Raja Ampat, Indonesia’s Hidden Paradise


Raja Ampat is a group of islands on the western tip of Papua in Indonesia, famous for its diving experience. Most of the world’s coral reefs biodiversity and rare species of marine life can easily be found in an archipelago.

There are 612 islands, but four are the major islands Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta. Estimates by conservation groups show that the diversity of marine life in Raja Ampat is among the highest in the world, with over 1,300 species of fish, 700 species of mollusks, and 537 species of coral.

Marine life in Raja Ampat
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Marine life in Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is one of the few places on the planet where you will see such a wide range of marine life in their natural habitat.

With its location in the great Coral Triangle between the Indian and Pacific oceans, Raja Ampat offers a snorkeling experience you’ll never forget. While scuba diving, you will find wobbegong, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, whales, nudibranchs, lionfish, sea dragons, giant trevallies and so much more.

The reefs of Raja Ampat are in perfect condition, with many giant corals, purple corals, and sea squirts, hard coral tables, deer antler corals, green and brown moose antler corals.
Experience the joy and relax of sailing with a boat in the style of a traditional Melanesian outrigger.

One of the best diving spots around here is Batu Lima (Five Rocks). Check rates and availability: Raja Ampat Dive Resort

Coral-Reefs Indonesia
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Papua Explorers resort

Papua Explorers is an eco-friendly dive resort in a traditional Indonesian setting with quick access to some of the best dive sites in Raja Ampat. Papua Explorers is located near the Dampier Strait, where many of Raja Ampat’s best dive spots are located. You’ll enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and rainforest, while you tasty some of the most deliscious traditional Indonesian cuisine

Papua Explorers is one of Raja Ampat’s latest resorts but has already built a reputation for exceptional service, amazing natural experiences and a commitment to conservation and sustainable practices.

Raja Ampat relaxing view
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Piaynemo Lookout

Over-water bungalows in a unique location between a wide sandy bay and a mangrove fringed lagoon. The view from the tops is amazing, but first you have to climb lots of stairs.
You can see an iconic karst island seascape from the top. These mushroom-shaped rocks are towering from the unnaturally blue and crystal clear water.

This spot is great to watch stars and night sky.

Raja Ampat
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Kri Eco Resort

Kri Eco Resort opened in 1994 with traditional houses built with local materials from the jungle and each contains two rooms and a sitting area.

Great food and a relaxed friendly atmosphere in a peaceful location. Kri Island is located on the northwest tip of West Papua in Indonesia, about 2 hours by boat from Sorong. If we have to describe it with a few words is golden sand surrounded by clear shallow waters.

Check this video in 4K from Wissberg

Star Lagoon

A formation of coral islands on the water forming a star. To see this fabulous lagoon, tourists must climb an approximately 30 meters coral hill.

If you take a trip to Pianemo, you will absolutely stop by this lagoon because it is only 10 minutes away from Pianemo Island by speedboat.

Raja Ampat paradise
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Pianemo Island is one of the most epic spots in Indonesia and one of the most picturesque spots in Raja Ampat. You will witness a terrific landscape made up of turquoise waters underneath a blue sky, representing the raw beauty of this destination. It is also popular due to its karst hills and stunning underwater scenery.

Hiking is also very popular thing to do. There are several karst hills, on which tourists can climb.

Most of the Raja Ampat Diving Liveaboards include Pianemo viewpoint in their itinerary. You can compare liveaboards and to check the availability and pricing of the tours from their website.

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