Find the answers to your questions about the diving in Raja Ampat at Raja4Divers on this page. If you have any general questions please click here. For further information please write to one of the email addresses here.
What is the best time of the year for diving?
Raja4Divers is open year round. Diving and snorkeling conditions are good year round, with water temperature a constant 28-30°C (82-28°F) and visibility averaging 10-20m. Back to top
How many dives can I do per day or per week?
Per day: 3 scheduled guided boat dives daily plus a night dive on request, plus unlimited house-reef dives
At Raja4Divers we have a maximum of 4 divers per dive guide. If you wish to have a private dive guide, please ask for availabilty and rates in advance. Back to top
Is Nitrox available?
Yes. Nitrox is free of charge for certified Enriched Air Divers. Back to top
What is included in the diving package rate?
The unlimited diving package includes unlimited diving, diving trips (normally 3 guided boat dives daily plus an optional night dive), housereef dives, tanks, weights, weight belt, SMB (surface marker buoy), reef hook for use during your stay, Nitrox and kayak rental. There are no extra fuel charges for divers on diving packages. Back to top
What is NOT included in the diving package rate?
BCD, regulator, dive computer, wetsuit, mask & snorkel, fins & booties. For your own comfort and convenience we recommend to bring your own softgear . Limited stock rental gear is available. In order to avoid disappointment, please notify us 60 days in advance if you wish to rent these items. Back to top
What diving gear should I bring with me?
Divers must present their Scuba certification card, Enriched Air card (Nitrox users) and dive insurance proof/membership card which covers emergency evacuation, at the resort.
A dive computer is mandatory for all divers (whether owned or rented).
Wetsuit, mask & snorkel, fins & booties - it is highly recommended that you bring your own soft-gear for your comfort and convenience. While thickness of wetsuit neoprene versus lycra skin is a personal preference, it is strongly advised to wear a full suit offering full body coverage, as a barrier against hydroids on the abundant reefs and the possibility of marine 'stingers' in the water.
BCD, regulator, dive computer and dive light can be rented. Rental stock is limited, please notify us 60 days in advance if you wish to rent these items. A SMB (surface marker buoy) is mandatory, bring it if you have your own, if not a loaner will be issued. A reef hook is also issued for use during the trip, but if you have your own, do bring it along.
Dive knives and any other superfluous gear is not required.
If you have your own wetsuit/rash-guard/lycra skin suit, mask, snorkel and fins, do bring them with you. A lycra skin suit is highly recommended as a barrier against marine stingers in the water. Rashguards and leggins are available in our island shop. Back to top
Can I learn diving or do other courses?
We offer the following courses on request:
Padi Open Water Diver
Padi Adventure Deep Diver (suitable for OWDs to increase their allowed and insured limit from 18m to 30m)
We have tanks with either DIN or A-clamp (INT) valves. Back to top
What kind of electricity supply do you have?
220V/50Hz with round two prong plug. An adapter can be provided. Back to top
How will I charge my batteries?
You can charge batteries either in your bungalow or in the camera room. The bungalow has several plug points for your convenience. Please bring your own adaptors. Back to top
Where can I safely store my camera gear?
You are most welcome to use the individual set-up/ storage space provided in the climate controlled (dry, air conditioned) camera room which is suited to electronics or sensitive equipment, or in your bungalow (no air-conditioning). The camera room is secure, and open for pre and post dive equipment preparation from early morning until late evening as per guest requests. Back to top
Where can I keep my dry stuff on the boat?
We recommend bringing a small dry bag with you, which comes in very handy to protect sensitive items on a typically 'wet' boat. However there is a small compartment in the bow of the boat, where compact items/ topside cameras can be kept dry. If the boat is full, these personal bags should be kept to a minimum and as small as possible. Dry bags are available in our island shop. Back to top
Where will my camera go on the boat?
There are dedicated padded camera crates for large bulky camera systems, and smaller padded crates for compact systems. Back to top
What safety equipment you have on the dive boats?
First aid kit, first aid oxygen (DAN system), tools, compass and 2 way radio. Back to top
Can I do deep diving or deco diving?
The focus is strictly on non-decompression diving, with slow controlled ascents and safety stop, owing to our remote location. Deep diving is not permitted and maximum depth is 30 m/ 100ft.
Please keep in mind that your diving insurance covers accidents only within the depth limit of your certification. For Open Water Divers (max. 18m) we offer the Adventure Deep Dive course that will allow you to dive up to 30m. Back to top
What if I have a diving related accident during my visit?
The members of the diving management team are qualified PADI Emergency First Aid Responders.
Oxygen & First Aid kit is available on the boat and at the resort.
In the event of a general medical emergency, the nearest hospital is in Sorong.
In the event of a diving emergency, your diving insurance provider will advise on the appropriate course of action. A dive insurance (e.g. DAN) which covers emergency evacuation is mandatory and will also advise in case of emergency.
The nearest hyperbaric chamber is in Manado (Sulawesi). Otherones are in Singapore and Darwin (Australia).
If you have previously experienced DCS (decompression sickness), you must bring a letter clearing you for diving, from your hyperbaric doctor. Back to top
What can I do on Pulau Pef if I don't dive?
There is fantastic snorkeling around Pulau Pef or by joining the dive-boat on the scheduled excursions, you might find there are beach/ island/ mangrove interludes in between diving and snorkelling.
Topside, a tour of Pulau Pef itself will reveal the beauty and pristine nature of the Raja Ampat in a nutshell: spectacular bays, beaches, coconut palms, blue water mangroves, karst cliffs, ancient rock-art paintings, birds, wild orchids, hidden lakes, blue lagoons, limestone mushroom islands. Take a kayak and go exploring.
There are amazing photographic opportunities at the view points on the climbable hills on the island, or views of the resort on the easily accessible cliff overlooking Pef beach. Bird lovers will be in (bird) heaven with just the incredible early morning cacophony of bird sounds, and then finding quiet spots to do some bird watching.
Hot and steamy jungle treks will reveal enormous ancient hard-wood trees, strange brightly coloured wild mushrooms, thick bamboo forests reaching for the sky, mangroves with their bright red crabs, snails and mudskippers. Insect lovers will find a great variety of beautiful and strange critters if they care to take a closer look.
And of course, there is always the urge to relax...particularly on the inviting large private deck of your bungalow, where you can read or relax in your hammock or just enjoy the balmy tropical island.