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At Mikumba Diving we are lucky to operate in two of the best places in Indonesia to dive – Komodo National Park and Raja Ampat.

From May to November our Komodo liveaboard is based in Labuan Bajo, cruising around the National Park until towards the end of November when we head back to Raja Ampat. We stay there until mid April when we do the crossing back again to Flores. We call these trips “The Ring of Fire Expeditions” and they really are the trip of a life time. We travel 2000km in 20 days and we have seen everything from whales, pods of dolphins, hundreds of hammerhead sharks, erupting volcanos and dive in places where no one has dived before. This is pure expedition diving and our guests love it.

Last week we covered what we believe to be some of the best dive sites in Komodo so now we will talk about some of the best places to dive on our budget Raja Ampat liveaboard.

One of everyone’s favourites is Melissa’s Garden. This is one of the most famous dives sites in Raja Ampat with good reason – it has some of the most stunning hard corals you will ever see, pygmy seahorses, an incredible variety of reef fish and there’s also a great chance of seeing wobbegong sharks!

If it’s the big stuff you’re interested in then you have to visit Blue Magic for one of the best opportunities to dive with oceanic mantas. Here we regularly see these majestic 7m beauties hanging out while we just watch in awe. There’s also schools of barracuda, blue fin trevallies and black and white tip reef sharks to be seen.

On our 10 day Raja Ampat liveaboard trips we visit Misool, one of the largest islands in the archipelago. You will find some of the most distinctive coral reefs in Raja Ampat here with their stunning colours of different soft corals, making it look like a rainbow down there! The Misool dive sites have all different types of critters from the peculiar harlequin shrimp to the wonderful mimic octopus, the tiny pygmy seahorse and different types of ghost pipefish. We do multiple dives around here and our guests often don’t want to leave.

So, if you’re looking for a liveaboard in Komodo or a liveaboard in Raja Ampat but can’t decide which you want to do then the Ring of Fire Expedition could be the trip for you so you can cover both areas in 1 trip.

With so may options to offer you it’s no surprise people often tell us that as well as being the best dive centre in Komodo we are also the best budget liveaboard in Raja Ampat.

For our female readers out there we’ve found an interesting guide you might like from our friends at Sloactive called “The Ultimate Guide to Diving for Women” here.