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When travelling to Indonesia:

Current Rules & Restrictions: Indonesia is open but with the following restrictions:

Diving in Raja Ampat Protocols:  Scuba-Diving-Raja-Ampat-COVID-19-Handbook-Selam_English_260920

International arrival via all international airports

 

VACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Show printed proof of a negative PCR test result. The test results must be valid for 48 hours from the time of sampling until the time of departure.
  • If the traveler has been infected with Covid-19 in the last 30 days, they are released from a negative PCR test result if the traveler can show a medical certificate from a doctor/hospital/ministry or a Covid-19 recovery certificate from the country of departure (in English) stating that the person concerned is no longer transmitting Covid-19.
  • Show printed or digital proof that you have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days before leaving for Indonesia (there are exceptions for visitors under 18 years old, diplomatic visitors/official government envoys, and for medical reasons).
  • Download the PeduliLindung application and complete travel details.
  • Upon arrival in Indonesia there will be a body temperature check and if the traveler is considered unwell, you will be asked to do a PCR test at the airport. Otherwise, if the traveler is considered healthy, they are welcome to continue the journey.

 

UNVACCINATED TRAVELERS

  • Quarantine period of 5 x 24 hours for those who have not been vaccinated or have received 1x dose of vaccine followed by a repeat PCR test on 1 day and before the last day of quarantine.
  • Pick up and drop off directly from the airport to the quarantine hotel, or accommodation, or residence in the city of arrival.
  • Comply with quarantine obligations at your own expense.
  • You can continue your journey in Indonesia if the last PCR test result is negative after the 5 x 24 hours of quarantine is complete.​

 

VISA

Visa On arrival is available for the following nationalities listed below. Cost of Visa on Arrival: IDR 500,000 (approx. 38 USD) valid for 30 days renewable for 1 month. Credit cards accepted is Visa and Mastercard.

 

Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunesia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam.

 

Depending on the nationality, if their nationalities not listed above, they need to apply for B211A visa approval letter at an embassy.


Find Out More

Raja Ampat is home to masses of marine species and over 70% of the worlds known coral species. When diving in this incredible location you are often surrounded by schools of fish of different shapes and sizes. At times it can be overwhelming especially on dive sites like Blue Magic or Cape Kri, where the stronger currents and deep reef drop-offs attract schools of fish that seemingly just float in the currents off the reef.

While there is a countless number of fish surrounding you, it might be intimidating to try and identify all. We have put together a guide on what and where to expect in this diving paradise.

Most often when starting your descent on a dive you will be surrounded by Fusilier. These small blue and yellow pelagic fish are commonly found in the shallower parts of the reef where they feed on plankton. On occasion, you might also spot large groups of Red Toothed triggerfish darting to the surface before their vivid blue shapes disappear into the deeper waters again. Often you can even spot their blue shapes and turbulent water from their movements from the surface. Like the Fusilier, they mainly feed on plankton and Krill close to the surface of the water.

Juvenile Longfin Batfish has also been seen in smaller groups close to the surface and often these curious groups of fish will follow a group of divers from the descent to their accent.  

While Raja Ampat is an incredible destination for divers it is also possible for snorkellers to get a taste of these impressive schools of fish. The local jetties that are found near popular dive sites are home to the most impressive snorkelling imaginable. 

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These sites are appropriate for even beginner snorkellers and the shallow reefs under the jetties are home to large schools of Rabbitfish, Batfish, Butterflyfish and Angelfish. 

While the shallow waters of Raja Ampat are home to many schools of fish. 

The deeper waters are also home to many interesting sightings.

In stronger currents most often just off the reef slope or in canyons between reefs Dogtooth Barracudas gather in large groups and seemingly just hover into the oncoming currents. These opportunistic hunters have found the currents bring easy prey to them. These groups of barracuda can be intimidating when you spot their toothy grins but make for incredible photographs.

Along with the barracudas that make the deeper waters their home many game fish can be spotted in large groups. Giant Trevally, Yellowfin Tuna, and Snappers just to name a few. While these are truly incredible schools of fish to see it is important for divers to keep safety in mind when they hope to see these gamefish. As a common rule of thumb, the stronger the currents in Raja Ampat are the more fish life you are likely to see. While diving in these currents is not dangerous when diving with trained professionals the rules of safe diving should always be followed. And safety should never be ignored for the sake of possible sightings.

Of the schools of fish that are found in Raja Ampat the most interesting are the large schools of Grouper and Giant Sweetlips that can be found in the deeper waters. Both species of fish grow to exceptionally large sizes with Giant Sweetlips reaching lengths of 1m and Groupers have been known to grow much larger even.  Both species favour the deeper waters where they use rock and reef structures for protection from currents and Apex predators that also patrol the reef system. It is an impressive sight to behold when you swim over a rock formation just to see a group of 20 Giant sweetlips casually swimming below.

With the incredible marine diversity and dive sites that cater to all levels of divers, Raja Ampat is a must-visit destination for all those who want to be truly surrounded by the underwater world.

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