Raja Ampat features some of the best scuba diving sites in the world, with abundant life from soft corals and tiny fish to large pelagics
Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small isles, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo.
Over 1,200 fish species, 600 species of corals and nearly 700 mollusc species have made their home in this area.
This site is full of an incredible number and variety of sea creatures. There are great schools of trevallies and tuna, and bumpheaded parrotfish in numbers that are hard to believe. Underneath table corals weird looking wobbegongs can be spotted. Huge gorgonians provide shelters for pygmy seahorses. Dogtooth tuna, giant trevallies, chevron barracudas, large Napoleon wrasses, whitetip reef sharks and giant groupers, as well as masses of fusiliers and snappers all contribute to this unique dive site.
The shallowest sections of this pinnacle are covered with anemones and soft corals, providing an extraordinary mix of colours. Jacks, batfish, yellow-fin fusiliers, giant trevallies, rainbow runners and black snappers are all present here in large numbers.
The west side of the island is a wall dive that drops down to 30-40 metres (98-131 feet). The colours of the mix of hard coral, barrel sponges and soft coral are really amazing. Black tip reef sharks and grey reef sharks can be sometimes seen here.