To put it bluntly, Raja Ampat is not only Indonesia’s but the world’s marine treasure trove. Raja Ampat is often called the last paradise on earth and became well known for its spectacular, sometimes bizarre biodiversity, breath-taking islands and natural resources. Thousands of bigger and smaller islands form its spectacular scenery surrounded by crystal clear water. The high mountains and lush tropical jungles of Papua give home to rare birds and flowers, clear rivers and pristine cultures.
Raja Ampat is located in West Papua, the eastern part of Indonesia, a territory dominated by four main islands, namely Waigeo, Salawati, Misool and Batanta. The wealth of marine biodiversity in this region is simply astounding, attracting researchers, conservationists and divers alike.
In addition to the fabulous setting, as being part of the coral triangle, the Raja Ampat reefs are the richest in – almost 1300 fish and 500 coral – species among which numerous are endemic in the region. Without doubt, these colorful virgin reefs are favored by divers and underwater photographers but the sparkling white sandy beaches and azure blue bays provide peaceful and undisturbed time for snorkeling and other water activities as well.
The suggested best time to visit Raja Ampat is during wet season from October until March.