You were not meant to find out about these islands on some travel website on the internet. No. The proper way to have heard about them would be by being on your fifth beer with your well-traveled backpacker friend, and him/her finally giving away their best-kept travel secret. But alas. As we have broken the travel rule book already, we will just go on to tell you all that we know now... Just don't tell anybody we told you.
Off the coast of Sorong, West Papua in Indonesia, lie the four islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta and Misool. These four main islands, of which the biggest is just slightly over half the size of Bali, are surrounded by as many as 1,500 smaller islands and islets. While its safe to say that the general travel public is not really aware of the existence of these jungle-covered specks of paradise, there is one crowd which is slightly more in the know: divers. Touted as one of the best diving destinations in the world with the greatest biodiversity in marine life found anywhere on earth, huge amounts of coral reefs and excellent visibility, there is probably no better place to dive on earth.
But Raja Ampat is not only for divers. If you like secluded beaches, exploring uninhabited islands, bird watching or swimming in crystal clear water, exploring caves, etc. you will love it here too.
To get to Raja Ampat, you will need to fly from Jakarta to Sorong and then take a boat. You can apparently enter from Ambon as well, but we are not familiar with that route. Accommodation comes in the shape of diving resorts and homestays. [Review by travelindicator]
- Raja Ampat is a region in Indonesia. It is situated at an altitude of 131ft and the best airport to fly into is SOQ (Jefman, Sorong)
- The main spoken language here is Halmahera Sea languages, and the average English skill is low
- The currency used in Indonesia is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR)
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Read more at Wikitravel, Lonely Planet or Wikipedia. Or else you could browse to a page that calls itself the ultimate travel guide to Raja Ampat (admittedly it's pretty good!) or a blog about how to backpack Raja Ampat on a budget.
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