Raja Ampat, “The Four Kings”, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, surrounding the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool with most sites only accessible by liveaboard. The name Raja Ampat is believed to have originated from folklore where a lady finds seven eggs, four of which hatch and become kings of the four main islands, while the other three eggs became a woman, a ghost, and a stone.
The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea (so endless possibilities for liveaboard diving!), home to 540 types of coral, more than 1,000 types of fish and 700 types of mollusc. This makes it the most diverse living library in the world, with around 75% of the world’s species living here. Raja Ampat’s sheer numbers and diversity of marine life and its huge pristine coral reef systems are a scuba diver’s dream come true and a fantastic place for snorkellers too.