Raja Ampat: The Maldives of Indonesia

You’ve seen pictures of the stunning overwater bungalows and crystal clear waters of the Maldives…but did you know a paradise like this exists in Indonesia as well?

Water Bungalows Papua Paradise Eco Resort

Off the coast of West Papua are over 1500 islands that make up the Raja Ampat archipelago. This remote group of islands is becoming more accessible by plane and boat and has been getting more and more attention from diving enthusiasts from all over the world.

Even though this is paradise for divers, you will most likely have whole dive sites to yourself. There is plenty of space and so many dive sites, you may not see other groups of divers the whole time you’re there. Raja Ampat is still very much a protected area where tourism is well regulated to ensure the flora and fauna is kept intact.

Getting to Raja Ampat

To get to the islands of Raja Ampat you must first fly to Sorong, which is accessible from Manado and Makassar. Connecting flights from Jakarta, Bali, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are easiest.

From Sorong harbor there are ferries to Waisai, the capital city of the island of Waigo, and then smaller boats to the other islands. It may seem like a complicated trip, but Papua Paradise can plan all of this for you and it’s 100% worth it once you’re there!

Papua Paradise Eco Resort Raja Ampat

What to do Once You’re in Raja Ampat

Dive

Raja Ampat is a diver’s paradise. It’s one of the richest areas for marine life on Earth and new species are being discovered all the time.

Diving in Raja Ampat

Being a tropical climate, the water temperature stays around 28 °C all year round and visibility is generally between 10 to 30 meters depending on the site. Dives are generally from 10 to 40 metres deep and although most dives are suitable for divers of all levels, the remoteness of the area makes it more suitable for divers with experience.

If you want to see big species like giant trevally or dogtooth tuna, as well as many species of sharks, this is the place for you. You’ll dive mainly with blacktip and whitetip reef sharks but there are often sightings of the strangely beautiful wobbegong shark.

Whitetip Reef Sharks at Raja Ampat

Manta rays are also very common in Raja Ampat and can even be seen right around the house reefs at Papua Paradise Eco Resort. Manta Sandy and Manta Ridge are well known dive spots for swimming with mantas and the curious and rare dugong is sometimes spotted here as well as other dive sites.

Manta Rays at Raja Ampat

Apart from the pelagic fishes, there is a seamlessly never-ending list of other marine species you will see in these rich waters. Most divers describe Raja Ampat as an underwater feast for the eyes…and camera if you love underwater photography.

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Disconnect from the world! Raja Ampat is a sparsely populated area and is not well connected with phone and internet. This might not be everyone’s dream holiday, but for many it is a chance to step away from modern technology and the stresses of modern life. You can absolutely relax and enjoy the peace and quiet with a backdrop of only the sounds of nature.

Speaking of nature, there is plenty to see on land as well as below the water. There are an incredible 350+ bird species on the islands, including cassowaries, cookoos, egrets, and colourful parrots, lorikeets and kingfishers. There is also an astounding range of biodiversity in insects and plants, that you will see all around Papua Paradise Eco Resort.

Fam Islands Raja Ampat

Meet the People

The people of Raja Ampat are mainly Papuans from the closest island Papua, however they tend to live in tribes and speak both the Indonesian Language and their own language Biak Papua. They also often speak their own tribal dialect and anthropologists have counted over 800 languages in the region alone.

The people from Raja Ampat are mainly fishermen and live off the land. They are very welcoming to guests and the children are always laughing and waving to divers who come to visit. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet the wonderful people in Raja Ampat and learn a little about their lifestyle and traditions.

Meet the wonderful people of Raja Ampat

If you’ve been thinking about visiting Raja Ampat, we’d love to help you plan your trip! Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions about how or when to visit this amazing region.

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    12 Comments

  1. Katy
    October 2, 2017
    Reply

    Family of 4 in February 2018?

    • Papua Pradise
      October 2, 2017
      Reply

      Dear Katy, Thanks for you message. We will be happy to welcoming you and your family in Papua Paradise. Please, do let us know exactly when you would like to visit us.
      You can answer below or use our Contact Us form: https://www.papuaparadise.com/contact-us. We look forward for your news.

  2. Donna Wilson
    October 2, 2017
    Reply

    Please can you email costs & details for a 2 week stay in February for 2 people?
    Many thanks
    Donna

    • Papua Paradise
      October 2, 2017
      Reply

      Dear Donna, thanks for your message.
      Sure, we will send you an email with all the information.
      Looking forward to see you at Papua Paradise 😉

  3. Stuart Wilson
    October 2, 2017
    Reply

    Please send details of complete packages for nitrox divers 10 day stays in January and May over water bungalow

    • Papua Paradise
      October 3, 2017
      Reply

      Dear Stuart, thanks for your message.
      We will send you an email asap with the requested information.
      Have a nice day 🙂

  4. Janet Abenoja
    October 3, 2017
    Reply

    Please send information for family package for 4 person (2 adult 2 children -age 10 and 13) send email through – janet.pik@binabangsaschool.com
    Thank you!

    • Papua Paradise
      October 3, 2017
      Reply

      Dear Janet, thanks for your message.
      Sure, we will! When are you interested to visit us?

  5. Kathy
    October 3, 2017
    Reply

    Please give me more information, cost and detail for 2. We’r from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. How can we get there?

    • Papua Paradise
      October 3, 2017
      Reply

      Dear Kathy, thanks. An email is on your way! 😉

  6. Chzon
    October 5, 2017
    Reply

    Is it suitable for family with young kids?

    • Papua Paradise
      October 5, 2017
      Reply

      Dear Linda, thanks for your message. As Papua Paradise is located on a remote and uninhabited island covered in forest and jungle wild-life, we uphold a policy of parental supervision at Papua Paradise Eco Resort. This policy stipulates that all children below 12 years old must be under the direct supervision of a parent at all times, and may not be left in the care of a dive guide or any other member of staff, without the presence of a parent.
      If you want to know more about it, please do let us know and we will send you more information by email.

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