There is no doubt about it – the best snorkeling and diving site in the world is in Raja Ampat. This eastern Indonesian archipelago contains more marine bio-diversity than anywhere else in the world – more fish, more corals. In 2002, The Nature Conservancy conducted a scientific survey of the Raja Ampat Islands to collect information on its marine ecosystems, mangroves and forests. The survey brought Raja Ampat’s total number of confirmed corals to 537 species — an incredible 75 percent of all known coral species.
Raja Ampat with six hundred island spread along the western coast of Indonesia is one of the last wild places in the world. It has the immense abundance of the Western Pacific marine ecosystem, from the tiniest bright-colored sea snails to huge pelagic fish. Topside, there are dramatic limestone islands, dazzling aquamarine lagoons, and fantastic birds including the endemic red bird of paradise. Close to the shore you can see Bluespotted Stingrays, Turtles, Crocodile Fish, Stone Fish, Batfish, huge school of Jackfish and sometimes even a school of Bumphead Parrot Fish. It is only in Raja Ampat.