Raja Ampat is often called one of the last unspoiled places in the world. The lush islands dotted across crystal blue waters draw travellers from all over the world. However, thanks to it’s remote location it is not overrun with tourists. Raja Ampat on the whole is stunning, but there are a few places you definitely need to see while you’re there. Read on to find out the 5 Places You Need to See in Raja Ampat…
Pianemo is one of the most photographed places in Raja Ampat, so much so it has almost become a symbol of the area. However, as popular as it is, there are rarely many tourists there at one time.
Climbing from the dock up a set of wooden stairs you’ll be awe struck by the beauty of the landscape below you. The islets jut out of the sparkling turquoise waters making for a scene like no other against the endless blue sky. You can spend time here admiring the view and taking photos before heading back down to get in the water.
2. Arborek Village
Known as the Arborek Tourism Village, this is the most famous village in Raja Ampat for tourists to visit. Most of the women here now make handicrafts for a living and there are also villagers from young to old that perform traditional dances.
The village isn’t very big and only has around 40 families living there but it’s a really enjoyable way to get to know a little about the people and culture. Walking around you can see traditional houses, rickety jetties and often kids playing and splashing in the water that are wonderful to chat to and photograph.
3. Batanta Island Waterfall
Batanta Island is one of the largest islands in Raja Ampat making it the perfect place for exploring. The island is just about 30 minutes by boat from Papua Paradise Eco Resort, which runs tours to Batanta to trek to the waterfall.
From where the boats anchor it’s about a 40-minute trek on forest paths and rocky terrain to the beautiful waterfall. The walk is 100% worth it though because once you’re there you can enjoy the fresh cool water, explore the cave behind the falls and watch the variety of wildlife.
4. Pasir Timbul
Like something out of a dream, Pasir Timbul is a stretch of sand that emerges out of the ocean only at low tide. The water here is crystal clear and the sand so powdery white you’ll hardly believe your eyes. You can enjoy playing and relaxing on the beach, taking photos and watching the underwater life without even using a snorkel.
Pasir Timbul is just off the island of Mansuar about 30 minutes by boat from Arborek village.
5. Hornbill Island
Hornbills are one of the most incredible bird species in Raja Ampat and seeing them in their home environment is a very special sight indeed. Hornbills congregate on a small island off the coast of Batanta Island where the mangroves are thick and healthy.
In the evening around sunset the hornbills come to roost here for the night. You can watch them fly in, almost always in pairs, and settle in with the group. Papua Paradise runs evening tours to Hornbill Island just to see this magical natural sight.
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Has this article given you some inspiration to book a trip to Raja Ampat? What would you like to see most while you’re there? We’d love to hear which place is most attractive to you.