Raja Ampat Island or the Four Kings is the name given to the group of Island in West Papua province of Indonesia. They are located near the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the New Guinea Island. The Raja Ampat comprises of a group of 1500 small islands, the main four islands are Waigeo, Misool, Salawati and Batanta. Misool being the home for the ancient rock painting. Some of the islands are in the northern part of the Australian continent.
The Raja Ampat has tremendous opportunities for the visitors, the underwater enthusiasts can explore the best marine sights. In these islands the divers also can enjoy the underwater life. The divers can explore the vertical underwater walls while the thrill of drift diving is an extraordinary experience.
About The Place
The Raja Ampat territory covers a vast expanse of 9.8 million acres of land and sea. The territory is hosting a wide range of marine biological species. The Raja Ampat archipelago is the part of the coral triangle popularly known to be richest in marine biodiversity in the world. There are 540 different types of colourful corals and more than 1000 varieties of coral fish and around 700 types of mollusks. These form almost 75 % of the total species in the world. Some areas contains a wide varieties of fishes and sharks are also sighted in some areas. The group of islands contain at least three ponds particularly in Misool area which contains non-poisonous jellyfishes.
The Raja Ampat Regency is the new regency carved out from the Sorong Regency in 2004. There is the largest marine national park in Indonesia. The Coral Triangle comprises of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Island and East Timor, and the diversity of marine life is much more in this area compared to the others. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the coral reef biodiversity in the world. As per report made by the Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, the marine survey conducted in this area reveals that the diversity of marine life here is the highest in the world having almost 75 % of the total species in the world.
Raja Ampat is indeed the richest coral reef in the world with maximum variety. The excitement of the divers arriving here is apt for the challenges and opportunities offered here. The divers join a tour and stay in diving resort during the stay in Raja Ampat. There are many operators of diving tours. The area is also having great scenery with great landscapes, natural and naïve beauty unaffected by human interference, and this is the greatest attractions of the tourists.
The local population around this area thrive on fishing, and most of them indulge in fishing as the entire area is engulfed by the sea. The tribes here live in small colonies and welcome the tourist with enthusiasm.
The tourists can take a flight from Jakarta to Sorong which, takes six hours and travel to the place. There are diving tours also arranged from Bali or the tourists can take flight to reach this area. The tourists can relish variety of culinary specialities and there are varieties, including international menu to the traditional local seafood dishes made by the local fishermen.