what to expect
Diving with us
Photo by John Haskew
Respect marine life
Please never touch anything underwater. Ever. We repeat this in our briefing before every dive.
We also ask our divers to only use reef safe sunscreen before diving with us (or none at all! A hat and a buff will also keep you safe from the sun). If you’d like to learn about how non-reef safe sunscreen is damaging coral reefs, check out this article by Chasing Coral.
Respect your own diving limits. We adapt the dive plan according to our diver's experience and arrange groups based on experience level. Our certified divemasters have been diving in Raja Ampat for a minimum of four years. For our open water diver groups, we put four divers maximum with one of our divemasters. For advanced diver groups, we put a maximum of 5 divers in one group. We draw a map of each dive site and do thorough briefings before each dive.
We try to tailor the schedule to our divers' wishes, but the tides and currents are king in Raja Ampat. Jumping at the right place at the right time is key to having a safe and enjoyable dive in Raja Ampat. This is why we pride ourselves on understanding how the tides affect the currents and knowing the underwater topography of every dive site.
Apart from a few dive sites, all of the dive sites we visit can be enjoyed at relatively shallow depths. We insist that our divers never go past the no-deco limit and always complete a safety stop. There is no hyperbaric chamber in Raja Ampat, so we put safety as the number one priority. We have an emergency action plan established in the unlikely event of an accident.
How we plan the best dives sites for you
We want to know all of our divers before we go to more challenging dives sites. We start with easier dive sites as a first dive with everyone, this is called check dive. We do check dive in our local dive sites. Easier dive site doesn't mean you aren't going to see amazing marine fauna or creatures.
Raja Ampat is known for strong currents and every single person has different experiences or idea of diving in strong currents. Trusting our organization and dive planning will make you enjoy the beautiful Raja Ampat with diving where ever we take you.
Ticking the box of the famous dive sites names shouldn't be your main target while coming to dive in Raja Ampat. Your safety and comfort should be your main target, at least its our target. We are organizing safe and fun diving and make sure that everyone will enjoy their scuba diving holiday with our dive centre.
We ask people's wishes for the marine creatures, sites and adventure trips. We plan the dives sites with dive guides and do our dive site plans day by day, respecting mother nature and decide the best dive sites for your level. We try our best to make your wishes come true.
Read our blog post We dive all year around
Diving Equipment + facilities
All of our high-quality diving equipment is regularly serviced by our on-site certified equipment technician. We have a variety of sizes and types of equipment in order to provide the safest and most comfortable diving experience possible for our divers. We always bring spare tanks, BCD, regulator, and masks on board in case they are needed. We provide SMBs (surface marker buoys) and reef hook for every diver.
Sundays are holy days in the Raja Ampat. Soul scuba divers respects the local community to not operate on Sundays. More about this in our blog here
Aline was built in Sorong, and delivered in October 2019, named after Thibault's dearest mother. Thibault sailed it from Sorong to Yenbuba with one of the local guy name Lapex (he was the first captain of Soul scuba divers). The owner imagined this boat all by himself and made it happen with a Javanese guy, building boats in Sorong. Aline was designed to offer more comfort and safety due to her shape and configuration, half cabin and Vshape type moule. It's very efficient and stable in wavy conditions.
End of 2022 we got our new additional boat called Anna. Anna has two Yamaha 100hp, 4 stroke engines.
We always have 100% oxygen on board both boats, as well as a first-aid kit and servicing kit for equipment.
Our dive center is located on the Northwest Coast of Kri next to Yenbuba Homestay. We don't own any accommodation but there is many homestay's near by to choose from.
Please book your accommodation at a homestay on Kri that doesn't have a dive center or else we can't take you diving (the following homestays on Kri have a dive center, so if you stay at any of these, we can't take you diving: Yenkoranu, Lumba Lumba, Koranu Fyak, Delvin, Waranus, or Lukson).
Our dive center is located on the Northwest Coast of Kri next to Yenbuba Homestay. We don't own any accommodation but there are many homestay's nearby to choose from.
Please book your accommodation at a homestay on Kri that doesn't have a dive center or else we can't take you diving (the following homestays on Kri have a dive center, so if you stay at any of these, we can't take you diving: Yenkoranu, Lumba Lumba, Koranu Fyak, Delvin, Waranus, turtle homestay or Lukson).