Day trip in Raja Ampat

Day trip in Raja Ampat

Breathtaking landscape of Penemu island during a day trip in Raja Ampat

Would you like to join us on a day trip in Raja Ampat? Today we have planned to do three dives around the islands of Fam in the heart of Raja Ampat. Come along and join us to discover the beauty of the underwater world of Raja Ampat.

Today we will take you on a day trip in Raja Ampat

Around the islands of Fam we dive on some of the most beautiful reefs of Raja Ampat. If you are not a diver you can still enjoy the reefs while snorkeling. In addition to the wonderful underwater world, you can also get an overview of the amazing landscape of Raja Ampat. High up on a platform you can see Raja Ampat from a birds eye perspective and fill up the memory card of your camera.

The boat ride from Pulau Pef to the Fam islands takes about one hour.

Ikan Party – The Fish Party

The first dive spot of the day is called Ikan Party. Ikan is the Indonesian word for fish, so the theme for the first dive is set – Fish Party.

Ikan Party is an underwater island with a top reef just a few meters under the water surface. We jump in front of the reef where the current is hitting the reef. That’s the area where lots of fish are hanging around because there is a lot of food in the water. Soon we are surrounded by a big school of fusiliers.

The silhouette of our diving boat in the back light

The silhouette of our diving boat in the back light

We slowly descent into the clear water and are surrounded by schools of different fish species.

Reni during the descent into the blue water at Ikan Party

Reni during the descent into the blue water at Ikan Party

During the whole dive at Ikan Party we are surrounded by schools of colorful fish. Fusiliers, snappers, sweetlips, bannerfish, emperors and many more live around this beautiful reef.

The sweetlip is a beautiful fish that you can see on many dive sites in Raja Ampat

The sweetlip is a beautiful fish that you can see on many dive sites in Raja Ampat

The lion fish belongs to the family of scorpion fish and has venomous spines on his back

The lion fish belongs to the family of scorpion fish and has venomous spines on his back

On a big coral block we spot a tasseled wobbegong shark. This shark species has a flattened head with branched tentacles all around his mouth. Most of the time you will see theses sharks resting under or on top of corals. It’s a rare sight to see these sharks swimming.

The wobbegong shark is a common sight during our dives in Raja Ampat

The wobbegong shark is a common sight during our dives in Raja Ampat

During the safety stop on the top reef, we can observe a group of barracudas. These predators can grow up to 1.3 meters and are quite an impressive sight. They just hang in the water and almost don’t move with their fins to keep their position.

A whole group of blackfin barracudas on the top reef

A whole group of blackfin barracudas on the top reef

The time is running much too quick and our one hour dive is already over. Everybody is excited about the dive and on the boat we are discussing the different sightings underwater.

Fam Slope – A drift dive on a long strech of reef

After a coffee break on a secluded beach we drive to the second dive site of the day. Fam Slope is a dive site located between two islands. It’s a long stretch of reef and perfect for a drift dive.

Soft corals love the currents at Fam Slope

Soft corals love the currents at Fam Slope

Fam slope is an easy dive site and with a little bit of current, we don’t even have to swim. We can just drift with the current and enjoy the reef and its inhabitants passing by. It feels like watching an underwater movie.

The scorpionfish has venomous fin spines and it’s a good idea to keep a safe distance

The scorpionfish has venomous fin spines and it’s a good idea to keep a safe distance

Lunchbreak in the heart of Raja Ampat

After the second dive it is time for a longer break. We head into the scenic lagoon of Penemu Island. From the jetty in the lagoon, there is a staircase leading up to a small mountain. On top of the mountain is a viewing platform where we have a fantastic view over the lagoon and the surrounding karst landscape of Raja Ampat. The view is breathtaking and the memory cards of our digital cameras are slowly filling up.

Panoramic view over the landscape of Raja Ampat

Panoramic view over the landscape of Raja Ampat

Only a short boat ride from Penemu Island there is another beautiful beach where we spend our lunch break on the day trip in Raja Ampat.

Gorgeous view during lunch break

Gorgeous view during lunch break

The crew is preparing our lunch and we enjoy our lunch break under the palm trees. The locals call this small island Komodo Island because there are many mangrove monitor lizards living here.

Many mangrove monitor lizards live on the island

Many mangrove monitor lizards live on the island

Melissa’s Garden – One of the most famous dive sites of Raja Ampat

After the lunch break it’s only a short boat ride to the third dive site of the day. Melissa’s Garden is one of the most famous dive sites of Raja Ampat. Three small rock islands stick out of the ocean. Under the surface, around the rock islands, there is a beautiful coral garden. The coral garden is home to a huge number of reef fish and the whole dive site is very colorful and full of life.

The top reef of Melissa‘s Garden is a really nice coral garden

The top reef of Melissa‘s Garden is a really nice coral garden

Batfish, sweetlip and grouper under a table coral

Batfish, sweetlip and grouper under a table coral

We love Nemo. They are commonly known a clownfish or anemonefish and there are many different species living in symbiosis with the anemones. This small fish are very brave and can be quite aggressive if they have to defend the anemone they are living in. We love to observe them protecting their home against predators.

We love to watch the anemone or clownfish

We love to watch the anemone or clownfish

The underwater world of Raja Ampat is breathtaking. The reefs are very colorful and in very good condition. They are healthy and untouched. The biodiversity is higher than in most other places on our planet and on every dive we spot some new creatures we have never seen before.

We love to dive in Raja Ampat. Even for us, a day trip to Fam is always a very special highlight and we enjoy every single dive at these dive sites a lot.

What is your favorite dive destination? Or did you already dive in Raja Ampat? Would you like to join us on a day trip in Raja Ampat? Let us know and write a comment.

 

4 thoughts on “Day trip in Raja Ampat

    • Totally agree… the landscape looks unreal. It’s so beautiful.

      The monitor lizards here are small compared to the dragons on Komodo Island 😉

      Cheers,
      Reni

  1. Awesome guys! We were super bummed that we didn’t end up getting to dive at Raja Ampat while in Indonesia. Your story and photos make me want to head there now! Cheers guys 🙂

    • Hi Ross,
      It’s a pity that you have missed diving here in Raja Ampat. It’s a stunning place with beautiful landscapes and breathtaking dive sites. Maybe next time when you are in Indonesia. 😉 Take care in Tanzania.

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