Raja Ampat, Heavenly Islands in Eastern Indonesia

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Raja Ampat Islands, a group of adjacent islands located west of the Bird's Head (Vogelkoop) island of Papua.
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What will you think when you hear the word ‘Heaven’? If what you imagine is a group of beautiful islands, with clean beaches and surrounded by calm shallow seas. There were groups of live corals dancing gracefully under the blue sky while on the other side beautiful waves rippling comb every white sand on the beach. The fresh air blows boisterously with natural coolness typical of tropical green forests. Then believe me when I say there is heaven in Indonesia 😀

When you visit the Raja Ampat Islands in Papua, you will realize that the description in the paragraph above isn’t just a fairy tale that’s too good to be true. Raja Ampat Islands is a dream destination for adventurers around the world, especially for divers.

Raja Ampat Islands is an archipelago with more than 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands named Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool. The name Raja Ampat itself has the meaning “Four Kings” when translated into English, and this name adopted from a legend.

It’s said that long ago a woman found seven eggs, four of them hatched into four princes who separated and became a ruling king on the four main islands of Raja Ampat Islands, while three other eggs became a ghost, a woman, and a stone.

How to get to Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Islands are part of the Raja Ampat Regency in West Papua Province. To reach this archipelago, we must first travel to Sorong City. From the capital city of Jakarta, you can take a commercial flight to Sorong. Direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong generally take four to five hours. If the plane transits in another city, the travel time can take seven to eight hours. Depending on how many planes you are traveling in transit. Besides Jakarta, many tourists also travel to Sorong from Denpasar, Bali.

Once you arrive at Sorong, you can continue the trip with a kind of fast boat to Waisai. The boat usually sails twice a day. This trip will take about two or three hours from the port of Sorong the port of Waisai.

Lodging options in Raja Ampat are quite flexible. There are many choices ranging from upscale hotels to homestay concept lodging that offers comfortable lodging at affordable prices.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to bother accommodating trips and lodging, you can use a Travel Agent Service.

Diver’s Paradise

Fish and Reef Underwater Illustration
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As I said before, for divers, Raja Ampat is a dream destination. More precisely, this place is a paradise for divers from all over the world. Quoted from Conservation.org, “Raja Ampat’s waters hold fish and coral species more than anywhere else in the world. It has more than 1,720 fishes and more than 600 hard corals, about 75% of the world’s described coral species“. There is no wonder if people called Raja Ampat waters as one of the top 10 best waters in the world.

Not just under the sea, Raja Ampat also has many interesting things above the sea level. There are many beautiful beaches combined with Tropical forests spreads all over the islands. You can have an unforgettable experience of seeing a Cenderawasih bird up close in Sawinggrai village or Saporkrein village. As we all know, Cenderawasih bird is a rare and beautiful bird that came from Papua which is also known as a bird of paradise.

Culture, Art, and Typical of Foods

Besides the wealth of nature, you can also explore culture, art, and typical foods of Papua. You can explore all the villages in Raja Ampat Islands and learn about their art and culture. Communicate with the local community, learn their language, folk songs, and their traditional dances.

Well, For you culinary enthusiasts, don’t miss the chance to try all typical foods of eastern Indonesia while you’re here. Some foods such as Ikan Kuah Kuning and Sate Ulat Sagu are even very popular.

What do you think guys? Getting interested in visiting the Raja Ampat Islands? Oh, I’m sure you won’t regret ever visiting this paradise. Get your calendar already and plan your trip. If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment, Cheers!

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