Raja Ampat's incredible fish and coral diversity was discovered by Dr Gerry Allen - a marine expert who has worked with the Aqua-Firma team on reef surveys elsewhere in Indonesia. His surveys at Raja Ampat on behalf of Conservation International, suggested that the marine bio-diversity in the area is the highest recorded on Earth. With 1,459 fish species and around 600 hard coral species, nowhere else can rival these waters for coral reef diversity and health; seemingly resistant to the warming effects of the surrounding sea water.
To put the scale of Raja Ampat's diversity into perspective, the area contains 75% of the world's coral reef species which is more than 10 times the number of coral species found in the Caribbean. These waters are also home to some of the strangest looking fish, including wobbegongs, or carpet sharks, which entice their prey using their front whisker lobes. Other interesting species include pygmy seahorses, manta rays, epaulette sharks, dugongs, whales and dolphins.
There are many advantages to a land based diving or snorkelling option in Raja Ampat. One of these is the size and facilities of your accommodation, which can include options for land-based excursions to explore the history and pristine flora and fauna of the stunning small islands dotted around the coast.
Choosing a resort-based trip can provide excellent value as well as highly rewarding underwater experiences. We can tailor your dive packages to include as much or as little diving as you wish. You can make up to four boat dives per day as well as optional excursions to more remote world-class diving sites, snorkelling and inland trips.
Non-divers can enjoy snorkelling either from the shore on the resort's own house reef, or by boat heading out to shallow reefs well beyond swimming range. Other activities might include kayaking around local lagoons and inlets, bird watching and wildlife watching excursions to nearby islands and visits to villages to meet the locals and learn about their way of life.
Northern Raja Ampat
The stunning Northern Raja Ampat landscape is characterised by numerous, dramatic karst islands. These vegetation-covered limestone rocks are scattered along the coast forming a green maze amongst the turquoise lagoons and inlets. Divers and snorkelers here can enjoy plentiful marine life with masses of schooling fish and exciting drift dives at world famous sites such as Manta Sandy and Sardines.
There is some fantastic house reef diving and snorkelling to be done in the north. Regular sightings include blue spotted stingrays, blacktip reef sharks, turtles, scorpionfish, crocodile fish, batfish, schools of jackfish and bumphead parrotfish. You also have the opportunity to experience night snorkelling, where you may meet the endemic Papuan Bamboo Shark (Epaulette Shark).
We offer a choice of two carefully selected locations in Northern Raja Ampat:
Kri Island is home to many birds including Lorikeets, Eclectic parrots and Cockatoos, and is covered with wild orchids, monitor lizards and massive, nocturnal coconut crabs. The cutest inhabitant is probably the cuscus, a furry marsupial that often can be seen walking along the rooftops trying to steal their favourite food, a banana. The waters around the resort are protected by a no-take zone.
|Kri Island Eco Resort is home to 13 guest rooms, restaurant, bar, lounge and dive centre. The house reef is excellent for diving and snorkelling with daily excursions offered to over 30 nearby sites along with birdwatching and cultural day trips. There are three accommodation options...more|
|Cape Kri Island Resort is home to just 7 guest rooms, restaurant, bar, lounge, dive centre and a world-record breaking house reef which hosts a staggering variety of marine life. Daily diving and snorkelling excursions are offered to nearby sites. There are two accommodation options... more|
Kri Island: Arrival & Departure Information
|Minimum Stay:||7 nights|
|Standard arrival days:||Sunday - Sunday (7 nights)|
|Sunday - Wednesday / Thursday - Sunday (10 nights)|
|Getting there:||Speedboat from Sorong|
|Notes:||No arrivals or departures on Saturdays|
Underwater Conditions & When to Visit
The visibility and exceptional health of the coral reefs at Raja Ampat make it the ideal location for underwater photography. Divers and snorkelers can expect water temperatures of between 27 and 30 C, with the lowest temperatures expected between May and October and the highest between November and April. Visibility typically ranges between 15 to 30 metres year round; the summer months tend to bring greater visibility while the winter months (October - April) visibility is influenced by high plankton concentrations, which increases the chances of pelagic encounters.
Current strength ranges from weak to relatively strong, particularly during spring tides and in the channels between close islands. If you want to experience the full range of its exciting dive sites then Raja Ampat is ideal for intermediate and advanced level divers who have some experience of currents and exercise good buoyancy control. At some sites the careful use of reef hooks is needed to maintain your position and stability in areas with stronger currents.
There are two rainy seasons: November - December and again in July - August, though it can rain at any time. Many liveboards do not offer trips between July and mid-September as wind and rain can cause rough seas out in the open water, though the resorts that we represent in Northern Raja Ampat are located in sheltered, protected locations allowing for predominantly flat and calm surface conditions and year round diving and snorkelling.
Price per person (sharing) in a Standard Cottage
- Full board accommodation
- Snacks, drinking water, tea and coffee
- Unguided house reef snorkelling
- Unguided kayaking
- Papua travel permit and registration (Surat Jalan)
- Laundry service
- Bathroom amenities
- Government taxes
- One full day excursion per guest (staying a min of 7 nights)
- Scheduled standard island transfers (on standard arrival and departure days
for guests staying a min of 7 nights)
- Soft and alcoholic drinks
- Optional excursions (e.g. guided snorkelling, land excursions, PAYG Diving)
- Raja Ampat Marine Park Fee (currently IDR 1,000,000 (approx. €70))
- Scheduled island transfers for guests staying less than 7 nights
- Non-scheduled island transfers (on non-standard arrival and departure
Kri Island Single Supplement: add 30% to standard rates
Kri Island Unlimited diving package includes:
- Full board accommodation as above
- Tanks, belt and weights
- Nitrox for certified divers
- Unlimited, unguided jetty dives
- 4 guided boat dives per day (except Saturdays)
- Fuel charges
Does not include:
- Equipment rental
- PADI dive courses