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Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat

Dampier Strait Diving

Dive into the heart of Raja Ampat's vibrant marine life

What you need to know about Dampier Strait

Dampier Strait, a vital waterway in Raja Ampat, is famed for its astonishing marine biodiversity and world-class dive sites. Located between Waigeo and Batanta islands, this strait is a hotspot for pelagic life, vibrant coral reefs, and an abundance of fish species. Divers flock to Dampier Strait to witness breathtaking underwater scenes, including schools of barracudas, trevallies, and majestic manta rays gliding through the nutrient-rich waters.

What makes Dampier Strait exceptional is its strong currents, which bring nutrient-laden waters from the Pacific Ocean, fostering an incredible array of marine life. Dive sites here range from gentle coral gardens to exhilarating drift dives, suitable for both novice and experienced divers. Depths vary from 5 to 40 meters (16 to 131 feet), with visibility often exceeding 25 meters (82 feet). Besides diving, snorkelers can enjoy the shallow reefs teeming with colorful fish, while bird enthusiasts might spot rare bird species in the surrounding mangroves.

Our liveaboard trips offer the best way to experience the wonders of Dampier Strait. With knowledgeable guides and comfortable accommodations, we provide seamless access to the top dive sites, ensuring you make the most of your underwater adventure in this extraordinary marine paradise.

Interesting facts about Dampier Strait Island

Getting there: The best way to explore Dampier Strait is by liveaboard, offering convenient access to the premier dive sites. Alternatively, you can fly to Sorong and join a boat tour from there.

Best time to visit Dampier Strait: The prime diving season is from October to April, with water temperatures ranging from 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F). The conditions are ideal for diving, with calm seas and excellent visibility.

Diving Conditions: Dampier Strait features dive sites with depths ranging from 5 to 40 meters (16 to 131 feet) and visibility often exceeding 25 meters (82 feet). The strong currents bring nutrient-rich waters, making it a haven for marine life and a thrilling experience for divers.

Our liveaboard trips: Our liveaboard vessels frequently visit Dampier Strait as part of longer Raja Ampat itineraries, typically lasting 7-10 days. These trips often include other iconic dive sites such as Cape Kri and Blue Magic.

A little-known fact: Dampier Strait is named after the British explorer William Dampier, who was one of the first Europeans to explore the area in the 17th century. His detailed observations of the region's natural history laid the groundwork for future explorations.

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Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Blue Magic, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat
Manta Sandy, Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat

Highlights and Visitorpoints on Dampier Strait

Our trips to Dampier Strait

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