RAJA AMPAT ISLANDS
The Raja Ampat Islands are an Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua. Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, Raja Ampat is known for its beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life. Ancient rock paintings and caves are on Misool Island, while the crimson bird of paradise lives on Waigeo Island. Batanta and Salawati are the archipelago’s other main islands.
I've been dreaming to come to this place since I was 20 years old. And my dream came true 7 years since then. It's very expensive to come to this place. The flight ticket is more expensive than from Indonesia to go to Austalia
Glad I didn't pay at all. I win the vlog competition from Indonesian Goverment. And I am No.1 winner beat more than 300 people. And the winner get a chance to go to Raja Ampat Islands. And that was me :)
The name of Raja Ampat comes from local mythology that tells about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatch and become kings that occupy four of Raja Ampat biggest islands whilst the other three become a ghost, a woman, and a stone. History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of Sultanate of Tidore, an influential kingdom from Maluku. Yet, after the Dutch invaded Maluku, it was shortly claimed by the Netherlands. The first recorded sighting and landing by Europeans of the Ampat Islands was in the person of the Portuguese navigator Jorge de Menezes and his crew in 1526, en route from Biak, the Bird's Head Peninsula, and Waigeo, to Halmahera (Ternate). The English explorer William Dampier gave his name to Dampier Strait, which separates Batanta island from Waigeo island. To the east, there is a strait that separates Batanta from Salawati. In 1759 Captain William Wilson sailing in the East Indiaman Pitt navigated these waters and named one strait Pitt strait, after his vessel; this was probably the channel between Batanta and Salawati.
I only went to Waigeo. And I visited the most famous landscape in Waigeo, called Piaynemo. The view from the top is stunning! Climbed more than 400 stairs but it's worth it
I also went to Arborek Village. The village where Native Papuan lives. They look like people from Solomon Island or any other island in South Pacific It's so beautiful there. The most famous Arborek Pier is also one of my favorite
Raja Ampat is the richest marine biodiversity on earth. 75% coral in the world you can find in Raja Ampat. My heart is broken when I know Calodenian Sky Cruise crash and destroyed corals in Raja Ampat :( I am glad I still can see some of them that still alive :(
I didn't dive this time. But I did snorkel. I will definitely come back again for diving here.
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