Raja Ampat; The open seas with coral islands that are neatly arranged. With some dolphins swimming and jumping cheerfully. The blue sky blends with the beautiful waves combing the white sand on the beach.
The Fresh air with natural coolness typical of green tropical forests makes visitors feel calm. The sound of the seagulls was beautiful as if singing and thanking this beautiful scenery. The waters are full of various kinds of charming fish which decorate the living coral. Raja Ampat is a real-life paradise on earth.
The beauty of Raja Ampat is real and does exist. This beautiful archipelago is widely known as a gold mine for adventure enthusiasts. As for divers, Raja Ampat is a paradise that cannot be described by words. The only way to prove it is to come and see it in person.
Raja Ampat Islands
Raja Ampat is an archipelago that consists of many coral islands. However, Raja Ampat has 4 of the largest main islands, namely Waigeo Island, Batanta Island, Salawati Island, and Misool Island.
These four large islands are the starting point for the spread of the entire population of Raja Ampat. The water area is the main attraction of Raja Ampat, especially for diving essentials. The reason is that Raja Ampat waters are one of the 10 best in the world. This is based on various studies on the richness of flora, fauna, and the preservation of the marine environment of Raja Ampat.
Besides its underwater natural wealth, but Raja Ampat also has many exciting things in the land area. There are many beautiful beaches in the Raja Ampat archipelago. Generally, this beach has white sand and has a smoothness approaching flour.
There also some islands that form a row of high cliffs. In fact, places such as Piaynemo, Kabui Bay, and Wayag have been famous internationally before being known domestically. The tropical forests of Raja Ampat are no less exciting. There are even several places like Sawinggrai village or Saporkrein village that offer unforgettable experiences.
A Brief History
This history is based on a legend that is believed by people in Raja Ampat. So, the story begins with a woman who found seven eggs. Among them, there were four eggs hatched into four princes. The four princes will become king in Waigeo, Salawati, East Misool, and West Misool. Meanwhile, three other eggs hatch into a ghost, a woman, and a stone.
Where is Raja Ampat Located?
Administratively, its located in Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Province. This Islands are consist of four main areas, namely Waigeo, Misool, Batanta, and Salawati. The capital city of Raja Ampat district is in Waisai, which is located on Waigeo Island.
Each area of Raja Ampat is located far from each other in a different direction. This distance makes access between islands a little troublesome than the other destinations in Indonesia. Inter-island access will usually transit in Sorong City for planes. Since the distance between islands is quite far and is limited by the ocean, the best option for visiting each destination is by boat.
Tourist Destinations in Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat has the for largest and most popular islands among travelers. The following is a brief description of the islands:
Waigeo is the most famous of the four regions with its tourist icons, namely Wayag and Piaynemo. Apart from its beauty, this area is also widely visited because it is easy to access.
Wayag is one of the tourist spots which is quite far from Wasai. Unlike Wayag, the Piaynemo location is closer to Wasai, so many trip packages offer one-day trips to Piaynemo. Even the picture of this place is on the 2016 issuance of Rp. 100,000.
Misool offers natural beauty that is no doubt comparable to Waigeo. However, facilities and access to Misool are not as good as Waigeo. Even a trip using the fastest boat takes up to 5 hours.
The electricity in Misool is still limited only at night, and the phone signal is still hard to get. Also, there are only a few homestays or inns. Therefore, you should make sure that you have booked an inn before going there.
However, you don’t need to doubt Misool for its beauty. There are beautiful attractions such as Laguna Love in Dafalen or Karawapop, Harfat Peak, and many more. At this peak, tourists can see karst with a beauty that is comparable to Wayag or Piaynemo.
Next is Salawati Island. Salawati is not yet the best destination in Raja Ampat. That’s because tourism in Salawati is not well packaged.
Salawati presents a piece of beauty, the perfect paradise for adventurers. While on this island, travelers can walk through the vast sago forest, walk on rice fields, see the Melanotaenia salawati, and swim on exotic beaches. And also, travelers can visit bunkers and tanks from World War II.
One of the beaches that are quite famous is Bam beach. Here tourists will find a marvelous sight, a sturdy fortress that stands firm. The fort was formed from scattered granite and coral. Not only does it look amazing, but this fort can withstand the roaring waves. Waters with the blue seawater and the whitish foam, it’s beautiful. This process then creates a harmony of beauty that is different from other beaches in Raja Ampat.
There is no hustle and bustle for beauty lovers, so Salawati is still pure and unspoiled. So, this island is suitable for tourists who want to have an exciting and peaceful adventure.
Last but not least, the smallest among the biggest, here is Batanta Island. At a glance, Batanta Island has a panoramic dish similar to other islands in this archipelago. Soft white sand with blue waves will captivate anyone who comes here.
However, the significant difference that Batanta Island offers is that you can trek and explore the island. With a hilly landscape and surrounded by tropical forests, you can find various surprises, from fresh waterfalls to inland villages.
The waterfall offers beautiful charm. A peaceful and calm atmosphere will spoil the eyes and soul of its visitors. This waterfall is one of the destinations that you shouldn’t miss when visiting Batanta Island.
Also, the waterfall on Batanta Island has a small cave that you can use to relax. At a slight glance, the waterfall on Batanta Island is similar to the backdrop from the Jurassic Park movie.
Those are the four largest and most famous islands in Raja Ampat compared to other islands. So, Raja Ampat is not an island but an archipelago with lots of beauty. Maybe this is new knowledge for those of you who have never come to Indonesia.
Therefore, before going to Raja Ampat, consider which location you want to visit. If you need to go to popular places, you can choose Waigeo. But if you want something more challenging and spectacular, head to Misool. And if you are expecting something that would be different, then try going to Salawati and Batanta. And to be sure, it all depends on the time and budget you have.