If you have booked one of the resorts beforehand, you can even ask the resort staff to pick you up upon arrival on the port. You should also take time to pump up your adrenaline in one of the islands, the Pulau Karang, or Rocky Island, by climbing up its nearly perpendicular slope to the top. Mereka mengunjungi kepulauan Raja Ampat selama 6 hari dengan menghabiskan sebagian besar waktunya di kapal mewah tersebut. About Wonderful Indonesia. There is also an extreme souvenir here named Raja Kofiau necklace which is made by head dog skull and mermaid fish bone. Try to bargain on the tariff before going on a trip. Diving in Indonesia is the stuff of underwater dreams pretty much any way you cut it, with macro life as beguiling as the pelagics that patrol dive sites across the archipelago. Most of the time we choose warm destinations for our diving holiday trips and with this come great new experiences and positive things for our body and mind! [25][26][27], Doubilet, David (2007). Also, Raja Ampat islands Indonesia are most untouchable area and it has a very natural virgin masterpieces. The English explorer William Dampier gave his name to Dampier Strait, which separates Batanta island from Waigeo island. Fishes and sea creatures from two different habitats intermingling in this area adds up to the uniqueness. Moving further in your exploration of this incredible archipelago, take time to visit Misool Island. Likewise, you can found the heritage in prehistory period through hand stamps form on the caves in Misool Mountain. Waitanta is another must-visit spot you should not miss. There are also chances to encounter a 12-ft whale if you’re lucky enough. An evaluation team estimated that 1,600 square meters of the reef was destroyed, which will likely result in a compensation claim of $1.28m-$1.92m. Orangutan. Another favorite activity here is surfing, since the sea waves in this area is challenging enough. Beside diving and snorkeling spots, Raja Ampat also has dense forests, colorful clustered limestone, various kinds of rare plant, and turtle nests on the shores. Most of the islands constitute the Raja Ampat Regency, which was separated out from Sorong Regency in 2004. Basic Scuba. Yet, after the Dutch invaded Maluku, it was claimed by the Netherlands. Then, if you visit Raja Ampat then be sure you don not miss these festivals for fun. The Muslim proportion is much higher compared with other Papuan areas. See All Trips. Typically, it takes four days and three nights to enjoy and explore Raja Ampat, with minimum expenditure around IDR 6 million in total. 8. Ranges from the most basic of basic rustic huts through to more comfortable eco resorts. Another reason is the inadequacy of the existing infrastructures in Papua in general. Mangrove roots intersection with coral reefs growing spots in this area makes an outstandingly unique scenery that will charm any photography enthusiasts. Along with other small islands, this area has about 600 islands. 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. Trying the Papuan traditional fishing gears, learning to make the traditional wooden sculpture of the Asmat tribe under guidance of Asmat tribal craftsmen, and seeing the typical West Papuan red paradise birds along with 3 other species of paradise birds of Gam archipelago in their natural habitat will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experiences. Salawati Island“]. When going for diving, you’ll be accompanied by an expert guide and thoroughly equipped for the underwater activity. Raja Ampat Islands Indonesia is considered the best tourist destination in West Papua, Indonesia. Remains of supposedly prehistoric paintings of human hand palms and animals in considerably big size are still there in Tomolo Cave’s walls, which for sure will keep you staring in amazement. [1] The southern part of the island of Salawati is not part of the Raja Ampat Regency. The region contains more than 600 species of hard corals, equaling about 75 percent of known species globally, and more than 1,700 species of reef fish - including on both shallow [14] and mesophotic reefs. Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia's West Papua province. That’s why home-stays are most recommended among other modes of accommodations, about IDR 250,000 for one night. [citation needed], According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. So, it will benefit you a lot to travel in a large group. Aggressor Adventures offers 3 Bahamas liveaboard scuba diving itineraries: Exuma Cay s - departs from Nassau to explore the dramatic walls, lush coral reefs and exciting animal encounters. Diving resorts stand ready to supply all the facilities, equipment and guides you need. First, there's no better way to discover some of the most amazing dive spots, especially remote locations like Raja Ampat and Cocos Island. The most famous spot and most visited in this island is the Blue Water Mangrove. The leisure time while talking and chewing areca nut is called “Para-Para Pinang” in their language. All the abundance and magnificence of biodiversity you see there is just too great to miss. In order to reach Raja Ampat, you must first take a domestic air trip to Sorong from either the capital Jakarta, Surabaya, Makasar or Denpasar in Bali island, since there are no international air route heading straight to Sorong airport. Make sure to prepare special wrapper for your camera to enable you to capture underwater pictures, or rather, prepare a special underwater camera instead. Many diving packages are being offered by travel agencies. © - All Right Reserved - Indonesia Tourism Group. But such a high cost will be immediately paid back with an unforgettable experience already awaiting you there. There are proposals to divide the current Raja Ampat Regency into three, with Waigeo and its surrounding small islands forming a new North Raja Ampat Regency (Kabupaten Raja Ampat Utara), and with Misool and Kofiau and their surrounding small islands forming a new South Raja Ampat Regency (Kabupaten Raja Ampat Selatan), leaving the residue of the existing Regency to cover the northern part of Salawati Island (the rest of Salawati Island still lies within Sorong Regency) and Batanta Island (which forms Selat Sagawin District). Raja Ampat Regency is subdivided into the following districts (kecamatan): Taking account of the 2,635 people of Salawati Selatan District in Sorong Regency,[4] the total population of the archipelago adds up to just under 50,000. [15] Compared to similar-sized ecosystems elsewhere in the world, this makes Raja Ampat's biodiversity the richest in the world. Many liveaboard destinations can't be reached by land-based operators. On some spots you can snorkel-dive while watching rayfish swimming around. The good news is all these trip bustles will likely be cut off with recent announcement by the government on planning to develop the Marinda airport in Waisai. Diving. The island is teeming with exotic bird life, lush jungle foliage, and a spectacular array of fauna, while the reefs in the surrounding area offer world class diving. Only 400 of them have been explored, while the remaining 200 are still untouched by humans. Raja Ampat Indonesia has four main islands, namely Batanta, Misool, Salawati and Waigeo. This island lies straight facing the Ceram Sea and high seas where giant sea creatures including whales used to swim by. Sharks, Mantas. This archipelago consists of chains of densely wooded small coral islands. [12] The rain forests that covers the islands is the natural habitat of many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. Raja Ampat has been acknowledged one of 10 best diving sites of the world. Indeed, there is also mangrove forest and more flora and fauna life that you can only found here in Raja Ampat islands, Indonesia. Here you‘ll be obliged to pay a sort of environmental maintenance service tax to the local government, for which you’ll have to spend another IDR 500,000, and double that sum if you’re a foreign tourist. [/toggle] [toggle title=”14. The name of Raja Ampat (Raja means king, and empat means four) comes from local mythology that tells of a woman who finds seven eggs. Book Your Dive Vacation With PADI Travel! As you see, the richness of biodiversity awaiting here is just beyond imagination! Diving is a real physical fitness work out! This excludes the southern half of Salawati Island, which is not part of this regency but instead constitutes the Salawati Selatan District of Sorong Regency. Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, range from Sabang in Aceh to Merauke in Papua, which is made up of thousands of large and small islands, which are connected by the strait and sea. [23], The submarine world around the islands was the subject of the documentary film Edies Paradies 3 (by Otto C. Honegger), which has been broadcast by the Swiss television network Schweizer Fernsehen. Many sources[which?] History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of the Sultanate of Tidore, an influential kingdom from Maluku. The Chamber of Diving and Watersports (CDWS) was founded by Egypt's Ministry of Tourism in 2007 with a goal to improve quality, safety and standard of services in the diving and watersports industry, as well as to preserve unique environment of the Red Sea.. Emperor Divers is proud to be an accredited member of CDWS. Shore base diving from local beach accommodation. Then, you can try variety of seafood menu here and its fresh from the sea or river water. Only a 2-hour drive away from Manila lies Anilao, one of the world's best macro photography destinations.Boasting a wide array of rare critters, it's literally a heaven-on-earth for muck diving, blackwater diving, and macro photography. Yellow fish soup is but one among many kinds of typical Raja Ampat culinary you can have there. Kepulauan Raja Ampat merupakan tempat yang sangat berpotensi untuk dijadikan sebagai objek wisata, terutama wisata penyelaman. Raja Ampat. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy a kind of traditional bamboo flute orchestral show at the western and northern parts of Waigeo, which is usually performed at religious or national celebration days, or upon welcoming high rank officials and other VIP guests. While still in Waigeo, don’t forget to visit the Pari Manta Cleaning Station. Invertebrates are 699 species. About 540 kinds of coral reefs, or the world’s 75 percent, are found here – ten times the number of species ever found in the whole Caribbean area. [/toggle] [toggle title=”11. as might be warned about by the ship’s captain. They are also available in Indonesia restaurants in the capital Waisai. If you happen to visit the eastern part of Waigeo in Raja Ampat near the end of the year, you may have the unique experience of watching the “Sea Ghost”, a unique natural phenomenon in the form of a light beam shaped by the sea water around sunset, which you can enjoy from a boat for a few minutes only. Another option available is taking a trip by speed boat, which you’d better do before the rise of tide. Secondly, liveaboard diving is the most immersive experience you can get. We are also inside the Raja Ampat Shark and Manta Sanctuary, which we spearheaded in 2010. After arriving in Sorong, you can take a taxi from the airport to the seaport, and continue the trip by ferry boat to Waisai, Raja Ampat’s capital, which takes about 4-5 hours. From Sorong you can best take a 2-hour trip by sea to Raja Ampat’s capital Waisai which ‘only’ costs you a nice IDR 130,000. What you will see right after reaching the top is beyond incredible. The first recorded sighting and landing by Europeans of the Ampat Islands was by the Portuguese navigator Jorge de Menezes and his crew in 1526, en route from Biak, the Bird's Head Peninsula, and Waigeo, to Halmahera (Ternate). Check out our Indonesia dive liveaboards traveling to Raja Ampat, Komodo and the Forgotten Islands or our Philippines dive liveaboards which explore Tubbataha, Apo Reef & Coron. I love Sharks, manta rays and especially huge whales . Our Roatan diving liveaboard trip in Honduras departs from the dock located at Romeo's Restaurant in French Harbor, Roatan. Among cultural attractions, there you can enjoy Salay dance performance in Saonek, and plaiting handicraft in Arborek. It takes a 6-hour trip by boat from Sorong, which costs you IDR 6 million. It is even called “The Amazon of the Oceans” due to its location at the heart of the Coral Triangle, which also includes the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Australia. All these spendings are for one person. About 80 percent of Raja Ampat’s 15,400 sq.miles area consists of water. Also, Raja Ampat islands Indonesia are most untouchable area and it has a very natural virgin masterpieces. The 7 night charter runs from Saturday to Saturday. All these you can easily find around the sites, either in Raja Ampat or back to Waisai where they are also on sale on many souvenir shops. So strategically valuable is this area, that the Indonesian government has officially declared it a legally protected area, in order to avoid vandalism of any kind toward its marine ecosystem. 5 Diving Spots in Raja Ampat, West Papua... All The Heavenly Things to Do in Nabire... 15 Amazing Things to do in Sorong, West... 20 Best Things to Do in Manokwari West... Get Ready to Get Hot after Eating these 7 Spiciest Food in Indonesia! There are many choices available. Since 1973 Special Events Group Dive Trips Red Sea: June 3-20, 2021 Fiji: Oct 31-Nov 12, 2021 Raja Ampat: Nov 18-Dec 2, 2021 CoCo View (Roatan): Jan 29-Feb 5, 2022 The name “Raja Ampat”, which literally means “Four Kings”, comes from a local hereditary myth or legend, which tells about a couple living in the forest. 7. Anacortes Diving is a full service dive center. All these you can enjoy without sharing it with anybody else, since this island – like most of the other islands in the archipelago – is uninhabited. I looking for beautiul corals and Manu colourfull fish . If you have ever watched the documentary “Edis Paradise 3” produced by Avant Premiere, then you have a glance of what Raja Ampat Islands has in store. Likewise, here lies webbegog, manta rays, sea horses dwarf, Eviota fish king (a kind of gobbie which is belong to the endemic fish Raja Ampat. Administratively, the archipelago is part of the province of West Papua. Kabul Bay atoll, Skulls Cave and a historic site in Kali Raja were among other tourist attractions you can find around there. Out of those 400, only 35 are inhabited. place Raja Ampat as one of their top ten most popular places for diving whilst it retains the number one ranking for underwater biodiversity. Untuk mengisi hari-harinya, rupanya mereka berencana untuk menikmati keindahan bawah laut dengan diving atau menyelam. Make sure to choose home-stays which are the closest to the spots you’re interested to visit, in order to cut your transportation spending as much as possible, since this one is the most costly of all. Make sure to attach yourself to a coral reef with a rope while enjoying this unique show, since you must stand against strong water current in this spot. Historic spots in Raja Ampat are no less astonishing. Southern Waigeo” state=”closed”]. At PADI Travel, we love liveaboards! Unfortunately, you can hardly find any food sellers outside the capital Waisai, so it is strongly recommended to take enough meals for yourself on the trip. [13], Raja Ampat is considered the global center of tropical marine bio-diversity and is referred to as The Crown Jewel of the Bird's Head Seascape, which also includes Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. Diving is one of the most beloved activities for tourists coming to Raja Ampat, and even has been the focus of the world tourism, vigorously campaigned by tourism stakeholders in Indonesia. The regency encompasses around 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 sq mi) of land and sea, of which 7,559.6 km2 constitutes the land area and has a population of 47,885 (as of 2018). [accordion] [toggle title=”9. Explores the Forest Contact | Privacy Policy | Adchoices | Disclaimer | Term of Use, 25 Things to Do in Raja Ampat Islands Indonesia (No.1 Heaven Archipelago). Then, you guys can share jokes, small talk, or ask them about anything. Our island and our scuba diving sites are surrounded by our own 300,000 acre/ 1220 sq km Misool Marine Reserve, which we established in 2005. Visit paradisiacal places. You can clearly see the fish swimming around and the coral reefs beneath the water surface. Indeed, if you come along to Raja Ampat, you can feel like home to talk to them. They took the eggs home, and kept them in their room. [citation needed], Raja Ampat Islands have at least three ponds containing harmless jellyfish, all in the Misool area. 2. Also, that’s the picture of Papeda food. [20][21][22], In northeast region of Waigeo island, local villagers have been involved in turtle conservation initiatives by protecting nests or relocating eggs of leatherback, olive ridley and hawksbill turtles. Karang Island“]. Nonetheless, the whole experience itself while visiting this extraordinary place is already considered by many tourists as the best souvenir. Usually it costs about IDR 20,000 or more each meal for one person. To see this rare species in person and make photos of them, is such a precious moment dreamt on even by many biologists. 7. You can also find here no less than 1,511 species of fish, or about 75 percent of the whole world’s, 27 of which are to be found nowhere else in the world. They peeped and got shocked. While sailing across this archipelago, an extremely beautiful scenery from the combination of the green islands and the blue sea will spoil your eyes. Its only competitor in regard to the beauty of marine ecosystem is the Weh Island in Sabang, Aceh province, which is located at the westernmost part of Indonesia. Try to find a good lodging place upon arrival in Waisai. Seafood are the most available culinary on and around the tourist sites. Last thing that can be said is there are no ordinary things in Raja Ampat – everything is extraordinary. OceanSounds e.V. It comprises over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. Don’t forget to capture this scenery – and make selfie’s, of course. In the meantime, it is always recommended to take enough food provisions before heading to Waisai, because food prices in Waisai are considerably high. Make sure you have neatly captured it all on photos and video recordings to show to families and friends back home. Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia's West Papua province.It comprises over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.. [10], The islands have a tropical climate, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 33 Â°C (68 to 91 Â°F). All your different muscle areas tend to work more underwater due to the resistance of the water. Ultra Marine: In far eastern Indonesia, the Raja Ampat islands embrace a phenomenal coral wilderness. One day, on their way through the forest to find food, they found five strange eggs, which apparently were dragon’s eggs. The paradise-like scenery of the Wayag archipelago that you used to see merely from internet pictures is now right in front of you. Our latest brochure Dive Worldwide Brochure - Spring 2020 edition. Rather, it’s an underwater spot where the Pari Manta, a kind of rayfish with approximately 6-ft wide body, get themselves ‘cleaned’ by thousands of tiny Angelfish. There is also reef sharks, tuna, baracuda, paradise wilso, red bird, various parrots, a variety or orchids and more. The best times to visit Raja Ampat are around October and November when the seas are relatively calm and the weather is friendly enough to let you have the best captures of your precious moments on your camera. [/toggle] [toggle title=”15. Apr 11 2023 - May 02 2023. The traditional and international menus according to your preference, all hand-made by the locals. A local food from Raja Ampat that made by sago and usually eat with fish complementary food. Although traditional culture still strongly exists, they are very welcoming to visitors.