish found only in the Bird's Head Seascape
57 species of Mantis Shrimp
17 species of Marine Mammals
5 species of endangered sea turtles
The Raja Ampat is a virtual species factory Dr. Mark Erdmann Ph.D