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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BEAUTY AND UNDERWATER DIVERSITY OF RAJA AMPAT

The islands of Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is the name of a district in the province of West Papua, precisely at the 'head of the bird' (Vogelkoop) Papua Island. This region is an archipelago comprising 1,846 islands. Of the islands there are 4 largest island, namely the Waigeo island , Misool Island, salawati island and Batanta island. Raja Ampat region is divided into two, north and south. In the north there is the largest island, namely the Waigeo island, on the island is the capital of the District, City Waisai located. Meanwhile, in the southern region is home Misool Island, salawati and Batanta Island located.

Location Raja Ampat

        Raja Ampat majority community work as fishermen, they live in small villages are located far apart and different islands. Communities here are very friendly and happy to receive guests from outside, especially if you are carrying betel nuts and candy as souvenirs. Because they consider the nut and candy as a sign of peace.

        Raja Ampat Islands is a huge potential to be used as a tourist attraction, especially diving. Raja Ampat is a favorite dive site in Indonesia. Raja Ampat Islands waters according to various sources, is one of the 10 best waters for diving sites around the world. In fact, it may also be recognized as number 1 for completeness underwater flora and fauna at the moment.

Raja Ampat Underwater Scenery

        Various research conducted by the scientists say the waters of Raja Ampat there are more than 540 species of hard corals (75% of total species in the world), more than 1,000 species of reef fish, and 700 species of molluscs, this makes 75% of the world's coral species are in Raja Ampat. None of the places in the same area has a number of coral species as much as this. You can find unique species when you dive, some kind of dwarf sea horse, wobbegong, and Manta Stingray. Also there are endemic fish Raja Ampat, namely Eviota king, a kind of gobbie fish.

Raja Ampat Underwater Scenery

        When you are in Manta point which is located at Dampier strait Arborek, you can dive in the company of some tail Manta Rays are benign. If the dive at Cape Kri or Chicken Reef, you will be surrounded by thousands of fish, sometimes a collection of Tuna, Giant Trevallies and Snappers. Reef sharks are also frequently seen, and if you are lucky you can also see turtles were silent eating sponge or swim around you. In some places, such as Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo also seen dugong or sea cow.

        Because the area of many islands and narrow straits, then most of the dive at any given time has a strong current. It is also possible to do a drift dive, dive following the strong currents with very clear water while breaking through a collection of fish.

        While enjoying the natural attractions on the islands of Raja Ampat, you can choose to stay at a resort (Also Read: 8 Favourite Hotels in Raja Ampat) or live in a ship Pinisi modified and can accommodate about 14 people.

Pinisi Ship in Raja Ampat

        In addition, there are other exciting attractions that you can find, which is a Cendrawasih bird watching paradise dancing. These birds just dancing in the morning, and very sensitive to smells. So, if you want to see it, avoid using perfume. Cendrawasih bird watching these attractions can be found in the village of Sawingrai, on the island of Gam and Saporken. You have to leave early in the morning, because the distance from Waisai to Sawingrai about one hour. If late, this bird had stopped dancing.

Cendrawasih Bird



TOWARDS RAJA AMPAT
        If you are using Flight from Jakarta to Sorong, the majority had to transit in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Only Garuda Indonesia, which has direct flights from Jakarta to Sorong with a long flight 4 hours 10 minutes. If you want to save money, you can use a ship from Jakarta to Sorong. However, although less expensive, this method takes longer because you will stop first in several major cities. The time required when using the boat approximately 1 week trip.

        Arriving in Sorong, you can travel from Sorong to Waisai using carrier Susi Air. The plane departs every Monday and Friday at 08.30 AM. Temporarily to the opposite route, departing at 11.00 AM. In addition, access to the most popular leading to Raja Ampat is through the Port Sailing People and Mina efforts port, both in Sorong. From there, every day there are ships leaving for Waisai.

        From Sorong, can also directly to the Misool island, there is a general passenger ship that departs every Wednesday. As for the route Misool-Sorong, boats depart every Saturday.



TIPS
        The best time to enjoy sightseeing in Raja Ampat is a month from October to April, because the surf is not too big. May to mid-June and the last two weeks in September also waves can still be tolerated.


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