Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort’s house reef displays the extraordinary underwater life of the region. The reef flat and reef wall host a vibrant marine life where hundreds of bright colored fish swirl above the corals. Lucky snorkelers might also come across a sea turtle, a manta ray or a crocodile fish.

Aerial view of Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort house reef
Aerial view of Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort house reef. On the right, you can see “batu lima”, a small rock edged by coral.

How to get to Biodiversity Resort?

Only guests of the Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort and the neighbouring homestays (Monkairi Homestay and Yenanas Paradise Homestay) can access this spot.

The spot is located on Gam island, in the heart of Raja Ampat archipelago. After catching a flight to Sorong, you have to take the ferry to Waisai (leaves at 9 a.m and 2. p.m., check before travelling) where you will be picked up by a boat sent by the accommodation where you made reservation.

Snorkeling at Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort snorkeling map

Water entrance for snorkeling Biodiversity Resort house reef

You can enter the water almost anywhere you wish from the beach. If you want to explore the northern side of the reef (where a small rock emerges – see map), walk to the northern end of the beach and enter the water there.

Biodiversity Resort house reef snorkeling exploration

The whole house reef can be snorkeled. From the pier to the southern tip of the beach (on your right while facing the sea), the reef flat is around 50m wide, which makes the reef wall easily accessible. North of the pier, the reef flat widens progressively and reaches the rock (called “batu lima”, see map) which emerges from the bay, around 300m away from shore.

Green sea turtle at Snorkeling at Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort
Near the drop off, look for the green sea turtles that come to rest in the bay.

Raja Ampat coral reefs are well known for their richness and their diversity and this spot is no exception. The reef flat and the reef wall are covered by a wide variety of hard corals and soft corals, sea fans, sponges and sea lilies. Hundreds of damsels and sea goldies swirl around over the reef, where you can see clown triggerfish, regal angelfish, butterflyfish and surgeonfish. Sometimes, a green turtle calmly crosses the reef. Be on the watch of schools of barracuda often sheltering below the reef edge, and, during the season, of manta rays visiting the bay.

Crocodile fish at Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort
The crocodilefish is occasionally spotted on the reef.

If you spend a few days here, try night (or dusk) snorkeling. It is the perfect occasion for observing species which live hidden during the day, such as the walking sharks, which have learned to “walk” on the seabed with the help of their fins.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort, Monkairi Homestay and Yenanas Paradise Homestay are located on the beach, facing the reef.




 

  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth6ft/2m on the flats, +30ft/10m on the drop off
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • Visitor numbersLow to medium
  • Access costsCost of the stay on the beach resort or homestays

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.