Home to approximately 75% of the world’s marine species, diving in Raja Ampat would astound even the most experienced diver. So spectacular is Raja Ampat’s underwater world that PADI has ranked Cape Kri tenth place in the world’s best 13 dive sites, outranking Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

Thanks to its location in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Raja Ampat is home to over 550 different species of corals, 700 types of molluscs and over 1600 species of reef fish as well as several different shark species, sea turtles, manta rays, schooling fish and reef building corals. It’s one of the few places on earth where you can witness the rarest and wildest marine creatures in their natural habitat!

Let’s take a look at Raja Ampat diving season and what you can expect when you dive with Papua Diving Resorts.

Raja Ampat Diving Season

A scuba diver is diving on top a coral reefs in Raja Ampat

Diving in Raja Ampat is fantastic all year round as the climate remains more or less the same with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 31°C. There are rainfalls throughout the year but nothing too heavy. Humidity is high all around the archipelago which can make it feel hotter than it really is with water temperatures ranging from 28°C to 29°C, making it ideal for diving.

There are two climates in Raja Ampat - dry season and rainy season - but again this may vary from island to island, especially the four big islands of Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo and Misool. Each island has its own microclimate that would differ from Sorong. Dry season with calm winds typically falls from October to April, which is also considered the “second wet season” with the most rainfall occurring in December & January.

Rainy season in Raja Ampat falls from June to September. This is when the waters and waves may get slightly rougher and choppier due to the south wind. Some dive operators and liveaboards may hold or suspend their diving and sailing activities at this time depending on the wind, currents and wave conditions but diving and snorkeling is still available in many locations and many dive sites throughout Raja Ampat.

Fortunately, the rainy season in Raja Ampat is not as severe as in other parts of Indonesia. The rains typically come and go quickly, there won’t be howling winds and torrential rains all day, but lots of sunshine and great visibility underwater.

Which Month Is Best To Dive In Raja Ampat?

school of batfish in raja ampat snorkeling

The best time of the year to dive in Raja Ampat would generally be between October to April when there is minimal rain, milder winds, calmer seas and better visibility. Having said that, it’s important to note that Raja Ampat doesn’t have an “off” season per say so you can expect warm & sunny temperatures and amazing underwater visibility all year around.

Whatever time of year, you can be sure of a thrilling, safe and unforgettable diving experience with Papua Diving Resorts. There are loads of incredible dive sites near Kri Island, where Papua Diving Resorts is located. You can trust our skilled and experienced dive guides and their impressive knowledge of the water conditions and currents. Diving with Papua Diving Resorts means 5 star guides, 5 star equipment and 5 star experiences with a diver-to-guide ratio of 3-1.

Also good to know is that Kri Island is located in the heart of the Raja Ampat archipelago. It’s sheltered by surrounding islands and reefs, with a mountain that is over 500 meters tall in its center, allowing Kri Island to be spared from the strongest winds and waves. The beach near to both our resorts - Kri Eco Resort and Sorido Bay Resort - is spectacular with calm waters so you can always opt for some activities like snorkeling, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding.

Raja Ampat Dive Sites

sorido bay resort - luxury dive resort raja amapt

At Papua Diving Resorts, we offer a number of different types of dives to suit your experience level and preferences from Dive Courses to Boat Dives, Jetty Dives, Fluorescence Diving and Blackwater Diving. Dive insurance is mandatory and if you are not holding dive insurance yet you can purchase a short term membership upon arrival at the resort. We also provide full sets of diving equipment available for hire, including reef hooks.

While you’re here, we’ll take you to explore some of Raja Ampat’s best dive sites including Cape Kri, Melissa’s Garden, Blue Magic, Sardines and Manta Sandy. You can also opt for excursions to Mushroom Bay, P-47 Plane Wreck, and Fam Islands.

Sorido Bay Resort

Perfect for those who want a touch of luxury with Sorido Bay Resort is a collection of 7 charming bungalows with spacious rooms and ensuites, each with AC or fan and a veranda that overlooks a vibrant house reef.

Kri Eco Resort

Looking out over the dark blue waters of the Dampier Strait and distant mountain ranges, Kri Eco Resort is a cluster of authentic Papuan style water bungalows built from locally sourced materials with 3 room types to choose from.

Ready to enjoy a luxury diving holiday Raja Ampat with Papua Dive Resorts? Contact us or visit our FAQ page to learn more about what we offer! Book your trip to Raja Ampat with the best rates and inclusions now!