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Raja Ampat Biodiversity


Raja Ampat Biodiversity

Can be summarized with the following elements: passion for the sea, cultural enrichment from traveling, discovering, learning and sharing. As the song says: “Mi unica patria, la mar” (the sea, my only homeland)

After working for many years in the diving industry, and after many years of globetrotting, packing and unpacking our backpacks, finally, we decided to settle down and start our own project in Papua, on the island of Gam. A remote island where the elements mentioned above are found, were you can breathe peace, tranquility and live in direct contact with nature in its purest form.

Our philosophy has always been to try to live our dreams and strive to make them come true, and now we are aiming for the big one: Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort (our own dive operation!!) in the area where we always dreamed of diving: Raja Ampat. Wow!

With the desire to share this paradise (and our dreams) with others we offer Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort, which, honestly, is an extension of ourselves. Here you will find a friendly atmosphere and the service we always wanted when traveling:

friendly, small, cozy, simple, comfortable, personal… We hope to share our passion for diving, for nature and for responsible tourism with our visitors. Our mission is simple: to offer diving in Raja Ampat, (probably one of the best places of the world), at reasonable prices.  Just what we wanted when we initially. came here!

In order to help local community, we buy all of our building materials from many of the surrounding villages (in order to spread wealth among them).  We  propose our guests with a high cultural enrichment experience: visit the local villages, giving you the opportunity to be part in the life of a family of Papua, turning your visit into something cultural, socially responsible and enriching.

Responsible Tourism

We Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort firmly believe in training locals in order to increase their opportunities, we do this by diving courses, teaching English and educating them in conservation of the environment. In return they give us lessons in Bahasa Indonesia and local dialects, also they help us discover the secrets of the island.

Our priority is to minimize the impact of our presence so as to conserve the areas we visit. So we built all huts in traditional manner using sustainable materials and natural products such as coconut wood, or thatch for our roofs.

We have tried to preserve the existing vegetation, and cut the minimum plants, thus integrating with nature to the fullest.
We limit the consumption of plastics and encourage our customers to do the same so trying to preserve this paradise as much as possible intact.

This is our Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort formula of operation, we hope to provide a complete travel experience of our visitors, both on and off the water.


Raja Ampat Biodiversity
 is located in Pulau Gam (0°27.678’S, 130°41.933’E), right in the heart of Dampier Strait, just 20 min away of Waisai (Capital of the Raja Ampat Regency), in Raja Ampat.

Raja Ampat
, is an archipelago in West Papua (Indonesia). This vast area of the equatorial Pacific Ocean known as the Coral Triangle (area that also contains part of Malaysia, Philippines, eastern Indonesia, Borneo, and the territory east of the Solomon Islands).  It holds this title for being the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity. The seas around the Raja Ampat Islands holds one of the richest variety of species in the world, including 75 percent of all known coral species.

Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco Resort

We are located on Gam Island, northern part of Raja Ampat. At 15 Km boat ride away from the city of Waisai (Capital of the Raja Ampat Regency, located in the island of Waigeo).

We are located on Gam Island, northern part of Raja Ampat. At 15 Km boat ride away from the city of Waisai (Capital of the Raja Ampat Regency, located in the island of Waigeo).

We are right in the heart of Dampier Strait few  minutes away of the most famous dive sites of Raja Ampat.

Batu lima, swimming distance perfect for snorkeling in the afternoon.

Mioskun and Blue Magic 15 min away.

Mikes point 20 min away.

Sardines and Cape Kri 25 min away.

Here, you will enjoy a pristine white sandy beach right in front of our facilities, making a perfect place for long walks. When there is low tide you can even walk to nearby beaches. Or just relax in the hammock with lots of peace and quiet! So, truly a nature paradise!

So we encourage you to visit the Raja Ampat region and West Papua, check for yourself the value and richness of this area as an extremely interesting ecotourism destination.


After working for many years in the diving industry, and after many years of globetrotting, packing and unpacking our backpacks, finally, we decided to settle down and start our own project in Papua, on the island of Gam. A remote island where the elements mentioned above are found, were you can breathe peace, tranquility and live in direct contact with nature in its purest form.

Diving in Raja Ampat is special because it is one of the few marine environments in which you can see the full range of marine life. From sharks, manta rays, batfish, groupers, pygmy seahorse or schooling jacks and barracudas, schools of fusiliers, pale-tailed surgeonfish, goatfish and large six-banded angelfish, purple and threadfin anthias add to the spectrum of color, in the cracks and crevices of the reef are full or interesting specimens including banded pipefish, white-eyed and even giant morays.

Titan triggerfish are at home feeding on hard coral chunks, slender fusiliers, and green and blue damsels.  Add to this the likely presence of large Napoleon wrasse, whitetip reef sharks, groupers, snappers… Keep your eyes in the blue for redtooth triggerfish and schooling bannerfish off the reef in their hundreds… you will wish your log book pages were longer!!!

The Raja Ampat diving region includes the Pacific’s most important Leatherback Turtle nesting site.  Every year, from April to September, thousands of Leatherback Turtles nest in the northern West Papuan Beaches, and represent the largest remaining leatherback turtle nesting in the Pacific Ocean.  It is known that these animals have traveled across the whole Pacific to nest here.  Then, they leave West Papua and go to California to feed.

The area’s reefs are covered in a diverse selection of both hard and soft corals.  The coral coverage in Raja Ampat Diving is good, with lots of gigantic mushroom leather corals, purple soft corals and sea squirts.  Hard table corals, staghorn patches, green and brown elkhorn and finger corals cover the substrate along with brown soft coral bushes and hydrozoans.  In the deeper sections of the reef you can find large pink, lilac and purple gorgonian fans, bushes of bright red sea whips, and sea fans presenting an incredible assortment of colors.  Enjoy all the species, look for small green sea pens, spiky blue-jade tube sponges, and brown hydrozoans and giant tridachna clams (They are probably over 100 years old and so are quite a rarity). Look carefully in the anemones to find porcelain crabs!

Endemic and Interesting Species of Raja Ampat

According to recent studies by Dr Mark Erdmann there are at least 35 coral reef fish species believed to be endemic to the area known as the Birds Head Seascape.  There are 5 to 40 endemic coral species and 8 endemic mantis shrimp.  Some species are:

-The Papuan Garden Eel recently discovered in 2010.

-The Mantis Shrimp, one of 8 endemic.

-The Wobbegong: Raja Ampat diving another highlight is the bizarre looking Wobbegong shark (is a fairly common sight, once you know where to look for them!), Raja Ampat is one of the very few places outside of Australia that you can see these creatures.

They make for a great photo opportunity! Wobbegongs are well camouflaged with a symmetrical  pattern of bold markings, which resembles a carpet. The camouflage is improved by the presence of small weed like whiskers lobes surrounding the Wobbegong’s jaw, which it uses to entice and catch fish.

-The Epaulette shark is a small harmless carpet shark that appears to walk on the ocean floor with its fins. Most species have a maximum length of 1.25 meters or less.

-Pygmy Seahorses: There are several species of pygmy seahorses, and they are fairly common in the area.

-Black Mantas: Most manta rays worldwide have dark upper sides and white lower sides. A pleasant and rare feature of the Raja Ampat mantas is that some of them are completely black, both under and upper sides!

-Bumphead Parrotfish: The Bumphead Parrotfish is a common sight; these fish often form big groups and normally stay in the same Raja Ampat diving areas.  They are fairly approachable, and divers have been able to swim in the herd while they are searching for food.


Raja Ampat Macro Life

According to recent studies by Dr Mark Erdmann there are at least 35 coral reef fish species believed to be endemic to the area known as the Birds Head Seascape.  There are 5 to 40 endemic coral species and 8 endemic mantis shrimp.  Some species are:

If you are a macro lover you will be pleased by the variety of macro life that you can find in Raja Ampat diving, if you are lucky you will see Pygmy Seahorses, tiny Gobies and Blennies. Nudiphiles will not be disappointed as different varieties can be found on virtually every dive. If you are lucky you even may encounter the remarkable Blue Ringed octopus.  Check out the sand for nudibranchs, and mimic octopus have been seen here too. If you are lucky and patient you can encounter ghost pipefish (robust, harlequin, halimeda) and pygmy seahorses as well as nudibranchs and flatworms. Check out the fire urchins too for zebra crabs, the sea cucumbers for pearlfish, and the sandy rubble for peacock mantis shrimp, flying gurnards, gobies and blennies. The variety of colourful nudibranchs that you can find here.

Raja Ampat Wide Angle

in Raja Ampat is all about opening your eyes and take it all in.  There is so much going on at the same time

you must look at the blue for passing tunas….  and the fish life is truly excellent, so bring your wide-angle camera lenses. With the underwater topography around the rock islands full of swim throughs, mushroom shapes, cracks and pinnacles Raja Ampat’s wide angle photos often adorn the covers of dive books and magazine issues, with the famous schools of sweetlips posing with soft corals or large schools of fish intersecting with schools of other species.

Diving Conditions

Raja Ampat Currents

In Raja Ampat, current is a constant component and must always be considered when planning out dives.  We take into consideration the level, experience and confidence of each diver in the group.  This currents and water movement are the major contributing factor to the reefs vitality.  Like many people diving in Raja Ampat say: “no current, no life”.  Reef hooks may be needed, we can provide them.  But do not worry if you are a new diver as you can find dives suitable for all levels.

As you know, reefs are fragile eco-systems, taking hundreds of years to grow and are easily damaged.

Corals which may have taken decades to grow can be broken in a second by a careless or accidental fin kick. Therefore we ask that you maintain good bouyancy control whilst diving these beautiful sites.

For recently certified divers and for more experienced divers who may be a bit rusty after some months of not diving, we offer a Peak Performance Bouyancy lesson. 

This consists of a short reminder of good bouyancy techniques and one dive when these techniques will be demonstrated and practiced with you.

There are a wide range of dive sites available near the Biodiversity resort ranging from gentle dives with little or no current to some with quite strong current. (Strong current frequently brings in large pelagic fish.)

Good bouyancy control will make you safer, more comfortable in a wider range of reef environments and you will use less air so you can stay longer in these beautiful environments.

Our staff will assess your bouyancy control skill during your first dive at Biodiversity Resort and advise you if additional practice would be beneficial.

Demonstrating good bouyancy control will allow us to take you to a wider variety of reefs, especially the most beautiful and delicate reefs. Poor bouyancy control will restrict the dive sites available to you.

The Peak Performance Bouyancy lesson costs an additional $25 per person (max group size 4).

When to Dive in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat
is a year round diving destination. The rainy season tends to be around October – April, but like all over the tropics, you can expect rain almost any time. In this months the visibilily tends to be a little bit worse because of the concentrations of plakton, at the same time this attracks the mantas, so we could say that this will be “Mantas Season”. During this time is when most liveaboards operate. In June-August the visibility improves.

July and August can be more windy that usually making the sea chopy, some days we can be force to limit the dive sites to the close ones or even cancel the boat dives if the conditions are too bad. We will always try to give you an alternative to catch up your dives. This doesn’t affect the underwater life so we can say that diving is good all through the year.

Water temperatures are a consistent 28 – 30°C year round, a light wetsuit is necessary, though some people choose a 3mm suit and visibility generally ranges between 15 to up to 40 meters.

What to Bring

Remember that you are traveling to one the most remote corners of the world, and dive equipment is limited, so we encourage all divers to bring their own equipment (specially safety equipment: dive computer.  As well as your own dive mask and any spare part that you may need).

We have rental equipment in the Resort, but please if you need to rent let us know in advance so we can make sure we have it available for you.

Dive sites and Safety

You will have a diving briefing before every dive with all the specific information to the site. Every day we will plan the dives with you following your requests. The boat ride to dive sites are between 3 and 35 minutes.

Our staff will bring the equipment, set it up, and rinse it for you (unless you said that you prefer to do it yourself) so you can enjoy your holiday to the maximum.

Dive Sites

Here is a list of some of the sites that we normally do, the package include dives in within 12km around the resort without additional fuel surcharges:

  • Batu Lima (or Five Rocks)
  • Friwen garden
  • Friwen Wall
  • Mike’s Point.
  • Maya Garden
  • Mioskun
  • Koh Island
  • Cross Over
  • Cape Kri
  • Sardine’s reef
  • Chicken reef
  • Blue Magic


We only add extra fuel surcharge for further away dive sites like:

  • Manta point (in Manta season from October to April) 25$ per person, min 4 pax
  • The passage 15$ per person, min 4 pax
  • Fam island day trip 75$ per person min 6 pax


You can do up to four dives a day.  Our dive ratio is one dive guide to six divers and our dives are long, maximum of 75 minutes (depending on your air consumption). Our Dive sites are not crowded and most of the time you will be the only one in the water (with your group!!)

We do NO-DECO dives, we only ask to come back with 40bars.

We encourage divers to dive responsible avoiding any negative impact in the reefs.


Our dive guides will guide the dive very conservatively and to a maximum depth of 30m, the best marine life show is in shallower water so it is not needed to spend too long in deep waters. We do not do deco dives. It is imperative to dive conservatively. Become acquainted with your dive computer and if you have not dived recently please let us know, we can do a refresher course.

We do check dives, this means that we will start with an easy dive site to check your level and make sure that you have an enjoyable and safe dive experience with us. After that we will choose the dive sites according to your level and increasing the difficulty little by little.

There are no nearby decompression chamber facilities in Papua. The closest chamber is in Manado and evacuation is extremely expensive and difficult to arrange. We provide Oxygen for dive emergencies, but breathing Oxygen is insufficient treatment for DCS

Due to our remote location a Dive Insurance is mandatory to dive with us. Under our experience DAN gives a very good service and coverage. If you still don’t have one we can buy a Dan Short Term insurance for you at the Resort.


Marine Park

Raja Ampats diving
and global significance continues to grow as more and more species are discovered, and scientists learn more about them. For example, scientists claim that there is clear evidence that the coral around Raja Ampat may be naturally more resilient to fluctuations in water temperatures. In addition, Raja Ampat’s strong ocean currents sweep coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to replenish other reef ecosystems. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience to threats, and ability to replenish reefs make it a global priority for marine protection.

Raja Ampat’s isolation and low human population have played a large part in keeping its reefs healthy, however the region’s rich coastal and marine resources have made it a target for economic development ranging from fisheries and marine tourism, to more destructive activities such as oil and gas exploration, mining and logging. Leaving Raja Ampat’s natural resources threatened by overfishing and destructive fishing, turtle poaching, and unsustainable logging. Without question, Raja Ampat and the broader Bird’s Head Seascape rank as global priorities for marine conservation!

Local government require strong support in developing effective, sustainable coastal and marine resource management that conserves biodiversity while benefiting local communities. In May 2007, the Raja Ampat government declared a network of seven MPAs  (Marine Protected Areas) and now there are 10 MPAs that together covers nearly 35,000 square Kilometers and approximately 45% of Raja Ampat’s coral reefs and mangroves.

We hope that these MPAs ensure the long-term health and sustainability of Raja Ampat’s marine ecosystems.  Right now the management of the marine protected areas is under two international conservation NGOs, Conservation International (CI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as well as the Indonesian government’s Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (COREMAP).

Shark Sanctuary

JAKARTA — Indonesia has declared a vast sanctuary for dugongs, sharks, turtles and manta rays in a region known as one of the world’s richest sources of marine biodiversity, officials and conservationists said Tuesday.

The sanctuary covers 46,000 square kilometers (17,760 square miles) of waters around the Raja Ampat islands in eastern Indonesia, part of the so-called Coral Triangle region of Southeast Asia.


Sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs and turtles are fully protected within the sanctuary, and destructive practices including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade are banned, local officials said.


Full board accommodation (three meals & afternoon snack, drinking water, tea and coee.

Pick up and return from Waisai ferry terminal.

We oer two types of diving packages:

• Two dives per day; two morning dives first dive 8.00
• Three dives per day; two morning dives, an afternoon dive plus unlimited unguided house reef dives.

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy.

*Single occupancy supplement 35USD per night.

*Prices include taxes.

Accommodation only

Full board (three meals, snack, drinking water, tea and coee)

Superior Cottage 165$ Double Occupancy

Standard Cottage 130$ Double Occupancy

Budget Room 105$ Double Occupancy

*Single room supplement 35$ per night.

Extra dives out of the Package

Day time dives 60$

Night dive 65$

Unguided house reef dives (Advanced divers only) 15$

Rental equipment

Full set (Regulator, BCD, Wetsuit, Mask, n and booties) 40$ per day 230$ per week

Regulator&BCD 30$ per day 150$ per week

Mask snorkel, n and booties 15$ per day

Regulator 15$ per day

BCD 15$ per day

Wetsuit 15$ per day

15$ per day

Underwater Camera / Go Pro Hero 3
15$ per day

Torch 10$ per dive

Diving Courses

Refresh (Supplement) 50$

Discover Scuba Diving 120$

Open Water Diver 595$ with SSI 710$ with PADI

Advanced Open Water 475$ with SSI 600$ with PADI

Rescue Diver 575$ with SSI 694$ with PADI


Snorkeling joining the daily diving trip 15$

Birdwatching 150,000IDR pp


Airport Pick up to Sorong Ferry terminal 40$ per person

Raja Ampat Marine Park fee 1.000.000IDR

Soft Drinks 2.5$

Beer 5$

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