The Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia
Raja Ampat. One of the world's last wild places. A vast sprawl of tropical island jewels amid seas renowned as being the richest on our planet - a nursery and refuge for coral and fish species that are rapidly disappearing from elsewhere in the region, and the perfect place to really get away from it all.
Forming the western extremity of the Bird's Head Seascape of Indonesia's West Papua province, Raja Ampat is the biodiversity jewel in the crown of the Coral Triangle. (Location map)
Raja Ampat is famous as a dive destination, but you don't have to be a diver to have the time of your life there. The ocean's wonders can be explored with nothing more than mask and snorkel and there's a lot more to see and do if you want a day out of the water.
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The spectacular Wayag Islands are without a doubt the subject of the most commonly seen photographs of Raja Ampat and are the number one item on most visitors' lists of things to see, but very similar iconic views can be more easily had elsewhere..
The conical karst island seascape of Pulau Wayag is Raja Ampat's poster child. You won't see a tourism promotion or magazine article about Raja Ampat that doesn't feature the islands and their surrounding sapphire seas, but Wayag is not easy to get to and is quite expensive to visit. Lying to the north west of Waigeo, Wayag is a round trip of over 300km (~200 miles) from Waisai. There's no accommodation in the Wayag group, so if you want to visit you'll be up for a long day trip from wherever you are staying.
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Over the last few years there's been a noticeable increase in the amount of trash in Raja Ampat waters. It's a concern for all and it's worth considering the following facts when discussing it:
- An overwhelming majority of the rubbish does not originate in the islands themselves.
- Local people are every bit as aware of and concerned by the issue as visitors.
- As in most of Indonesia, there is no effective waste management system in place to deal with the rubbish being generated by ever increasing numbers of visitors and immigrants.
- If you want to ensure none of your own waste winds up in the water, you have to take it with you when you leave.
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Please help! If you've visited Raja Ampat we want to hear from you...
The Asosiasi Usaha Homestay Lokal of Kabupaten Raja Ampat (the Raja Ampat Local Homestay Business Association) is committed to making your stay as enjoyable and rewarding as possible and would really appreciate your feedback. If you've stayed at a community homestay, travelled with a local guide or spent time on a liveaboard or at a resort, please take a few moments to respond to this survey.
Sharing your experience, impressions and suggestions will help Papuan homestay owners, diving and tour guides improve the services and facilities they offer their guests and will contribute to the success of an initiative designed to provide sustainable incomes for people living in the Raja Ampat Marine Park. The fledgling eco-tourism industry in Raja Ampat is a major component of the plan to protect the marine environment of the Bird's Head Seascape - your input is sought to help make it as good as it can be!
The survey should only take a couple of minutes to complete. It was developed on behalf of the Raja Ampat Homestay Association with assistance from Seventy Three Pte Ltd, and was funded by the Walton Foundation Parallel Initiative for the Bird's Head Seascape marine protected area. If you have any questions about the survey, the Parallel Initiative project or about the Homestay Association, please feel free to contact the survey's publishers.
Stay Raja Ampat also welcomes feedback, comments and updates to the information published on this website - if you're interested in contributing, please refer to this page for details.
- Do you have feedback or new information about any of the places to stay that we have listed? Please let everyone know by commenting...
- Do you own accommodation in Raja Ampat or know of a place not listed here that should be? Please contact us so we can add it...
- Do you have information you think deserves a page of its own on this site? Please submit it - you'll make our day!
We want to do the best we can to help both the people of Raja Ampat and travellers keen on visiting the islands, but we don't live there and keeping in touch with folks in the islands is problematic. We'd love to hear from you if you've just visited the islands - or are lucky enough to live and work there - so please feel free to contact us by the method of your choice to let everyone know what's happening.
We'll publish all honest feedback and comments. Recommendations, criticism and news are all welcome. While it's great to be able to spread the word about the good stuff in Raja Ampat, we'll not be doing anybody any favours by editing out news of when things go wrong, so tell it like it is!
If you want to make a comment or write a review about a place listed on the site, it's probably best to do so in the comments section of the relevant establishment. You'll find those all on this page.
If you'd like us to list a new place or add your business to the site, please let us know by filling out our contact form.
Our Facebook Page is probably best if you have a comment or feedback that doesn't apply to any particular article or business on the site, but we'll be just as happy to hear from you via the contact form.
We hope you'll avail yourself of this invitation and look forward to hearing from you...