The Raja Ampat Island in Irian is group spreads out over a huge area and consists of over 610
islands. The four largest islands are Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The area’s reefs are
covered in a diverse selection of both hard and soft corals. Most of the areas reefs are pristine,
with mile after mile of perfect hard corals, drift after drift of soft corals of many species and
colors ranging from brilliant red, to shocking yellow pretty pink and exotic purple. Most reef
dives are very colorful. The tourist would be able to experience the best dives sites within those
islands, which include Cape Kri, Mellisa’s Garden, Sardines Reef, The Passage, Nudibranch
Rock, Wai Island Night Dive.
From the fifth eggs that had cracked, the 4 eggs was become men who become King of four big
islands that is Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. While the one egg became a woman, had
wash away and stranded in Biak Island. That woman was born a child named Gura Besi that
known as the historical man of Raja Ampat, because of his heroic story.
Raja Ampat is the fraction of Sorong regency, since 2003. District has a population of 31 000
inhabitants has 610 islands (only 35 islands are inhabited) with an area of about 46,000 km2 but,
85% of this area is archipelago area. Only 6,000 km2 of land, 40,000 km2 in the sea. The islands
are unspoiled and beautiful sea is still making direct tourists hooked. They seemed to want to
explore the waters of the "Bird's Head" New Guinea.
This region had been the target of poachers of fish and corals by spreading cyanide bomb.
However, there are still many people who attempt to protect the marine wealth of the region that
could be saved. Coral reefs in the sea Raja Ampat considered comprehensive in the world. Of the
world's 537 coral species, 75 percent were in these waters. Also found 1104 species of fish, 669
species of molluscs (soft animals), and 537 species of coral animals. Extraordinary. This regency
has 10 districts and 85 villages with about 48.707 men.
Geographically, this area has strategic location. Its boundaries is:
North side: Pacific Ocean
West Side: North Maluku
South side: Maluku Sea
East Side: Sorong Regency
For the fauna sector, Raja Ampat has rarely fauna, such as;
red birds of paradise (Paradise Rubra), Wilson birds of paradise (Cicinnurs Republica), Maleo
Waigeo (Spilocuscus Papuensis), and rainbow fishes. Hence, for the flora, Raja Ampat has many
kinds of Orchids, Waigeo palm, ironwoods or black woods, ‘keruing’, ‘ulin’ woods, etc.
As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, Raja Ampat (which literally translates as
“The Four Kings”) has a startling diversity of habitats to explore. Each of these – from the stark
wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uranie to the deep,
nutrient-rich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui and Aljui to the “blue water mangrove” channels of
Kofiau and Gam to the plankton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait – are
home to unique assemblages of species that, when taken together, add to produce the most
impressive species lists ever compiled for a coral reef system of this size.
The World Bank in collaboration with global environmental institutions set Raja Ampat as one
of the regions in East Indonesia Coral Reef Rehabilitation assistance and Management Program
(Coremap) II, since 2005. In Raja Ampat, this program covers 17 villages and involve the local
population. Fishermen are also trained to cultivate grouper and seaweed.
Marine tourism, as a sustainable alternative to
overfishing, mining, and logging, has the potential to play a key role in the conservation of Raja
Ampat’s spectacular underwater realm, while also creating real benefits for the local
communities. This website was designed as part of a larger effort to support the growth of
sustainable marine tourism in Raja Ampat and the conservation of these magical islands.
Please explore this site to find information on breathtaking diving opportunities, travel logistics,
Raja Ampat’s new tourism entrance fee (which directly supports conservation and community
development), and the tremendous conservation effort taking place in Raja Ampat.
Papua Diving, the only exotic resort that offers underwater tours in the region, visited by tourists
diving enthusiasts at home for days and even up to a month to wade through the contours of the
seabed. They seemed to not want to go back to their own countries because they get an "island
paradise second to none on this earth."
Administrators could not easily prepare a place for tourists. Maximillian J Ammer, owner of
Dutch citizens of Papua Diving Resort is also a pioneer drive the region's marine tourism, need
desperately to set up various facilities to attract tourists from abroad. Since he started his
business eight years ago, many of the funds must be spent. However, the results are also
satisfactory. Every year the resort is visited at least 600 special tourist who spent an average of
Lodging is very simple, just walls and a roof of wLodging is very simple, just walls and a roof of
woven palm leaves that cost a minimum of 75 euro or 900,000 in rupiah a night. If you want to
dive must pay 30 euros, or about 360 000 in rupiah was diving at a particular location. Most
tourists come from Europe. Only a few tourists from Indonesia to stay and dive in there.
"Tourists dive almost every day because of the dive sites are very broad and diverse. The beauty
of the coral reefs are varied, so many choices and invite curiosity. There are tourists who are
aged 80 years of diving is still strong, "said the woman was married to Max Ammer the Manado.
Three years ago, papua Diving build a modern inn not far from the first location. Apparently, the
inn was built by relying on local building materials are almost always fully booked. Though the
charge reaches 225 euros, or about 2.7 million in rupiah per night. In the new location, equipped
with modern equipment, including telephone and internet facilities. Tourists to the Raja Ampat
just want to Papua Diving on the Island Mansuar because the facilities are of international
standard and the waiters, the food also. They landed at the airport Domne Eduard Osok, Sorong,
directly to the location of speed boat with a capacity of about 10 people at a rate of Rp 3.2
million each way. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach Mansuar.
Like the other islands, Mansuar looks beautiful because of its forests are still awake and was so
clean sea water marine life which is not far from the surface can be seen clearly. Tourists simply
swim or snorkel to see the beauty of the sea, whereas if you want to directly observe the beauty
of marine life at depth, they should dive.
Local residents involved in the development and management of the resort, even 90 of the 100
employees are Papuans. Residents also supplies fish, vegetables, fruits, and others. One of the
tour package to visit the village to see the plants and animals typical of the local, including birds
of Paradise. Many tourists who become donors of the church building and education of children
around the Man-flare.
In addition to marine and fisheries, Raja Ampat has a wealth of natural resources, including oil
and nickel. On the seabed there are also many sunken ships of World War II that the former is
estimated to contain "treasure trove" of high value. However, if mismanaged, it is feared
exploitation activities threaten the preservation and natural beauty of the sea.
Taken from various sourced.