Talking about beautiful landscapes, Papua Island in Indonesia also has many hidden treasures. The beauty of Papua Island covers beautiful beaches, large untouched forests, mountain with snow covered top and many more. Among those beautiful places, Raja Ampat Islands become the most favorite place to visit both by local or international tourists.
Raja Ampat Islands which is located in the north Papua close to the Vogelkoop. Vogelkoop is the part of Papua Island which shapes like a bird’s head. The Islands lies in Raja Ampat regency, West Papua province. The islands are widely known for the beauty of its underwater lives.
There many types of fish, mollusk and reefs residing in this area. However, Raja Ampat Islands offer more than beautiful underwater scenery. The islands also have outstanding landmarks. The Islands consist of 610 islands. However, within those 610 islands, there are four main islands.
The main islands are Misool Island, Waigeo Island, Batanta Island and Salawati Island. Among the 610 islands, there are only 35 islands used by human. The rest is remained untouched. Raja Ampat Islands are famous for its beautiful biodiversity of underwater plants. This biodiversity gives the islands an underwater forest view.
The reefs and the plants are still virgin, and there is minimum damage level caused by human. The reefs and corals existing in the islands known to be the only islands located in Coral Triangle are also very beautiful.
The tourists will be able to enjoy the beautiful underwater life of Raja Ampat Islands by snorkeling or by diving. The islands are also famous for its traditional tribe, the Asmat tribe. The Asmat tribe holds an important rule to keep the islands pure and clean. The tourists are also able to see the traditional life maintained by Asmat tribe until now.
In order to get into Raja Ampat Islands, the tourists have to fly to Sorong. There are some flights available from Jakarta City to Sorong. However, there is no direct flight from Jakarta to Sorong. The plane has to stop first in Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar. From Makassar, the flight to Dominic Edward Osok Airport in Sorong takes about two hours.
This Airport requires the visitors to pay for open tag. The tag costs $19 for Indonesian resident and costs $37.5 for non Indonesian resident. Having the tag, the tourists are able to enter Raja Ampat Islands freely for one year.
The tag expires in the end of the year. The tourist will be able to find many means of public transportation here. They are usually in the form of yellow minibus. The visitors are also able to reach Sorong by taking flight from Manado.
There are many lodges that can be used by the tourists to spend the night in Raja Ampat Islands, starting from some star-hotels to some low budget home stays. The hotels located in Raja Ampat Islands are Papua Paradise eco Resort located in Birie Island, Kungkungan Bay Resort in Lembeh Strait, Bitung whose room rate is above $150, Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort in Urai Island whose room rate starts from $75.
Here are also many other hotels available such as Hamueco Resort Raja Amapat in Cemara Saleo Beach, Raja Ampat Dive Lodge in Mansuar Island, and. Sorido Bay resort in Kri Island. The room rate of each hotel starts from $75 to $450.
Wanting a lower price, the tourist may spend the night in Hotel Maras Risen which is located in Arfan Streen, Raja Ampet 98412. The room rates starts from $28. Besides hotels, there are also some cottages available in Raja Ampat Islands.
However, different from hotels here the tourists have to pay per room, the tourists have to pay per person in cottage and home stays. The cottages are Waiwo Dive Resort in Waisai charging $34 per person, Homestay in Arborek Island charging $26 per person and homestya in Sawing Rai Island charging $38 per person per night.
Misool Island is one of the four biggest islands in Raja Ampat Islands. In the east side of the island, there is a line consisted of some coral islands. The island is close to open sea which becomes a passing way to some big sea creatures such as whales. From afar, the water surrounding the island is dominated by turquoise color.
There are some inhabited islands located next to Misool Island. The island has white sand beach and mangrove forests covering some parts of the island. There are various fish and another sea creature that can be found here such as turtles, sting rays, reefs, and many more.
Misool Island offers the tourist so many attractions and activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking. There are many beautiful diving and snorkeling spots. Among the other islands in Raja Ampat Islands, Misool Island is mostly visited by the tourists. In order to reach Misool Island, the tourists should board Pinisi boat.
Travelers staying in the resorts in the island such as Papua Diving Lodge and Misool Eco resort are provided with speedboat that will take them to the island. Bored of enjoying underwater view, the tourists are able to visit Batanta Waterfall in Batanta Island.
The tourist should get into Arefi village to see this waterfall. The tourist should be careful of the slippery road alongside the road to the waterfall. Salawati Island also offers the tourists some beautiful diving and snorkeling spots. The tourists should take about two hours to reach Salawati Island from the airport.
The visitors wanting to visit Raja Ampat Islands are suggested to check the weather forecast. The right timing will get the tourists more beautiful view. In November, the tourists will be able to see 25 meter under water clearly with bare eyes.
Try not to come in rainy season since the boat trips are possibly plagued by rain and wind. The visitors of Raja Ampat Islands keep rising. Thus, It will be better to book the hotels or cottages far before.
The tourists may also use some Indonesian travel agents to arrange their stay in the islands. The local delicacies are not to be missed. The famous local delicacies are Mumu, Chicken Barapen and Papeda. The visitors are also able to taste more extreme dishes such as fried sea worms and sago caterpillar satay.