Raja Ampat is an amazing destination. Many will make it an once-in-a-lifetime trip because of the remote location.
The trip can be as luxurious or as rustic as you wish. From high end oceanfront luxury resorts to humble homestays or a few nights in a traditional hut. There are also a few inhabited islands where camping is permitted – you would need to get a permit for a small fee from the local community. And there’s is also the amazing liveaboard option, living on dive ship and sailing from one dive spot to another.
Here are our 5 tips to make the most of your time in Raja Ampat.
Many places in Raja Ampat have little or no phone signal or internet. The perfect excuse to switch off from work, social media and news, and be in the moment surrounded by so much natural beauty.
Dive or Snorkel
Raja Ampat has many, many spectacular dive sites. If you are a certified diver then get ready for an incredible marine life paradise. With over 1000 species of fish, 75% of the world’s coral species, 5 species of sea turtles, and 13 marine mammals, there is plenty.
You could dive up to 4 times per day, twice in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once in the evening or night – you will see more breathtaking sights every single time you dive.
If you snorkel, you will be spoiled for choice with the amazing marine life in the sparkling, crystal clear seas. Just accompany the dive boats and jump off at the dive sites to snorkel.
The easiest way to get to Sorong is from Jakarta. There are a number of direct flights available.
From Sorong take the public ferry or your resort’s boat transfer, if available.
Tip: Take the VIP seats on the public ferry for added comfort. The economy can be a squeeze with all kinds of cargo carried by the inter-island passengers.
Take Land Trips
Not only is the marine life spectacular in Raja Ampat, the jungles are teeming with incredible species. Birds of Paradise are the symbol of Raja Ampat and other endemic birds, Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson’s Bird of Paradise can be found on a number of the islands.
You could also choose an evening excursion to see the Hornbills at Batanta Island coming into roost for the evening. The sound and sight of their massive wings beating through the air is really something special.
Enjoy the untamed rain forest tours, waterfalls and walking through shallow rivers.
Tip: Take the Kali Biru half day trip at Wasai island
Imagine a remote island, over water bungalow with the sounds of the waves lapping on the shore and the jungle behind. It’s the perfect place to just soak in the natural beauty, to unwind and let the daily grind fade in the background. Enjoy spectacular sunsets.
Tip: Your resort can provide day trips for a picnic at deserted islands.
Text & photos by Poonam Sagar
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