Raja Ampat Islands in Papua
Raja Ampat Islands is a tourist destination located in the region of Papua. This tour has been known by the whole world because of its natural beauty is very fascinating. One of the popularity of Raja Ampat tourist attraction is the documentary film created by Avant Premiere entitled “Edis Paradise 3”, where in the film tells the natural beauty of the underwater Raja Ampat in the region of Papua, which is also referred to as The Amazon Region of the World Ocean. The nickname is given because of the location of this tourist attraction located in the center of the world’s coral triangle. Raja Ampat Islands Tourism is in the territory of West Papua, which is a group of scattered islands with numbers ranging from 610 islands, but there are only 35 islands inhabited by the population.
|Raja Ampat Island|
Raja Ampat area is an archipelago area, with the only transportation that can be used by the surrounding community is sea transport. This transportation is used either to reach the district capital (Waisai) or vice versa. With four main islands located in this area make uniqueness for you who travel to Raja Ampat tourist destinations. Four islands that mentioned are Batanta, Misool, Salawati and Waigeo. The name of Raja Ampat itself is taken from the myth of the surrounding population which, when translated into Indonesian has meaning Four Kings.
The tourists who come from around the world deliberately come this tourist attraction in Papua to enjoy the beauty of the island and the uniqueness of underwater tourism, as well as explore the underwater walls by diving. Here tourists can also wade the large and small islands, mountains, tropical forests, sea reefs, white sand beaches and diversity of animal life in the tourist area of Raja Ampat. It may be said that such a natural wealth is very rare, so grateful Indonesia has a gift that is difficult to describe with words.
History or Legend of Raja Ampat
read : Pintu langit dahromo Dlingo
|Raja Ampat Airport|
Then from the city of Sorong, the journey continues by using a taxi vehicle to the harbor for go to the capital of Raja Ampat (Waisai). After that, your journey will be resumed by using the Ferry Boat or can rent a speed boat, and it is recommended in this port you have to provide supplies such as mineral water, instant food and so forth. Because in Waisai (capital of Raja Ampat), the price of supplies is increasingly expensive. In this port there are two ferry boats that serve the route from Sorong to Waisai, and usually depart every 14.00 East Indonesian Time, then the other ship will depart about 1-2 hours later. The journey will take 4 – 5 hours to reach the port of Waisai.
But for those of you who have the desire to hire a speedboat, the ideal time to cross is before the sea water rising, which is usually due to tidal wave or around before 12:00 East Indonesian Time. This is because there are concerns about that are unwanted even happens, because the speedboat is smaller than the ship, so it is very easily shaken by the waves. Then the note for you is to obey instructions from the ship’s captain if instructed to postpone the journey to the port of Waisai due to bad weather, tidal wave or other problems. It’s a bit complicated once a trip to Raja Ampat. However, in the future the local government will develop an airport in Waisai (Marinda Airport), which will facilitate access to Raja Ampat.
|Inns in Raja Ampat|
Interesting Activities and Interesting Places in Raja Ampat
This tourist attraction in Papua offers a lot of biodiversity charm, which is arguably quite abundant. Here you can find about 540 species of corals and 1,511 species of fish. 75% of the coral species found throughout the World are here, which is about 10 times the number of coral species ever found throughout the Caribbean. You will also find 27 species of rare fish that are only here. In addition there are also 5 species of rare sea turtle, 13 species of marine mammals, and 57 species of mantis shrimp. So you can imagine the uniqueness that is owned by this tourist destination.
|Raja Ampat Spot|
The charm of the beautiful sea view, which can be viewed both from below and over the sea will hypnotize you. For that you should not miss a valuable moment when visiting there. This condition is supported by an endemic soil structure, the richness of marine life and the culture and wisdom of its local people. The activities you can do here are as follows:
1. Explore the island of Raja Ampat by boat.
2. Do a kayak game.
3. Dive to watch the remains of the ship’s ruins under the sea.
4. Enjoy the beauty of coral islands (karst) around Wayag Island.
5. Visiting cenderawasih red birds typical of West Papua.
6. Traditional fishing in Papua.
7. Feed the cuscus.
8. Explore the bat cave (not the Dark Knight varietal bat).
9. Make your own wooden sculpture guided by Asmat craftsmen.
11. Trekking to find the waterfall.
In addition you can also see the “Sea Ghost”, which is a unique and interesting natural phenomenon, located in the eastern part of Waigeo, This phenomenon is formed by a ray derived from sea water or the phenomenon of sunset scenery, which can be seen on the boat and Around the surface with a period of 10 -18 minutes. This phenomenon can only be seen at the end of each year only.
Not only that in the western and northern parts of the Waigeo area, there is a traditional bamboo flute show performed by the surrounding community called the distilled drum. Traditional performances are usually held when there is a religious festival or on the occasion of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia (17 August) and in welcoming ceremonies of important officials.
The charm of Tomolol Cave. In this area you will be amazed by the scenery in Tomolo Cave, human palms paintings and animals – animals that have a very large size depicted on the wall of the cave. It is said that this painting was made during prehistoric times.
Not only that to the north of Waigeo, you can also enjoy the history tour which is also a cave-shaped relic of World War II. This cave is said to be the place where Dutch and Japanese troops build bunker. In addition you can also enjoy the uniqueness of local culture that is presented in a war dance. Here there are also waterfall tourist destinations, and certainly if you go there should not be missed.
|Raja Ampat Spot|
The next destination is Ayau Island, Ayau Island is a collection of small islands located in the Coral Islands, with a very large size and white sandy seabed, Ayau Island can connect one island with another island. Not only that, not far from this place you can also enjoy the islands with a unique sand called “Zandplaat”. This place is a unique habitat of local vegetation in Raja Ampat. You can also watch the local community especially mothers and children catch sea worms or insonem.
In addition you can also visit South Waigeo, which is a favorite diving fan destination. Not far from South Waigo you can also find the coral reef tourism destinations of Kabui Bay, Skull Cave and also Raja Ampat historical tourist destinations in Kali Raja. You can also watch Salay dance at Saonek, various species of birds in Sawinggrai and Yenwaupnor villages, as well as wicker craft tours in Arborek. Here you can also do snorkeling activities to watch a group of stingrays swim. Then if you continue the Sawandarek area, you can see the white sand beach with beautiful coral and many also found many sea duck animals. You can also walk around and enjoy a traditional village that has a unique atmosphere.
On the West side of Waigeo, Konfiau and Batanta you can enjoy diving activities, besides tourist destinations above other interesting tourist destinations to visit are houseboats houseboats and coral islands in the Wayag islands.
Typical Culinary and Souvenir of Raja Ampat
Culinary that you can enjoy around this tourist attraction in Papua is seafood. Usually the diving organizer has provided it. The menu is also various dishes, ranging from traditional to international menus, which of course is made directly by the local community. One example of the typical food of Raja Ampat is the yellow sub fish. Usually typical food of Raja Ampat is provided in many Indonesian restaurants located in Waisai Town.
The best souvenir by Raja Ampat from the many tourists who visit here is an experience when visiting Raja Ampat. Surely by documenting it through good photo capture and video. But if you want to provide souvenirs for family at home in the form of objects. You can buy souvenir Raja Ampat, likes:
Craft of Webbing
Traditional musical instruments
Tambur (traditional drums)
This souvenirs you can get in souvenir shops are widely available in the city of Waisai and also other cities in Papua. If you buy souvenirs in the city of Papua, it will ease your burden to bring your luggage from Raja Ampat.
Traceia will give tips to visit the tourist area of Raja Ampat islands of Papua, so that your vacation can enjoy a pleasant holiday atmosphere. The tips to visit the tourist attraction in Papua is as follows.
1. Schedule your holiday
Schedule your holiday to Raja Ampat in October or November, because in that month the sea conditions are calm. And if you want to capture your moment using the camera that conditions will make the catch of the camera will be more maximal.
2. Prepare Special Camera Equipment
Before you get there you should prepare a special camera wrapper, to capture images under the sea, or you can also prepare the camera under the sea. And you should also prepare your photography skills. Because to take pictures under the sea is not as easy to take pictures as usual.
3. Bring Body Protective Supplies
Most tourist destinations that you will encounter in Raja Ampat is marine travel, so provide personal items such as sunscreen, sunblock, hat and t-shirt that is comfortable to the atmosphere of the beach.
4. Bring Anti Mosquito
Tourist area of Raja Ampat arguably still natural, so many mosquitoes that would interfere with the comfort of your travel, it is advisable to bring insect repellent and anti-malarial drugs.