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Planning to go on a tour or travelling, we definitely want a smooth trip, comfortable accommodation, cheap hotels, good food, cheap plane tickets, close to everywhere, and can rent a motorbike or car.
In Raja Ampat The Tremendous Underwater Expedition, there is natural beauty and unique culture of the local community.
There are many uniqueness, starting from the village (desa), sub-district (kecamatan), district (kabupaten) and provincial levels.
In Indonesia, each province has different and interesting characteristics. Each province has a different and unique culture and lifestyle.
Raja Ampat is a located in West Papua Province in Indonesia, this amazing area is situated off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea.
The origin and meaning of the word Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat means ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth.
The four major islands found here are Waigeo, Misool (which is home to ancient rock paintings), Salawati, and Batanta.
Amazing facts about the Raja Ampat Conservation Area. This area is home to 1,511 species of reef fish in the Bird’s Head Seascape;
- 5 species of endangered sea turtles;
- 57 species of Mantis Shrimp;
- 13 species of Marine Mammals;
- And 27 species of endemic reef fish found only in that area
- 1,320 species of reef fish in Raja Ampat;
- 75% of all known coral species in the world;
- 10 times the number of hard coral species found in the entire Caribbean;
- In the Birds Head Seascape there 600 species of hard coral recorded;
The Raja Ampat islands are a truly natural phenomenon with enormous biological diversity. The amazing marine landscape means that underwater photography should be on the top your list during your stay.
However with Raja Ampat’s natural conditions, high endemic level of land, sea biodiversity, coastal ecology, and local culture & tradition the islands offer more than just amazing landscapes to photograph.
The roaring engines fixed to a large wooden boat are finally quiet. Nothing can be heard but the rifting little waves, lapping against the vibrant paint on the sides of the vessel that gracefully slows down.
Native birds hop on the tip of a small tree in one of the deserted islands in the distance.
The government is taking good care of the preservation of nature and maintaining the condition of the forest.
The environment is also well maintained.
Visiting Raja Ampat The Tremendous Underwater Expedition, we will witness routine community activities in unique traditional cultures. And there are special dishes and food as part of culinary tours that are delicious and yummy.
In this place there are also regular events or activities held every year, both national and international.
We will have many activities here in Raja Ampat, such as:
- Watching The Sea Ghost
- Exploring the islands by boat
- Visiting the Red Bird of Paradise
- Enjoying the Karst islands around Wayag Island
- Wreck diving
- Exploring the bat caves (literally, not the Dark Knight variety)
- Make your own wood sculpture guided by an Asmat artisan
- Fishing using traditional Papuan techniques
- Trekking to discover waterfalls
- Feeding couscous
On North and West Waigeo, you can see a traditional bamboo flute (suling tambur) performance. This traditional performance usually takes place during religious festival.
On Independence Day, (August 17th), and during visits from important officials or leaders. If you are interested in anthropology, this is something to definitely consider in your agenda.
In East Waigeo, particularly in front of Urbinasopen and Yesner villages, there is a very interesting and unique natural phenomenon, which can only be seen every year-end.
A light comes out from the ocean and wanders around on its surface for about 10 – 18 minutes. After that, it disappears and can only be seen again at the following years-end.
Local inhabitants in both villages call this phenomenon the “Sea Ghost”. This is more than just a sunset view, overlooking from your liveaboard.
In Tomolol, you’ll be amazed by the caves in the area, where you can see paintings of huge human palms and animals which were painted by ancient cave dwellers.
While on North Waigeo, you can also take in some history with a visit to the World War II caves where the Dutch and the Japanese army built bunkers.
The locals will sometimes perform a war dance. There is also the ever-flowing waterfall of Salawati, which is a sight you should not miss.
Moreover, there are also exotic locations such as the Ayau islands consisting of small islands on a very large atoll. Many islands in this archipelago have white sands with a large seabed connecting one island to another.
But there are also islands with unique sands that the local community calls “zandplaat”, which are a unique habitat for local vegetation. On these islands, mothers and children of local tribes collectively catch sea-worms (insonem).
Diving and diving
For diving enthusiasts the favorite destination is usually South Waigeo. But while you are here, why not take the chance to visit Kabui Bay with many karst islands, goa tengkorak (cave of skulls), and the historical sites of Raja Ampat in Kali Raja.
Also, on this tour several divers were well equipped and looked advanced. The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 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 a report developed by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75% of the world’s species live here. When divers first arrive here their excitement is palpable.
It’s common to hear people praise God as they take in the remarkable scenery.
Others prefer to remain in silence taking in the overwhelming sight of so many islands with crystal clear water that softly brushes over the white sandy beaches.
You can see a variety of birds in Yenwaupnor and Sawinggrai village, the Salay dance in Saonek, and plaited handicrafts in Arborek. In Arborek, visitors can dive and watch groups of stingrays.
In Sawandarek, there’s a white sand beach with sea ducks and beautiful corals. In addition, there is a traditional village where you can walk around in and enjoy the unique slow paced atmosphere.
You can also dive in West Waigeo, Batanta, and Kofiau. These potential destinations are great places to visit by houseboats. The Karst islands in Wayag, especially, have very interesting natural attractions to enjoy.
Underwater enthusiasts flock to this region because it offers the world’s best marine sights. Two days earlier, some of these travelers had been at a deafening corner of a tourist trap in Bali.
Once they took their flight to the bird head of the island of Papua everything changed as they embarked on a diving tour of a lifetime. In the Raja Ampat islands, divers can explore vertical underwater walls.
The thrill of drift diving is another great challenge. These are the awesome experiences you will find in Raja Ampat.
We also will have arrived at one of the most fantastic diving sites. On other days, this guide is just a simple fisherman. The local fishermen here are accustomed to foreigners and are friendly, especially when offered pinang (betel nuts) or some sweet candies.
These are very popular and offering these sweets is considered polite and a good way to win an instant smile. The fishermen usually eat this snack during Para-para Pinang, or social chatting and exchanging funny stories while chewing Pinang.
In many respects, like nature, culture, and history, these fishermen are closer to the Moluccas.
While the landscape may look like a dream, this is not an illusion. As you embark on your dive, the phrase ‘Attention to detail’ takes on new meaning as pygmy seahorses swim around your fingers.
Manta Rays and wobbegongs will glide right by you. Tuna fish, giant trevallies, snappers, and even barracudas are there to complete your underwater ‘meeting list’.
Not to mention the friendly assistant of the dugong, and a busy colleague, the turtle. Natural and untouched beauty is the main attraction here.
With no unnecessary adages, the sky, the lush islands, the sea, and everything above and under it is genuinely saying ‘Welcome to Raja Ampat Islands; your personal Disneyland of diving sites’.
The journey to Raja Ampat The Tremendous Underwater Expedition is now very easy. We can enter through various modes of transportation.
The condition of the infrastructure is getting better. Starting from highways, airports, trails, ports, bridges, stairs, even some places can be reached by toll roads.
Access to go to Raja Ampat:
Alternatively, you can join a diving tour in Bali and fly from there. We will find Sorong just like any other city where you can get almost everything, although prices are higher due to its remote location.
Usually only divers come to Raja Ampat, so we will not find many other tourists around. Joining a tour is the most common practice when visiting Raja Ampat. We do not have to be a professional diver to join a tour, as tour operators sell tours ranging for both for divers and non-divers.
- Express Air
- Batavia Air
- Lion Air
- Wings Air
- Silk Air
- Garuda Indonesia
- Pelita Air
There are daily ferries available between Sorong and Waisai, capital of the Raja Ampat district on the island of Waigeo.
Ferries leave Sorong at 13.00 hrs and the journey takes between 1.5 to 2 hours.
The return ferry from Waisai to Sorong leaves around 11.0 am. There are also speedboats for rent at Sorong.
Commonly, divers will join a tour and live in a diving resort during their stay in the Raja Ampat Islands.
To access diving spots, please contact and use the professional diving organizers, who can be conveniently found in Sorong. Several tour operators also offer the option of liveboard tours:
- Raja Ampat Liveaboard
- Dive Raja Ampat
- Raja Ampat
Before going to a dive spot, you’ll need to obtain a permit from the local Papua police station. You will need to bring your passport and three (3) copies of the passport page with the Indonesian Visa. The diving organizers can help you with these formalities
From Sorong, there are two type of boats available; Speed Boat (40 minutes to 1 hour boat trip, carries 15 passengers and costs Rp.2 million/US$208.55);
Long Boat (2-3 hour boat trip and could carry 10 passengers for the cost of Rp1,2 million/ US$126). Please note that all rates are subject to change without notice
We may rent a small boat if you wish to stop and make personal discoveries along the line of the beaches.
As the Raja Ampat Islands have four mountainous main islands and hundreds of small islands in their vicinity, you may want to take this opportunity to explore.
In addition, the Karst area is a beautiful and original natural phenomenon, as it has various unique flora and fauna as its attractions e.g., Bird of Paradise (Cenderawasih) Botak, Red Cenderawasih, Maleo Waigeo, Kus-kus, orchids, palm etc.
We can also trek around the islands to find hidden beauties, like waterfalls and ancient caves.
We can visit by plane, car, ship, bus, motorcycle and bicycle. At some point, we can take the train. We can also walk freely.
In Raja Ampat The Tremendous Underwater Expedition, as technology getting better. We can easily find locations for mini markets, shops (warung kedai), ATMs, Bank BRI BCA BNI Mandiri, BTPN Bank Nagari BJB, supermarkets, and restaurants. So we will not starve or lack the necessary items.
Suggestion before visiting Raja Ampat:
- October or November is the best season for diving in Raja Ampat because the ocean is typically flat and perfect for photography
- Bring your underwater camera AND underwater photography know-how. Because taking underwater photos is not that easy
- To organize your travel you use travel agents with services in Indonesia. Just contact the agents in any international gateways in Indonesia (Bali, Jakarta, Medan, Batam, etc)
- Sun blocks, sunscreens and hats are required
- Bring anti-mosquito repellants and anti-malarial medicines
If you are sick and need help, you can also visit clinics, drugstore pharmacies (apotek), practice doctors, hospitals, and health centers (puskesmas).
In this place we can also look for places of worship such as mosques, churches, and others.
Finding place to stay in Raja Ampat The Tremendous Underwater Expedition is very easy. We can stay at homestays, hotels, inns, hostels and other places.
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Experience and Reviews
There are already many visitors have visited Raja Ampat The Tremendous Underwater Expedition, there are many interesting stories that are told. Like feeling satisfied, happy, wanting to come again, sleep well, and almost no one is disappointed or complains to come here.
So, visitors will find out on how to find the best hotels, where is exactly located, why it is amazing, how much is the fare and rate, who are the people, whom to ask, and when is the best time to visit.
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