What to Expect Snorkeling in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is an archipelago in Indonesia, located in SouthWest Papua. Diving and snorkeling conditions in the Dampier Strait are good all year round. The climate of Papua has diffuse seasons with no particular dry or rainy season. The summer months are windier, which can make the sea choppy but only on the surface. On the contrary: visibility tends to be the best during this time of the year.

Best time to Visit

The ideal time to visit for the best snorkeling conditions, is typically between October and April when the weather is drier and the water visibility is better. Visibility tends to be influenced by high plankton concentrations which guarantee massive pelagic encounters. Being located that close to the equator and protected by several mountains island masses, we have a kind of micro climate. Water temperature is a constant 28 or 29 degrees Celcius.

Favorite Snorkeling Sites

Many of the well-known diving and snorkeling sites were discovered by Papua Diving. Some of our favorite snorkeling sites are Friwenbonda, Mike's Point, Melissa's Garden, Sauwandarek jetty, Yenbuba jetty, Kri Jetty, and of course not to forget the famous Cape Kri, right next to our Sorido Bay Resort. Check out our Dive Sites Page to have an overview and list of sites that are possible for snorkeling in Raja Ampat.

Snorkeling Equipment

Wondering what to bring on your snorkeling trip? At the resorts, we have snorkeling gear you can rent onsite and we also have a shop with the essentials you will need for your snorkeling trip. However, if you would like to bring your own equipment and you are wondering what to bring, find out how to prepare for your snorkeling trip here: "Snorkeling Packing List: 8 Essentials to Pack"

Snorkeling Excursions and Guided Tours

Papua Diving offers snorkeling excursions and guided tours. Our guided snorkeling tours are led by our experienced guides who know the best spots, and ensure your safety while snorkeling.

Visit our Excursions Page for more information on Raja Ampat tours with Papua Diving Resorts.

soft corals in raja ampat
soft corals on yenbuba jetty raja ampat
beautiful soft corals in raja ampat

Unparalleled Marine Biodiversity

Raja Ampat is considered one of the most biodiverse marine environments on the planet. It is home to a vast array of marine life, including colorful coral reefs, tropical fish, sharks, manta rays, sea turtles, and even the elusive and extraordinary "walking" epaulette sharks.

Swimming with Manta Rays

Raja Ampat is famous for its manta ray populations, and you may have the opportunity to snorkel alongside these graceful and awe-inspiring creatures.

Vibrant Coral Reefs

The coral reefs in Raja Ampat are in excellent condition and offer a kaleidoscope of colors and shapes. You can expect to see hard and soft corals, gorgonians, sea fans, and sponges teeming with marine life.

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Sponges and Corals in Raja Ampat
school of batfish in raja ampat snorkeling

Pristine and Remote Locations

Raja Ampat's snorkeling spots are often in remote and less-visited areas, which means you can enjoy the beauty of the underwater world without large crowds or disturbances.

Crystal-Clear Waters

The waters around Raja Ampat are exceptionally clear, providing excellent visibility for snorkelers. This clarity allows you to see the underwater beauty in all its glory, making for fantastic snorkeling experiences.

Snorkeling from Beaches and Islands

Many of the snorkeling spots are easily accessible from the beaches or nearby islands, making it convenient for snorkelers of all levels to explore the marine wonders.

Responsible Tourism

Papua Diving is known for its commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism practices. As a responsible snorkeler, you'll be encouraged to follow guidelines to protect the delicate marine ecosystem.

All visitors, divers or non-divers, are required to purchase a marine park tag which is valid for one year starting from the date of purchase. The cost is 1 000 000 Rupiah (approx. 65 euro) for foreigners. Indonesian nationals pay 500 000 IDR. Children 12 years and younger are exempted from paying the fee.

To make your registration process faster, we will pay this fee ahead of time for you on your behalf. So you will only need to settle this fee with us and not the local government.

Remember to be respectful of the marine environment, avoid touching or damaging coral, and never disturb or harass marine life. This way, you can help preserve the beauty of Raja Ampat for future generations to enjoy.

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Kri Eco Resort Sign Scaled


At Papua Diving Resorts, we have two private resorts located on Kri Island. Located in the center of the marine park, our resorts are about 5 - 10 minutes away from most of the well-known sites.

Sorido Bay Resort: Set along a secluded shoreline, Sorido Bay Resort is comprised of just 7 spacious, air conditioned rooms with a veranda that overlooks a vibrant reef. Here you can watch the sun rise over the world famous Cape Kri or let your worries melt away at the spa!

Kri Eco Resort: Looking out over the dark blue waters of the Dampier Strait and distant mountains, our Papuan style water bungalows allow you to fully connect with your surroundings. Comprised of 12 overwater cottages with 3 room types, this pioneering resort is perfectly placed for you to watch stunning sunrises and sunsets as you begin and end your day in this tropical paradise.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information or questions, please refer to our FAQ Page or feel free to contact us at info@papua-diving.com and our team will be more than happy to assist you with your travel plans.