Raja Ampat famous as The Last Paradise in the world is located in Indonesia. Indonesia is already a popular tourist destination itself but nothing matches what Raja Ampat offers. Peaceful and Calm groups of remote Islands far from modern society or tourist crowds. This beautiful place consists of unmatched biodiversity and ecosystem, some breathtaking diving locations, tropical jungles, beaches, and much more. These Islands are nothing short of heaven for the adventurous and provides an unparalleled traveling experience.
The Last Paradise
Raja Ampat is also popular as The Last Paradise. It is one of the last undisturbed gorgeous coral reefs rich with marine life from human presence. The atmosphere gives a true sense of “Paradise” that can not be felt anywhere else. This amazing Archipelago consists of over 1500 small islands surrounding 4 main islands. Each of these islands is beautiful, calm, and peaceful. The untouched ecosystem consist of some rare undiscoered specias of plants and animals. Raja Ampat is known for best coral reefs and diving spots.
For beach lovers who enjoy uncrowded peaceful beaches, these islands can be termed as “heaven“. The place is known for its picture-perfect beaches. Misool Island holds some ancient caves and rock paintings. The Islands are home to some of the most beautiful birds in the world such as the red bird of paradise.
Indonesian Government ensures the place never gets crowded. This is done to save natural habitat and marine life from destruction. For this, they levy some entrance fees, regulate (number), and educate tourists visiting this paradise.
History of Raja Ampat
Raja means King and Ampat (empat) means four. The name Raja Ampat Comes from a mythological tale where a woman attained seven eggs. Four of these seven eggs hatched to become the four kings of the 4 Major islands of Raja Ampat’s archipelago. The other three became a ghost, a girl, and a stone.
The Islands of Raja Ampat offers a vast number of activities. From Sailing on a yacht to trekking in jungles, from observing wildlife to enjoying mouth-watering seafood the possibilities of fun and adventure is unlimited here. Some of the most enjoyable activities are:
- Sailing in the beautiful sea between the islands.
- Ancient Caves and rock Paintings exploration.
- Diving with some of the best untouched marine life.
- Enjoying Tropical beaches
- Camping and Trekking
- Observing wildlife and birds
- Witnessing Culture of Villages and towns
- Enjoying some of the best seafood in the country.
- Testifying the most spectacular sunset and sunrises
Best time to visit
Raja Ampat is a year-round tropical destination. The temperature is constant throughout the year and remains 28-32 degrees Celcius. The beaches and islands are calm and peaceful with a lack of tourist presence throughout the year. However in the month of July and August when the island receives some rainfall. The calm sea can get a little rough during this time and limit some activities.
For those who want to enjoy diving the most, September to April are the best months. During this period a lot of unique marine life such as manta rays gathers around the island. Witnessing the breathtaking view of aquatic life and fresh coral reefs is an experience that will stay with you forever.
How to reach Raja Ampat
Raja Ampat Biodiversity Eco resort is located in Indonesian’s West Papua state. It is 77km Northwest of the local airport Domine Eduard Osok Airport in Sorong. Since the airport, it is the closest to the destination it is often termed as Raja Ampat Airport.
The simplest route to Raja Ampat is to fly to Sorong’s airport from any major Indonesian city that is Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon, or Manado. After Arriving at the Sorong Aiport there are 2 options for this destination either by a public ferry or by a Private speed boat.
The Last Paradise is slightly expensive, compared to the rest of the tourist-friendly country of Indonesia. The Indonesian government wants to keep it that way to ensure it never gets flooded by tourists and ends up crowded. It is important for the safety of the natural habitat, ecosystem, marine life, and the peaceful vibe of the place.
As per our estimate, it will cost about $650-700 (USD) per person including a domestic flight from any Indonesian city, Ferry charge to reach Raja Ampat from its airport, entrance fees to Raja Ampat, Accommodation, food, activities, diving, and additional expenses.
Raja Ampat is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in the world. Check out our previous Episode on The Golden Bridge for more amazing tourist destinations.