Raja Ampat, Indonesia

When you are in the once bustling Bali wrapped in sacred art, next goal is to Raja Ampat, take the plane to head the birds island of Papua. Furthermore, be prepared for anunforgettable adventure. Begin your tour from here to dive under the sea is the mostbeautiful. Explore the underwater vertical walls that. Feel the tension also diving, palpitations while vacillating ocean currents. That certainly would be an unforgettablepersonal experience in Raja Ampat.

Dominated marine blue, green, and white. The colors that appear due to the influence ofcoral reefs on the seabed of shallow and deep. I'm enjoying lunch at Papua Diving Resort,the waters of West Irian Jaya. Hot sun and brisk air makes me want to dive. Sunlight penetrates the cracks often waves to the reef. Beauty of the scenery and marine life do make a lasting impression for tourists. Nothing is heard except the small waves that lashed the ship's side and slowly release it.The birds flew from the tip of a small tree in one of the uninhabited islands and remote areas.

For lovers of coastal tourism and underwater fanatic, Raja Ampat is very well known evenconsidered the best in the world for the quality of coral reefs. As I recall, in mid-2006, a special team of the world's leading scientific adventure magazine, National Geographic, a cover story in Raja Ampat will be a major report in 2007.Amazing, this place is very beautiful indeed. Raja Ampat casts a spell on all who visit – scientists, photographers, novice divers and crusty sea-salts alike. This group of majestic islands, located in the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s Papuan “Bird’s Head Seascape,” lies in the heart of the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth.


Photo by Kusumorini Susanto (aci.detik.travel)
The next day, early in the morning before I went to the bay kabui. I do not want to lose a bit of time to arrive there soon. The story of the beauty of the bay Kabui made ​​me curious.Hundreds of the island cliffs with shallow reefs that can be enjoyed with snorkeling, caves,fishing villages Buton maker of salted fish, and of course, a wonderful blend of blue sky, sunlight, coral walls covered with trees and blue-green crystal clear sea water. In fact wecan see clearly the shallow sea floor that we are going through.
On the way down the crevices of the island, we met with the fishing village of origin of Buton with the activity of its inhabitants make salted fish. Fish catches them cleaned,salted and dried on racks around their homes in the form of building a simple platformmade ​​of wood with roofs of palm leaves. They are making large amounts of salted fish to be marketed to Sorong and other cities in West Papua.

After 20 minutes to continue the journey, we arrived at the mouth of a cave in the rock walls. We also decided to stop and try to enter the cave. Mouth of the cave was low. In fact we have to bend down in order to go into it. Because the mouth of the cave was located on the beach, the water waist-deep puddle lautpun up into the cave. Unlike in the lower part ofhis mouth, the cave ceiling is very high inside. Forming a large hall decorated withstalactite that complements our admiration.

Browsing explore the beauty of the Gulf of Kabui we conclude at the end of the bay. Anelongated narrow slit which is a strait between the island and the island of Gam Waigeo.High rock walls and thick trees as if to protect the crystal clear waters and diverse marinefish underneath. Snorkling is the right choice. Until he felt waktupun passed. All day we hadexplored the Gulf Kabui. We also have to go back to the resort before dark so as not to get lost among the crevices of cliffs.

Photo by Kusumorini Susanto (aci.detik.travel)

There are 610 Island
Raja Ampat is the fraction of Sorong regency, since 2003. District has a population of31,000 inhabitants has 610 islands (only 35 islands are inhabited) with a total area of ​​about 46,000 km2, but only 6,000 km2 of land, 40,000 km2 of the sea again. The islandsare unspoiled and beautiful sea is still making a direct tourists hooked. They seemed towant to explore all waters in the "Bird's Head" New Guinea.

When you arrive here, we will immediately feel the excitement, we will be amazed with sea views are very clear and the waves are very gentle sweep of white sand. "here is very beautiful", greeted the tour guide. If he's not guiding tourists, local guide is anordinary fisherman, they are very friendly if given betel nuts or candy. Giving candy is considered polite to them.

Raja Ampat scenery like in a dream but this is not an illusion. When you plunge underwaterdiving into the sea animal with a detailed look at the greeting. Pygmy seahorses can beapproached as if to greet your fingers to shake hands. Mantaray and wobbegong will swimwith you. Tuna, giant trevaliies, snapper, barracuda and even helped to welcome you at thebottom of the sea. That's not enough, what if there is a new friend that is fish friendly dugongwant to swim with you. Do not miss too busy watching the little fish back and forth to keep its territory. If you are lucky may be able to swim with sea turtles.

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Coral reefs in the sea Raja Ampat considered comprehensive in the world. Of the 537 species of coral of the world, 75 percent were in these waters. Also found 1104 species of fish, 669 species of molluscs (soft animals), and 537 species of coral animals. Incredible.

The diver who first discovered the fabulous undersea panorama in Raja Ampat is a Dutch namely Max Ammer. It is cited on http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com that his first visit to Raja Ampat in 1990 was initialized by his willingness to trace the wrecked ships and airplanes in the area during the World War II. His first diving was so remarkable that in 1998 he invited Gerry Allen, an ichthyologist from Australia, to conduct a survey in Raja Ampat. The Australian was so surprised with the richness of the variety of undersea resources and its great amount. He then invited Conservation International (CI) to conduct a survey about the under seas resources in Raja Ampat which was held in 2001 and 2002. The result of the survey proves that Raja Ampat Waters is the largest coral reef area which has the richest undersea resources in the whole world. As cited fromhttp://ngm.nationalgeographic.com, Raja Ampat Waters has approximately 1300 fish species, 600 varieties of coral, and 700 varieties of sea shells, plus many varieties of sea turtles, algae and seaweeds, and jellyfish.


Many diving spots that can be traced by divers, such as in The Passage, Island Fam, andMisool Island. Besides enjoying the wealth of marine life, tourists can also enjoy thehistorical sites under the sea, including warships and combat aircraft which sank in the waters of Raja Ampat. Not only that, tourists can also enjoy the beauty of the islands in the Raja Ampat. Mainland islands in this region is relatively pristine, lagoon and the bay is quitesheltered, has a stunning stretch of beach and crystal clear sea.

The diving is varied with gently sloping fridging reefs to deep vertical drop offs, pinnacles, plateaus, wrecks and muck dives. Large schools of pelagics can be seen, especially schools of jacka and manta rays. Turtles are common. Raja Ampat is also fantastic for finding all sorts of critters. Dolphins are often seen from the boat and pods of whales sometimes pass by. Raja Ampat has a year round diving season although the best time to dive is probably October to May when the sea conditions and wind will be optimal.

Accommodation & Info

Start from the airport Domine Eduard Osok (EDO) Sorong.

If transit in Sorong before the Raja Ampat, an alternative could stay at his hotel across from Intercity Hotel EDO Sorong Airport (fares starting 200 rb's). If you want five-star hotel,Le Meridien Hotel across from the airport can be an option (rates start 400 rb's).

Then from Sorong to port to cross over to Pulai Waigeo can be done with the ride motorcycles at the rate of 15 rb's. Arriving at the port, there are two alternatives forcrossing the boat every hour 14:00 CDT to Waisai, Raja Ampat, namely:

Then from Sorong to port to cross over to Pulai Waigeo can use a motorcycle taxi rate Rp.15,000. Arriving at the port, there are two alternatives for crossing the boat every hour 14:00CDT to Waisai, Raja Ampat, namely:
  • Express Boat: 120 rb, travel between 3-4 hours
  • Boat usual: 100 rb, travel between 4-5 hours

After arriving on the island Waigeo, you could be staying at the hotel near the grand mosque Marasrisen Waisai, Raja Ampat, his fare from Rp. 350,000, can call 081 355 626 969 (Haris) or can try hotels near the market is cheaper.

Transportation can use the services of Mr. Irman 081248646628 motorcycle taxi which was not far from the grand mosque, or can pick up a car ride to the center to immediately goWaisai Waisai Coast.

Snorkling spot in Raja Ampat:
  • Paniki island, lots of bats (perhaps this is causing no tourists here)
  • Waewo island, one mainland with Waisai, Raja Ampat government center. His sand-colored yellow. On this beach there is a tropical-style resort, which is rather expensive.These villas have a restaurant in the woods.
  • Saonek Island, used as a filming location of the Black Pearl. This island is the seat of government was his Raja Ampat before it became a new district in West Papua.
  • Saonek Monde island, uninhabited island.
  • Manyailibit bay. A gulf that often become an icon besides Raja Ampat and MansuarWayag.
rent a boat to the island of Waisai Mansuar Rp. 1,000,000 for round-trip, including fuel.(small boats and no life jacket). For Saonek Island Monde (still a lot of coral), rental boatsowned by fishermen around Rp. 200,000, just 20 minutes from Waisai.

Hopefully this information useful.

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