Raja Ampat (Oct-Apr)
Indonesia is a destination that offers so much above and below water: a staggering diversity of marine life ranging from the smallest to the largest such as pygmy seahorses to whale sharks and an amazing variety in between.
Raja Ampat is located off the northwestern tip of the Bird’s Head peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in the West Papua province of Indonesia. According to Conservation International, marine studies suggest that the diversity of marine life in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. The diversity is considerably higher than any other area sampled in the coral triangle made up of Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The coral triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat arguably the richset coral reef ecosystem in the world. Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an Archipelago, comprising more than 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals. It covers more than 40,000 km2 of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. Apart from stunning coral reefs you can encounter manta rays, big shoals of fish and sharks like the wobbegong and the epaulette shark, also known as the "walking shark".
Komodo National Park is world renowned for the excellent quality and variety of diving. Water temperatures change between the north and south of the Park and provide varied encounters. In the north we have the black sands of the Sangeang Volcano with its critters and bubble flows and the reefs around Gili Banta. The south provides cooler temperatures with manta action and nutrient rich reefs with ocean flow from the Indian Ocean. The central section provides reefs and small islands teeming with life fed by the currents running between the islands of Komodo and Rinca. Highlights of this trip: seeing the famous Komodo Dragon in its natural habitat, beautiful beaches and look-outs to climb. You have a paradise both below and above the water. Komodo National Park is located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, is composed of three major islands (Rinca, Komodo, and Padar) and numerous smaller ones, all of them of volcanic origin.
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