Raja Ampat islands review
Raja Ampat is a cluster of pristine islands and islets in the remote part of Indonesia that harbors the world’s most spectacular array of biodiversity — both on land and underwater. The geography, the wildlife, the diving, the culture, and the hospitality of people are all legendary. The diversity of marine life is staggering and too long to attempt to list. Thanks to the Indonesian through-flow, the water in Raja Ampat is as clear as gin offering diving and snorkeling grounds beyond expectations. There are hundreds of lookouts and unbelievable viewpoints to trek to while exploring Raja Ampat. This eye-opening region is genuinely the last untouched paradise on Earth.
Those who have visited Raja Ampat have dubbed it an “untouched paradise,” implicating the area’s propensity for tranquility, discovery, and unfiltered awe. Raja Ampat comprises rocky outcrops which protrude from calm, turquoise water and a unique labyrinth of more than 1,500 islands. The karst topography is characterized by caves, mushroom islands, cones, fissures and ridges, eroded by winds and tides over time. The limestone islands are covered with lush rainforest right down to the water’s edge. The area is a captivating melange of natural wonders, both above and below the water.
Of the 533 types of hard coral in the world, 75% are found in Raja Ampat. Swimming around these islands is an unfiltered experience of nature’s most beautiful aquarium. Raja Ampat is home to 1300 species of fish (and biologists are still discovering new species regularly), 6 out of 7 sea turtle species, and 15 species of mammals. Raja Ampat’s biodiversity on land is every bit as rich, hiding endemic Birds of Paradise and elusive cuscus. There are rock islets amidst crystal waters, untouched hills covered in orchids, and limestone cliffs jutting around hidden bays – it is a rugged, raw, and utterly unique experience.
- AIRPORT Sorong
- BEST TIME TO VISIT Nov - May