It has been on my list for a long time to do my scuba diving course. The moment I arrived in Raja Ampat, I just had to get certified. Our instructor, Jo, was very flexible and accommodated the Open Water Course to fit our schedule. The swimming pool training was fun, and Jo made sure that we mastered all the skills before heading to the ocean. The equipment is in very good condition and the boat is fast. The ocean dives were incredible, we did half the dive skills training, and the remainder was exploring the massive schools of fish. I would recommend getting scuba certified at MAD for everyone.
I visited Raja Ampat for around 2 weeks over the New Year period (2020/21). I visited with a friend and we did a total of 6 dives with Meridian Adventures. We were both PADI Open Water qualified - I am a novice diver and my friend was recently qualified. Overall, I was very pleased with the service Meridan Adventures provided. They had good quality k equipment and offered very safe and professional service. They also did a great job of supporting my friend (as a beginner/newly qualified) helping and giving confidence through all dives. They also ensured we saw a variety of dive spots and were happy to accommodate our requests for dive locations (e.g. to see the mantas!). Overall very pleased :)
We are yacht crew ‘stuck’ in Raja Ampat due to the current travel restrictions but berthed at Meridian Adventure marina. A luxury facility in the middle on the jungle. The marina club and dive resort offer daily diving, snorkelling, and paddle boarding trips, it is impossible to get bored. Krishna, the General Manager assisted us in reserving these activities and a local island hoping tour. The restaurant serves great breakfast, and the bar is open every day. 😊 Very well-run marina and resort, thank you to all the staff for making our stay awesome.
The dive resort has everything you need in the middle of the jungle. Thank you to Jo and the team for an amazing paddle boarding safari. Skilled and welcoming staff, fantastic service, very clean facilities with a pleasant vibe. MAD bar is the place to be in Raja Ampat. I would highly recommend this resort.
The morning started with big smiles and an in depth briefing by my dive guides as we departed to the first dive site. We saw a total of 9 wobbegong sharks on Mayhem reef, next we went to Manta Ridge. The local dive guides knew just where to find them, we dived with 10 enormous mantas. Seeing a 5-meter manta right next to my bubbles is an experience hard to describe, majestic creatures swimming effortlessly. 😊 The boat is super comfortable and spacious, and the equipment top of the range. Again, a big thank you to: Jo, Luke, Ferri and Fuat for the most amazing day in Raja Ampat.