Raja Ampat! It truly is a beautiful destination and one that we always look forward to visiting. The marine life in Raja simply thrives due to the sheer size of the area, along with a small human population and a long running successful marine protection program. What this means to divers is the opportunity to experience one of the healthiest and most diverse reef systems on the planet. Mike is fortunate enough that he typically spends 2-3 months per year diving in Raja Ampat aboard different vessels exploring areas far from where other boats typically venture. Of course, he also spends a lot of time at the popular spots as well, after all, these spots are popular for a reason! However, “popular” in Raja Ampat does not mean 15 boats on a site like in other areas of the world. Due to the amount of great sites so close to one another and the fact that boats communicate with one another, it’s rare to run into another set of divers underwater in Raja (except at Manta Sandy!). We also organize group trips here quite often and we utilize our knowledge of the area to choose the best time of year to plan ahead so that we experience the best weather and the ocean conditions possible. Of course the marine life is also a major reason for our love of the area: mantas, beautiful and healthy coral gardens, endless amounts of colourful soft corals, loads of schooling fish, cool critters such as pygmy seahorses and wobbegong sharks, and did we mention mantas?
These are just a few of the reasons that we always look forward to going back to Raja. But there is only so much that words can do, instead, have a look at the photos and video instead to see what we mean.
We will once again be heading to Raja Ampat aboard a great boat in 2017, the Mermaid II will be our home on an 8 night trip from 19-27 March 2017 departing and returning to Sorong. If you would like full information about this trip, including pricing, please let us know and we will be happy to send it to you. The best way to get a hold of us is at firstname.lastname@example.org