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Discover Raja Ampat

Overview

Marine Life

Macro, schools of fish, Wobbegong, manta.

Dive Info

Advanced AND minimum 75 logged dives.

Reefs

The highest density and biodiversity in the world.

Scenery & Beach

Crystal clear waters and green rainforest rises from limestone cliffs. Misool Marine reserve: Ilike is proud sponsor of this eco-project!

Currents

Strong currents can occur.

Water Temperature

27°C to 30°C

Raja Ampat refers to an archipelago with more than 1500 islands with the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool and is part of the Coral Triangle making it one of the richest bio diversity of the world.Because his strategic location on the western Pacific Ocean, currents troughflows arriving to the archipelago from very deep water to shallow water, making stratospheric numbers more that 500 different species of corals in that area, ten times more than the Caribbean.

Raja Ampat translates from the Indonesian language to Four Kings.

Misool, the most southern island, has an abundance of marine life, a variety of underwater seamounts, smaller pinnacles, coral walls and coral gardens, covered in giant sea fans, soft corals in all colours, massive table corals and countless fish. This is a great place to find the elusive epaulette shark, or walking shark. It is a nocturnal shark that sneaks up on its pray by ‘walking’ closer and closer to it. It is largely a marine park set up by Misool Eco Resort in cooperation with all the local villages, not to fish inside this area. It gets patrolled by the park rangers.

Batanta has fantastic muck dive sites with the most colourful nudibranchs you can imagine, alien looking critters and beautiful coral bummies.

The Dampier Strait, between Waigeo and Batanta, beautiful coral gardens, underwater pinnacles or seamounts, sandy bottom with coral heads and cleaning stations. Here we can find even more nutrients bringing in bigger predators like giant trevallies, yellow fin tuna, rainbow runners and even some sharks like blacktip, grey reef, white tip sharks. It is also one of the few places in the world where we can find two species of Manta rays on the same dive sites.

Night dives are a joy in Northern Raja Ampat.

We offer you the opportunity to visit local villages or there hike up to one of the lookout points.

Schedule

Destination FAQ

Raja Ampat is the Amazon of the Ocean among diving destinations in the world and on every diver’s wish list. The marine life diversity found in West Papua is greater than in any of the areas that comprise the Coral Triangle. Miraculous diving sites await you in the pinnacle of the Asian diving world. A fairy tale for diving enthusiast, explore above and under the water with ILIKE

Daram Island, Wayilbatan, Dampier strait, Shadow Reef, Four Kings,Wayilbatan Area, Citrus Ridge, Cape Kri, Blue Magic

Raja Ampat is the best diving in the world. The density, and variety of bizarre macro species, the sheer explosion of colours, and the impressive congregations of fish will leave you speechless. Many sites are still less explored and new species are discovered all the time.

The marine environment alone is enough to enthrall visitors indefinitely, but Raja Ampat has even more to offer than world-class underwater delights.  To visit Raja Ampat is to step into a tropical paradise straight from a travel enthusiasts dream.   As yet relatively undisturbed, Raja Ampat’s scenery is breathtaking.  Crystal clear waters lap the perfect white sand of secluded beaches, lush green rainforest vegetation rises from dramatic limestone cliffs.

The strong currents that are present in the area flows through the Dampier straits. A water mass that flows through the island regions of Raja Ampat. This body of water reaches depths of over two hundred meters and strong deep-water currents are forced up on sloping reefs in the region. Creating massive upwellings that feed the reefs with incredibly nutrient rich water that is home to masses of marine species from the tiniest of Krill to massive Oceanic manta rays. Further the currents flow through the area flows east to west or vice versa depending on the current tide. This leads to a constant flow of water movement in the area. The perfect combination of factors to accommodate the masses of marine life the area is known for.

± 29 degrees

Destinations & Itineraries

Discover the hidden gems and breathtaking dive sites that this tropical paradise has to offer. Prepare to be enchanted by the unparalleled beauty of Indonesia's underwater world.

Accomodation

9.50

  • Year built 2010
  • Length 32m
  • Width 8m
  • Capacity 16guests / 16 crew
  • Hull Ironwood
  • Body Teak
  • Ratio guests/Dive guide 4/1

The Iliké

The ILIKE was built on Sulawesi in Bira in 2010. It is the area where the local tribe is famous for building the strong and reliable phinisi boats, the traditional ships specifically designed and built for travelling the Indonesian archipelago.

Ilike hosts a total of 16 guests in 8 cabins that are fully air-conditioned with ensuite bathroom with hot water shower, toilet and sink. Indonesian and International meals will be served in the spacious saloon with open kitchen, or in the outdoor sitting area at the stern of the boat, well protected from wind while sailing. The comfortable dive deck in front of the boat is one of the most spacious on Indonesian liveaboards. As a diver you can choose to dive on Air or Nitrox from our membrane Nitrox compressor. Between dives you are invited to catch some sun on our sun deck, where you will also enjoy spectacular sunsets, sipping a cool drink!

The yacht is powered by 2 x 320HP marine engines, allowing us to cruise at an average speed of 9-10 knots across Indonesia. We schedule top diving destinations like Komodo, Alor, Maluku, Banda Sea, Triton Bay, Raja Ampat and Kalimantan. Rich marine life, healthy corals and stunning landscapes may soon become your memories after a stay on board of Ilike. We look forward to welcome you on board!

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