With hundreds of islands off the West Papuan coast, Raja Ampat boasts the highest marine biodiversity in the world, including whale sharks and manta rays, and is best explored by liveaboard.
Raja Ampat, well known for its colorful corals, is a destination for divers who love dense schools of fish and encounters with weird critters. In fact, the area holds the record for the most species recorded on a single dive. Lucky divers will see an astounding number of rare marine life species including wobbegong sharks, manta rays, epaulette sharks, whale sharks, pygmy seahorses and thousands of fish. Raja Ampat boasts a wide variety of underwater environments such as easy reef dives, deep dives and high-speed drifts. Landscapes are volcanic in nature with outstanding coral growth. In general, dive safaris last five to 10 nights, and the best time to visit is from October to April.