15 Breathtaking Photos of Raja Ampat, Indonesia

A free diver explores a coral reef slope adorned by a beautiful gorgonian in Raja Ampat, Indonesia
A free diver explores a coral reef slope adorned by a beautiful gorgonian in Raja Ampat, Indonesia | © Ethan Daniels / Shutterstock
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The diving paradise of Indonesia, the Amazon of the seas, the Caribbean of Papua, the Crown Jewel of the Coral Triangle. There’s no word, no phrase or nickname that can fully express the charms of Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Discover the mesmerizing beautsunsey of Raja Ampat in 15 breathtaking photos.

The Underwater Scene

Raja Ampat has at least 537 corals species — that’s 75% of all known scleractinia in the world. Look at those magnificent shapes and colors, like a treasure chest at the bottom of the ocean. And that’s the thrill you’ll experience when coming face to face with this scene.

Colourful Corals in Raja Ampat

Fancy a more calming, earthy palette? No problem, there are different scenes in every corner. The varying underwater landscape — rocky seabeds, coral reefs, walls, caves and more — create an endless habitat for marine creatures to thrive.

Don’t forget the more than 1,500 fish species, ranging from different sharks to tiny pygmy seahorses. A famed ichthyologist, Dr. Gerald Allen, encountered 280 fish species on a single dive! Look, someone even found Nemo hiding by the anemone.

A clownfish and anemone in Raja Ampat

Rubbing shoulders with exotic species like sea turtles shouldn’t be hard to achieve. They love the vibrant underwater atmosphere as much as we do.

Diving with sea turtles in Raja Ampat

..and the manta rays do too.

Diving with manta rays in Raja Ampat

It’s no wonder that Raja Ampat’s underwater magnetism draws divers from all over the globe. As a diving paradise, the region has numerous dive spots, each with its own charms and characteristics. Whether it’s your first time putting on a pair of flippers or you’re looking to challenge your pro skills, Raja Ampat has a suitable experience for everyone.

Diving in the mouth of a cave in Raja Ampat

1. Above Sea Level

Now you’re convinced that Raja Ampat has an unmatched underwater beauty. But don’t discount on the postcard-worthy charms above the surface. Like the sight from this viewing deck in Pianemo which offers a sweeping view of the archipelago’s karst constellations, scattered around the beaming turquoise waters.

Island-hopping in Raja Ampat, Papua | © nmedia/ Shutterstock | © nmedia / Shutterstock

Staying in Raja Ampat

Staying at locally run homestays will not only cost you less, they offer an opportunity to support local economy, interact more with locals and have an authentic Papua experience. What’s more exciting than having the beach right at your front door?

Beachfront homestay in Raja Ampat

Further into the sea, you can opt to stay at one of the homestays perched off the coast into the translucent water.

Bamboo Huts in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

If you prefer comfortable luxe resorts, Raja Ampat has got them too. Many of these resorts come with a fun package of diving, island-hopping and more.

Papua Paradise Resort
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