Beautiful Salawati Island is the third-largest island in the Raja Ampat archipelago. Besides remarkable bird-watching akin to Batanta and Waigeo, the dense jungle that spans almost three-quarters of the island is a refuge to even more undisturbed wildlife. The island is most famous for its flora and fauna. Still, its uniqueness comes from the combination of its many wonders with its peaceful atmosphere. Many believe Salawati has a river that can treat a variety of diseases.
In its waters very near Salawati island, there are real submarine treasures like sunken ships and planes from the Second World War. Salawati is a fascinating diving destination, boasting rare colorful underwater creatures, including the island’s iconic rainbow fish. It’s the only island in Raja Ampat where you can see and find rainbow fish directly when you dive.
Salawati is a beautiful and wild island of Raja Ampat. Still, tourists rarely visit it despite gorgeous beaches and protected bays with crystal clear and calm waters full of marine life. Not far from Sorong, there is a convenient pier on Salwati island that stretches out into the densely populated ocean. Thus, it is the perfect location for beginner snorkelers and divers to practice their skills and get comfortable with underwater exploration.
For those that have had their fair share of relaxing and are ready for adventure, Salawati island itself also holds many secrets. There are hidden bunkers from World War II that were built by the Japanese and the Dutch military men. Practice safety as you venture into the jungle in search of such historical gems. The island of Salawati has a little bit of everything for every Raja Ampat adventurer.