RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA
21/1 to 30/1/2023
Join us to the heart of the Coral Triangle - the famed archipelago of Raja Ampat! Diving of our luxury SeaSafari 8 we will be exploring the remote islands of the coral hot spot. We will spend a time in the exciting south of Raja Ampat and then work our way to the center and North of the area.
Traveling with award-winning photographers Simon Lorenz and Pauline Wong you will get the most out of your photography. However this is not a photography-dedicated trip, non-photographers will enjoy the perks of this diverse region even more!!
Check out the trip report of our 2019 expedition.
The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish. This makes it the most diverse living library for world's coral reef and underwater biota. Around 75 percent of the world's species live here.
For divers the biodiversity is palpable from the first dive. Rich, multi-colored reefs are inhabited by clouds of reef fish and big schools of pelagics. There are sharks of all types including the famous wobbegong. Mobula Rays as well as both species of Manta Ray are encountered regularly. The variety of dive sites is mind-boggling.
This unique bio hotspot is one of the best places in the world to dive.
Check out the photos from our last trip to Raja Ampat
from our expeditions
Winter is the best season for massive schools of silversides and hunting Mobula Rays. That is what we will look for first, in the south of Raja Ampat, an area called Misool. This is also where we find Pelagic Manta Rays - the really big ones!
Check out this amazing video about silversides by Thai Photographer/videographer Nu Parnupong. (see his portfolio here)
On this trip we will have the entire boat to ourselves, which means we can decide on the itinerary outselves. The plan is to do South, Central and a bit of the North of Raja Ampat, but we can fine tune according to wishes of our guests.
Simon will give several talks on flora and fauna and for the photographers he will be offering photography training for macro and wide-angle. On this trip we will also aim to do several black water night dives, for the keen macro photographers.
SeaSafari 8 is the latest, and biggest boat of the SeaSafari fleet. Its spacious intererio and exterior leaves space for everyone including their camera gear. It is subject to change but likely we will be doing the northern route, but this may change. http://www.divingseasafari.com/itineraries?diving=40
The dates are perfect for divers wanting to travel on Chinese New Year. So with some smart planning you might be able to get away for this 9N/10D diving trip with only 2 annual leave days!!
This trip is an 9N/10D trip over the holidays and we managed to get a sweet deal plus free Nitrox. So contact us to sign up. Also included are group transfers from the airport to the departure point.
Excluded: Flights, local taxes and park fees, alcohol.
Your INSIDER ON THIS TRIP
Simon is a scuba instructor and award-winning photographer, tech divers and freediver who speaks 6 languages and has dived on 6 continents. The founder of Insider Divers aims to create group trip experiences with that extra special something. He aims to find unusual experiences, unusual sites and meet and greets with local experts.
A scuba instructor and reknown photo coach he offers additional training during the trips to those interested. On all Insider Divers trips he will host talks, video screenings and workshops to enhance your understanding of the animals that we encounter.