Raja Ampat or ‘Four Kings’, is the name given to these islands and comes from a local myth.
The four major islands found here are Waigeo, Misool (which is home to ancient rock paintings), Salawati, and Batanta.
Underwater enthusiasts flock to this region because it offers the world’s best marine sights.
Two days earlier, some of these travelers had been at a deafening corner of a tourist trap in Bali. Once they took their flight to the bird head of the island of Papua everything changed as they embarked on a diving tour of a lifetime.
In the Raja Ampat islands, divers can explore vertical underwater walls.
The thrill of drift diving is another great challenge.
These are the awesome experiences you will find in Raja Ampat.
Meanwhile, on this tour several divers were well equipped and looked advanced. The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish and 700 types of mollusks. This makes it the most diverse living library for world’s coral reef and underwater biota. According to a report developed by The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International, around 75% of the world’s species live here.
When divers first arrive here their excitement is palpable. It’s common to hear people praise God as they take in the remarkable scenery. Others prefer to remain in silence taking in the overwhelming sight of so many islands with crystal clear water that softly brushes over the white sandy beaches.
More facts about the Raja Ampat Conservation Area:
- This area is home to 1,511 species of reef fish in the Bird’s Head Seascape;
- 1,320 species of reef fish in Raja Ampat;
- 75% of all known coral species in the world;
- 10 times the number of hard coral species found in the entire Caribbean;
- In the Birds Head Seascape there 600 species of hard coral recorded;
- 5 species of endangered sea turtles;
- 57 species of Mantis Shrimp;
- 13 species of Marine Mammals;
- 27 species of endemic reef fish found only in that area
Written and contributed by Indonesia Travel