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Raja Ampat - Liveaboard or Land Based?

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by Misty89, Aug 24, 2020.

  1. SeaWarden

    SeaWarden Nassau Grouper

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    If you like cafe hopping, city exploring, and commercialized villages I would recommend Bali.

    If you are looking for the authentic Indonesian villages, untouched corals, small fishing village on the coastal with no restaurants or coffee shop, then I would recommend Raja Ampat.

    In Raja Ampat, I would recommend to stay around a resort in Waisai, rent a scooter checkout the city (small), take a boat to Kri island and visit the local village there, take a boat to explore the crystal blue lagoon, snokel at the Samdarak Jetty (best spot in r4). There is also bird watching, and dolphin watching.
     
  2. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Now I'm not sure if Bali is the right choice. You would be there at a different time of year than I'm normally there but I've been much colder on some dives than I liked. Next time I'm there, I'll have my 5mm with me. Further, I have a Sharkskin and a 3mm bibbed hood, which I wore last year on a number of dives.

    Maybe you should consider a liveaboard in Maldives?
     
  3. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Bali has good non-diving options as I discovered a few years back after I had an ear rupture on my third day there. I would also recommend North Sulawesi diving with Murex outside Manado or on Siladen Island for some extreme luxury and great food.
     
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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I was thinking that too but there's nowhere to wander to and that was one of the criteria.

    But if one were to consider it as a liveaboard on land, then to me, certainly an excellent suggestion. I wish that I was there now!
     
  5. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You and me both.

    The diving around Bunaken is very relaxing if you're not into macro.

    Murex's base in Manado has shore diving which for me is a bonus.
     
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Oh sorry, I was thinking of Bangka.
     
  7. Misty89

    Misty89 Angel Fish

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    Perfect - we actually did book a Liveaboard in Raja Ampat, leaving from Waisai. So I think we'll plan to hang out in Waisai for a few days, maybe do a couple of dives or snorkel, and get on island time.
     

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