Raja Ampat Underwater Photography Cruises
The Reefs of Raja Ampat
More species of fish & coral inhabit the reefs of the Raja Ampat archipelago than any other place on Earth. Beneath the waters of these remote islands - which form an arc to the north, west, and south of the Bird's Head Peninsula of West Papua in far eastern Indonesia - scuba divers can experience an undersea wilderness where great shoals of fish still roam over vast expanses of living coral.
(extract from Diving Indonesia's Raja Ampat by Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock 2009.
Available online direct from the authors, (click on the images below).
Raja Ampat and the Birds Head Seascape are known to have:
Schooling snappers at Mioskon Island.
We began diving in Raja Ampat in 2013, when we chartered a 32 meter Phinisi Live Aboard to dive the World's Richest Reefs in Raja Ampat. What we found was certainly some of the best diving we have ever experienced.
We are now offering Raja Ampat along with our other Indonesian destinations for underwater photographers.
Our next cruise with vacancies is in 2018. Please Contact Us for more details.
Video Filmed on our Raja Ampat trips
Raja Ampat diving is both rich and diverse. With fantastic above water scenery as well as beautiful reefs below the surface. Our trips are timed around the best time of year for u/w visibility and around moon phases as these are the driver of currents that sweep through this region twice daily. We do our best to only dive on locations that are current prone, when tidal exchange is at a minimum, so we experience some current to allow the soft corals and fish to feed in the plankton rich waters, but not so much that we can't take photos! We will try our best too:
The adventure of the unexpected is one of the great draw cards of this trip. But the things that we can guarantee are:
Raja Ampat is a remote area and requires two flight legs out of Bali. We organise accommodation for one overnight on the outward leg of the journey, which is included in the cost. We set our trip length at 12 days, as we then get to cruise at a sensible pace, with enough time to travel comfortably between dives and have limited overnight motoring. Our plan is to be anchored or moored each night at a night dive location, and most travelling will be between dives during the daytime. Should we be travelling south to the Misool area, we will only need to travel overnight on two nights, to allow a normal days diving (including night dives) whenever we can.
There is more information and photos of our live-aboard vessel at Raja Ampat - Vessel Details page.
We also have a video about the MV Kalabia, a floating education centre traveling around the islands of Raja Ampat. This video was produced by our good friend professional videographer Chris Paporakis of Spice Island Films.
If you have any questions not answered here then please use our Contact Us - Live Aboard page.
We have photos from our previous trips to Raja Ampat at our Flickriver Photo Site, or click on any small thumbnail image below to go to our Flickr photo site images from Raja Ampat: