Raja Ampat is a divers paradise but this doesn’t mean non-divers can’t enjoy the region as well. It’s definitely a place that will open your eyes to the magic of marine beauty but above the water isn’t so bad either. In fact, the archipelago may be one of the most beautiful places you will ever see. So, if you don’t dive there are still tons of things to do when you visit Raja Ampat. Here are 5 of them.
There are some really amazing treks to take when you’re in Raja Ampat. One of the most popular daytrips from Papua Paradise Eco Resort is the Batanta waterfall trip. This takes you to nearby Batanta Island where you spend the morning trekking through lush jungle and mangroves. The end point is a stunning waterfall where you can swim and refresh in the cool water.
Raja Ampat is an incredible habitat for birds. From the endemic species of birds of paradise to the lorys and parrots that call the islands home. For keen birders, the sight of a Moluccan red lorry, great-billed parrot, or palm cockatoo is a real thrill. You might also want to take an evening boat trip to see the hornbills coming into roost in the mangroves around Batanta Island.
If ever there were a place to totally switch off and fully relax, it would be Raja Ampat. There are no pressures to do anything and your overwater bungalow at Papua Paradise is the perfect place to just chill. Listen to the waves under your room, read a book, nap, or watch the fish swimming on the house reef. It’s pure paradise.
4. Learn about the culture
The people of Raja Ampat are really unique in many ways. They are an interesting mix of seafaring peoples from tribes that fished the islands. The Asmat and Biak tribes are the two main tribes in the area. They are mainly Christian or Muslim but also keep some unique traditions from the time before organized religions reached the islands. You can visit Arefi Village and see the way of life of the area on a trip from Papua Paradise.
Probably the most exciting thing to do if you aren’t diving in Raja Ampat is sightseeing. There are some absolutely breathtaking places to see. For example the Piaynemo Islands have some of the best outlooks in the whole archipelago. You can climb up from the bay where the boat docks to the highest point of the island. From there the panoramic views will blow you away. If you love taking photos, this is the spot you absolutely won’t want to miss.
So, now you know if you aren’t a diver there are still loads of reasons to visit Raja Ampat. Whether you choose to just relax or get out into the wilderness, you will find the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the region. If you’d like to know more about a trip to Raja Ampat either as a diver or non-diver, drop us a comment in the box below.