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The Amazing Raja Ampat

4 November 2009 3,974 views 3 Comments

The Lost Paradise in The Heart of Coral Triangle

“What a wealth of nature and scenery that God has given to Indonesia.” That word of praise maybe came out of our mouths when we have the chance to go and visit different wonderful places among the thousands of islands in Indonesia as one of which is Raja Ampat in the Province of West Papua.

Raja Ampat

Papuans often also referred to it as district archipelago with many islands of 610. Among them only 35 islands are populated and only 4 of them are the most populated which are Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo where there is Waisai city, the government center of Raja Ampat district.
Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas around Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world. The islands are still very original let alone the sea at this island which is very famous for its biodiversity which according to the survey and research institutions of international marine ecosystem there are 537 species of coral that is already represented 75% of the world not to mention the discovery of 828 species of fish from a number of 1074 which are estimated spread among the islands. On land, the survey found lush forests, rare plants, limestone outcroppings, and nesting beachesfor thousands of sea turtles.

Raja Ampat coral reef

The nearest airport to Raja Ampat is in the Sorong, then you have to continue by speed boat for about 1.5 hours at a cost of Rp. 2 million (US $200) for 10 to 15 people. Lodging are only available on the big islands while the speed boat can be rented from the city of Sorong.

Raja Ampat sunset

The best time to visit Raja Ampat is on the full moon. You can watch the full moon on the beach and likely you will also be greeted by a bunch of dolphins —which are usually came out on full moon— along the way.

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  • Johan Sinn said:

    some people say that going to Raja Ampat(four kings) is too expensive even for Indonesian residents! They say that the money you spend on Raja Ampat could be used to travel to Thailand AND Vietnam instead.
    But I personally think that it’s worth the money, go backpacking if you want to spend less.

  • Anonymous (author) said:

    I definitely agree that it’s worth the money..

  • rajaampat boy said:

    Amazing is the perfect word to describe this place. So proud to be a native resident of Raja Ampat!
    Nice blog btw, keep up the good work

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