When it comes to birds, Raja Ampat might be more famous for its endemic bird of paradise species, but there is another species you must see while you are there. Locally called Kokomo, burung taun-taun, Blyth’s hornbill, or the Papuan hornbill, is a truly exquisite bird to see in the wild. Even if you aren’t a birding enthusiast, going on a hornbill tour is an exhilarating experience. Read on to learn more about these incredible birds. (more…)
Imagine diving into the ocean and everywhere you look there is colour, movement, and life. Not just a busy coral reef but a place absolutely teeming with marine life. Now imagine this area to be over 2million hectares, about the same size as the country of Wales. This is Raja Ampat’s Marine Park, a protected area so important to marine ecology it is hard to put it into words. When you dive in Raja Ampat you will be diving into the marine park in all its glory. (more…)
Raja Ampat is a very unique part of the world for many reasons, its geographical location being the biggest influence on its history and culture. Because of the remoteness of the region and the distance between islands, there are many tribes that make up the people of the archipelago. This has also led to many dialects of the main language Biak developing between islands. In fact, there are no less than 10 dialects spoken in Raja Ampat so if you want to communicate it is best to learn a little Bahasa Indonesia. (more…)
Raja Ampat’s main draw might be its incredible diving, but on land there are some pretty amazing creatures as well. For centuries birds of paradise have been revered as some of the most beautiful and unique birds in the world. Thankfully, there are still a number of species in Raja Ampat that you can see on guided treks to witness them in their own habitat. To learn a bit more about birds of paradise, read our 5 facts about them. (more…)
If you looked at a map of the world, would you know where Raja Ampat is? Many people wouldn’t because outside the scuba diving community and Indonesian residents Raja Ampat is pretty much unknown.
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat is just about as far to the east as you can go in the Indonesian (more…)