Travel To Raja Ampat Islands

Raja Ampat means the Four Kings. Why the Four Kings well the myth tells us that there was a woman who found 7 eggs, 4 eggs hatched and out popped four princess who were separated and each became a powerful king in Waigeo, Salawati, Misool East and Misool West. The other 3 eggs turned into a ghost, a woman and a rock. Now as legends go, I am not sure this is a breathtaking story but please put that aside as the Four Kings, Raja Ampat is breathtaking in every other way.

Prepare to see natural beauty at its best. This archipelago comprises overall were 9.8 million acres of land and sea. It is at the heart of a Coral Triangle of rich biodiversity and It is said to have the largest variety of species of aquatic life in the world.

Diving in Raja Ampat
Diving in Raja Ampat (Source : trip101.com)

Through research in the area it has been found that this area holds 75% of all coral species in the world and put on top of that the fact that there are well over 1000 species of fish swimming around. This all adds up to the fact that you have to get into the water.

Through talking to dive as I have learnt that there is no such thing as a bad guy in this part of the world, You’re able to ask your guide to see a particular type of aquatic life and your guide with a degree of certainty will be able to find it for you that day and I how big or small it might be.

The Stats:

  • 10 times the number of hard coral species found in the entire Caribbean
  • 1,511 species of reef fish
  • 27 species of endemic reef fish
  • 600 species of hard coral
  • 75% of all known coral species in the world
  • 57 species of Mantis Shrimp
  • 13 species of Marine Mammals
  • 5 species of endangered sea turtles

The Fans: (These testimonials are taken from visit.indonesia.biz.id)

No doubt about it, Raja Ampat is definitely the richest place for fish that I have ever been. – Dr G.R. Allen.

I was like a five-year-old, seeing a reef for the very first time. I was awestruck, held by the incredible power of this richest reef. We must, with all available resources, preserve the beauty of Raja Ampat. This may be the last frontier. – Michael Aw.

I love the people, I love the diving, it’s super! I’ve never been for a second time to the same dive destination but now I’m thinking about going back for the third time! Should I say more? – Peter van Dalen.

Never before in the world have researchers in one dive found 400 coral species in one dive, as they did in the Raja Ampat. – Dr. JEN Veron, Leading marine scientist (hard coral).

I couldn’t remember ever seeing so many fish so consistently at so many dive sites. In terms of fish life, color and lush reefs Papua is destined to become the standard against which all diving is measured. – Larry and Denise Tackett, Dive professionals, authors, photographers.

How to get there?

Fly is the simple answer to Sorong from Jakarta or from Singapore.

There are flights every day with Citilink, Express Air and Lion Wings from Jakarta, however be warned that there are stopovers that the airlines often forget to mention. From Singapore Silk Air operates regularly.

 

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