Raja Ampat The Best Pristine Paradise of West Papua Aside from the typical hectic concrete jungles, view-blocking skyscrapers, endless annoying noises, flickering electric billboards, endless annoying noises, congested and dense traffics, and all the other nuisances of our modern cities, […]
Aside from the typical hectic concrete jungles, view-blocking skyscrapers, endless annoying noises, flickering electric billboards, endless annoying noises, congested and dense traffics, and all the other nuisances of our modern cities, welcome to the pristine paradise. A place whose Mother Nature as well as very friendly people warmly welcome you to exceptional wonders found in Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat is an islands-regency located in West Papua Province. With all its spectacular wonders on top of its waters, on land and amidst its thick jungles, this is definitely a place which words like magnificent, fascinating beautiful, and enchanting, get their true physical meaning.
Raja Ampat which literally means ‚ The Four Kings‚ is located on Papua, specifically off the north-western tip of Bird‚ Head Peninsula. This is the most eastern Island that belongs to the Indonesian Archipelago. The archipelago consists of more than 1,500 small islands, shoal, and cay that surround this four main islands, namely Batanta, Waigeo, Misool, and Salawati. The unique name Raja Ampat is believed to have been derived from some legend. A woman discovered seven eggs, surprisingly, four of them hatched thus becoming the four main islands. However, the other three became a stone, a ghost, and a woman.
Raja Ampat offers one of the best experience for underwater enthusiasts. Its territory within ‚The Four Kings is huge because it covers 9.8 million acres of both land and sea. This is the home to about 540 different types of corals, about 700 different types of mollusks and over 1,000 different types of coral fish. This makes pristine paradise the most diverse as well as a living library for the world‚ underwater biota and coral reef.
A report done by Nature Conservation and Conservancy International indicate that about 75 % of the world‚ species are found here! Raja Ampat‚ diverse and sheer numbers of marine life, as well as its large pristine coral reef whole systems, are just a dream come true and the most fantastic site for any snorkelers.
Whenever you embark on a dive at this place, the common phrase “Attention to detail” usually takes a different and new meaning because pigmy seahorses swim will literally swim around your fingers and wobbegongs and Manta Rays will glide by you. A school of Tuna fish, snappers, giant trevallies barracudas and even batfish will sum up your underwater “meeting list.” This is without mentioning the friendly assistance from dugong, and the busy colleague, turtle. Also, at the sea floors, this giant sea (that measures over one meter) offers a one of a kind and a close encounter sensation.
Without a doubt, there are many snorkeling and diving sports that you can choose from in these waters. Some of them include Kabui Passage (An extremely narrow passage between Gam and Waigeo Island that was crossed in 1860 by Alfred Russell Wallace, a renown British explorer) Around the Friwen Wall, Sawandarek, Arborek Island‚ Dock, Yenbuba, and many others.
The landscape above its surface is truly breathtaking as its underwater splendors are just exceptional. It also has rock islets among its bright blue sky and clear blue water in Piaynemo that offer one of the best sceneries throughout the earth. This is because it was specifically placed and designed with aesthetic. When you view it from the top of a hill, it offers a glimpse of paradise because of its finest artwork of Mother Nature. Besides, you will see an amazing formation of rock islet on a big scale at Wayag Island.
Raja Ampat‚ incredible wildlife, not only at underwater. Amidst the islands‚ thick and many jungles, you can see various species of birds, for instance, the bird of Paradise or the spectacular Cendrawasih. There are also many local species of cuscus, Waigeou spotted cuscus or Waigeou cuscus which are species that belong to marsupials of the Phalangeridae family.
Aside from its captivating natural attractions, Raja Ampat offers unique hospitality. Arborek Tourism Village is very friendly since you can easily stay at multiple homestays and mingle with its locals while you observe their unique tradition and daily life. In most occasions, when tourists arrive, some of the village members perform a traditional dance at the dock to entertain and welcome the ‚ guests‚ with Papuan folk songs.
With all its impressive inland wonders, on the shore wonders, beyond the waters wonders and a unique serene ambiance that you will hardly find anywhere else on this planet, Raja Ampat offers an awesome experience that you can only dream about.
Whether you are an occasional snorkeler, someone who really appreciates beauty in all senses or just an avid diver, Raja Ampat always welcomes you to a Heaven on Earth.
How To Get To Raja Ampat:
It‚ very easy and simple to get to Raja Ampat. First, you need to take a flight from Makassar or Jakarta to Sorong. There are several small aircraft that can take you to the district capital of Raja Ampat, which is Waisai. Alternatively, you can decide to take a ferry from the Sorong port to the islands.
The Marinda Airport that is found in Waisai-the town capital of Raja Ampat Regency serves flights to and from the Sorong city, Wing Air flights serve flights between Raja Ampat and Sorong, and Susi Air flights twice a week, i.e., on Saturday and Monday. Please note that Marinda Airport is under expansion and maintenance. It’s also located a bit far from any of its facilities. Hence, remember to carry some drinks and snacks while you wait for your return flight to Sorong.
On the hand, You will find ferries that can easily get you from Sorong to Waisai and vice versa. A trip on a ferry takes about 2 to 3 hours.
As a major hub of Raja Ampat, Domine Eduard Osok Airport is located in Sorong, and it serves flights to and from several cities in Indonesia and Papua. Some of these cities include Makassar, Manokwari, Jakarta Manado, Ambon, and Jayapura,
Garuda Indonesia Air operates daily flights to and from Jakarta and Sorong as well as Sriwijaya Air and Nam Air. However, Batik Air flies two times between Jakarta and Sorong a day.Share this tour
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