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Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

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Up before dawn and onto a small boat; speeding across the dark water as night holds on to those last moments; landing on a pier; walking down to the start of the jungle; turning my phone into a torch; and crashing into the trees and up the hill.

The sun is starting to come out by the time I finish the walk to the top through the jungle. In those early morning minutes when blue becomes yellow in front of your eyes, I stand silent and still in a small clearing. I’m staring intently up at the branches of a tree, listening closely as well.

I hear them before I see them, a sound like a blending of a squawk and a crow. “Ark, ark, ark, ooh-ooh-oo-oo-oo-ahh.”

I spot one, then another, and another. Three of them – red birds of paradise – here in the only place on the planet they are found in the wild: Raja Ampat in the West Papua region of Indonesia.

The birds are named appropriately. They really do come from a place that could be paradise. Raja Ampat, an archipelago of about 1500 islands, has the richest marine biodiversity on earth. That, in turn, has created prime conditions for the evolution of animals and humans on the land above the water. Read More

Up before dawn and onto a small boat; speeding across the dark water as night holds on to those last moments; landing on a pier; walking down to the start of the jungle; turning my phone into a torch; and crashing into the trees and up the hill. The sun is starting to come out […]

Why Diving in Indonesia Is More Fun?

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When you are diving, you want to experience fantastic sights and marine life on your dive; that is part of the joy of diving. After all, besides getting in some quality physical exercise and testing your skills, you want to explore the underwater world of the place you’re diving in. Certainly, you want a place that is interesting and exciting to see and explore, not a place that is just the same old, boring, expected sights and marine life. You also want a site that has good weather regularly. It is because of these reasons that diving in Indonesia is much more fun than other locations.

Indonesia has long been considered as one of the best locations on Earth for diving. There are several reasons why this is the case. Indonesia has one of the longest coastlines in the entire world, as it stretches from the Indian Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the West. Indonesia is part of the Coral Triangle of the world, containing about 20% of the world’s coral reefs, about 600 different coral species. It also has a great deal of fish biodiversity, as there are over 3000 fish species here. There are many others species of marine life here as well, including Manta rays, blacktip and whitetip sharks, seahorses, tuna, and more. In addition, Indonesia’s weather is ideal for diving between April to December, and it’s certainly possible to even dive during the months of January to March as well, thus giving the diving enthusiast many opportunities to dive throughout the year. Read More

When you are diving, you want to experience fantastic sights and marine life on your dive; that is part of the joy of diving. After all, besides getting in some quality physical exercise and testing your skills, you want to explore the underwater world of the place you’re diving in. Certainly, you want a place […]

Best Beaches To Visit in Raja Ampat Papua

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the-beauty-of-raja-ampatRaja Ampat island encountered to be one of dreamy destination area which quite popular among almost whole travelers in Indonesia, mostly for those who enthusiast to maritime journey traveling, and this to be best beautiful offers from East Indonesia. Raja Ampat likely to be part of most beautiful destination of maritime-considered place which makes anyone who capable to visit this would be kindly greater achievement ever and almost of whole travelers that visit Raja Ampat having same goal of having best adventure under sea life through snorkeling or diving, while some are spend moment relaxing on beach enjoying surrounds.

Anyhow it wont be that difficult to find beautiful beach over Raja Ampat, in case you are about to travel to Raja Ampat for looking kind of beach reference which suitable to be visited of, wont that hard much, here some of beaches you should to consider properly : Read More

Raja Ampat island encountered to be one of dreamy destination area which quite popular among almost whole travelers in Indonesia, mostly for those who enthusiast to maritime journey traveling, and this to be best beautiful offers from East Indonesia. Raja Ampat likely to be part of most beautiful destination of maritime-considered place which makes anyone […]

Best Time to Invest in a Dive Trip in Raja Ampat?

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wayagreefsHowever the best time to visit Raja Ampat topside can be different. I believe the best time to dive is also when there is sunshine, little rain, calm seas, and light to zero wind (so no choppy seas).

In my 16 years of taking small groups to dive in Raja Ampat, the most reliable time to enjoy seas like a mirror; nights with the sea so calm we don’t know the ship is moving; easy boarding of the dive tenders and gentle rides to the dive sites has been in the mid-October to mid- December time period.

Mid-June to mid-September can have ferocious winds and therefore horizontal rain. Most of the liveaboards pull out of Raja Ampat during that season and locate themselves in other areas where the weather will likely be nicer. Even many of the resorts in Raja Ampat and the Moluccas close during that period of time. Perhaps if they could move too, they would do it in those months! Read More

However the best time to visit Raja Ampat topside can be different. I believe the best time to dive is also when there is sunshine, little rain, calm seas, and light to zero wind (so no choppy seas). In my 16 years of taking small groups to dive in Raja Ampat, the most reliable time […]

What is the Best Time to Dive Raja Ampat – To be Underwater?

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raja-ampat-underwater-0You will find many websites, articles and agents that speak about the best time to dive in Raja Ampat. Many of them say you can dive there anytime. That is certainly true, but not the whole story.
Best Time Raja Ampat Sunrise
Even with poor visibility great photos are possible
Up Close with Corals & Fishes
For the diving alone, your time underwater, I agree. There is really no best season for being underwater in Raja Ampat.

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You will find many websites, articles and agents that speak about the best time to dive in Raja Ampat. Many of them say you can dive there anytime. That is certainly true, but not the whole story. Best Time Raja Ampat Sunrise Even with poor visibility great photos are possible Up Close with Corals & […]

Reasons You Should Visit the Raja Ampat Islands

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raja-ampat1Indonesia is an island nation in Southeast Asia, which has places that are very beautiful. You have to see for yourself the beauty of the Bali island and the Raja Ampat islands. You will never regret it if you go sightseeing there.

Raja Ampat is located off the north-west tip of the island in a place known as the bird’s head peninsula, an island paradise in Eastern Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua Province of Indonesia. The origin of the name of Raja Ampat (Four Kings) according to local myth came from a woman who found seven eggs. Four grains of them hatched into four princes who separated and each of them became a king who powered in Waigeo, Salawati, East Misool, and West Misool. You can only imagine how majestic these islands are to be called kings.
Let me tell you reasons you should visit the secret island paradise of Indonesia, Raja Ampat. If you wish for unbelievable and unforgettable travel experience throughout your lifetime, read this article. Read More

Indonesia is an island nation in Southeast Asia, which has places that are very beautiful. You have to see for yourself the beauty of the Bali island and the Raja Ampat islands. You will never regret it if you go sightseeing there. Raja Ampat is located off the north-west tip of the island in a […]

How To Get To Raja Ampat

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Raja Ampat is for the many the ultimate diving destination – but how do you get there? Here’s a rundown of the different ways of getting this amazing and remote dive location in Indonesia.

To get to Raja Ampat, you need to fly to the Indonesian airport of Sorong. It’s located over on the far east of Indonesia, at the northern end of Papua island, which is politically divided between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Virtually all Raja Ampat liveaboards depart from or arrive at Sorong.

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Raja Ampat is for the many the ultimate diving destination – but how do you get there? Here’s a rundown of the different ways of getting this amazing and remote dive location in Indonesia. To get to Raja Ampat, you need to fly to the Indonesian airport of Sorong. It’s located over on the far […]