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Nov 2011

Raja Ampat - Exotic Island from Papua Indonesia

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Raja Ampat in Papua is one of the best marine tourism in Indonesia and even many who said it best in the world. Waters of Raja Ampat Islands, according to various sources, is one of the 10 best waters for diving sites around the world. In fact, it may also be recognized as number one for the completeness of underwater flora and fauna at this time.

There are several areas of coral reefs are still very good condition with the percentage of live coral cover by 90%, ie in the Dampier Strait (the strait between Waigeo P. and P. Batanta), Kofiau Islands, Islands and South East Misool Wayag Islands. Types of coral reefs in Raja Ampat is a fringing reef generally to the contours of steep ramps up. But it also found the type of atoll and the type of scorched or taka. In some places like the village Saondarek, when the lowest tides, coral reefs can be seen without the diving and the adaptation itself, these corals can still be alive even though they remained in the open air and exposed to direct sunlight.

Unique species that can be found at the time of diving is some kind of dwarf seahorses, wobbegong, Manta and stingrays. There is also endemic fish Raja Ampat, namely Eviota king, which is a kind of fish gobbie. At Manta Point supernal Arborek Dampier strait, you can dive in the company of some tail Manta Ray is benign like when you dive in Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan. If you dive at Cape Kri or Chicken Reef, you can be surrounded by thousands of fish. Sometimes a collection of tuna, giant trevallies and snappers. But those tense when we are surrounded by a collection of barracuda fish, although in fact it's relatively harmless (dangerous if we see barracudas solitary or alone). Reef sharks are also frequently seen, and with luck you can also see the turtle is still eating sponge or swim around you. In some places like in Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo also seen Dugong or sea cow.

Because the area of ​​many islands and narrow straits, then most of the dive at a certain time has strong currents. It allows also to perform a drift dive, dive, following a strong flow of water is very clear with her ​​through the collection of fish.

Raja Ampat - Exotic Island from Papua Indonesia

Geographical Location

The archipelago is a series of four adjacent islands located in the western part of the Bird's Head (Vogelkoop) New Guinea. Administratively, this group is under the Raja Ampat regency, West Papua Province. The islands are now a destination for divers who are interested in the beauty of the underwater scenery. The four islands that became members named by the four largest islands, namely Pulau Waigeo, Misool Island, Salawati Island, and Island Batanta.


The origins and history

The origin of the name of Raja Ampat according to local myth comes from a woman who found seven eggs. Four grains of which hatch into four princes who are separated and each became king ruling in Waigeo, Salawati, Misool Misool East and West. Meanwhile, the other three eggs into a ghost, a woman, and a stone.

In the course of history, Raja Ampat region has long been inhabited by fishing communities and apply the customary system of Maluku. In this system, society is a member of a village community. Each village was led by a king. Since the founding of two Muslim sultanates in the Moluccas, Raja Ampat become part of the Sultanate of Tidore claims. After the defeat of the Dutch Tidore Sultanate, Raja Ampat Islands became part of the Dutch East Indies claims.


Prehistoric and historical relics

In the region constellation Misool found prehistoric relics are given a hand stamp on the rock wall. Uniquely, hand labeling is located very close to sea level and not in the cave. According to estimates, the age cap is hand-stamped about 50,000 years and became part of a series of guide lines of human spread of the western archipelago to Papua and Melanesia.
The rest of the plane wreck from World War II can be found in several places dives, like on the island of Wai.


Towards Access Raja Ampat

Visiting these islands is not too difficult although it takes considerable time and cost. We can use the airlines from Jakarta to Sorong via Menado for 6 hours of flight. From Sorong-town big enough and quite complete facilities for exploring the Raja Ampat, there are two options, take a tour by boat or stay at the resort pinisi Papua Diving. Although most tourists who come to the Raja Ampat today are the divers, the actual location is attractive also for non-diving tourists as it also has white sandy beaches are very beautiful group of islands nan stunning karst and endemic flora and fauna unique like paradise red, Cendrawasih Wilson, maleo Waigeo, various parrots and parrot, possum Waigeo, as well as various types of orchids.


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