This archipelago of 1500 islands includes four main islands, Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Missol. The islands are often mountainous and the green tropical vegetation contrasts with the white sand beaches and the turquoise sea of the coast. Raja Ampat is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean which gives rise to a strong continental current originating in the Sahul (Sahul is the name of the continental plateau with parts that have emerged, which are known today as Australia, Tasmania and the New Guinea). Raja Ampat covers an area of approximately 46,000m2 and has around 50,000 inhabitants spread around the archipelago in villages that we visit during our cruises.
An exceptional underwater world
Located in the heart of the world of coral biodiversity, Raja Ampat is still very well preserved both underwater and on the surface and has been partially protected since 2007. The protected areas that have been created (covering 9,000m2) favor the proliferation of marine life which is exceptional. The snorkelling and scuba diving sites are varied and abundant with corals which are sometimes gigantic in size. There are a multitude of Coral fish and pelagic fish such as Manta Ray, tuna and sharks as well as huge schools of fish. Most dive sites are also accessible to snorkelers from beaches or piers in Papuan villages.
Alone in the world in (almost) virgin nature
The walks in pristine nature, lazing on the deserted white sand beaches and visits to Papuan villages to meet the ever welcoming natives are part of our discovery cruises to Raja Ampat. We make you discover the beauty of nature underwater and also on land. A phenomenal experience more than just a journey.
Our cruises are designed for everyone, divers, friends and companions alike: kayaking, stand-up paddling, land excursions, snorkelling are on the program. There is always something exciting to do even for those who prefer to take it easy on the surface
Because Raja Ampat seems to us to be a top destination to discover, we insist on having a principled approach to the area in order to limit our impact on this jewel of nature as much as possible.
The months of October to April are particularly favorable for your arrival in Raja Ampat aboard the Jakaré. The climatic conditions are excellent: Temperatures of 30 ° during the day, water at 28 ° and a calm sea. This environment promotes the proliferation of plankton which will not fail to attract, among others, the majestic manta rays.
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