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Raja Ampat Diving Project

Best price Only pay 20
From £995 for 14 nights in Indonesia, South-Eastern Asia
Restaurant Enquire for meal info Monument 2 Rustic accommodation Key No disabled access
Plane Flights not included Animal allowed Calendar When to go: select dates all year round

Summary

There aren’t many places left in the world that are truly unexplored. Just off the coast of Western Papua in Indonesia, though, lies an archipelago known as Raja Ampat. Situated in the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’, a 6 million square-kilometre ecosystem that's home to more coral reef species than anywhere else on the planet, Raja Ampat is one of the final frontiers of scuba diving exploration. Many of the archipelago’s islands remain uninhabited, and there are numerous reefs that are yet to be dived… Who knows what lurks beneath the surface?

This project gives you the chance to dive unexplored reefs, and get involved in marine conservation efforts in the area to ensure that this stunning aquatic environment is protected. One of the project’s main aims is to produce a coastal habitat-map for the area, to help advise local authorities how best to manage Marine Protected Areas. After spending a week learning how to dive and getting qualified, you’ll then spend each day conducting research dives to help monitor and survey the reefs. Community work is another important strand of this project, so you’ll also lend a hand with various local initiatives like beach clean-ups and environmental education classes. In your free time play volleyball on the beach, explore the island, mingle with the locals and simply enjoy life in paradise.

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What We Love

  • A Diver’s Paradise: Raja Ampat, or ‘Four Kings’, consists of over 1,500 islands and cays – although only 35 are inhabited! An area of astonishing marine biodiversity, many of the reefs surrounding the islands have never been explored, making it a dream destination for intrepid divers…

  • Meet the Gentle Giants: Get involved with the project’s manta ray monitoring programme for the chance to see these majestic animals up-close. Learn to recognise key characteristics and behaviours, as well as distinguishing markings. Of course, sightings can’t be guaranteed, but if you do spot one you’ll feel like the luckiest diver alive!

  • A Rewarding Conservation Experience: As well as contributing to the protection of stunning coral reefs during daily research dives and other conservation activities, you’ll also get involved with vital community initiatives: teach English to children, raise awareness of environmental issues, and lend a hand with all-important beach clean-ups!

This experience has achieved a Gold World Rating!

This experience delivers a high level of sustainability!

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Indonesia | South-Eastern Asia | Population 255461700
Latitude: -1.0320468 | Longitude: 130.5052176 | Capital Jakarta
Currency IDR | Timezone UTC+07:00

Included

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals a day, tea, coffee and filtered water
  • Scuba diving training courses for divers (ONLY for Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Emergency First Response courses. For Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses there is an additional fee of £200 and £350 respectively)
  • Buoyancy Control Device (BCD) and Regulator hire for the first week of your stay
  • Tanks, air, weights & weight belts (all divers)
  • Comprehensive Science Training Programme
  • All dives (12 a week in total when possible)
  • PADI Emergency First Response course (worth £100)
  • 24hr field support staff
  • Transfers between Waisai Port to Basecamp

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Airport and ferry transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (Please make sure this is DAN)
  • PADI manuals and Dive Certification (Positive Identification Card - PIC) - these must be bought before you fly as you cannot purchase either out at Raja Ampat
  • Personal diving equipment
  • Additional dive courses - Rescue (£200) and Divemaster (£350) courses
  • Raja Ampat Marine Reserve park fee (IDR 1,000,000 or approximately £60)
  • Personal spending money
  • Dive Slate - you must bring this with you
  • Anything else not mentioned in inclusions - if in doubt, click 'Ask a Question' up above to chat to the operator directly!

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