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Waigeo is a major stopover for divers and explorers on their Raja Ampat adventure. The largest of the four islands that make up the Raja Ampat archipelago, Waigeo is undisputedly one of the most sought-after diving destinations in the world, famous for its astounding underwater diversity, dazzling coral gardens and an abundance of marine creatures.

On land, Waigeo has much to offer. The island is covered by an immensely rich tropical rainforest teeming with wildlife, rare birds and one-of-a-kind flora such as bioluminescent mushrooms. There are unique mammals, reptiles, insects and plant species, and opportunities to trek through the untamed wilderness, visit traditional tribal villages and ancient cultural sites and cross rushing rivers, waterfalls and lakes.

The main attraction here in Waigeo is its flourishing underwater world, so let’s take a look at what you can expect when you dive in Waigeo with Mikumba Diving’s Jelajahi Laut.

Get To Know Waigeo

Measuring 3,155 km², Waigeo is located in the West Papua province just 7 km away from the town of Sorong. On Waigeo’s southern shores is the town of Waisai, the capital of the Raja Ampat Regency and an entry point for visitors.

Interesting fact about Waigeo – the island is almost split into two by the stunning Mayalibit Bay, a nutrient-rich body of turquoise water that separates the main part of Waigeo from West Waigeo, which is largely uninhabited. Sheltered by towering rocky cliffs, Mayalibit Bay is home to 200 species of fish, and an unidentified species of white dolphins, which live side by side with a herd of saltwater crocodiles. Its jungle interiors are deep and dark, wild and untamed, and is home to the world-renowned crimson Bird of Paradise and Wilson’s Bird of Paradise.

The eastern, or main part of Waigeo is where you’ll find homestays, dive centres, banks and ATMs and numerous cafes and restaurants as well as a hospital, an airport and a harbour, and government services offices. West Waigeo is an impenetrable jungle but there are fully supported hiking lodges and trails run by the indigenous Mayan communities, perfect for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore West Waigeo’s unimaginable wonders including the magical Kali Biru (Blue River).

Diving and Snorkelling In Waigeo

 

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Diving and snorkelling can be great from Waisai and Kabui Bay, but diving and snorkelling in West Waigeo is nothing short of magical. As customers of Mikumba Diving, you won’t need to worry about journeying across Mayalibit Bay and trekking through dense jungles to dive and snorkel in West Waigeo – we’ll take you there in comfort with our beloved Jelajahi Laut, our luxurious mid-range liveaboard where we’ll explore the area’s pristine underwater world.

Thanks to its remoteness, there are fewer chances of running into other travellers, and you’ll see thousands of colourful fish and stunning coral reefs while diving in West Waigeo including white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, a huge variety of nudibranch species, sea dragons, blue-striped flagtail pipefish, pygmy seahorses, green sea turtles, giant napoleon wrasse, Indian lionfish, sea fans and so much more.  From West Waigeo, we’ll also have easy access to Raja Ampat’s famed Wayag Islands.

In West Waigeo, we’ll dive into stunning Alyui Bay, a beautiful mangrove-lined inlet filled with bays and coves. Dive sites here include Chanel No. 5 with enormous schools of sweetlips and fusiliers, white tip sharks and dolphins. Pearl Farm Jetty is full of micro-critters, ghost pipefish, nudibranchs and crustaceans and is perfect for night dives, underwater photography and muck lovers. In Pulai Yefnabi in Meos Manggara, manta rays congregate all year round. We’ll also find a large population of manta rays at Eagle Rock, as they flock to the multiple cleaning stations located all around the dive site.

Other popular dive sites in Waigeo would include Cape Kri on the southern tip of Waigeo Manta Point near Arborek Island just southwest of Waigeo; and The Passage – the channel between Waigeo and Gam Island. Other popular dive sites are Four Kings, White Wall Waigeo, Eagle Rock, Mansuar Corner, Melissa’s Garden, Sardine Reef, Saonek Island, and Equator Cave, just to name a few.

Explore Waigeo With Mikumba Diving

Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Raja Ampat’s mystifying Waigeo aboard Jelajahi Laut. Designed by experienced divers from the ground up, Jelajahi Laut features six charming air-conditioned cabins, including two with private balconies and all with hot water.

Onboard, we’ve created a serene and spacious sun deck, providing the perfect spot to unwind, soak in the sea views, and savour a refreshing drink as you bask in the evening breeze after a day of incredible diving.

Jelajahi Laut is the perfect liveaboard to explore Waigeo, Raja Ampat and Misool. Book Mikumba Diving’s Raja Ampat liveaboard trip today for your next adventure with our boat, Jelajahi Laut, and explore the magnificent underwater world at your own pace. Visit our website for more information and book your diving trip with Mikumba Diving now!