Raja Ampat: Paradise in West Papua

Truly heaven on earth
21 Mar 2022
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Raja Ampat, truly a paradise in West Papua

Raja Ampat or literally 'Four Kings' is an archipelago of more than 1,500 small islands, canyons and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool.

The beauty of Raja Ampat /
The beauty of Raja Ampat / shutterstock

How to get to Raja Ampat

To get to Raja Ampat you must first take a flight from Jakarta or Makassar to Sorong. There are small planes to take you to Waisai, the capital of the Raja Ampat district, or alternatively, you can take a ferry from the port of Sorong to the island you want to go to.

Underwater beauty

Coral reefs under the sea of Raja Ampat
Coral reefs under the sea of Raja Ampat

For underwater enthusiasts, Raja Ampat offers some of the world's best experiences. The territory within the Four Kings Archipelago is vast, covering 9.8 million hectares of land and sea, home to 540 types of coral, more than 1,000 types of reef fish, and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most diverse living library for the world's coral reefs and underwater life.

Diving activities in the waters of Raja Ampat
Diving activities in the waters of Raja Ampat

There are many diving and snorkeling spots to choose from in these vast waters. These include the Kabui Passage (a very narrow passage between Waigeo and Gam Island which the famous British explorer Alfred Russell Wallace crossed in 1860), around Arborek Island Pier, Sawandarek, Yenbuba, Friwen Wall, and many more.

Magnificent View

Coral island in the clear blue waters of Piaynemo
Coral island in the clear blue waters of Piaynemo

While the underwater splendor is magnificent, the views above the surface are also stunning. As if designed and so aesthetically positioned, the coral islands amidst the clear blue waters and clear blue skies of Piaynemo offer some of the most spectacular views on earth.

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