This is our video of how we went exploring Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia. We were privileged to have this opportunity to discover the archipelago of Raja Ampat, both above and below water, and to also see a little of Doom island just off the gateway city of Sorong.
Exploring Raja Ampat, Indonesia (VIDEO)
About Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat or the Four Kings Archipelago consists of over 1000 islands. There are the 4 large islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, plus hundreds of smaller islands. Raja Ampat is located in the northwest of Indonesia’s West Papua province at the tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula. It is remote, yet an achievable destination with flights from Jakarta.
The archipelago is the largest marine national park in Indonesia and a very significant global destination. Raja Ampat has massive coral colonies where the reefs are resistant to threats like coral bleaching and disease. There are 537 species of coral making up 75% of all known coral species in the world. Source: Marine Planning.
But it is also people’s homes, and they are proud of their islands.
Our experience with Exploring Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Raja Ampat is a destination that beckons divers, birdwatchers and snorkelers and resolute travelers, wanting to experience a destination that is off the tourist grid. We were very fortunate to see this area of wonderful Indonesia, and to see a lot of Raja Ampat both above and below water.
We were in the inimitable position to meet many of the local people. The people of Raja Ampat love to sing, and to dance and are intent on keeping their own backyards as unspoiled as they can. It was one of the most unique travel experiences that we have had. Add to that a tour around Doom Island located just off the main gateway city of Sorong, and we felt privileged to be in such a wonder of the world.
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