For the first comers to Indonesia, North would be the perfect choice. Here the dive sites are located closer to each other and are full of marine diversity. You can find dive sites with lots of fishes, macro sites, Manta dives, amazing coral gardens, and even shark dives – this is the perfect toolkit for a beginner. Southern itineraries can interest with their amazing sea fans, soft corals, steep pinnacles and submerged reef mounds mobbed by really huge schools of fish. The Nudi Rock and Boo Windows are the most popular dive sites of the South and can offer magnificent coral formations for a more dramatic effect. While the visibility is lower in the South, its plankton attracts an outstanding number of large animals from Napoleon wrasse to reef sharks and Manta rays.
Raja Ampat is a perfect place to see everything and at the same time. There are 31 whale and dolphin species found in all of Indonesia, and more than a half can be spotted here. Large pelagics that you are likely to see here include schools of Dogtooth tuna, Giant trevallies, lots of sharks, including Whitetip, Blacktip, and Wobbegong sharks.
Manta Ridge and Manta Sandy are two dive sites where Manta rays can be seen in abundance. To meet these fabulous creatures for sure, come between October and April. Even such rare creatures as Dugong have been spotted at these dive sites.
Should you be interested in whales, come to Raja Ampat between June and August. The numerous small dolphins will surround you at most dive sites here, while Sperm, Baleen, Bryde’s and other large whales will be at your disposition around Cenderawasih Bay dive site.
Demo-Liveaboards offer 12 nights (11 days) itineraries, yet for shorter trips 6 nights (5 days) tours are available. Marine life is one more reason why this place is called luxury Raja Ampat liveaboard experience.