Macro: diving in Raja Ampat in Indonesia is listed among the top 10 in the world, well it is not stolen! The dive sites are SPECTACULAR !! Located in the heart of The Coral Triangle, the diversity and density of fish and of corals is just phenomenal! There is everything there, everything, the most beautiful corals in the world, schools of fish like you have never seen, oceanic manta rays, resident schools of mobulas, large pelagics and sharks on every street corner… and I could go on like this for a while !! The best of course is to make a Raja Ampat diving cruise, especially to go to Misool in the south. But for those who can't afford it, we can dive cheaper in Raja Ampat staying on one of the islands of dampier strait. When to dive in Raja Ampat is a frequently asked question and the answer is to December to April ! A diving trip to Raja Ampat should be on the list of all experienced divers !!

Context: after having done 2 personal cruises, I was cruise director on a liveabaord in Raja ampat in 2019-2020, so I know the area well!

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  • Top 10 diving in the world !
  • Best dive season diving : novembre à avril
  • Dampier strait : possible sans croisière plongée
  • Misool : must be done in diving cruise (liveaboard)
  • Best Dampier Strait sites: Blue Magic, Cape Kri, Sardine reef, Manta sandy, The passage
  • Best Misool sites: Magic mountain, Four kings, Boo window, Nudi rock, Whale rock, Andiamo
  • 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 : raies manta, banc de raies mobulas, wobbegong, « walking » shark (endémique à Raja Ampat)
  • Macro : poisson grenouille, hippocampe pygmée, poisson-fantôme, nudibranche
  • Access : land at Sorong (en Papouasie), puis prendre un ferry jusqu’à 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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Where is Raja Ampat?

  • Raja ampat is in Indonesia, all east, on the island of Papua (pour info, l’énorme ile de Papouasie est séparée en deux, la moitié appartient à l’Indonésie, l’autre moitié est la Papouasie-nouvelle-guiné)
  • Raja Ampat is an archipelago, composed of 1500 islands for an area of 46,000 km2 and is located in the heart of The Coral Triangle


What does the name Raja Ampat mean?

  • So, for the record, "Raja Ampat" means " Four kings » en indonésien
  • The name comes from a myth over 5000 years old or history says that a “bird” has laid 4 eggs for 4 kings, one on each of the main islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Misool

Raja Ampat's diving areas

Raja Ampat is a marine park and there are 3 major diving areas:

  • NORTH Raja Ampat : the area of Kawe and the area from Ayau / Asia
  • CENTRAL Raja AmpatDampier Strait, including the island of Waigeo, the fam island (Penemu), Kafiau and the Boo islands
  • SOUTH Raja Ampat: Misool
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNote : look at the map below if you want to better understand the itineraries of cruise ships

carte archipel de raja ampat et site de plongee indonesie

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How is diving in Raja Ampat?


Diving in Raja Ampat is SPECTACULAR !!!

  • Raja ampat is located in the heart of "Coral triangle", that is to say the greatest marine biodiversity in the world (more info if below)!
  • 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 !

In the heart of the coral triangle!

It's a area including waters of the Malaysia (Borneo side), of Indonesia of the Philippines and until Solomon Islands.

carte triangle de corail


  • 76% of the coral species of the world
  • More than 500 species of corals reef builders
  • We find there 6 of 7 species of turtles marine
  • 30% of all coral reefs world
  • More than 35 % des espèces de poissons de récif
  • The main area of the world for the tuna breeding
  • A place of reproduction of blue whales and sperm whales
  • The coral triangle has more biodiversity than anywhere else!

The full article on the coral triangle here.

triangle de corail biodiversite marine mondiale

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 Raja Ampat?

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  • Some white tip sharks and black tips, it is almost every dive!
  • Some gray sharks sont très présents mais pas à tous les sites
  • Some wobbegong (a very rare shark from the family of carpet sharks) se trouve à Raja Ampat, il suffit de le chercher, bien souvent en train de dormir sous un rocher!
  • It is possible to find nurse sharks and leopard sharks
  • And finally the famous walking »shark, endémiques à Raja Ampat (il a était officiellement découvert en 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 dans le détroit de Dampier
  • But the best known is Magic mountain Misool, because on this site they are oceanic manta rays who come (6-7 m d’envergure!)
  • 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!

School of mobulas rays at Raja Ampat

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  • Mobula rays se baladent dans les eaux de Raja Ampat
  • Vous pouvez en croiser sur n’importe quel site
  • Some sites have shoals of dozens of mobulas qui surgissent de nulle part!
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNote : the best site to be guaranteed to see it is Anchovia at Misool!

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 et pontohi)
  • Raja ampat also has a endemic pygmy hippocampus : the " santa claus » (le père noel, voir photo ci contre)
  • Ghost fish and fish pipes
  • Dozens and dozens of nudibranchs différents

Raja Ampat Misool diving video

A summary of my 30 dives at Misool, it gives you a good overview of what you can see under the water! My most watched video so far !!

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  • Misool is one of two main dive areas of Raja Ampat (avec le détroit de Dampier)
  • Elle renferme des dizaines de sites, tous mieux les uns que les autres
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurNote : What characterizes Misool compared to the rest of Raja Ampat :> The quality and the amount of soft corals.
> The possibility of seeing oceanic manta rays at Magic mountain
> Magic mountain is considered to be the most beautiful site in all of Raja ampat and one of the best in the world!

Diving liveaboard diving cruise at Misool Raja Ampat


  • The big difference with the Dampier Strait is that Misool is a lot harder access
  • These are mostly small islands made of rocks where it is difficult to build ...
  • Suddenly, there is no housing sur les iles de Misool (contrairement au détroit de Dampier)
  • Result, if you want dive in Misool, you will have to make a on liveaboards in liveaboard from Sorong

Diving accommodation at Misool: Misool eco resort

  • The only real housing in Misool is the Misool eco resort
  • It is very, very luxurious, I let you see the prices on their site!

Spectacular landscapes

If you have the chance to take a cruise and wander among the hundreds of islands of Misool, You will enjoy !

Map of dive sites Misool Raja Ampat

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What are the best Misool Raja Ampat dive sites

Misool Eco resort area (Boo, Fiabacet, Yillet):

The best area in Misool, the quantity and diversity of fish and corals is just amazing here!

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  • Magic mountain : Raja Ampat's best dive site !
    • The site everyone wants to make when it comes to Misool.
    • It is a “sea mount” (a submerged mountain).
    • There's everything at Magic mountain!
    • Big Pelagic in a mess: giant trevally, wrasse, trevally, humpback parrot, tuna that hunt…
    • All types of sharks : gray, black tip, white tip, wobbegong, leopard…
    • Some snapper shoals, of riflemen, of batfish
    • It is especially one of the rare cleaning station at ocean manta rays (elles font jusqu’à 7 m de large !)
  • Anchoviesplongee raja ampat indonesie raie mobula
    • An incredible site!
    • A big pinnacle in the middle of nowhere where we are almost sure to see schools of mobulas rays past, an exceptional show!
    • I do not by good on not even the number of large pelagic present: school of barracudas, huge grouper, gray shark, giant trevally, napoleon…

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  • Boo window, Boo is, Nudi rock, Whale rock, Tank rock
    • Tous ces sites sont incroyables et assez similaires et j’aurais en gros écris 5 fois la même chose
    • A splendid coral et varié tout le long de la plongée
    • Some large pelagic and schools of fish everywhere
    • It is even possible to see passing manta rays or mobulas rays of rays

Waylibatan area:

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  • Four kings
    • 4 espèces de petits pinacles qui sortent au milieu de nulle
    • A great site that full of life, large pelagics (napoleon, humpback parrot, giant trevally ...), schools of fish everywhere (barracuda, trevally, snapper, fusilier ...
    • It is even possible to see passing manta rays or schools of mobulas rays
  • Barracuda rock
  • Neptune's sea fan

Daram area:

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  • Andiamo, The candy store et Warna berwaran, tous ces sites sont sympas et assez similaires
  • Splendid coral everywhere
  • Large pelagics and school of fish at will: hump parrot, bigeye trevally, napoleon, tuna, snapper, barracuda, fusilier ...


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Balbulol area

Not the best area of Misool because of the poor visibility (5 to 10 m sometimes), the lagoons are however superb!

  • Farondi cave
  • No contest

The full article on Misool here!

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  • The Strait of Dampier is one of the two main dive areas of Raja Ampat (with Misool)
  • It is made up of small ones, notably Waigeo, Gam, Kri, Mansuar Arborek and even the famous Fam islands (the photo we often see on the Raja ampat cover).
  • Il renferme des dizaines de sites, tous plus beaux les uns que les autres

No diving cruise required for the Dampier Strait

  • So of course, a cruise is always better, il n’y a pas photo
  • But not everyone not the means to pay for it
  • The advantage of the Dampier Strait is that the islands are more favorable for construction and therefore there are plenty of homes available !


Stay on one of the Detroit Islands

  • So, you can enjoy Raja Ampat for much cheaper than cruising
  • The island of Kri is ideally located (but there are others). I explain everything in this articleSo I'll let you read it if you want more info!

Paradise landscapes

  • The landscapes around the Strait of Dampier are splendid!
  • The most famous place is certainly the Fan islands

Dampier Strait dive sites map (central Raja Ampat)

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What are the best dive sites Dampier Strait Raja Ampat?

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…
  • Le corail est bien sûr de toute beauté

Sardine reef Raja ampat

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  • It's a sea mount (une montagne immergée)
  • 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...


plongee raja ampat indonesie requin pointe noire

  • It's a sea mount (une montagne immergée)
  • 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!


plongee raja ampat indonesie requin gris

  • It's a sea mount (une montagne immergée)
  • 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 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
  • Elles sont curieuses, elle tournent autour de vous, elles passent et reviennent, tout simplement superbe
  • 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 !
  • Situé entre l’ile de Gam et l’ile de Waigeo, le passage est un canyon de 30 m de large entre les 2 iles sur une distance de 10 km
  • This configuration gives it a unique micro habitat which is full of macro: pygmy seahorses (Barbiganti, Denise and Pontohi), many nudibranchs et autres espèces juvéniles
  • Macro fans and photographers will love !

Mellisa garden

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  • A beautiful coral garden
  • No large pelagics like in other places
  • Pas trop de courant


The article on the Dampier Straits here!

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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?

  • La meilleure période pour plonger à Raja Ampat sont les mois de décembre à avril
  • Avoid the rainy season in Raja ampat de juin à septembre, spécialement en juillet et aout
  • 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 : cela dépend beaucoup de la zone et la période :
    • La visibilité est toujours meilleure au détroit de Dampier qu’à Misool
    • La visibilité est toujours meilleure au mois de janvier à avril
  • Raja Ampat water temperature : environ 28-30°c toute l’année
  • Current Raja Ampat : très fréquent et ils peuvent très fort sur certains sites
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Take a diving cruise in Raja Ampat


  • The area of Raja Ampat is very large (north, center, south) and it is obvious that the best way to enjoy all the splendours of Raja ampat will do it on a diving cruise (liveaboard en anglais)
  • There is no standard itinerary in Raja Ampat for a cruise, the liveaboards offer different routes:
    • The most common is the center (dampier strait) + the South (Misool)
    • But sometimes they don't that the south (Misool)
    • And even rarer the center + north

Choose your liveaboard diving cruise for Raja Ampat

I was director of a liveaboard on Raja Ampat / Komodo for 1 year, I think I know the subject well!


  • There were only ten liveaboards 20 years ago, now there are more than 60!
  • Not easy to choose ... Everything will depend as usual on your budget and quality of service you are looking for.
  • Most are comfortable and upscale and we also find someone cheaper, but but with much less service
  • When you look at the price, pay attention to the length of stay. All liveaboards do not have the same duration, it goes from 8 days, to 10, 12, see 14!
  • Look at the routes, Raja Ampat is very big, and you take a liveaboard mainly for Misool (south), so make sure that the liveaboard goes there!
Logo-plongeur-baroudeurAdvice : nowadays, to find, compare and book a liveaboard for Raja Ampat, I couldn't find better than this site !

Best liveaboards for Raja Ampat

I have gathered my information from the field + that of instructor friends + a little internet research to try to help you a little in your research.

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The cheapest dive cruises for raja ampat, in roots mode or shared cabin

The 2 are kif-kif.

JayaJAYAThe 2 cheapest for 7 days.
From 1534 € for 7 days
4 cabins are twin beds and 2 cabins with double beds, plus air conditioning. Well rated on


ratu lautRATU LAUTThe 2 cheapest for 7 days.
From 1534 € for 7 days
2 large 4-bed cabins and 2 twin cabins. Well rated on


Some liveaboards best value for money for Raja Ampat

Pearl of papuaPEARL OF PAPUAThe best for 8 days
From 2647 € for 8 days
A good, comfortable boat. The additional costs (marine park, port costs) are much cheaper than the Galigo.

Le galigo

GaligoThe best for 8 days
From 2647 € for 8 days
Comfortable boat with a luxury suite available (large flat screen with PS4 and private balcony with a 270 ° view…).


Some liveaboards comforts for Raja ampat:

AuroraDune Aurora The best for the crew
From € 3,429 for 10 days
It is the boat where I worked so… Super crew, really they are always with the small care for you, the rooms are comfortable, there is a lot of space…



AmbaiThe best for photographers!
From € 3,559 for 10 days
They have been there for a very long time and have an excellent reputation. A room dedicated to cameras. French guide on board normally!


Some liveaboards luxuries for Raja Ampat


Pindito - The best for knowing Raja Ampat
From € 4,670 for 12 days
The benchmark on the market, it was the first liveaboard on Raja ampat! We know all the nooks and crannies of Raja. Be careful, they are trying to diversify (Triton bay…) and offer less and less Raja stays.

Siren fleet

Indo siren The best for comfort
From 4844 € for 12 days
Absolute comfort! To get on it, I confirm that everything is done to make you as comfortable as possible!


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Raja Ampat diving club

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  • All dive centers of Raja ampat are going to be in the dampier strait (central)
  • Ils sont quasiment tous liés à un logement
  • Before it was complicated to search and book remotely (we are still in Papua!), now it's easier, most of the accommodation is on !
  • I recommend those on Kri or Mansuarbut you also have Gam, Arborek, Waisai or even Fam islands !
  • Cliquez juste « indiquer sur carte » pour avoir tous les derniers logements des alentours à jours
  • There is no French diving club at Raja Ampat to my knowledge

Misool diving club and other areas of Raja Ampat

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  • Apart from the Misool eco resort, which is very upscale, there is pas d’autres centre de plongée à Misool
  • If you want to go diving in Misool, you will have to faire une croisière plongée



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Detroit Dampier diving hotels 

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Hotel Misool diving

Only Misool Eco Resort

Hotel Sorong Indonesia

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

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It is not not easy 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

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  • 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 et 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…

Sorong airport to cruise ship

  • Sorong Airport is located 15 minutes by taxi from the cruise ship pier for Raja Ampat.
  • Liveaboard staff will pick you up at the airport from Sorong and will take you directly to the boat.

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


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

  • Go to theferries landing stage : 10 min en taxi depuis l’aéroport
  • 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!)
  • Une fois à Waigeo, le homestay / resort que vous aurez choisie, viendra vous chercher et vous emmènera sur l’ile
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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I was lucky to be director of liveaboard cruise in Raja Ampat, the dream job! The dives at Raja Ampat really have no comparison, it's always good, we cannot be disappointed ! There is everything, of the sharks, of the manta rays, of big pelagics, of the schools of fish everywhere, of the macro, of the endemic species… and the coral, what about coral, it's simply the most beautiful reefs in the world ! It's always difficult to compare diving destinations, but Raja Ampat is undoubtedly in the top 10 worldwide !!

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