Experience the breathtakingly beautiful Raja Ampat – one of the world’s last true adventures. The seas around Raja Ampat are the most biodiverse on the planet, above the water the landscapes are awe-inspiring and the wildlife is prolific. Come diving, snorkeling, bird or whale watching, explore ancient rock art, untouched forests and beaches and marvel at the glory of this wonderland aboard Shakti.
This has been the best 10 days of my life...
Michael, quoted in Sport Diver, February 2015
Raja Ampat has, over the past decade, become one of the most-desirable places to dive in the world – and with good reason
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and schools surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. It encompasses more than 9.8 million acres (40,000 km) of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named province of Papua Barat (West Papua) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya.
The Coral Triangle of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity; the seas around Raja Ampat are possibly the richest in the world... Learn More
Experience the breathtakingly beautiful Raja Ampat – one of the world’s last true adventures. The seas around Raja Ampat are the most biodiverse on the planet; above the water the landscapes are awe-inspiring and the wildlife is prolific. Come diving, snorkeling, bird or whale watching, explore ancient rock art, untouched forests and beaches and marvel at the glory of this wonderland aboard Shakti.
Having extensively explored the region over almost two decades, the Shakti team can offer
unique itineraries to genuinely unknown and pristine dive sites. The best way to dive this
remote marine environment off West Papua’s Bird’s Head Peninsula is by basing your- self on
There are world-class snorkel sites as well as breathtaking anchorages. Shakti has explored
and discovered awe-inspiring coasts to kayak as well as bat-caves and serene hiking routes.
Hiking through jungle and viewing the ocean from majestical peaks
The Shakti is a long serving and extremely comfortable liveaboard that offers trips of all
kinds – geological expeditions, bird watching, trekking and village interactions. Enjoy some
of the most beautiful karst limestone coastal scenery in the world. Virgin rainforests meeting
Our 32-metre traditional Indonesian phinisi is the most experienced boats in Raja Ampat,
offering unparalleled possibilities to discover an Indonesian island paradise. We operate
year round in the Raja Ampat area and have more experience and knowledge of these seas than
The wooden Phinisi boat – a masterpiece of traditional Bugis-Makassar design – is exceptionally
strong and are almost entirely built traditionally, in method and equipment. The boat craftsmen
do not have special engineering training
What an adventure!
The diving quality offered by Raja Ampat is the first highlight, as it should be. It’s amazingly colourful, vibrant, full of life and of surprises. You cannot possibly know better. Second highlight is the staff aboard the Shakti… Really! Their attentions for their guests are genuine, they are constantly going out of their ways to help and make sure you get the most out of your experience. They are smart, fun and interesting to talk to. Everything is kept in order and their organization is always efficient and insuring that everything runs safely and smoothly. Good job!
I want to thank the crew, who are very copious. They gave us a very comprehensive run down of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat.The dive director is a person with an amiable personality, chatty, and an interesting person with lots of things to share. All of them did their job well. From guidance in our diving activities to assistance in setting up our equipment, they attended to our needs with a smile on their face. The housekeeping team also kept the place clean and tidy. The chefs cooked fresh and delightful Indonesian and international dishes. I also appreciate the management of SMY Shakti when it comes to the organization of diving schedules and their utmost care and passion for protecting the area of Raja Ampat from possible environmental effects of massive tourism.
Jason, 2015, USA
I highly recommend that people go to Raja Ampat soon since the coral is still living and beautiful here, unlike most places in the world. I can't rave about this trip enough; everything was excellent. The wooden schooner was very cool, slightly rustic but comfortable. And we rarely saw another boat; it was true wilderness. For those who love photography, there is ample opportunity for unique photographs. The limit on number of passengers provided the perfect group. It was easy to get to know seven other people, which was nice since I traveled as a single. I can truly say that I have never been as relaxed as I was on this trip. It was hard coming back to reality! I give this trip a 10 out of 10.
This is an amazing trip! Living on the boat was the best. The snorkeling was unparalleled. We snorkeled 2 different reefs every day and each was spectacular. The soft coral snorkel was particularly awe inspiring. I've been snorkeling for many years and have never seen anything like the corals and animals we saw on this trip. The guides were fabulous, pointing out animals and plants I would never have seen on my own. I really enjoyed the company of the other guests as well as the guides and crew. This was the trip of a lifetime for us.
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