Diving Raja Ampat
Where to start? Raja Ampat is on the bucket list of most people, especially divers, and for good reason. Also called the cradle of ocean life this scene will blow you away just with the sheer amount of fish you will see. Underwater you will be amazed by the quantity and different species of fish. Above water, you will be soothed by the quiet, beautiful tranquility.
Staying Raja Ampat
The area of Raja Ampat is a bit different to travel in that it doesn't really have a central hub from which you can explore. The guesthouses are usually situated along the coast on otherwise deserted islands.
All of the accommodation is full board, meaning you will have your meal 3 times a day at set times. It makes the trip perhaps seem a bit expensive but you will not regret it. Cabana's over the ocean with a hammock swinging above the water as you see baby sharks in the morning swimming underneath you? That's priceless! You can also usually book all kinds of excursions to smaller groups of islands, go SUP-ing, snorkeling, canoeing, etc.
I booked my stay on Arborek Island. Perhaps one of the bigger islands inhabited there. Most of the accommodation is situated on tiny islands, coastlines and remote places, serviced by the host every day. Arborek has a small community of people who mostly run guesthouses. They have some small shops and most important: A diving school ran by the most friendly couple.
How to get there?
Getting to Raja Ampat can be an undertaking. You will have to fly to Sorong, then take a boat from Sorong to Besir where you will be picked up by boat by your host.
You will need a permit to go to Raja Ampat, this money is used to maintain the park and support sustainable living.
Once you book your stay using the links below, for example, you will be in contact with your host to arrange pick-up.