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…

THE PASSAGE

Level: Beginner to Intermediate Depth: 5-15m Current: Strong Photography: Macro The narrow gap between Waigeo and Gam Islands offer a true spectacle that has to be seen to be believed! Reaching the narrowest point of only 20m, this is where ocean meets jungle. As divers we are treated to the best of both worlds, as we explore just beneath the…

BLUE MAGIC

Depth: 10-30mVisibility: GoodMacro: ExcellentWide Angle: ExcellentCurrent: StrongAccess: Boat It is hard to know where to start when describing Blue Magic… Let’s just say its been emotional!! This is undoubtably one of the very best dive sites in Raja Ampat. A fast descent must be made onto this deep pinnacle reef, located in the heart of Raja Ampat. If you’re not…

CAPE KRI

Depth: 5-25mVisibility: Very goodMacro: Very goodWide Angle: ExcellentCurrent: Strong to Very StrongAccess: Boat Yet another great dive site! Perhaps the most famous of all the dive sites in Raja Ampat, due to the record-breaking 283 species (and growing) recorded in a single dive! The steep slope has absolutely everything on display – from vast gardens of colorful hard and soft…

SARDINES REEF

Depth: 5-20mVisibility: Very goodMacro: ExcellentWide Angle: ExcellentCurrent: Moderate to StrongAccess: Boat This is another premier dive site, not to be missed! An oval shaped reef patch, it sits right in the middle of some open ocean. Around the reef, you will be astounded by the sheer number of Fusiliers, Surgeonfish, Snappers, Damselfish and butterflyfish. All this living food attracts predators,…

MIKE’S POINT

Level: Intermediate to AdvancedDepth: 3-30mVisibility: GoodMacro: ExcellentWide Angle: ExcellentCurrent: Very StrongAccess: Boat Since it looks like a Japanese warship from the air, the US Air Force repeatedly bombed the island during WWII. In the intervening years the reef has recovered remarkably, with the chunks of rocks being blown off, creating magnificent crevices and overhangs, for an array of macro subjects.…

MIOSKUN

Level: Beginner to Intermediate Depth: 5-25m Current: Mild to strong Photography: Wide Angle and Macro Starting this relaxing dive should be done on the current side of the island, leaving a good distance between entry point and the best point of dive site on the southeastern side. After you have marveled at the sheer number of Yellowtail and Blue Lined…