About Raja Ampat
The name of Raja Ampat comes from a local mythology about a woman who found seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatched and became kings that occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands whilst the other three became a ghost, a woman, and a stone. History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of Sultanate of Tidore, an influential kingdom from Maluku. Yet, after the Dutch invaded Maluku, it was shortly claimed by the Netherlands.
The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering about 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most diverse living library for world's coral reef and underwater biota. According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and East Timor. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.
Scuba Diving - people flock from around the world to visit Raja Ampat's best dive sites.
Sightseeing - visit some of the most surreal places such as Wayag, Pianemo, Pasir Timbul.
Wayag Island is one of the islands within the Raja Ampat district in the province of West Papua. Wayag Island is located in the West Waigeo area of the Raja Ampat Islands, northwest of the large island of Papua. The island is known for its beautiful atolls and amazing underwater life covering a total area of 155,000 hectares. Here, you can find pristine beaches with unique Karst islands that look like mushrooms sprouting out from the sea. Along these beaches, you can see fairy tale panorama which surely will captive your heart. Moreover, the crystal clear waters around the island appear like unreal windows to various types of flora and fauna that live underwater.
The island is a perfect spot for divers since the island is not only rich of underwater displays, but also panoramic beauty of the island if you climb up to its highest platform and observe coves and atolls around. Usually it takes about 30 minutes for you to climb to the top of the atoll in Wayag island.
Arborek Tourism Village
The village of Arborek is fast rising as a pioneer among the 18 beautiful villages in West Papua that have embarked on developing local regulations for community-based marine conservation. With a population of only 197, interaction with locals is something easy to do for the tourist who visit this place. Finding underwater beauty is not so difficult here. For snorkeling, you don’t need to travel far because you can find interesting underwater world even by the Arborek pier. Walking down the village trails will give you the very opportunity you will not want to miss, as people and especially children will warmly greet and get acquainted with you. For diving, it will take about 15-20 minutes by motorized boat to the dive spots.
Known as the Arborek Tourism Village, the community is known for its handicraft in making hats and noken (string bags). Unlike most women in other villages who also give a hand to their husbands as fishermen, nearly all mothers in this village produce handicrafts for a living. Although they are convinced that catching lobsters and work in pearl agro-production are much more profitable, yet they feel that handicraft is more distinguished and more graceful work for women.
Misool Island is a remote tropical hideaway which is one of four largest islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago. It is a world renowned dive destination in the province of West Papua. Located off the west coast of the main island of Papua, directly bordering the Seram Sea, the waters are a veritable traffic lane for many large sea creatures, including whales.
The crystal clear turquoise sea-waters allow the spectacular views of Misool’s sub-surface treasures visible even from your boat. The sea gardens of Raja Ampat hold 75 percent of all known species of corals and ornamental fish in the world, and boast the highest level of marine biodiversity on the planet.
Among the wonderful Raja Ampat Islands, Waigeo is the largest of the archipelago’s four main islands. Waigeo is also known as Amberi, or Waigiu, located in the West Papua province near the town of Sorong. The three other largest islands in this cluster are Salawati, Batanta and Misool. On Waigeo is the town of Wasai, capital of the Raja Ampat regency, located in the west of the island.
One of the most popular attractions in Raja Ampat is the deep sea diving and snorkeling. The seas around Waigeo is also the location with an astonishing amount of marine life. Dive in and swim among the colorful fish groups along the coral reefs will give you a thrilling underwater experience. At a depth of approximately 30 meters along the Waiwo Beach, you may get the chance to see white tip reef sharks as well as the black tip reef sharks that are commonly spotted sleeping and sometimes patrolling the blue waters’ depths.
Kofiau Island is the smaller and least visited amongst the major islands in Raja Ampat. This island is comprised primarily of raised coral limestone and some volcanic hills covered in low lush rainforest. Here, your activities are not limited to swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling or diving only. You can also do underwater photography or explore the island by doing shore hiking and beachcombing. If you’re lucky, somewhere along the way you may witness the dance of the dazzling red bird of paradise. To the southwest of Kofiau Proper, there lie a group of flat sandy islands, including Walo where a couple of recognized dive spots await your exploration.
This reef is one of the most popular dive sites of Raja Ampat. Marine Biologist and respected author of marine reference books Dr. Gerald R. Allen said "On my last trip to Raja Ampat, I recorded 283 fish species during a single dive near the Kri Island resorts. This is the most fishes ever seen on a single dive over a career spanning almost 30 years."
Shortly described, this is one of the fishiest spots in whole Raja Ampat. Strong currents make it an exciting dive, with huge seafans and a very good hard coral garden. Cape Kri holds the world record for the site with the largest number of species referenced in one single dive. The crossroads of different currents at the tip of the island of Kri has created an incredible variety of underwater biota. The best months to visit this place is around March to November.
Batanta Waterfall is situated on Batanta Island of Raja Ampat. The height of this waterfall is about 10 metres. Behind this waterfall, there’s a little cave which able to accommodate 5 persons. From the cave, you can see the view behind the curtain of water. If you are lucky, you might also see a beatiful rainbow reflected from the waterfall.
To get to Raja Ampat, you need to take a flight to Sorong Airport (SOQ) and then take a boat from Sorong to Waisai. From Waisai the resort will usually arrange a pick up.