- Affordable and adventurous camp in the heart of Raja Ampat
- Facilities and design specifically geared towards divers
- Benefit from Scuba Republic’s extensive experience
- Quick and easy access to some of Raja Ampat’s best dive sites
Scuba Republic Basecamp in Raja Ampat is a low-key dive lodge catering specifically to dedicated underwater explorers. Offering direct access to the Dampier Strait, and cosy accommodation with no unnecessary frills, this resort is able to deliver dream dive trips at a affordable price. And, with decades of experience providing dive services in Indonesia, Scuba Republic is one of the best operators in the business, and are guaranteed to help you maximise your time in the region.
About Scuba Republic Basecamp
Scuba Republic Basecamp Raja Ampat is a rustic resort located near Waisai on Waigeo Island, around a 20-minute drive from the harbour. The sole purpose of this basecamp is to provide clean and comfortable accommodation, delicious food, and excellent service within easy reach of some of the world’s very best dive sites – and that’s exactly what it does. Made by divers for divers, this resort’s design revolves around the unique needs of underwater explorers, and its premium position places guests right on the edge of the Dampier Strait, with an array of world-class diving on the doorstep.
Scuba Republic has explored most of Indonesia’s remotest areas since its creation over 20 years ago and now has bases in Komodo, Raja Ampat and South Sulawesi. Over the years, this dive operator has built a strong reputation for professionalism, experience and fun – all at great value for money. Now with a chain of dive operations, Scuba Republic offers a variety of unparalleled services, from liveaboards and charter yachts to rustic resorts, top-notch dive centres, and incredible land-based dive safaris.
Explore the resort
Guests staying at Scuba Republic Basecamp are accommodated in a choice of double, family, or dorm-style rooms, all of which feature ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, and terraces. Communal areas at this resort include a circular lounge and dining area, a relaxation deck under the shady trees by the beach, and a private jetty where you can enjoy amazing sunsets with a cold beer. As the premises are located right on the beach, guests also have access to the beautiful house reef, which is also perfect for snorkelling. Convenient outdoor showers are also on hand should you want to rinse off the saltwater before relaxing on a bean bag.
As this is a remote part of the world, the price of this resort includes three buffet meals each day, alongside complimentary coffee, tea, water, and fruit. A nearby kiosk also sells an ever-changing list of edible and essential items, but for anything more, guests will have to make their way to Waisai. The resort’s staff will happily help arrange travel to Waisai or excursions to local attractions like Piaynemo, Blue River, or Bird Watching.
Diving from Scuba Republic Basecamp
This resort’s on-site dive centre is fully stocked with everything you need to give you the best possible dive experience, including full dive gear and dive computers available for rent. Equipment such as BCDs, wetsuits and booties come in a variety of sizes, though prior confirmation is advised to ensure a comfortable fit. Tanks are aluminium 12l with both DIN and INT valves. However, there is a limited supply of DIN tanks and guests are therefore advised to bring an adapter if required.
All diving from Scuba Republic Basecamp is done from one of three boats. Typically leaving the resort at around 08:30, these boats conduct two or three dives at some of the very best sites in Raja Ampat, many less than 15-minutes away. Experienced dive instructors offer a whole range of introductory and advanced courses to help guests further their dive education or add a new flavour to each dive experience.
- Laundry services can be provided at this resort for a reasonable price.
- There is no WiFi available at this resort, but the signal for Telkomsel is reasonable. Guests wishing to stay connected should consider purchasing a local SIM card.
Diving in Raja Ampat
Manta RaysYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Pygmy seahorseYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Soft coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Try Dive, Open Water, Advanced Open Water