As the name implies, the Raja Ampat Discovery explores this vast corner of the globe. There is much still to discover but Raja Ampat lies at the heart of the coral triangle and the reefs are in pristine condition. Areas such as Fam and Kawe boast an enormous quantity of schooling fish. Regular shark sightings at Fiabacet and Uraine are an undeniable highlight. Mansuar is the place to head for mantas and turtles. Epaulette and wobegong sharks can also been seen, rushing across the seabed at Waigeo. Snorkel with the resident dolphin pod in between dives!
Macro lovers will be in paradise at Bantana or Kri where muck diving is the order of the day with a myriad of bright, colourful critters – some of which have only been recently identified by science! Pygmy sea horses, mimic octopus, cockatoo wasps, coleman shrimps… there is no end to what miniature marvels await.
Raja Ampat Discovery is a dream destination if you want to try something new. With so much still to be explored, you can witness new dive sites and undiscovered marine species. Photographers should make this a must see destination. Diving conditions can vary enormously from site to site so it is advisable to be advanced and comfortable with drift dive procedures. Raja Ampat truly delivers a trip of discovery – this is an adventure into a world that few other divers will ever visit. Drop out of the rat race and let the dedicated guides and crew spoil you. Dive into a marine wonderland that will leave you speechless each and every day.
Raja Ampat North
Some of Raja Ampat’s most famous dive areas are found in the northern part where the pelagics are concentrated. Here you find Cape Kri and the Dampier Straits. If you are a photographer it is all about wide angle here, with vast sea fans. Kri is for many divers one of the undeniable highlights of this itinerary with just everything. Around Airborei you can find huge manta rays which are feeding or being cleaned. Aluji Bay switches from big fish to macro with ghost pipefish, toad fish and bob tail squid. The area is also great for wobegongs and ribbon eels. In Waya you have it all. The corals are out of this world, when the current runs you get pelagics and if not there are all manner of critters and scenic arches. Kawe is an area with such dense marine life you will be blown away.
Raja Ampat South
The best known areas of Raja Ampat in the South are Misool and nearby Fam. Misool is a tiny island surrounded by dense hard coral reefs. Surrounded by mushroom like islets, there are some good speedy drift dives which in turn bring in larger fish including sharks, mobula, barracuda and tuna. In Fiabacet you find the photogenic Boo Windows, a series of arches in the reef which make for the most photogenic image. The reef is swarmed by smaller reef fish. Daram is a soft coral reef with outstanding sea fans and vast barrel sponges. And home to the rare halimeda ghost pipefish, frogfish and flamboyant cuttlefish. Batanta is the ideal spot for some nudibranch hunting
Banda Sea is characterised by a very good visibility. Warm waters. Some exceptional dive sites as “Too Many fish” in Koon, a great wall with incredible fish life, Manuk with so many sea snakes, Nil Desperendum and its Hammerhead sharks and many more that we prefer to keep secret. Walls on the islands around Banda Neira.
Emperor Raja Laut is a distinctive, hardwood schooner, sailing the stunning seas of Indonesia. Built by one of the area’s premier boat builders in 2005. she is perfectly adapted to the island hopping nature of dive liveaboards in Indonesia. Itineraries include the areas of Komodo, Raja Ampat and Banda. She really lives up to her name “King of the Sea”
Emperor Raja Laut comfortably accommodates 12 guests in 6 cabins, all below decks. There are 3 double bed cabins and 3 twin bed cabins), each with ensuite, mini safe, individually controlled air-conditioning and fan. Please remember to ask at the time of booking for your specific cabin requirement.
On the same level as the cabins is the lounge area, fully air-conditioned with a 49″ HD flat screen, movie, music & book library, board games and mini-bar. Above decks is the vast teak deck, equipped with sun loungers and day beds. There is a covered area for relaxing. Meals are served al fresco, under a large awning.
All diving is done from two large RIBs with outboards to get you to the perfect dive spot every time. Nitrox is available for all nitrox certified divers, all diving and safety equipment and two dive guides. Lifelines and SMBs are provided free of charge on-board. Emperor requires that you have a minimum of 30 logged dives and Advanced Open Water or equivalent certification for all Indonesian diving itineraries.