Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Raja Ampat Papua

Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat, West Irian Jaya, Indonesia

Tourist Attractions and Beaches in Indonesia
Raja Ampat is one of the attractions are located in the eastern region of Indonesia, precisely in the province of West Irian Jaya. Raja Ampat Sorong is broken, since 2003. 
Raja Ampat has a population of 31 thousand people and has 610 islands (only 35 islands are inhabited) with a total area of ​​about 46,000 km2, but only 6,000 km2 of land, 40,000 km2 in the sea. Raja Ampat has 4 main large islands, namely Misol, Salawati, Bantata and Waigeo.

To achieve Waisai (capital of Raja Ampat) by airplane, we advance towards the airport Domne Eduard Osok, Sorong. Then continue the journey by sea transport, using fast boats with a capacity of 10, 15 or 30 people. From the city of Sorong to Waisai, can be reached within 3-4 hours at a cost of approximately Rp. 3 million.This area was the target of the hunters reef fish by bombing and cyanide poison to spread. However, there are still many people who seek to protect the region's marine wealth that could be saved.


Raja Ampat

Coral reefs in Raja Ampat marine rated comprehensive in the world. Of the world's 537 species of coral, 75 percent were in these waters. Also found 1104 species of fish, 669 species of molluscs (soft animals), and 537 species of coral animals.The World Bank in collaboration with global environmental institutions establish Raja Ampat as one region in East Indonesia, which received assistance Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (Coremap) II, since 2005.  

In Raja Ampat, this program covers 17 villages and involve the local population. Fishermen are also trained to cultivate grouper and seaweed.Especially for those of you who are not interested in diving, great blue expanse of ocean that refract the beauty of the sky, emitting a sprinkling of white sand sparkle like pearls, can be enjoyed. In addition, there are clusters of charming islands and unique flora and fauna such as red paradise, paradise Wilson, maleo Waigeo, various parrots and parrot, possum Waigeo, as well as various types of orchids. 

Mansuar Papua Diving on the island is one of the leading resorts in the region. Foreign tourists diving enthusiasts at home for days and even months in Raja Ampat enjoys the beauty that was there and stay at Papua Diving.Maximillian J Ammer, owner of Dutch citizens of Papua Diving Resort is also pioneering marine tourism drive this region, need desperately to set up various facilities to attract tourists from abroad. Since he started his business eight years ago, many of the funds must be spent. However, the results are also satisfactory. Each year the resort is visited at least 600 special tourist who spent an average of two weeks.Lodging is very simple that only a walled and roofed woven palm leaves that cost at least 75 euro or Rp 900,000 a night. If you want to dive must pay 30 euros, or about Rp 360.000 one dive at a particular location. Most tourists come from Europe. Only a few tourists from Indonesia to stay and dive in there.

Raja Ampat

Kri Island, Waigeo, and Misool resort also prepared for visitors. On the island there Misool Eco Resort is built by applying the principles of strict nature conservation. There are agreements with indigenous people around the region to maintain an integrated ecosystem called the "No Take Zone" which prohibits any taking of marine exploitation, ranging from hunting shells, turtle eggs, shark fin to just fishing. In the extreme, even in this eco resort has prohibited the use of antiseptics as waste exhaust feared would kill the coral reef ecosystems in the vicinity.Some resort set prices relatively expensive because of present facilities.  


Travelers with limited costs can also benefit from a state-owned resort is much cheaper in the Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat.To get around the island is desired, we can hire a speedboat capacity of 10 persons at a price of USD 3-5 million per 8 hours, depending on the intelligence we bargain. We can also take a tour package to visit the village to see typical local plants and animals such as birds of paradise.To get into the area of ​​Raja Ampat, everyone has to pay an entrance fee of Rp 250 thousand for domestic, and $ 500 thousand for tourists from abroad. A round pin that serves as this identity we will receive, after paying the fee.Uniquely, the pin is valid for one year, from 1 January to 31 December. So if in one year we go back and forth to visit Raja Ampat, only need to pay a one-time entrance fee. Certainly can not pin was missing and we had to wear as identification.