Chicken Reef

A huge submerged pinnacle with huge marine life diversity

Chicken Reef Raja Ampat
  • Rock formations of all shapes

    Chicken Reef site is a submerged pinnacle located in the Northeast of Kri Island. This reef has a depth of approximately 30 meters and features some rock formations and various soft and hard corals where colorful fish inhabit. The reef has an enormous number of magnificent marine life, in particular large numbers of reef fish and of course, many black tip reef sharks.

    School of Giant Trevaly in Chicken Reef

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    Diving Cruise RAJA AMPAT

    | 8 Days / 7 Nights | 3152 € Full Board

    Central & North Raja Ampat, Wayag
    Sorong to Sorong

    Next Departure:

    2024 November 08th to 15th

    394 per day

    Up to 3 dives/day

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    Type of dive

    This site is exposed to strong currents, and usually dives in Chicken Reef are done below 30 meters of depth, therefore the site is only recommended for advanced divers and higher levels and will be best dived when the current is just right. The very great visibility, normally reaching 30 meters, helps divers with their navigation in the strong currents, nevertheless when currents are milder, the current will just move you along the reef in a pleasant way.

    Orange Lined Cardinal

    One of the richest Fauna

    Chicken Reef’s slope is dotted with large coral bommies and within the gorgonian fans and anemones you will find plenty of critters hiding. There are plenty of soft and hard corals such as black stag-horn corals, table corals and feather corals, which makes this site a mind-blowing diving spot for coral lovers. The bottom of the site is a sandy floor and it is packed with schools of black snappers, large schools of fusiliers, groupers, clown triggerfish, sweet lips, blue fin jacks, batfish, surgeonfish, tunas, garden eels, butterflyfish and smaller groups of moorish idols, unicorn surgeonfish, angelfish and banner fish. Despite the fact of having a similar topography to other sites, it delivers a vastly different set of species. What also makes this an interesting site, is the large quantity of small fish that attract predators, hence it is common to see barracudas, whitetip sharks or giant trevallies in search of food. Spanish mackerel can be spotted swimming around the reef. On the shallower parts of the dive site, you can frequently see a large school of bump head parrotfish cruising around. You might also be rewarded with the sighting of Crocodile fish or Wobbegong Sharks.

    Thornback Cowfish

    And beautiful Macro

    In regards to the macro life of this amazing site, fish that can be found include pygmy seahorses, mantis shrimps, flatworms, nudibranchs, pipefish frogfish, leaf fish and some very interesting crabs. This fantastic dive site is a photographer's dream, with both wide angle and macro opportunities, which means one time will not be enough, and you will want to do it again.

    Lined Nembrotha Lineolata

    What are you waiting for?

    The colors of Chicken Reef are amazing, the reef life is great, it is perhaps the most commonly visited in Raja Ampat, so don’t think twice and come to discover the beauty of the place, favorite of many.

    Divers can enjoy this site all year round, given the exceptionally warm water temperature, ranging from 28 to 30 Celsius degrees. However, the best time to dive here is from mid-October to mid-December, due to the sunny weather and calm seas.

    Crocodilefish Close-up


    Whether you're looking for a private charter, or to live an adventure on the sea while discovering new landscapes & meeting new people, We can help you make your dream come true.


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    All boats, Cabins & on-board furniture's have an authentic and sophisticated design, made with quality materials.

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    You will also enjoy free access to kayaks and stand-up paddles (SUP) if you wish to explore the surrounding.
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    Another important part of your journey, the Food., you will enjoy some great dishes cooked with love by some skilled chef. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, you will be delighted all day long. 

    You can refer to the label on the boat description to have a quick overview about the class of the cruise.
     All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and Private bathroom (ensuite). 
    Comfort: All cabins are equipped with Air conditioning and some cabins may have shared bathroom (Max 2 cabins).

    You should definitely consider the full charter option especially if you are planning this cruise with your family or friends. It will make the experience even more exceptional. As we offer a large choice of boat, no matter if you are 6, 10 or more than 12 we will find the best vessel according the standing you are expecting. From 1000$ per night in adventure standing, 2000$ per night in Comfort standing and from 3000$ in Luxury standing. Contact us for more informations.

    Not at all, beginners can do discover scuba diving during the cruise (let us know to arrange it)

    Open water certified divers or equivalent will have access to most of the dive sites, but to make the best of the cruise Advanced level and experience in drift dive is recommended. You can spend a few days with us in Bali before starting your cruise, by joining our Safari tour or to get your Advanced certification in one of our four dive centers, it will allow you to dive up to 30m depth, to join night dives and be more confident and comfortable while drift diving.

    For an even better training we recommend you to join the drift specialty in Nusa Lembongan.

    If you are more into Leisure, Yoga or Surfing, we can offer you some great cruise experience while practicing some of your favourite activities. Contact us for more informations.

    Indonesia spread over its more than 5000 km along the Equator which offers a tropical climate with only two season, dry & wet.

    Dry season is mainly from May to October Wet season from November to April.
    Keep in mind that Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, so you can visit year-round as wet season won’t start in the same time in different places.

    Landscapes are also pretty different due to Tropical rainforest climate and Tropical savannah climate.

    Komodo: All year around
    North Komodo: April to December
    South Komodo: January to march
    Raja Ampat: October to May
    Banda Island: September to November
    Alor: May to November

    We do recommend you to bring your own gears if you already own it. If not it’s not a big deal, you can rent the full set onboard, some of our partners provide rental equipment for free, maximum you can expect another 60$ per day.
    As a reminder, every scuba diver should be equipped with: Wetsuite/BCD/Regulator set/Fins/Weight system/Dive computer/SMB/Torchlight/Compass.

    Nitrox tanks are available on most of the boats, please refer to the boat description.

    Included: Transportation between airport & boat (return)/ Accommodation/ Meals and snacks/ non alcoholic beverage/ 12L tanks and weight system for divers

    Not Included:
    Marine park and Port authority fees / International and domestic flights/ Traveling - Diving Insurance / alcoholic beverage & espresso/ massage/ 15L tanks and dive gears rental for scuba divers

    Most of the time €, Us$ are accepted onboard, but we do recommend you to bring enough cash in local currency IDR. Payement by card are available on some boats, please refer to the boat description.
    Most of electric outlets on board are European type.

    Tipping from 5 to 10% of the cruise amount are expected, it express your satisfaction level. Tips are also an important income part for crew members.