For those adventuring to northern Raja Ampat regency, including spectacular Wayag, passing through the equator is necessary, and what a treat that is! You will witness a myriad of fascinating and rugged Equator Islands, spreading across the equator. You will need an exclusive guide to show you all the hidden wonders there. The central Equator Island is a chunk of shark-grey limestone with a stubble of rainforest, ringed by water as blue as a bottle of Bombay Gin. It is an incredible place for kayaking across secret lagoons and dramatic sea cliffs. If you feel the urge to explore, there are also flatlands, mangrove swamps, and peaks to hike as you traverse the island. If you decide to trek, be extra careful, as the coral rock is sharp, jagged, and dislodges very easily.
Kawe island is a vast, tropical dreamscape of long sandy beaches, with a spectacular coral network threaded among a myriad of tiny isles. Just south of Wayag, the uninhabited island of Kawe boasts an advantageous geographical position. Kawe sits right across from the equator, attracting marine life like a magnet – so there is always an opportunity to snorkel with shoals of fish, reef sharks, turtles, and migrating mantas. Exploring the reefs of Kawe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to say that you swam across the Equator Islands!
Diving Equator Islands
While Kawe & Equator Islands are home to multiple dive sites, the three most notable are Eagle Rock, Black Rock, and Chango. Diving at Eagle Rock, you are likely to see manta rays feeding and cleaning. There is also a maze-like configuration of large boulders between which you may find wobbegong sharks hiding. The Black Rock dive site is most known for its abundance of fish and its ancient black coral bushes. Lastly, Chango is quite deceptive, as there is not much for the eye to behold from its surface. However, below the water, Chango holds an immense marine jungle playground, with tunnels and giant boulders for divers and fish to swim through and play. There is still plenty of room for discoveries under the waters of Equator Islands’ sites.