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Melissa’s Garden, Fam Islands, Raja Ampat

Melissa’s Garden Dive Site in Raja Ampat

Rich coral gardens and diverse marine life

Information about Melissa's Garden

Dive into the stunning underwater world of Melissa’s Garden, a jewel in the heart of Raja Ampat!

Melissa’s Garden, located in the Fam Islands of Raja Ampat, is celebrated for its breathtaking coral gardens and extraordinary marine biodiversity. This dive site is a true paradise for divers, offering a serene and vibrant underwater experience.

The site is renowned for its expansive and pristine coral formations. Divers can expect to see a kaleidoscope of colors as they navigate through fields of hard and soft corals. The garden-like quality of the coral formations makes it a favorite spot for underwater photographers and marine biologists alike.

Melissa’s Garden is teeming with marine life. Schools of colorful reef fish such as anthias, damselfish, and butterflyfish are common sightings. The site is also home to various macro critters like nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, and blennies, making it a fantastic spot for macro photography. For those looking for larger marine life, occasional encounters with reef sharks, wobbegong sharks, and even manta rays can be expected.

The diving conditions at Melissa’s Garden are generally calm, with excellent visibility often exceeding 30 meters (98 feet). The depth ranges from shallow coral reefs to deeper sections, allowing divers of all experience levels to enjoy the site. The water temperature ranges from 27-30°C (81-86°F), ensuring comfortable dives year-round.

Non-divers can also enjoy the beauty of Melissa’s Garden through snorkeling. The shallow parts of the reef are accessible and provide an equally stunning view of the underwater world.

Our liveaboard trips to Melissa’s Garden typically last 7-10 nights, offering multiple dives at this magnificent site. Onboard, you will experience the comfort of modern accommodations, gourmet meals, and the guidance of our experienced dive professionals. These trips are designed to maximize your diving experience, ensuring you get the most out of every dive.

The best time to visit Melissa’s Garden is between October and April, when diving conditions are at their peak. Getting to the site is straightforward, with most liveaboards offering transfers from Sorong. Join us on an unforgettable adventure to Melissa’s Garden and discover why it is considered one of Raja Ampat’s premier diving destinations.

Embark on a liveaboard adventure to Melissa’s Garden with us and immerse yourself in the vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs of Raja Ampat!

Interesting facts about Melissa's Garden

Melissa’s Garden is known for its pristine coral gardens, making it a top dive site in Raja Ampat.

The site features a high diversity of marine life, including colorful reef fish and macro critters.

It is an ideal spot for both beginner and experienced divers due to its calm conditions and rich biodiversity.

The site is named after the daughter of the famous underwater photographer, Michael Aw.

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Melissa’s Garden, Fam Islands, Raja Ampat
Melissa’s Garden, Fam Islands, Raja Ampat

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Experience the underwater wonders of Piaynemo, a true jewel in the heart of Raja Ampat.

Piaynemo, located in the northwest of Raja Ampat, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant coral reefs. Our liveaboard trips offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore this stunning region, providing access to world-class dive sites and the convenience of onboard accommodations and expert dive guides.

The dive sites around Piaynemo are nothing short of spectacular. Known as the "epicenter of marine life," this region boasts unparalleled biodiversity. Divers can expect to encounter a kaleidoscope of marine species, including vibrant coral gardens, schools of fusiliers, and various species of reef sharks. The underwater visibility is typically excellent, ranging from 15 to 30 meters (50 to 100 feet), making it a haven for underwater photographers.

Piaynemo's diving conditions are generally suitable for divers of all experience levels, with mild to moderate currents. The water temperature averages between 27°C to 30°C (81°F to 86°F), so a 3mm wetsuit is recommended for comfortable diving. The relatively gentle currents attract a wide variety of marine life, providing thrilling yet accessible dives.

Beyond diving, Piaynemo offers stunning viewpoints that should not be missed. A short hike up the karst islands rewards you with panoramic views of the iconic limestone formations and turquoise waters, a perfect spot for those memorable travel photos. Snorkeling is also a popular activity here, allowing non-divers to enjoy the vibrant reefs and abundant marine life just beneath the surface.

The best time to visit Piaynemo is during the dry season, from October to April, when the weather is most favorable and the seas are calm. To reach Piaynemo, you can fly into Sorong, the gateway to Raja Ampat. From Sorong, liveaboard cruises will transport you to the remote and pristine dive sites of Piaynemo, ensuring a seamless and adventurous journey.

Join us on a liveaboard adventure to Piaynemo and dive into the heart of Raja Ampat’s spectacular reefs. Whether you are an experienced diver seeking new underwater landscapes or a nature enthusiast eager to explore one of the world's most beautiful regions, Piaynemo offers something extraordinary for everyone. Let us help you plan your perfect diving getaway and create unforgettable memories in this marine paradise.

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