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Raja Ampat Snorkeling 7 Days 6 Nights

Raja Ampat or ‘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.

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.

Meanwhile, 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.

Raja Ampat located in the heart of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat islands had become one of the richest marine life destination. Here you can see a wide range of species in fish, corals and birds. For you who likes to go out with nature, this place is one spot you would not miss. We are offering our trip packages to discover and explore all of these places.

Snorkeling
As part of our main excursions program, we will explore by snorkeling a wide area of various snorkeling sites. To snorkel all of the nicest reef as we pass along while enjoying the excursion. Most of the snorkeling sites are shallow to moderate deep, typically the reefs is found on a slope ranging from 0 – 30 meters with good visibility and current. There are mangroves with crystal clear water and have corals growing, also walls and patch reefs. Snorkeling the area will offer you an unlimited exploration and discovery.

Diving
Ampat has lots of world class dive sites, on our trip we will take you to dive and explore some of these dive sites. On our excursions as we pass this dive sites we give the opportunity for you who is interested to go diving. To organize the diving we are working with the local dive center which have experience and professional crew. The dive sites are manageable and good for all level of divers. The reefs are well protected, ranging from 0 – 30 meters deep. Housing plenty kinds of fish and creatures and also aircraft wrecks, these diving will take you to see one of the best reef wonders.

Land Tour
Along the coast we will visit villages and people with their traditional culture and craftman. Going culture and exploring the landscape filled with tropical forests and reefs is another type of excursion we offer. Another program is to spot several kinds of birds which is endemic in Papua. Spotting the birds in their habitat and going for an easy treking to the local waterfall.

Our transportations for the trip
Boat
One wooden boat will be our main transportation,

Specification :
Length x Width : 19m x 4.5m
Built : 2014 Sulawesi
Engine : 2 x 4 Cylinders Diesel Engine (one for backup)
Generator : 1KW
Facility : Sun & Canopy Deck, Main Room Accommodation, Kitchen, Bathroom + Toilet

Longboat
For organizing daily excursions and snorkeling trip we provide one fiberglass longboat canoe for tender, the boat is towed and ready for the whole trip.

Specification :
Length x Width : 7m x 1.5m
Engine : 1 x 25hp
outboard engine Capacity : 8 pax + 2 crews

Kayak
For daily run around, and for you who likes to travel and snorkel more distances,
Specification : Length : 2.5m
Capacity : 100kg / 1 person
Type : Closed deck Units : 2 pcs

Snorkeling:
Raja Ampat have so many sites to snorkel with and we are taking you to the best snorkel sites on our excursions. Science have declared that Raja Ampat have a unique underwater life, and during the trip you will get the chance to experience different type of snorkel sites, from white sandy beaches to open sea, snorkeling mangrove reefscoral garden mangroves, bays, caves and channels all have beautiful and unique underwater life. Snorkeling under the forest reefs and snorkeling with the pelagic like mantas, and if you are lucky you could expect to snorkel with whales and dugong.

On our trip you will get the experience to explore all this snorkeling sites. Most of the snorkel site is white sandy beaches with reef slope ranging from 1 – 30 meters, the reefs are alive and abundant with many kinds of fish. With visibility average 30m year round, by snorkeling you can already enjoy a wide range of underwater view in every snorkel sites. We also sometimes likes to take advantage of the currents flowing along the reefs, with this current you can just snorkel and relax with longer range of coral reefs along the beach to explore and the chance to see more big fishes.

If you like you can also go snorkeling the sites in the evening, this can be done while we park our boat close to an island or village. Snorkeling in the evening is also interesting, you can get the chance to see different life on the reefs. Please bring your underwater lamp if you also plan to snorkel in the evening.

How to get there
There are several ways to get to Raja Ampat, this depends on where you are coming from, and each entry ports have their own advantages.
To fly to Raja Ampat there 4 international airports available in Indonesia, this is Jakarta, Makasar, Bali and Manado.
These airports are easily accessible from all parts of the world.
The good entrance is through Singapore, and from here you can fly direct to either of the airports with several direct fligths. Please contact your travel agents for the best routes.deserted island

Visa
You can obtain your visa on arrival for USD 25 for 30 days, if you want to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get visa from the Indonesia Consulate embassy as this cannot be issued on arrival.

Travel Permit
When entering Papua we provide you with travel permit (free) which will be issued by the local police station, pleaseprepare the following requirements :
-2 copies pass fotos
– 2 copies of passport id and arrival visa stamp PIN

Personal Identification Number
A regulation setup by the local government, conservation organizations and other stakeholders for managing tourism in Raja Ampat. Each tourist is required to buy an entrance PIN which is valid for one year at USD 100.- (Rp. 1.000.000,-). The fund will support several programs organized by the government and the stakeholders.

Health
As we are located near the equator, sun protection is necessary. Insect repellant is needed for protection to common insects. Malaria is present in Papua, please refer to your physician for the best prevention.yuyu

Climate
Average weather is good yearround, there is no rainy seasons. There will be couple of time rainfall everyweek during the whole tear period with average distribution highest on July. Month June and July is considered rainy seasons in Indonesia. The period June = July and December – January will be a bit windy and the rest of the period will be steady. The seas will be very smooth during the non wind period and visibility average 20 – 30 meters. Water temperature from 26 – 28 Celcius, air temperature 31 – 33 Celcius. Practicalities To make things easier and enjoyable, below is some stuff which you might consider to have on the trip, snorkel sets, headlamp, binocular, hammock, trekking sandals and underwater torch.

Itinerary:
Day 01 : SORONG ARRIVAL (BLD)
Arrive at Sorong airport meeting service then transfer pax to Royal Memberamo Hotel,for check in pax free program. Lunch and dinner on your own

DAY 02 :SORONG –WAISAI RAJA AMPAT ( BLD )
After breakfast pax free at leasure until transfer to public harbour then by public fast boat explore to Waisai mother town of Raja Ampat regeny.Arrive harbour then transfer to melati hotel,or losmen for stay overnight .

DAY 03: WAISAI – SAONEK BONDE ( BLD )
After breakfast ten pax by outrigger boat explore Saonekbonde island for snorkelling ,then visiting Saonek village meet the local people learn the way of life, make the pictures of Panorama.Stay.Lunch on the island then afternoon back to Waisai to your hotel or homestay for dinner overnight.

DAY 04 :WAISAI – SAPOKREN VILLAGE (BLD)
After breakfast pax free program to visit local market and some nice place around Waisai town,then after lunch by Ojek adventure to Sapokren village learn the way of local villagers live,visit the Raja Ampat Dive resort and swimming on the beach.Late afternoon back to your homestay for dinner overnight.

DAY 05 : WAISAI _ SORONG ( BLD )
After breakfast pax free program until transfer to harbour for by fast boat in 3 hours return to Sorong,then to your hotel Royal Memberamo.At night dinner sea food at Tembok berlin place,while enjoi kota Sorong di Waktu malam.Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 06 : SORONG FULLDAY TOUR ( LUNCH )
After breakfast at your hotel then pax with guide by Inova coach explore to visit local market, Soerong Artshop, and penakaran buaya ( Crocodile farm ) and kota Sorong Surrounding.Lunch box and mineral water and provided on the way. Afternoon back to your hotel for dinner by your own. Overnight at your hotel.

DAY 07 : :SORONG DEPARTURE.( B )
After breakfast then pax free until transfer to airport for your flight return to Jakarta via Manokwari and Makasar by Express air

RATE: USD 1.950/PERSON/MINIMUM 4 PERSON FOR GUARANTEE DEPARTURE

Rate included:
– Airport pick up and transfer in Sorong
– 3 meals a day
– Sleeping on the deck or camping during the trip
– Refreshment ( Coffee, Tea and Mineral Water )
– English speaking guide
– Tours as per itinerary

Rate excluded:
– Hotel in Sorong
– Porters
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– PIN for Raja Ampat
– Donation at the villages
– Any entrance fees in the islands
– Laundry
– Any personal expenses

 

Raja Ampat Scuba Diving Liveaboard 08 Days 07 Nights

Raja Ampat, or ‘four kings’ as it translates from Indonesian, consists of over 1562 beautiful tropical islands, yet it takes its name from 4 of the larger islands, Batanta, Waigeo, Salawati, and Misool. It is critically acclaimed to be one of the best places on our planet to dive, due to both the above and below surface offerings. There isn’t really a low season for Raja Ampat, however during June and July there tends to be higher levels of precipitation, this reflects in our Raja Ampat scheduling.

When you ‘Google’ paradise, turns out you may well be viewing images of some of the limestone cliff formations located in Wayag, or the infamous sea gypsies that base their homes on stilted wooden platforms, overhanging idyllic white sand beaches scattered throughout the region. When you finally dive in, you will find passing Hammerhead sharks, majestic giant manta rays, graceful whale sharks, playful dolphins, the list goes on. Meanwhile don’t forget to keep an eye on the reefs and corals, sponges, soft corals, shrimps, crabs and countless nudibranchs and hundreds other invertebrates. If all of those things don’t grab your attention, the highest concentration of marine life ever surveyed on one dive was here. 75% of all coral species in the world are found within these waters, there is no equivalent in the terrestrial world. This the heart of the Coral Triangle and there is nothing, anywhere, like this. This is it – the centre of marine biodiversity on our planet. Every divers ‘bucket list’ gets ticked off upon their first visit, then they come back time and time again, and see even more. Its tantamount to pioneer diving, where new species are being discovered regularly, and you could well be the first to view one of them. This is the end of the rainbow

Our ‘Raja North’ charter is a breathtaking example of what the regency has to offer, customised to fit into a tight schedule.

Departing from Sorong, we will cruise to the picturesque white sands of Pulau Wai, followed by a sunset cruise to the ranger station based in the north of Batanta. Groot Fam is next on our list, thriving with the life carried from the falling tides of the Dampier Straight.

North again, to Wayag, where striking topography meets mass underwater diversity, and current laden sloping walls. Surface intervals in Wayag can be as spectacular as the dives, dramatic jagged limestone cliffs rupture the surface, which tower over tiny dome shaped rocks that scatter the areas turquoise waters.

Overnighting south towards Gam, we visit the world renowned ‘Passage’ dive site and its awe inspiring surrounds. From Gam we enter the Dampier Straight in search of giant manta rays, and colossal schools of pelagic fish.

8 Days 7 Nights Dive Liveaboard on La Galigo Phinisi Luxury Schooner
Start/End : Sorong/Sorong
Approximate number of dives: 22

Itinerary:
Day 01 : Airport Sorong-Harbor-Wai Island check dive
Day 02 : Dive Batanta Island 3-4 dives
Day 03 : Dive Groot Fam Islands 3-4 dives
Day 04 : Dive Kawe Islands 3-4 dives Day
05 : Dive Wayag Islands 3-4 dives
Day 06 : Dive Gam Island and Bay 3-4 dives
Day 07 : Dive Manta Sandy and Dampier Strait 3-4 dives. Sail to Sorong ( Depending on your flight but recommend you to stay overnight after this trip
Day 08 : Sorong- Airport

Rates per person in US Dollar:
– Deluxe: $ 2299
– Master: $ 2599
– Suite: $ 3099

INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS

INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PRICE

• Hotel transfers to and from Sorong Harbour on the first and final day of your cruise, from a local hotel in Sorong.

• Ferry transfers to and from Sorong Harbour to La Galigo on the first and final day of your cruise.

• All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (based on fair usage and consumption)

• Diving services including tanks, weights, air fills, guides and dive tenders.

• Land excursions, Ranger fees excluded.

• Internet connection, dependant on signal (generally very limited to Sorong area), for e-mail and general browsing.

• Video / photo package of your tour

NOT INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE PRICE

• Flight tickets

• Travel, dive and repatriation insurance

• Visas and fees

• Airport taxes and extra baggage fees

• Airport to hotel transfers

  • Port and Marine Park fees
  • Raja Ampat tags (approximately $100 USD)
  • Rangers fees (on-land activity)

• Dive rental equipment

  • Nitrox – prices USD per person

• $10 a tank payable onboard for all charteres

 

Raja Ampat Scuba Diving Liveaboard 10 Days 09 Nights

Raja Ampat or ‘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.

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.

Meanwhile, 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.

Raja Ampat located in the heart of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat islands had become one of the richest marine life destination. Here you can see a wide range of species in fish, corals and birds. For you who likes to go out with nature, this place is one spot you would not miss. We are offering our trip packages to discover and explore all of these places.

Snorkeling
As part of our main excursions program, we will explore by snorkeling a wide area of various snorkeling sites. To snorkel all of the nicest reef as we pass along while enjoying the excursion. Most of the snorkeling sites are shallow to moderate deep, typically the reefs is found on a slope ranging from 0 – 30 meters with good visibility and current. There are mangroves with crystal clear water and have corals growing, also walls and patch reefs. Snorkeling the area will offer you an unlimited exploration and discovery.

Diving
Ampat has lots of world class dive sites, on our trip we will take you to dive and explore some of these dive sites. On our excursions as we pass this dive sites we give the opportunity for you who is interested to go diving. To organize the diving we are working with the local dive center which have experience and professional crew. The dive sites are manageable and good for all level of divers. The reefs are well protected, ranging from 0 – 30 meters deep. Housing plenty kinds of fish and creatures and also aircraft wrecks, these diving will take you to see one of the best reef wonders.

Land Tour
Along the coast we will visit villages and people with their traditional culture and craftman. Going culture and exploring the landscape filled with tropical forests and reefs is another type of excursion we offer. Another program is to spot several kinds of birds which is endemic in Papua. Spotting the birds in their habitat and going for an easy treking to the local waterfall.

Our transportations for the trip
Boat
One wooden boat will be our main transportation,

Specification :
Length x Width : 19m x 4.5m
Built : 2014 Sulawesi
Engine : 2 x 4 Cylinders Diesel Engine (one for backup)
Generator : 1KW
Facility : Sun & Canopy Deck, Main Room Accommodation, Kitchen, Bathroom + Toilet

Longboat
For organizing daily excursions and snorkeling trip we provide one fiberglass longboat canoe for tender, the boat is towed and ready for the whole trip.

Specification :
Length x Width : 7m x 1.5m
Engine : 1 x 25hp
outboard engine Capacity : 8 pax + 2 crews

Kayak
For daily run around, and for you who likes to travel and snorkel more distances,
Specification : Length : 2.5m
Capacity : 100kg / 1 person
Type : Closed deck Units : 2 pcs

Snorkeling:
Raja Ampat have so many sites to snorkel with and we are taking you to the best snorkel sites on our excursions. Science have declared that Raja Ampat have a unique underwater life, and during the trip you will get the chance to experience different type of snorkel sites, from white sandy beaches to open sea, snorkeling mangrove reefscoral garden mangroves, bays, caves and channels all have beautiful and unique underwater life. Snorkeling under the forest reefs and snorkeling with the pelagic like mantas, and if you are lucky you could expect to snorkel with whales and dugong.

On our trip you will get the experience to explore all this snorkeling sites. Most of the snorkel site is white sandy beaches with reef slope ranging from 1 – 30 meters, the reefs are alive and abundant with many kinds of fish. With visibility average 30m year round, by snorkeling you can already enjoy a wide range of underwater view in every snorkel sites. We also sometimes likes to take advantage of the currents flowing along the reefs, with this current you can just snorkel and relax with longer range of coral reefs along the beach to explore and the chance to see more big fishes.

If you like you can also go snorkeling the sites in the evening, this can be done while we park our boat close to an island or village. Snorkeling in the evening is also interesting, you can get the chance to see different life on the reefs. Please bring your underwater lamp if you also plan to snorkel in the evening.

How to get there
There are several ways to get to Raja Ampat, this depends on where you are coming from, and each entry ports have their own advantages.
To fly to Raja Ampat there 4 international airports available in Indonesia, this is Jakarta, Makasar, Bali and Manado.
These airports are easily accessible from all parts of the world.
The good entrance is through Singapore, and from here you can fly direct to either of the airports with several direct fligths. Please contact your travel agents for the best routes.deserted island

Visa
You can obtain your visa on arrival for USD 25 for 30 days, if you want to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get visa from the Indonesia Consulate embassy as this cannot be issued on arrival.

Travel Permit
When entering Papua we provide you with travel permit (free) which will be issued by the local police station, pleaseprepare the following requirements :
-2 copies pass fotos
– 2 copies of passport id and arrival visa stamp PIN

Personal Identification Number
A regulation setup by the local government, conservation organizations and other stakeholders for managing tourism in Raja Ampat. Each tourist is required to buy an entrance PIN which is valid for one year at USD 100.- (Rp. 1.000.000,-). The fund will support several programs organized by the government and the stakeholders.

Health
As we are located near the equator, sun protection is necessary. Insect repellant is needed for protection to common insects. Malaria is present in Papua, please refer to your physician for the best prevention.yuyu

Climate
Average weather is good yearround, there is no rainy seasons. There will be couple of time rainfall everyweek during the whole tear period with average distribution highest on July. Month June and July is considered rainy seasons in Indonesia. The period June = July and December – January will be a bit windy and the rest of the period will be steady. The seas will be very smooth during the non wind period and visibility average 20 – 30 meters. Water temperature from 26 – 28 Celcius, air temperature 31 – 33 Celcius. Practicalities To make things easier and enjoyable, below is some stuff which you might consider to have on the trip, snorkel sets, headlamp, binocular, hammock, trekking sandals and underwater torch.

WONDERFULL RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS SNORKELING PARADISE TOURS

Itinerary:
10 Days 9 Nights – Northern/Southern Raja Ampat ex Sorong
Arrive in Sorong, stay overnight in a hotel and prepare for departure early the next morning, this will be on your own and we help you to book the hotel in Sorong.

ITINERARY:
Day 1 – Sorong – Kabuy bay
Snorkeling : Friwenbonda island and Batu lima islandcoconut tree Day

2 – Kabuy bay – Bat island / Batangpelle island
Snorkeling : Passage / Cave, Hidden bay and Bat island

Day 3 – Bat island / Batangpelle island – Balakbalak island – CI Station (Wayag island)
Snorkeling / Trekking : Balakbalak island, Jetty CI station Day 4 – Fullday Wayag island, snorkeling and trekking

Day 5 – Wayag island – Mayafun island – Fam island
Snorkeling : Mayafun island and Fam island

Day 6 – Pyanemo – Fam island
Snorkeling and trekking : trekking Pyanemo island and snorkeling Melisa garden, Anita garden and Jetty Arborek ( visiting village )

Day 7 – Gam Island Snorkeling : Yenbraimuk, Yeben island, Mikes point

Day 8 – Gam Island – Manswar island Snorkeling : Manta point/Manta sandy,Cape Manswar, Jetty Sawandarek

Day 9 – Manswar island – Kri Island Snorkeling : Agusta island, Merpati Island, Cape Kri, Koh island, Jetty Yenbuba

Day 10 – Kri Island – Sorong ( leave in the early morning / trip finished at Sorong )

RATE: USD 2.600/PERSON/MINIMUM 4 PERSON FOR GUARANTEE DEPARTURE

Rate included:
– Airport pick up and transfer in Sorong
– 3 meals a day
– Sleeping on the deck or camping during the trip
– Refreshment ( Coffee, Tea and Mineral Water )
– English speaking guide
– Tours as per itinerary

Rate excluded:
– Hotel in Sorong
– Porters
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– PIN for Raja Ampat
– Donation at the villages
– Any entrance fees in the islands
– Laundry
– Any personal expenses

 

Raja Ampat Scuba Diving Liveaboars West Papua Indonesia

Welcome aboard: Mikumba Ratu Laut Phinisi

Raja Ampat, Indonesia, otherwise known as the “Four Kings” is a stunning archipelago consisting of over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals creating diverse underwater landscapes. A Raja Ampat diving safari is all about diversity, both of dive sites and marine life and the best way to experience the most of the region is by dive liveaboard, which offer trips to the northern and southern islands combined. At least 75 percent of all coral species can be found in Raja Ampat, divers can expect a range of topography from soft corals and sea fans, to hard corals, seagrass beds, mangroves, shallow reefs, deep drop offs, caves, black sand and white sand.

Dives with manta rays, sea turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, pipefish, various seahorse species and massive schools of reef fish are the norm, plus the delightful wobbegong sharks and epaulette sharks inhabit these waters too. Our Raja Ampat liveaboard itineraries typically depart from Sorong, reachable by domestic flight from Jakarta, Manado, Makassar or Ambon. Each of our dive itineraries offers something a little different and it is the exceptional diversity of Raja Ampat which promises vastly different diving experiences each time you enter the water.

Scuba divers are still discovering amazing dive sites but the highlights of any trip would include dives in the Dampier Strait such as Manta Sandy and Cape Kri, as well as dives at Misool and the Fiabacet chain of islands in the far south, plus Gam and Yangeffo and the atmospheric Arborek Jetty.

It is possible to dive Raja Ampat all year round, however the majority of our liveaboard holidays run between October and June, allowing for the yachts to also offer trips in the Komodo National Park. The water temperature remains constant between 26-29C.

Raja Ampat Sailing and Snorkeling 8 Days 7 Nights Indonesia

Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising 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. Raja Ampat Regency is new regency which separated from Sorong Regency at 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

The name of Raja Ampat comes from local mythology that tells about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatch and become kings that occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands whilst the other three become a ghost, a woman, and a stone. History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of Tidore Kingdom, an influential kingdom from Maluku. Yet, after Holland invaded Maluku, it was shortly claimed as a part of the kingdom of Holland. The main occupation for people around this area is fishing since the area is dominated by the sea. They live in a small colony of tribes that spreads around the area. Although traditional culture still strongly exists, they are very welcoming to visitors. Their religion is dominantly Christian.

The oceanic natural resource around Raja Ampat makes it significantly potential as a touristic area. Many sources place Raja Ampat as one of their top ten popular places for diving whilst it becomes number one in terms of underwater biodiversity. 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, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. 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.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands areremote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection. 1,309 fish species, 537 coral species (a remarkable 96% of all scleractinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands and 75% of all species that exist in the world), and 699 mollusk species, the variety of marine life is staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. Although accessing the islands is not that difficult, it takes some time. It takes six hours flight from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia to Sorong. Then, taking boat to reach the islands is necessary.

RAJA AMPAT SNORKELING, VILLAGES EXPLORING AND BIRDING
Raja Ampat Tour Packages :
08 DAYS – 7 NIGTHS

Itinerary
Day 01 : SORONG ARRIVAL
Arrive at Sorong airport meeting service then transfer pax to Royal Memberamo Hotel or similar,for check in pax free program. Lunch and dinner on your own arrangement.

DAY 02 : SORONG –WAISAI RAJA AMPAT ( BLD )
After breakfast pax free at leasure until transfer to public harbour then by public ferry boat that leave around 13.00 Pm and cruise to Waisai mother town of Raja Ampat regeny. Arrive harbour then transfer to melati hotel,or losmen for stay overnight

DAY 03 : WAISAI – KABUI ISLAND –BIANCI ISLAND ( BLD )
After breakfast ten pax by outrigger boat explore 2 hours a long the gulf to Kabui village,meet the local people learn the way of life,snorkeling activities make the pictures of Panorama.Stay overnight at local house or tent in Biancy island.Lunch and dinner provided on the spot.

DAY 04: BIANCI –ARBOREK – SAWINGRAI VILLAGE –YENWAUPNOR VILLAGE (BLD)
After breakfast pax snorkeling,then after lunch explore by the outrigger boat to visit Sawaing ray for snorkeling and adventure.Dinner ans stay overnight in Yenwaupnor village.

DAY 05 : YENWAUPNOR –KELELAWAR ISLAND – SAONEK BONDE ISLAND-WAISAI. (BLD)
Early morning pax with guide local escourt trkking to the jungle to observe the lesser birds of paradise,and other birds then after activities there,back to your village for breakfast.After Lunch then by boat explore to Kelelawar island to see the groups of flying-dogs,snorkeling also in Saonek Bonde the afternoon and overnight at Yenwaupnor village.

Day 06 : Saonek Bonde Island-Painemo-Waisai ( BLD )
After breakfast, visit Paynemo Star Lagoon and enjoy the icon of Raja Ampat with this best view, Snorkeling in the lagoon and after lunch with your speed boat transfer back to Waisai and overnight at your hotel.

DAY 07: WAISAI – SORONG (B) After breakfast pax free program until transfer to harboaur for by fast boat in 3 hours return to Sorong,then to your hotel Royal Memberamo.Lunch and dinner in your own.

DAY 08: SORONG DEPARTURE. (B)
After breakfast then pax free until transfer to airport for your flight return to Jakarta via Makasar by Express air. Tour ends

RATES: USD 2.550/Person min 04 person

Rate including :
– Raja Ampat Entrance Fees
– Snorkeling Equipments
– English Speaking Guide
– All Accommodation in Sorong and Raja Ampat Islands
– Meals as mention in the itineraries
– Refreshments ( Mineral water, coffee and tea during trip )
– Ferry Boat Tickets
– Speed boat during the trip

Rate excluding :
– Raja Ampat conservation fees
– Return air tickets Jakarta-Sorong-Jakarta or Manado-Sorong-Manado
– Diving tags and taxes
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– Meals in the hotels as mention in the itineraries
– Tipping – Laundry
– Any personal expenses

 

 

Raja Ampat Snorkeling 10 Days 09 Nights Indonesia

Raja Ampat or ‘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.

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.

Meanwhile, 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.

Raja Ampat located in the heart of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat islands had become one of the richest marine life destination. Here you can see a wide range of species in fish, corals and birds. For you who likes to go out with nature, this place is one spot you would not miss. We are offering our trip packages to discover and explore all of these places.

Snorkeling
As part of our main excursions program, we will explore by snorkeling a wide area of various snorkeling sites. To snorkel all of the nicest reef as we pass along while enjoying the excursion. Most of the snorkeling sites are shallow to moderate deep, typically the reefs is found on a slope ranging from 0 – 30 meters with good visibility and current. There are mangroves with crystal clear water and have corals growing, also walls and patch reefs. Snorkeling the area will offer you an unlimited exploration and discovery.

Diving
Ampat has lots of world class dive sites, on our trip we will take you to dive and explore some of these dive sites. On our excursions as we pass this dive sites we give the opportunity for you who is interested to go diving. To organize the diving we are working with the local dive center which have experience and professional crew. The dive sites are manageable and good for all level of divers. The reefs are well protected, ranging from 0 – 30 meters deep. Housing plenty kinds of fish and creatures and also aircraft wrecks, these diving will take you to see one of the best reef wonders.

Land Tour
Along the coast we will visit villages and people with their traditional culture and craftman. Going culture and exploring the landscape filled with tropical forests and reefs is another type of excursion we offer. Another program is to spot several kinds of birds which is endemic in Papua. Spotting the birds in their habitat and going for an easy treking to the local waterfall.

Our transportations for the trip
Boat
One wooden boat will be our main transportation,

Specification :
Length x Width : 19m x 4.5m
Built : 2014 Sulawesi
Engine : 2 x 4 Cylinders Diesel Engine (one for backup)
Generator : 1KW
Facility : Sun & Canopy Deck, Main Room Accommodation, Kitchen, Bathroom + Toilet

Longboat
For organizing daily excursions and snorkeling trip we provide one fiberglass longboat canoe for tender, the boat is towed and ready for the whole trip.

Specification :
Length x Width : 7m x 1.5m
Engine : 1 x 25hp
outboard engine Capacity : 8 pax + 2 crews

Kayak
For daily run around, and for you who likes to travel and snorkel more distances,
Specification : Length : 2.5m
Capacity : 100kg / 1 person
Type : Closed deck Units : 2 pcs

Snorkeling:
Raja Ampat have so many sites to snorkel with and we are taking you to the best snorkel sites on our excursions. Science have declared that Raja Ampat have a unique underwater life, and during the trip you will get the chance to experience different type of snorkel sites, from white sandy beaches to open sea, snorkeling mangrove reefscoral garden mangroves, bays, caves and channels all have beautiful and unique underwater life. Snorkeling under the forest reefs and snorkeling with the pelagic like mantas, and if you are lucky you could expect to snorkel with whales and dugong.

On our trip you will get the experience to explore all this snorkeling sites. Most of the snorkel site is white sandy beaches with reef slope ranging from 1 – 30 meters, the reefs are alive and abundant with many kinds of fish. With visibility average 30m year round, by snorkeling you can already enjoy a wide range of underwater view in every snorkel sites. We also sometimes likes to take advantage of the currents flowing along the reefs, with this current you can just snorkel and relax with longer range of coral reefs along the beach to explore and the chance to see more big fishes.

If you like you can also go snorkeling the sites in the evening, this can be done while we park our boat close to an island or village. Snorkeling in the evening is also interesting, you can get the chance to see different life on the reefs. Please bring your underwater lamp if you also plan to snorkel in the evening.

How to get there
There are several ways to get to Raja Ampat, this depends on where you are coming from, and each entry ports have their own advantages.
To fly to Raja Ampat there 4 international airports available in Indonesia, this is Jakarta, Makasar, Bali and Manado.
These airports are easily accessible from all parts of the world.
The good entrance is through Singapore, and from here you can fly direct to either of the airports with several direct fligths. Please contact your travel agents for the best routes.deserted island

Visa
You can obtain your visa on arrival for USD 25 for 30 days, if you want to stay longer than 30 days, you need to get visa from the Indonesia Consulate embassy as this cannot be issued on arrival.

Travel Permit
When entering Papua we provide you with travel permit (free) which will be issued by the local police station, pleaseprepare the following requirements :
-2 copies pass fotos
– 2 copies of passport id and arrival visa stamp PIN

Personal Identification Number
A regulation setup by the local government, conservation organizations and other stakeholders for managing tourism in Raja Ampat. Each tourist is required to buy an entrance PIN which is valid for one year at USD 100.- (Rp. 1.000.000,-). The fund will support several programs organized by the government and the stakeholders.

Health
As we are located near the equator, sun protection is necessary. Insect repellant is needed for protection to common insects. Malaria is present in Papua, please refer to your physician for the best prevention.yuyu

Climate
Average weather is good yearround, there is no rainy seasons. There will be couple of time rainfall everyweek during the whole tear period with average distribution highest on July. Month June and July is considered rainy seasons in Indonesia. The period June = July and December – January will be a bit windy and the rest of the period will be steady. The seas will be very smooth during the non wind period and visibility average 20 – 30 meters. Water temperature from 26 – 28 Celcius, air temperature 31 – 33 Celcius. Practicalities To make things easier and enjoyable, below is some stuff which you might consider to have on the trip, snorkel sets, headlamp, binocular, hammock, trekking sandals and underwater torch.

WONDERFULL RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS SNORKELING PARADISE TOURS

Itinerary:
10 Days 9 Nights – Northern/Southern Raja Ampat ex Sorong
Arrive in Sorong, stay overnight in a hotel and prepare for departure early the next morning, this will be on your own and we help you to book the hotel in Sorong.

ITINERARY:
Day 1 – Sorong – Kabuy bay
Snorkeling : Friwenbonda island and Batu lima islandcoconut tree Day

2 – Kabuy bay – Bat island / Batangpelle island
Snorkeling : Passage / Cave, Hidden bay and Bat island

Day 3 – Bat island / Batangpelle island – Balakbalak island – CI Station (Wayag island)
Snorkeling / Trekking : Balakbalak island, Jetty CI station Day 4 – Fullday Wayag island, snorkeling and trekking

Day 5 – Wayag island – Mayafun island – Fam island
Snorkeling : Mayafun island and Fam island

Day 6 – Pyanemo – Fam island
Snorkeling and trekking : trekking Pyanemo island and snorkeling Melisa garden, Anita garden and Jetty Arborek ( visiting village )

Day 7 – Gam Island Snorkeling : Yenbraimuk, Yeben island, Mikes point

Day 8 – Gam Island – Manswar island Snorkeling : Manta point/Manta sandy,Cape Manswar, Jetty Sawandarek

Day 9 – Manswar island – Kri Island Snorkeling : Agusta island, Merpati Island, Cape Kri, Koh island, Jetty Yenbuba

Day 10 – Kri Island – Sorong ( leave in the early morning / trip finished at Sorong )

RATE: USD 2.800/PERSON/MINIMUM 4 PERSON FOR GUARANTEE DEPARTURE

Rate included:
– Airport pick up and transfer in Sorong
– 3 meals a day
– Sleeping on the deck or camping during the trip
– Refreshment ( Coffee, Tea and Mineral Water )
– English speaking guide
– Tours as per itinerary

Rate excluded:
– Hotel in Sorong
– Porters
– Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks
– PIN for Raja Ampat
– Donation at the villages
– Any entrance fees in the islands
– Laundry
– Any personal expenses

 

Agusta Eco Resort – Dampier Strait – Raja Ampat – West Papua

Agusta Eco Resort, in the heart of the untouched Raja Ampat marine park, West Papua, Indonesia, is going to be the only structure on an otherwise deserted island. Soon it will have wide cottages in a luxurious tropical vegetation, all facing a coral beach, with private diving center, restaurant, spa, fitness, swimming-pool. And of course the best dive sites of the world just around the corner…
Agusta Eco Resort is under construction, as this site is. Keep on following us, surely you wish to be the first to discover our tropical paradise.

P.T. Agusta, Waisai-Jl.Fatimah Rumbenwas – Raja Ampat, a regularly registered foreign company, is developing and managing Agusta Eco Resort.

The founders and owners of P.T. Agusta have a long-time experience in managing resorts, hotels and diving centres in Indonesia and in other geographic areas.

We at Agusta Eco Resort have the opportunity and the privilege to see our dream come true, in one of the wonderful sceneries of our planet. The beauty of Raja Ampat and of Agusta island lie in the untouched wilderness, in the relatively unimportant human impact, that here could not yet take advantage, changing the nature balance.

We are aware to be responsible of this little heaven, and we commit ourselves to bring forward in the time attention toward wildlife and toward local populations.

Agusta Eco Resort will be one of the few fully integrated resorts in Raja Ampat region (West Papua, Indonesia). Agusta Eco Resort will have:

  • 10 seaview bungalows with private beach and view over a fabulous sunset, luxury furnished according with the international standards of boutique-resort.
  • International diving centre with high level equipments and international affiliations.
  • Spa and beauty centre, with 3 therapy rooms , fitness center, Yoga room.
  • Thematic restaurant (40 seats).
  • Bar/lounge
  • Freshwater swimming pool.
  • First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

WE USE SOLAR ENERGY
All the needed energy to keep the resort working comes from solar panels! First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

ALL YOU NEED IS COMFORT!
Spacious cottages surrounded by green, all facing the beach, an excellent restaurant, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool… Agusta eco Resort will shortly become one of the few fully integrated structures in Raja Ampat, west Papua, Indonesia… What more for a perfect holiday?

LOCATION:
Agusta island is located 0° 38’ 57” S – 130° 34’ 37” E, right in the heart of Raja Ampat archipelago, among the 5 top destinations for scuba diving around the world.

Raja Ampat (Indonesian for “the four kings”) comprises about 1,500 islands, mostly mountain covered, in West Papua, Indonesia. The archipelago lays where Pacific ocean meets Indian Ocean, geographycally belongs to Australian continents. It is a true labyrinth of turquoise sea ways and little emerald green islands, surrounding the main islands of Misool, Waigeo, Salawati and Batanta (the four kings).

Being in the center of the so called “biodiversity triangle”, Raja Ampat offers to visitors the possibility of encounters with a huge variety of species, both underwater and on the land.

It is the ideal target for divers, but also for all who enjoy the untouched wildlife and the best white sandy beaches in all Indonesia.

Agusta, one of the deserted islands which sprinkle Raja Ampat sea, is a strategic destination under many points of view, for the lovers of adventure with some comforts, of sea, of leisure, and (more important) fr whom respects wilderness.

FROM A NATURALISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta lies in an area reknown for the highest marine biodiversity ever described by scientists, both for coral species number and for fishes.

FROM A LOGISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta is 50 miles away from Sorong airport. It can be reached flying to Sorong, via Jakarta or Manado. Once landed in Sorong, our staff will welcome you for a transfer, via land and sea, to the island that will be your home during your stay!

FROM A TURISTIC POINT OF VIEW:
Agusta island is deserted, the resort is the only structure, and guarantee you a vacation of complete relax, away from the noises and the crowd.

THE RESORT:
Agusta Eco Resort will be one of the few fully integrated resorts in Raja Ampat region (West Papua, Indonesia). Agusta Eco Resort will have:

10 seaview bungalows with private beach and view over a fabulous sunset, luxury furnished according with the international standards of boutique-resort.
International diving centre with high level equipments and international affiliations.
Spa and beauty centre, with 3 therapy rooms , fitness center, Yoga room.
Thematic restaurant (40 seats).
Bar/lounge
Freshwater swimming pool.
First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

WE USE SOLAR ENERGY
All the needed energy to keep the resort working comes from solar panels! First resort in eastern Indonesia, Agusta Resort will use energy entirely supplied by new generation solar panels. No fossil fuels, no pollutions, no noises.

ALL YOU NEED IS COMFORT!
Spacious cottages surrounded by green, all facing the beach, an excellent restaurant, spa, fitness centre, swimming pool… Agusta eco Resort will shortly become one of the few fully integrated structures in Raja Ampat, west Papua, Indonesia… What more for a perfect holiday?

THE HISTORY:
P.T Agusta wants to enhance an eco-friendly and sustainable tourism in Raja Ampat region, to promote responsible business management under the environmental and socio-economic profile, passing through education, social development, local community involvement.

The project.
To realize an eco resort who become the right setting for a unique diving experience for all the international and local travellers, willing to explore the untouched, teeming with life, sea of Raja Ampat, at the same time offering new job opportunities to locals.

In the next gallery, we follow the birth of our resort, from the first wailing on.

 

 

 

Waiwo Dive Resort – Waigeo Island – Raja Ampat – West Papua

Raja Ampat Islands Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising 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. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

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, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. 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.

The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands are remote and relatively undisturbed by humans.

The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection.

Waiwo Dive Resort is brand new dive resort in Raja Ampat Islands, Its located on the best part of Waigeo island on Waiwo beach. It has 10 cottages with shower and also has its own DIVE CENTER.

The resort is in a lovely quiet cove with a nice beach. They have left the jungle canopy in place above the huts so it’s nice and cool during the day and AC isn’t needed at night. There were surprisingly few mosquitoes. Utilities are very basic – cold water only and the power only runs from around 5pm to 9am. The huts are very nice, clean and comfortable with typical basic ensuite bathrooms (a western toilet and bin for the paper).

Room Rates and Packages for :
– Double Accupancy : Euro 100/person/night/bungalow
– Single Accupancy : Euro 115/person/night/bungalow
– Extra Bed ; Euro 75/bed/person/night
Room rates including 03 meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )

Dive Packages/Person:
– Package 10 Dives /08 Days 07 Nights: Euro 2.400/Person
– Package 12 Dives 08 D/07N Euro 2.550/person

Non Dive Package
05 Days 04 Nights Package
* Single Room : Euro 1.690
* Double Bed Room : Euro 1.500/person/twin share

Rates including : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Tea and Resort service charges

Excluded :
– Pick up and transfer to the resort and return fro Sorong using Public Ferry
– Soft drinks
– Beer
– Marine park Entrance fees
– Diving tags ( pay at the airport but we recommend you to pay in advance as we can arrange it ).

Extra Cost :
Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit Fee (per person) : Euro 50.00/person/one visit
Taxi from Sorong airport to harbour or harbour to airport (One way) : Euro 10.00/car/pax 04 people
Cabin on public boat from Sorong to Waisai or Waisai to Sorong : Euro 15.00/person/one way
Boat transfer Waisai – Mansuar (One way – shared between passengers) : Euro 90.00/person/one way

High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is Euro 45/person/night.

 

Fact About Raja Ampat Islands – West Papua – Indonesia

Raja Ampat Island
The Raja Ampat Island in Irian is group spreads out over a huge area and consists of over 610 islands. The four largest islands are Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The area’s reefs are covered in a diverse selection of both hard and soft corals. Most of the areas reefs are pristine, with mile after mile of perfect hard corals, drift after drift of soft corals of many species and colors ranging from brilliant red, to shocking yellow pretty pink and exotic purple. Most reef dives are very colorful. The tourist would be able to experience the best dives sites within those islands, which include Cape Kri, Mellisa’s Garden, Sardines Reef, The Passage, Nudibranch Rock, Wai Island Night Dive.

Raja Ampat is the western island of Papua Island. The name of Raja Ampat based on the legend. This area had begun with 6 eggs that found by King Waikew in Waigeo Island. But from the 6 eggs, just 5 eggs had crack. The last was become an egg stone till now on.

From the fifth eggs that had cracked, the 4 eggs was become men who become King of four big islands that is Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. While the one egg became a woman, had wash away and stranded in Biak Island. That woman was born a child named Gura Besi that known as the historical man of Raja Ampat, because of his heroic story.

The regency that formed based on the constitution number 26 in 2002, is the development of Sorong regency on 12 April 2003. This area has 46.000 km2. But, 85% of this area is archipelago area. There are 610 islands in this area. But most of them have no social life. This regency has 10 districts and 85 villages with about 48.707 men.
Geographically, this area has strategic location. Its boundaries is:

North side: Pacific Ocean
West Side: North Maluku
South side: Maluku Sea
East Side: Sorong Regency

For the fauna sector, Raja Ampat has rarely fauna, such as; red birds of paradise (Paradise Rubra), Wilson birds of paradise (Cicinnurs Republica), Maleo Waigeo (Spilocuscus Papuensis), and rainbow fishes. Hence, for the flora, Raja Ampat has many kinds of Orchids, Waigeo palm, ironwoods or black woods, ‘keruing’, ‘ulin’ woods, etc.

Because of its various nature profit, Raja Ampat will declared by Maritime Ministry Freddy Numberi as ancient regency, based on its location that not only rich of fishes, but also its sea herb and the pearl.

Raja Ampat casts a spell on all who visit – scientists, photographers, novice divers and crusty sea-salts alike. This group of majestic islands, located in the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s Papuan “Bird’s Head Seascape,” lies in the heart of the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth.

As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, Raja Ampat (which literally translates as “The Four Kings”) has a startling diversity of habitats to explore. Each of these – from the stark wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uranie to the deep, nutrient-rich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui and Aljui to the “blue water mangrove” channels of Kofiau and Gam to the plankton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait – are home to unique assemblages of species that, when taken together, add to produce the most impressive species lists ever compiled for a coral reef system of this size.’

Marine tourism, as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, mining, and logging, has the potential to play a key role in the conservation of Raja Ampat’s spectacular underwater realm, while also creating real benefits for the local communities. This website was designed as part of a larger effort to support the growth of sustainable marine tourism in Raja Ampat and the conservation of these magical islands.

Please explore this site to find information on breathtaking diving opportunities, travel logistics, Raja Ampat’s new tourism entrance fee (which directly supports conservation and community development), and the tremendous conservation effort taking place in Raja Ampat.

“Raja Ampat is a virtual species factory”
M. Erdmann, 2007

Raja Ampat casts a spell on all who visit – scientists, photographers, novice divers and crusty sea-salts alike. This group of majestic islands, located in the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s Papuan “Bird’s Head Seascape,” lies in the heart of the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth.

As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, Raja Ampat (which literally translates as “The Four Kings”) has a startling diversity of habitats to explore. Each of these – from the stark wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uranie to the deep, nutrient-rich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui and Aljui to the “blue water mangrove” channels of Kofiau and Gam to the plankton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait – are home to unique assemblages of species that, when taken together, add to produce the most impressive species lists ever compiled for a coral reef system of this size.

Marine tourism, as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, mining, and logging, has the potential to play a key role in the conservation of Raja Ampat’s spectacular underwater realm, while also creating real benefits for the local communities. This website was designed as part of a larger effort to support the growth of sustainable marine tourism in Raja Ampat and the conservation of these magical islands.

Please explore this site to find information on breathtaking diving opportunities, travel logistics, Raja Ampat’s new tourism entrance fee (which directly supports conservation and community development), and the tremendous conservation effort taking place in Raja Ampat.

Biodiversity Features in Raja Ampat
and the greater Bird’s Head Seascape
1,511 species of reef fish in the Bird’s Head Seascape
1,320 species of reef fish in Raja Ampat
27 species of endemic reef fish found only in the Birds Head Seascape
600 species of hard coral recorded in the Bird’s Head Seascape
75% of all known coral species in the world
10 times the number of hard coral species found in the entire Caribbean
57 species of Mantis Shrimp in the Birds Head Seascape
13 species of Marine Mammals in the Bird’s Head Seascape
5 species of endangered sea turtles in the Bird’s Head Seascape

 

Diving Tags Information in Raja Ampat National Park – West Papua

Conserving Raja Ampat
The Raja Ampat Archipelago is known as the “crown jewel” in the Papuan “Bird’s Head Seascape” (named for the distinctive shape of the northwestern section of the island of New Guinea), an area with unparalleled marine biodiversity.

As of September 2008, current species tallies for the Bird’s Head include over 1356 species of coral reef fish (including 1223 in Raja Ampat alone and at least 25 endemics known only from this region), 600 species of hard coral (75% of the world’s total and over ten times the number of coral species found in the entire Caribbean), and 57 species of mantis shrimp (including 8 endemic species known only from the Bird’s Head). Other important features of the Bird’s Head include karst forests full of rare orchids, birds of paradise, tree kangaroos, regionally-important green and hawksbill turtle rookeries, whale and dolphin aggregations, and the world’s largest Pacific Leatherback Turtle nesting beaches in the Jamursbamedi-Warmon coast of the Northern Bird’s Head.

As more is discovered about Raja Ampat, its global significance continues to grow. There is now clear evidence that the coral around Raja Ampat may be naturally more resilient to fluctuations in temperatures, and thus more likely to withstand the impacts of global climate change. Powerful ocean currents carry larvae from Raja Ampat to reefs in other parts of Indonesia and the Pacific, making Raja Ampat the heart of the “supply chain” of species. This transport may help to replenish other reefs which have been damaged by disease, bleaching, overfishing, and other detrimental activities.

Without question, Raja Ampat and the broader Bird’s Head Seascape rank as global priorities for marine conservation!

Until fairly recently, Raja Ampat’s isolation and low human population have played a large part in keeping its reefs healthy and thriving. However, the region’s rich coastal and marine resources have made it a target for economic development ranging from fisheries and marine tourism, to more destructive activities such as oil and gas exploration, mining and logging. And thus the paradox of Raja Ampat – world unique, globally outstanding, literally bursting at the seams with biodiversity – yet highly threatened.

Local governments and stakeholders require strong support in developing effective, sustainable coastal and marine resource management that conserves biodiversity while benefiting local communities. To date, that support is coming from a highly dedicated team of over 200 international and local conservation NGO staff focused on improving the management of Raja Ampat. Working in concert with the local and national government and other local institutions and stakeholders, two international conservation NGOs, Conservation International (CI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as well as the Indonesian government’s Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (COREMAP) are facilitating the management of the 7 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) recently declared in Raja Ampat. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and local NGO, Papuan Sea Turtle Foundation, play a key role in sea turtle conservation in the archipelago. In addition, the three international NGOs—CI, TNC and WWF—have an ambitious partnership throughout the Bird’s Head Seascape.

Together, these organizations have focused on a comprehensive three-pronged approach to conservation in Raja Ampat.

The first initiative has centered on the scientific characterization of Raja Ampat, including its biodiversity and the important large-scale ecological and oceanographic processes that influence this diversity. Besides generating world record species lists and describing dozens of new and endemic species, this initiative has also succeeded in revealing patterns of genetic and oceanographic “connectivity” that are critical to understand in order to develop plans to manage the region’s marine resources in a sustainable manner.

The second set of strategic conservation activities, conducted simultaneously with the scientific characterization of Raja Ampat, has focused on creating an “enabling environment” for effective conservation and collaborative management of Raja Ampat’s rich marine resources. Over the past 3 years, the various conservation teams have worked intensively with the local government and citizens in the 90 remote villages of Raja Ampat to both better understand their development aspirations and align them with a sustainable vision for the area while also dramatically increasing local understanding and appreciation of Raja Ampat’s biodiversity, the threats to it, and the need for local leadership in effectively managing it. So far, the response of local traditional leaders and village chiefs has been overwhelmingly positive. To learn more about some of these outreach and education programs click here.

The final strategic initiative (based upon the scientific understanding and strong local community support generated by the first two strategies) has been to facilitate the establishment of an ecologically-connected network of marine protected areas (MPAs) across Raja Ampat. In May 2007, the Raja Ampat government declared a network of seven MPAs that together covers nearly 900,000 hectares and approximately 45% of Raja Ampat’s coral reefs and mangroves. Effectively implemented, these MPAs should ensure the long term health and sustainability of Raja Ampat’s marine ecosystems. One outstanding achievement has been the work of the local NGO, Papua Sea Turtle Foundation, which has run a highly successful turtle nest program in the major rookery of Sayang-Piai in the Kawe MPA, effectively eliminating turtle poaching and protecting over 2000 green turtle nests in the past 2 years.
View a map of Raja Ampat’s MPA Network

These three initiatives have made impressive progress over the past 5 years, but there is still much work to be done. Raja Ampat’s MPA network needs to be “operationalized” and the restrictions on destructive and unsustainable fishing practices strictly enforced. Marine tourism development must be carefully managed to provide optimal benefits for local communities while minimizing its “footprint” in the area. Perhaps most importantly, we face a continuous uphill battle to impress upon policy-makers and community leaders the need to wisely conserve and manage this area, as the seemingly inexhaustible global demand for commodities ranging from fish to minerals to timber products continues to create strong short-term financial incentives to mine all of these resources from Raja Ampat.

Hopefully, with the continued dedication of conservation NGOs, the local and national government, and local stakeholders, and the firm support of the marine tourism sector, the reefs of Raja Ampat will continue to thrive.