Raja Ampat Islands are four archipelago and are located west of the Bird’s Head (Vogelkoop) island of Papua. The archipelago is in District Raja Ampat, West Papua Province. The islands are now a destination for divers who are interested in the beauty of the underwater scenery.
Raja Ampat has 4 of the largest main islands that is Waigeo Island, Batanta Island, Salawati Island, and Misool Island.
Traveling in West Papua is an exciting tourism adventure.
You know, an international conservation agency report once mentioned that Raja Ampat waters have around 75% of the world’s marine species. and even the Raja Ampat sea and land area which has an area of 4.6 million hectares is home to 540 species of coral, 1,511 species of fish and thousands of other marine biota. It’s like underwater library.
Not only wealth of underwater, things to do at Raja Ampat Islands is go to beautiful places.
Lots of beautiful beaches in Raja Ampat.
This beach is white sand and smooth like flour. Other than that, many islands that form a row of high cliffs and even some places such as Piaynemo, Kabui Bay, and Wayag are famous in the world.
Tropical forests such as Lorentz National Park, there are even places like Sawinggrai Village or Saporkrein Village to see Cenderawasih birds up close. You know, Cenderawasih bird is a rare and beautiful bird characteristic of Papua called the bird of heaven.
How to go to Raja Ampat Islands
1. Flight route transit
First, flights with two routes. From Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang, Banten, the plane will transit in one of the stop areas such as Makassar in South Sulawesi, Ambon, Maluku, or Surabaya, East Java. After that, the plane continued its journey to Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong. The total flight time and stopover can reach 7 to 13 hours.
2. Direct flights
The second option, choose direct flights from Soekarno-Hatta Airport to Domine Eduard Osok Airport, Sorong. Flight time is around 4 to 5 hours. Direct flight or transit fares are very expensive one way because the distance traveled to Sorong in West Papua is quite far. Especially from Jakarta, which requires 4-5 hours of flight time for direct flight. After arriving in Sorong, tourists must travel via sea to Raja Ampat.
Raja Ampat Accommodation
For you, solo travel, vacation with a partner and spend time with family. Like hotels, resorts, huts, boat trips around the beach and diving equipment are all available.
In Indonesia, there are many traditional foods with the characteristics of each region.
Chicken Barapen Walesi is one of the foods that according to him is very famous, Walesi is the name of Wamena.
How to cook using burnt stones and stored in drums that have grown in the ground.
Another food is Papeda which is made from corn flour. This food is very popular among coastal or lowland people.
To make it very easy, just pour hot water into the corn flour, stir repeatedly until thick and looks like glue.
If you are on vacation, you will definitely bring a gift for friends or family. There are also lots of souvenirs here to bring back to your home.
Jaw sharks can also be unique and unique souvenirs. Dozens of sharp shark teeth still take root in the jaw. Usually, in this shop, 10 sharks’ jaws are known to be fierce.
|Pic by Dissy Ekapramudita|
You can also get other souvenirs, such as plates, necklaces, woven crafts such as bags, boar fangs, Raja Kofiau necklaces and others.
The rarest King Kofiau souvenir necklace. Because it’s made of skull crackers, dogs and mermaids.