Raja Ampat in Indonesia is listed among the 10 top world dives. This huge marine park, located in the heart of The Coral Triangle, is divided into several zones, the north, the center and the south (Misool). The diving in the dampier strait (central Raja Ampat) is just gorgeous with large pelagic and schools of fish on all sites. The big advantage of the strait is to be able dive cheaper in Raja ampat leaving with one of diving clubs (dive resort) of one of the islands. You are therefore not required to take a cruise, you can organize a diving trip to Raja ampat with one of the dive resorts at a more affordable price!

Context : The Detroit from Dampier to Raja Ampat is part of my 3 month trip to Asia during which I wanted to make all the most beautiful spots. I stayed 15 days in October 2014 and I made 20 dives. Then in 2019-2020, I was cruise director on a liveaboard in Raja ampat, so I know the area well!

ARTICLE GUIDELINES
# Overview
# Presentation
# Diving in Raja Ampat
# Dampier Strait vs Misool
# Dive cheap in the Dampier Strait
# Dive sites
# Season and conditions
# Diving club
# Accommodation
# How to get there 
# My diving review

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DIVING STRAIT OF DAMPIER RAJA AMPAT INFO

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  • Top 10 diving in the world !
  • One of the two major areas of Raja Ampat (with Misool)
  • Diving cruise not compulsory.
  • Best dive season diving : November to April.
  • Best dive sites: Blue Magic, Cape Kri, Sardine reef, Manta sandy, The passage.
  • Entry fee to Raja Ampat Park : 1,000,000 RP (€ 55).
  • Current marine life (the list goes on!)sharks (gray, white tip, black tip,  big stuff pelagic (napoleon, giant trevally, tuna, barracuda, jacks, humpback parrot)…
  • Possible Species : manta rays, school of mobulas rays, wobbegong, "walking" shark (endemic to Raja Ampat).
  • Macro : frogfish, pygmy seahorse, ghost fish, nudibranch.
  • Access : land at Sorong (in Papua), then take a ferry to Waisai.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurRecommendations by category of divers:

> New diver : not recommended.
> Confirmed : to do absolutely if you have the budget and experience with the current.
> Experienced : to do absolutely! It is a must of diving !!
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PRESENTATION OF THE STRAIT OF DAMPIER TO RAJA AMPAT

The full article on RAJA AMPAT here!

Where is the dampier st at Raja Ampat?

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  • The Dampier Strait is in the central part of Raja ampat, between the island of Waigeo and Batanta.
  • The Strait is one of two main dive areas of Raja Ampat (with Misool).
  • It contains dozens of sites, each one more beautiful than the other.

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Map of the Dampier Strait area

The best dive sites are around the island of Waigeo, some Gam, some Kri, some Mansuar and up to the famous Fam islands (the photo that we often see on the Raja ampat cover, see below).

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Alone in the world, you are entitled to dazzling landscapes

Kri, Gam, Waigeo, Arborek, Mansuar ... The small islands around the Strait of Dampier are superb.

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The Fam islands (Penemu) in Raja ampat

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  • The most beautiful place (over the water) of the Strait of Dampier is most certainly the Fam islands !
  • The locals sometimes call him " Penemu", Because it is the name of the island where they will take you for the splendid view of the photo opposite).
  • This small archipelago of tiny islands / islets is just magnificent, a day there is mandatory!

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How to go to fam islands?

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  • Whether you live in Kri, Gam or Waigeo, all accommodations will offer you a trip to the Fam Islands.
  • You always need one minimum of people (start talking about it as soon as you arrive!)
  • The price of the boat will be divided according to the number of people.
  • The trip is often organized in this way:
    • a walk in the lagoon from the fam islands and climb to the point of view
    • a meal on a small deserted island from the neighborhood
    • 2 or 3 dives (depending on the size of the boat and the number of people), one to Melissa's garden (to the fam islands) and one to Manta sandy (the famous manta ray cleaning station) and / or one in Arborek.
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DIVING IN THE STRAIT OF DAMPIER RAJA AMPAT AVIS

The full article on RAJA AMPAT here!

How is diving in the Dampier Strait?

Diving in the dampier strait, like everywhere in Raja Ampat, is SPEC-TA-CU-LAIRE !!!

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  • Raja ampat is located in the heart of Coral triangle, that is to say the greatest marine biodiversity in the world !
  • As soon as you put your head under water you take full eyes !
  • Of coral of all the colours and of all forms, sharks, barracudas benches, bumphead parrotfish, napoleons, pygmy seahorses… the list is long !
Note : VSLogo-plongeur-baroudeure which characterizes the Strait of Dampier (central Raja Ampat) compared to other areas:> The numerous sea mounts (submerged mountain) and the impressive number of pelagics around. > Visibility is much better than at Misool> We are more likely to see wobbegong sharks and walking sharks.

Raja ampat is the most beautiful coral of the world ? Without a doubt !

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  • Some Raja ampat reefs are considered to be most of the world!
  • Raja Ampat is not in the heart of the coral triangle for nothing !
  • Macro: diversity and the variety corals is just awesome !!
  • Gorgons : there are some all over and they are huge !
  • Soft corals : it's not even soft corals, it's soft coral fields of all the colors!
  • Hard corals : more than 600 species present!
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNote : Misool and the area around Fiabacet / Boo probably has the best diversity and quality of corals in the entire Raja Ampat area

Can we see sharks at RajaAmpat?

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  • Some white tip sharks and black tips, it is almost every dive !
  • Some gray sharks are very present but not at all sites.
  • Some wobbegong (a very rare shark from the family of carpet sharks) is in Raja Ampat, you just have to look for it, very often sleeping under a rock!
  • It is possible to find feeding sharks and leopard sharks.
  • And finally the famous walking »shark, endemic to Raja Ampat (it was officially discovered in 2012!).
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNote : we meet more sharks wobbegongs and of walking sharks in the dampier strait than in Misool.

Manta rays at Raja Ampat

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  • Some manta rays are present at Raja Ampat.
  • We can see on any site !
  • There are many cleaning stations, as manta sandy in the Dampier Strait.
  • But the best known is Magic mountain Misool, because on this site they are ocean manta rays who come (6-7 m wingspan!).
  • Among all the manta rays you may have the chance to meet thea famous black manta !
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNote : If you can, go absolutely to Magic mountain, in Misool, you can sometimes see ocean manta rays, which is very rare!

I let you judge not yourself by this little video of manta rays at Magic Mountain (Misool):

School of mobulas rays at Raja Ampat

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  • Mobula rays roam the waters of Raja Ampat.
  • You can come across it on any site.
  • Some sites have shoals of dozens of mobulas that come out of nowhere!

 

Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNote : the best site to be guaranteed to see it is Anchovia at Misool!

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There are large pelagics and schools of fish everywhere in Raja ampat!

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The number of large pelagics is just incredible at Raja Ampat, and in addition, they are often in school !!

  • Barracuda bench (chevron, yellow-tail ...).
  • School of trevallies (blue fin trevally, horse-eyed jack…).
  • Giant trevally (giant jacks)
  • Tuna that hunt
  • Napoleon
  • Grouper (including the giant grouper which can reach more than 2 m)
  • Mogul parrot bench
  • Benches of snappers, platax, fusiliers, sweetlips…

Macro to Raja Ampat: the photographers will have fun!

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The macro at Raja Ampat is a feast for the eyes !

  • The whole family of frog fish, stone fish, leaf fish, scorpion fish
  • Classic seahorses, but above all pygmy seahorses (denise, bargibanti and pontohi).
  • Raja ampat also has a endemic pygmy hippocampus : the " santa claus "(Santa Claus, see photo opposite).
  • Ghost fish and fish pipes.
  • Dozens and dozens of nudibranchs different.

Diving video Raja Ampat Dampier strait

Dive photos Raja Ampat Dampier strait 

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RAJA AMPAT: STRAIT OF DAMPIER OR MISOOL?

Misool = diving cruise

The main difference between Misool and the Strait of Dampier and the way to dive.

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  • Misool is mainly constituted small rocky islands where it is very difficult to build or the places are protected…
  • There are no accommodation.
  • The only one that exists is the Misool Eco resort and it's super expensive!

 

Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNotes : So for dive in Misool, you will have to make a on liveaboards in liveaboard

The full article on MISOOL here!

  • The Strait of Dampier (the islands of Kri, Gam, Waigeo ...) is more conducive to construction and therefore has many more accommodations
  • You have all the ranges, from homestay cheap at dive resorts very luxurious.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNotes : So if you want a solution more economical, you can dive into the Strait of Dampier from one of the islands.

The full article on how to dive cheaper in Raja Ampat here!

In terms of the quality of the dive

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  • Honestly, it's hard to compare, I took a lot of eyes in both areas !
  • Dampier strait : numerous sea mounts and an impressive number of pelagics around, much better visibility than in Misool, more wobbegong sharks and walking sharks.
  • Misool : quality and quantity of soft corals, possibility of seeing ocean manta rays and Magic mountain, the most beautiful site of all Raja ampat.
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CHEAP DIVING AT RAJA AMPAT IN THE DAMPIER STRAIT

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  • As I explain just above, the big difference with Misool,  it is only to dive to the Strait of Dampier, you are not not obliged to take a diving cruise.
  • Basically, you can dive from Kri, Mansuar, Gam, Waigeo or other islands and make day trips.

The full article on how to dive cheaper in Raja Ampat here!

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BEST DIVING SITES RAJA AMPAT DETROIT DE DAMPIER

Map of dive sites Raja Ampat Dampier Strait 

There are more than 20 dive sites on the area dampier strait of Raja Ampat:

  • A lot of sea mounts (A kind of mountain submerged in the open sea).
  • Some drifting where the currents can be very strong and give birth to an absolutely phenomenal life
  • Some cleaning stations as " Manta point "
  • Or sites with particular configurations as the " passage ".

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Best dive sites Raja Ampat Detroit Dampier 

Blue magic Raja ampat

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  • It's a sea mount (a submerged mountain) and probably the middle site of the detorit of dampier.
  • You have hundreds of pelagics, of the rifle benches, of snappers, of barracudas, trevallies…
  • It is also a place of passage to manta rays.
  • You are almost sure to find Wobbegong.
  • Some sea turtles, sharks spikes white or black and even gray sharks.
  • For macro fans: pygmy hippocampus, frogfish…
  • A high place of Raja Ampat, to do absolutely !

Cape Kri Raja Ampat

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  • Cape Kri is one of the most beautiful sites !
  • He holds the world record of the number of species different listed on a single dive (374) !! Just that !
  • Located at the northern tip of Kri island, meeting different currents allowed creating an incredible density and diversity of life.
  • Huge schools of jacks, some barracudas and of snappers are present, as well as many sharksnapoleonsgiant trevally…
  • Coral is of course beautiful.

Sardine reef Raja ampat

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  • It's a sea mount (a submerged mountain).
  • Sardine Reef is an incredible site.
  • So there are no sardines here, the name was given because of the quantity of fish that we can see (sometimes comparable to a bench of sardines), that says it all !!
  • Fat, tunas, barracudas, jacks, napoleons, humpback parrots, many sharks (gray, white and black tips, carpet…)…
  • And from the macro, pygmy seahorses (Denise, Bargibanti and Pontohi), nudibranchs, frogfish, ghost fish...

Lalosi

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  • It's a sea mount (a submerged mountain).
  • There is everything here: tunas, barracudas, jacks, napoleons, humpback parrots, many sharks (gray, white and black tips), wobbegong,
  • napoleonsgiant trevally…
  • Huge schools of jacks, some barracudas, of fusilier and of snappers are here. 
  • Watch out for the current which can be very strong!

Mayhem

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  • It's a sea mount (a submerged mountain).
  • Large pelagics: barracudas, trevallies, wrasse, humpback parrots, sharks reef…
  • Schools of trevallies, some barracudas and of snappers are present, as well as many sharksnapoleonsgiant trevally…
  • Watch out for the current which can be very strong!

My reef (Penemu, Fam island)

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  • It's a sea mount (a submerged mountain).
  • Large pelagics: barracudas, trevallies, wrasse, humpback parrots, sharks reef…
  • Schools of trevallies, some barracudas and of snappers are present, as well as many sharksnapoleonsgiant trevally…
  • Watch out for the current which can be very strong!

Manta point Raja Ampat

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  • Macro: cleaning station at manta rays of dampier strait.
  • You have the possibility to meet mantas everywhere in Raja Ampat, but at Manta point, from November to April, they come together and you are almost guaranteed to see several during your dive.
  • They are curious, they revolve around you, they pass and return, simply superb.
  • Among them, you may even have the chance to see the very rare black manta ray (black manta) !

The passage

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  • The passage is a unique site !
  • Located between Gam Island and Waigeo Island, the passage is a 30 m wide canyon between the two islands over a distance of 10 km.
  • This configuration gives it a unique micro habitat which is full of macro: pygmy seahorses (Barbiganti, Denise and Pontohi), many nudibranchs and other juvenile species.
  • Macro fans and photographers will love !

Mellisa garden

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  • A beautiful coral garden
  • No large pelagics like in other places
  • Not too much current.

 

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BEST PERIOD FOR DIVING IN RAJA AMPAT?

We can almost dive all year round Raja Ampat but the best season is from November to May.

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When to dive in Raja ampat?

  • The best time to dive in Raja Ampat is from December to April.
  • Avoid the rainy season in Raja ampat from June to September, especially in July and August.
  • Diving cruise season (liveaboard) in Raja Ampat is from November to April. The rest of the year, most are Komodo.

Raja Ampat diving conditions:

  • Visibility in Raja ampat : it depends a lot on the area and the period.
    • Visibility is always better in the Dampier Strait than in Misool.
    • Visibility is always better in January to April.
  • Raja Ampat water temperature : around 28-30 ° C all year round.
  • Current Raja Ampat : very common and they can be very strong on some sites.
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RAJA AMPAT STRAIT DAMPIER DIVING CLUB

Contrary to Misool, you are not not obliged to make a liveaboard diving cruise in the Dampier Strait. The choice of your accommodation and diving club will of course depend on your requirements / budgets.

Dive centers in the Dampier Strait at Raja Ampat

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  • Almost all diving clubs are linked to accommodation.
  • You have full centers / housing on the Strait Islands.
  • Before it was complicated to search and book remotely (we are still in Papua!), now it's easier, most of the accommodation is on Booking.com !
  • I recommend those on Kri or Mansuarbut you also have Gam, Arborek, Waisai or even Fam islands !
  • Just click "indicate on map" to have all the latest accommodation in the area up to date.
  • There is no French diving club at Raja Ampat to my knowledge.

I did a full article on that, so the best thing is to read
 " Diving in Raja Ampat Inexpensive

Raja Ampat diving cruise (in liveaboard)

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HOTEL DIVING RAJA AMPAT

Detroit Dampier diving hotels 

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Hotel Sorong

If you made a night in Sorong before or after your stay,  here are the hotels that I can recommend:

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HOW TO GO TO STRAIT OF DAMPIER RAJA AMPAT

It is not easy to to get to Raja Ampat, it's going to be a long journey, but it takes land in Sorong in Indonesia.

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Land in Sorong

  • To go to Raja Ampat, it will take land in Sorong in Papua.
  • For that, there are direct flights only since Makassar (the most used), Manado and Jakarta.
  • If you are in Asia, you have a lot of connections that will take you to Makassar: Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Manila, Bangkok
  • Several companies: Air Asia, Lion air, Garuda Indonesia, Sriwijaya…

 

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Sorong route to the islands of the Dampier Strait (Kri, Gam, Waigeo…)

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If you go to the islands of Kri, some Gam, some Waigeo… :

  • Go to theferries landing stage 10 min by taxi from the airport.
  • Take the ferry for the island of Waigeo (2h): 2 ferries a day, one at 9h, one at 14h (try to predict the arrival of your flight in function!)
  • Once in Waigeo, the homestay / resort you have chosen will pick you up and take you to the island.
Logo-plongeur-baroudeuradvice : some dive resorts can pick you up in Sorong (it can be included in the price, check when booking), if you can do it, it's still much faster and you will probably be super tired after your trip!

I have much more detailed this part in the article "Diving in Raja Ampat cheap".

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MY DIVING REVIEW ON THE DAMPIER STRAIT RAJA AMPAT

I updated the article after being cruise director to give you more detailed information, but I left you my diver's opinion the first time I went there in 2014!

Conclusion? How glad I went to Raja Ampat at least once in my life! It is truly a diving paradise, each outing will amaze you, surprise you, amaze you. You can go to the same site 4 times (ex: Cape Kri) and the dives will all be different, there is so much life, that anything can happen! Add to this all the rare species that Raja Ampat possesses (wobbegong, walking shark, black manta, pygmy seahorses, ghost fish…). I recommend Raja Ampat to any experienced diver, it is simply exceptional !!!

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