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Raja Ampat Islands

  • Raja Ampat, Indonesia
the beautiful scenery of Raja Ampat
also known as:
Kepulauan Rajaampat
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Location Type: Destination
The Raja Ampat archipelago is located off the northwest tip of of New Guinea. It is a remote and difficult area to reach, but those with time, patience, and money, are rewarded with snorkelling and diving within seas containing the world's greatest marine diversity. Tourism in Raja Ampat is almost entirely limited to trips on liveaboard dive boats.
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Wikipedia - Raja Ampat Islands

Map of the Raja Ampat Islands
Map of the Raja Ampat Islands

Located off the northwest tip of Bird's Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia's West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.

According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world's coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world. ... read more

Wikitravel - Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is in Papua in Indonesia. The name given to these islands comes from a local myth. The four major islands found here are Waigeo, Misool (which is home to ancient rock paintings), Salawati, and Batanta.

Commonly, divers will join a tour and live in a diving resort during their stay in the Raja Ampat Islands. To access diving spots, please contact and use the professional diving organizers, who can be conveniently found in Sorong.

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