KALI BIRU

The charm of Raja Ampat maritime is endless. There is always something new to be explored. Raja Ampat has many spots that have not been exposed and one of them is Kali Biru (Blue River). As the name implies, the water in this river has clear water, as a blue Crystal. Kali Biru River is located in the heart of Raja…

PIAYNEMO

Within the most paradisal place on Earth that is Raja Ampat, one spot among Pam islands, in particular, has captured the attention of vloggers, Instagrammers, and photographers alike. Welcome to Piaynemo – an overlook that rests at the top of three hundred stairs. What looks like a big climb, is in fact, fairly easy as the path is in good…

FIVE ROCK / BATU LIMA

Batu Lima or ‘5 Rocks’ is a small outcrop of, well, rocks located 300 metres or so from Yenanas Beach on Pulau Gam. This unusual formation of nooks and crannies is a fun place to explore as the resident schooling fish glisten and swoop in and out of its dark spaces offering plenty of hiding places from prying snorkellers and…

YENBUBA JETTY

Probably the 2nd most famous jetty in Raja Ampat is Yenbuba, on the tip of Pulau Mansuar. But there is more to this place than just stilts in the water as a healthy reef runs either side and is home to many wonderful fish, in all shapes and sizes. The jetty offers pretty fans and soft corals, plus the local…

ARBOREK

The tiny island of Arborek, reminiscent of a Maldivian Atoll, is famed for its jetty and the schools of fish spinning around it. It is true that on a good day, the jetty is impressive. However in our humble opinion this site has been somewhat spoilt by the number of day tripping boats which moor here. Sometimes the volume of…

SAUWANDAREK VILLAGE

Sauwandarek Village is located on the Southern coast of Pulau Mansuar, nestled in a picture perfect cove. Sauwandarek has something for everyone, and easily offers some of the best snorkelling in Raja Ampat. There are a number of famous jetty’s in Raja Ampat, but we feel Sauwandarek’s is totally underrated! It’s beautiful underside is covered in colourful sea fans and…

LAO LAO

Depth: 10-36mVisibility: Very goodMacro: Very goodWide Angle: ExcellentCurrent: StrongAccess: Boat Lao Lao is a relatively new discovery for dive operators in Raja Ampat, and we dove it for the first time this year (2019). It is situated on the opposite side of Mioskun, at the edge of ‘bat island’ – a regular Raja Ampat surface interval stop off point. Lao…

OTDIMA

Depth: 4-25mVisibility: Very goodMacro: Very goodWide Angle: ExcellentCurrent: Moderate to Very StrongAccess: Boat This reef is one of our favourite snorkel spots but it also has to be one of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat. Otdima is slap bang in the middle of the Dampier Strait, sandwiched between the islands of Gam and Kri. Fondly nicknamed ‘where’s my guide?’ this…

MANTA RIDGE

Depth: 10-40mVisibility: GoodMacro: ModerateWide Angle: ExcellentCurrent: Very strongAccess: Boat Manta Ridge is a firm favourite for both Raja Ampat liveaboard safaris and the local resort and homestay dive operators in Raja Ampat. Therefore don’t expect to have this site to yourselves, its usually pretty busy. The crowds come here for a reason, as the name implies. Manta Ridge has to…

ARBOREK

Level:  Advanced Depth:  18m Current:  Strong Photography: This is a challenging dive and not for the faint heart it is subject to strong currents but a photographers dream , there are thousands of fish under the jetty and schooling jacks all hunting on the smaller silversides it is not an easy dive due to the currents but for those with…