Raja Ampat Paddle Boarding Experience with Meridian Adventure Dive
With clear waters, white beaches, and lush forests, the Raja Ampat islands are the perfect tropical retreat for all. Exploring the incredible underwater world, the dense forests, and magical beaches might be the most common and obvious ways to experience the area and well worth your time. However, there are many other ways to explore and appreciate the last paradise.
The clear, calm waters of the area provide the perfect conditions to participate in several water sports, including paddleboarding. While the sport may seem intimidating to many, it is easy to learn and a safe water sport, especially in these fantastic conditions. It is even possible for those who are still hesitant to take part whilst sitting or have a guide to double up with you for the experience.
Raja Ampat is well known for the reefs and incredible marine life but what many do not know is that most of these reefs are shallow and readily assessable to all. Because of this, it is possible to enjoy the wonders of the underwater world from the surface. With a knowledgeable guide leading the way, you can have the best experiences while on a paddleboard. Meridian Adventure Dive has perfected paddleboarding safaris and offers top-of-the-range equipment, including inflatable paddle boards for guests who wish to participate.
Almost every reef and island offers the opportunity to explore on a paddleboard. It is still a great holiday activity for the entire family, even when not spotting marine life. What sets Meridian Adventure apart is the unique locations and routes that they have discovered for their guests.
Imagine a late afternoon traveling on a custom-built dive boat through the most breath-taking landscapes to a hidden bay where your paddleboards are waiting for you to start your journey after an experienced guide has shown you the ropes of using a paddleboard. You set out on an incredible route twisting through towering limestone formations and channels you didn’t even notice before.
Over shallow reefs with clear water, into naturally formed caves and overhangs, the guides are there to assist you and give you information on the area. You can hear and spot large groups of jolly birds in the trees, and below you, the coral is rich with fish coming out of their daytime hiding spots. As you make your way around the last bend, you will be amazed by the incredible sunset that appears on the horizon.
The evening offers shades of orange, yellow, and red you have never experienced before. At this point, you are encouraged to take a few minutes of silence to take in all around you as the sun sets before being transferred to your waiting dive boat, where you can enjoy refreshments on your journey back. This experience is one example of the team's many paddleboarding experiences.
From sunset paddleboarding through the limestone formations, sunrise paddleboarding around a tropical island seeing the local fruit bats returning from their night-time adventure, or even paddling on a winding saltwater river surrounded by lush mangrove forests to find natural waterfalls and pools waiting for you at the end. These are but a few of the possibilities available to you. For those even more adventurous, why not rent a paddleboard for the day and explore on your own. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is fast becoming a popular water sport and is a great way to explore the untouched and get closer to nature. The perfect way to explore Raja Ampat in a new and exciting way.
About Meridian Adventure Dive
Situated in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Meridian Adventure Dive is a PADI 5 Star Resort and winner of the PADI Green Star award. Scuba divers enjoy our professional services that have become synonymous with both the PADI and Meridian Adventure names.