EXPLORE RAJA AMPAT UNDERWATER WORLD
The Raja Ampat archipelago is known as the top diving destination in the world, because of its exceptional marine diversity, healthy reefs, biomass and surrounded by clear waters. Biodiversity Nature resort gives you access to active reefs, unforgettable snorkelling and diving experiences, you will confirm that these are the best islands of Indonesia and the best beaches in Indonesia.
Discover the vibrant Dampier Straits area, and get ready for an explosion: the major epicentre for world marine biodiversity with over 550 different species of corals, 700 types of molluscs and 1427 species of fish. Top Highlights: Epaulette Shark, Wobbegong Shark, White tip Shark, Black Tip Shark, Grey Reef Shark, Napoleon Wrasse, Hawksbill Turtles, and an endless array of vivid schooling fish, such as Big Eye Trevally, Yellow Tail Fusiliers.. to name a few. All of them in their natural home in their pristine coral reefs. Let us take you there, under the guidance of our dive guides, experience one-of-a-kind aquatic animal encounters.
Our private boats with small groups will take you to the top dive sites in the region, with all you need for snorkelling or diving daily excursions.
The Coral Triangle comprise of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. These are contains at least 500 species of reef-building corals in each eco region, with a total number of 11 eco regions! This spectacular triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity.
Our expert Guides / Instructors will share their intimate knowledge of the local geography and habitats, and the marine life who call these waters home.
Plunge into one of the world’s Oceanic Manta Ray (or the sought after Black Manta) hotspots, for a unique snorkelling or diving encounter. Your private boat will be guided into the Raja Ampat Marine Protected Area to Manta Sandy, where flights of rays swoop and soar beneath the water’s surface. Our Manta season runs from end of November to April where you can experience close encounters and access the best snorkelling spots in the Raja Ampat, with three dive sites, all less than 45 minutes from the resort. With a wingspan of up to three-and-a-half-metres, these gentle giants are a safe swimming companion as they circle in groups in the cleaning area.
Raja Ampat is possibly the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world and the diversity here is considerably greater than in any other area of the coral triangle. You will find over 1300 species of coral reef fish and 600 species of hard coral within the Birds Head Seascape- 75% of the world’s entire species.
The condition of the coral reefs in Raja Ampat is healthy, with an incredible number of different varieties, colours, shapes, types (both soft and hard). Most sites in Raja Ampat are shallow making it the perfect paradise for diving Raja Ampat and snorkelling Indonesia (the best snorkelling in the world is in Raja Ampat)! What more could you wish for?
Raja Ampat’s isolation and sparse human population have played a major role in keeping its reefs healthy, which overall have contributed to the biomass of fish you will discover on each dive or snorkel with us at Biodiversity.
RAJA AMPAT; THE CONSERVATION EFFORTS
The Indonesian institute of Sciences (LIPI) and Conservational International, led by Dr. Gerald Allen, began in 2001 with rapid assessment surveys of Raja Ampats reefs. Since the first survey more than a decade ago, it has been confirmed that the Birds Head Seascape, with its exceptional biodiversity has to be conserved.
Below are a few conservation efforts that have made a difference to the BHS, taking in the concept of balancing the environment and the local people:
- Shark, Manta Ray and Dugong Sanctuary
- Protecting the Birds head Seascape
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What is the Geography of the Raja Ampat area?
Raja Ampat can be classified into three sectors, the North, Central and South.
1) The North of Raja Ampat consists of the main Islands Wayag, Uranie & Kawe
2) Central Raja Ampat consists of the main regions West Waigeo, Dampier Strait, Batanta Island & Fam Islands
3) The South of Raja Ampat consists of the main Islands Kofiau & Misool
Raja Ampat as a Marine Park
In May 2007, the Raja Ampat government declared a network of seven MPAs (Marine Protected Areas). Today, there are 10 MPAs that altogether cover nearly 35,000 square kilometres, and approximately 45% of Raja Ampat’s coral reefs and mangroves. We hope that these MPAs will ensure the long-term health and sustainability of Raja Ampat’s marine ecosystems.