We are all rejoicing for the Raja Ampat season is here! Known as the Four Kings, the islands of Raja Ampat cover 9.8 million acres of land and sea. The area is home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks! Raja Ampat has been called “the most diverse living library for world’s coral reef and underwater biota”. According to a report developed by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75 percent of the world’s species live here making it a virtual living library. Read on to find out what you might discover on the best liveaboard in Raja Ampat with Wicked Diving.
Awaken around the beautiful islands of Batanta, the smallest of the “Four Kings”. Diving in this area is well known for being awesome for critters, otherwise known as ‘ muck’ dives. Both Pulau Yum and Wruwarez slope present lots of nudi’s, wart slugs, flatworms, turtles and robust ghost pipefish, as with some other unknown creatures as it happens with muck dives.
Next, onto some reef dives at Larry’s Promise, which is indeed promising and a beautiful drift dive from the East to the West of the little island that looks like a pineapple submerged in the water. Black tip reef sharks and Wobbegong shark dwell here! Beside that it’s full of fish, with lots of schools of bannerfish, redtooth triggerfish, fusiliers, angelfish, anthias and damsels.
Of course the area is also home to a beautiful amount of soft and hard corals. As dusk gives way to a night dive at Pulau Dayang, a relatively steep slope with beautiful corals, one might spot huge lobsters, small crabs, lion fish and of course parrot fish sleeping in the crevices. You might also visit the ranger station on Pulau Dayang to see the very big coconut crabs on the beach and in the jungle. In water as shallow as 1 meter, it is easy to spot giant clams, flatworms, crabs, soft corals, hard corals and so on.
Karang Bata is an underwater mountain ledge about 1 km long. With virtually no current, the top plateau as the deeper edges very easy to dive. It is an area of life big and small from the many sharks and barracuda to tiny seahorses and a key divesite on the best liveaboard in Raja Ampat.
Melissa’s Garden lies in the shallows and is is covered in beautiful soft corals, lobsters, nudi’s and banded boxer shrimps. There are reef fish everywhere, including lots of brightly colored damsels and fusiliers. This is just one of many dive sites to visit on the best liveaboard in Raja Ampat!
Mantas sandy is a cleaning station and home to dozens of graceful manta rays. On land is just as dramatic. The forest is often shrouded in morning mist, as the calls from brown and long tail macaque monkeys echo throughout the bay.
Raja Ampat is truly one of the most unique areas on the Earth. Join Wicked Diving for the best liveaboard in Raja Ampat, an experience you will never forget!