With a just a few weeks to go before we head off to Raja Ampat as part of our Trans Indonesia Tour 2013 we thought we’d take just a few moments to introduce the lodge that we’ll be staying at during our time there. Raja Ampat Dive Lodge could hardly be better located, surrounded by verdant rainforest and white sandy beaches we think it makes for the perfect tropical escape. We often see parrots flying overhead, the sounds of the jungle come alive at dusk and aside from the stunning topside vistas there’s some truly world class diving to be had on the doorstep. Manta Sandy consists of a number of scattered coral bommies in around 15 meters of water, just 20 minutes by boat from the resort this dive site regularly hosts up to 10 mantas at a time (occasionally more). With the lodge being located in the heart of the Dampier Strait, a channel of water that passes through the region bringing nutrient rich waters, the reef diving here is some of the finest we’ve experienced in Asia with abundant soft corals and stunning underwater reefscapes. Fish life in Raja Ampat is prolific with large schools of pelagics such as barracuda and horse eye jacks, wobbegong sharks rest on table corals and reef sharks are also becoming more commonplace with the crackdown on fishing practices throughout the region.
The resort itself has been designed to fit with the local surroundings, it’s modest appearance suits the environments in which it sits. Each has a veranda and seating for relaxing between dives and there are a number of loungers and shaded area on jetties around the resort. The restaurant is decorated with Papuan artifacts and serves up a variety of delicious snacks throughout the day. For more information on our Trans Imndonesia Tour follow the link – diving in Indonesia.