February 22-March 4, 2023
Level of Diving
Diving will be in warm water off of a dive boat. Water temperatures are 28-30C (82-86F). Minimum 3mm wetsuit is recommended as you may be doing up to 4 dives each day. Proof of a minimum of 25 logged open water dives in the past 24 months is required to book this trip.
You may pick the buddy of your choice, or dive with one of the staff. While you are in the water, you and your buddy are in charge. Every dive starts with a dive briefing from the staff. However, as a certified diver, you and your buddy are responsible for planning and conducting your own dives within the limitations set forth by the briefing. The staff will be on the dive deck providing surface support for divers. There will be staff in the water also offering support, u/w photography or videography, and critter spotting services.
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papau province, Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth. Located in the heart of The Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is known to have the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world. The main areas offering itineraries for liveaboard scuba diving are: Raja Ampat, Banda Sea and Triton Bay.
Raja Ampat is considered a major epicenter of marine biodiversity, with over 537 corals (three fourths of all known), more than 700 kinds of mollusks and well over 1,000 species of fish inhabiting these waters. In fact, one famed ichthyologist, Dr. Gerald Allen, counted over 280 fish species on a single dive! It's no wonder this region is reputed to have the greatest diversity of marine life on earth and the abundance of underwater animals is truly staggering.
Just a taste of what you’ll see underwater: wobbegong & epaulette shark, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, bumphead parrotfish, frogfish, sweetlips, cuttlefish, batfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, barramundi cod, shrimps, eels, squid, jawfish, and so so much more!
October to April is considered the best diving season - where you'll find less rain and better visibility. Water temperatures are a consistent 80F~86F degrees year round and visibility generally ranges between 30 to well over 70 feet.
Depending on tide movements, a few dives can involve strong currents, where reef hooks may be needed to tether in place. Otherwise, an open water ascent may be required. A SMB is highly recommended, so surface staff can easily identify distant, drifting divers. Most dive site conditions are generally calm.
The Raja Ampat Aggressor is a 100’ steel ship, built and powered for comfort, safety, and stability. She cruises at 8 knots and has a 220-volt power onboard. Accommodations include a staterooms on the upper and main decks. All staterooms have portholes or picture windows, climate controls, TVs, and private bathrooms. She also features a roomy, air-conditioned salon and dining area, shaded sun deck with lounge & deck chairs. The diving deck includes camera table and fresh water showers.
The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of Indonesian feasts and local cuisine. You will awaken to fresh fruits, hot entrees, cereals and juices. Lunches are buffet-style, featuring delicious local cuisine. Dinners are served each evening and include salds, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert. Complimentary beverages onboard include juice, soft drinks, ice water, tea, coffee, local beer and wine (with dinner). You may bring your favorite brand of “beverage” from home if you like.
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