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The scenic beauty in the imaginations of a person turns into reality in the remote Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia. This steep jungle-covered archipelago has shining white beaches with snowy white sand, lagoons, and splendid turquoise color water. On top of this, add the immaculate coral reefs that the surges of tie-dyed fish occupy; this island is a tropical paradise.
The scuba divers and snorkelers cannot have enough of the ecosystem that is under the water in the Raja Ampat islands. Snorkeling tour of Indonesia is incomplete without snorkeling in the archipelago of Raja Ampat. One can see the colors blue, green, and white, shining beautifully and contrasting with one another. The island is yet to be very popular among the guests, which adds to its tranquility. There are various ways of exploring the islands; no matter which way, a trip to the Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia is an unforgettable one.
Nearest Airport: Sorong Airport
How to reach: Sorong is connected with Bali and Jakarta
Famous for: Incredible diving spot & island hopping
Best time to visit: June to October
Things to do: Scuba diving, Snorkelling, Island Hopping, Wake boarding, Sailing, Watching amazing sunsets, Lazing on beaches, Eating fresh seafood, Bird watching, exploring caves
Embrace yourself, for the Raja Ampat islands are the most beautiful islands of Southeast Asia. It is a collection of 1500 odd islands and islets scattered off the northwest tip of Indonesian Papua. If this information is not enough for putting the Raja Ampat islands in the must-visit list of guests, then add snorkeling Indonesia and scuba diving in the amazing underwater ecosystem. Many authorities hail the snorkeling and scuba diving here as one of the best in the world.
Until the last few years, a negligible number of people were aware of the island. The island is in a mint condition. Its impeccable coral reefs and stunning marine is a paradise for scuba divers. The researchers call the Raja Ampat Islands'species factory,' this island in the center of the Coral Triangle is home to an overabundance of hard coral species; way more than the hard coral species found in the Caribbean.
Diving and Snorkeling:
The guests in Raja Ampat Islands will find more than 200 flawless sites for diving. To dip the head under the water here means seeing the flabbergasting rainbows of splendid fishes and corals. A single dive in the turquoise water and the diver will be close to the enormous manta shafts and mammoth mollusks. It is a chance to gawk at schools of barracuda, fusiliers, and parrotfish, squint at pygmy seahorses, and spot wobbegong and epaulet (walking) sharks if in luck. All this while the marine geography will change from vertical dividers and pinnacles to reef flats and underwater ridges. Snorkelers can watch numerous of these species from above, as well, with many reefs visible from the seashore.
Raja Ampat Islands is a place for the people who already know how to dive; it is not an ideal place for learning it. However, some diving spots can suit the needs of a naive person in this field. Most of the dives on the island are drift dives. Drift diving warns the divers; the currents that whip the diver along the edge of the reefs can be strong. One needs to show valid medical insurance and diving cards at authentic diving operators. Almost all the places on the islands provide all the apparatus for diving and snorkeling.
The Raja Ampat is lands have an abundance of fish all over, however, some reefs are more interesting than others. At Manta Sandy, among Mansuar and Arborek islands, the guests will find masses of enormous manta bars, some with wingspans over 5m. The Sardine Reef, 4km upper east of Pulau Kri, inclining down to 33m is home to such a large number of fishes that it gets dim. The underwater photographers find an attraction in fish and coral blend here.Besides, despite the recent harm to coral brought by the running aground of cruise ships, the Pulau Kri waters offer some of the most recognized diving spots. Schools of barracuda, jackfish, batfish, and snapper exist together here with little reef fishes, sharks, turtles, and the entire coral is mind-boggling exquisite.
Beyond the Reefs:
Do not mistake the Raja Ampat islands to be only for snorkeling or scuba diving. The forest of islands is home to two birds of paradise species (the red and the Wilson's), which the guests can spot on the Waigeo and Batanta islands. The other wildlife here includes snakes, tortoises, opossums, and so on along with more bird species. Most of the diving lodges and homestays can take the guests on pre-dawn visits to the forests looking for the birds of paradise. Most homestays can moreover arrange visits to neighboring towns, pearl farms, and cave systems. They can similarly get the guests a guide for hiking.