Raja Ampat: A World of Paradise on the Edge of Papua - A glimpse of thoughts and a beautiful painting come to mind. The open sea with neatly arranged coral islands welcomes a number of dolphins who jump happily. Blue sky combined with beautiful waves rippling every white sand on the beach. Fresh air, boisterous refreshing guarantees the natural coolness typical of green tropical forests. The sound of seagulls was beautiful burst as if singing and grateful for this amazing sight. From inside the water, various beautiful fish adorn the living coral which is made graceful. This is a real life paradise on earth.
Descriptions of beautiful places above dreams, all real and real. Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia is the place. The island, located on the western tip of the island of Papua, is already widely known as a 'gold mine' for adventure enthusiasts. Meanwhile, for divers in Indonesia, Raja Ampat considers a paradise that cannot be agreed upon. The only way to prove these various opinions is to come directly to enjoy the 'pearl' at the edge of Papua.
Raja Ampat is a district and is part of the Province of West Papua. To reach this archipelago, we must first set foot in the city of Sorong. For tourists, use a lot to get to this city. After reaching the city of Sorong, we can use a speedboat that used to sail twice a day to Waisai, the capital of the Raja Ampat district. The trip will only take about 2-3 hours from the port of Sorong, to the port of Raja Ampat Waisai.
In general, Raja Ampat is an archipelago consisting of many coral islands and is widely distributed throughout its territory. However, Raja Ampat has the 4 largest main islands, namely Waigeo Island, Batanta Island, Salawati Island, and Misool Island. The four large islands which were the starting points for the distribution of all Raja Ampat residents, most of whom work as fishermen. The area of the ship is the main attraction of Raja Ampat, considering the Raja Ampat ship is one of the 10 best ships in the entire world. This is based on various studies on the rich flora and fauna and the preservation of the marine environment that Raja Ampat has.
An international conservation agency report once mentioned that Raja Ampat waters have around 75% of the world's marine species. In fact, the Raja Ampat sea and land area which has an area of 4.6 million hectares is home to 540 species of coral, 1,511 species of fish and thousands of other marine biota. Therefore, with these various advantages it is not surprising that Raja Ampat is currently considered the most beautiful underwater paradise in the entire world.
Not only the natural wealth under the sea, Raja Ampat also has many interesting things above sea level. Lots of beautiful beaches are scattered throughout the Raja Ampat islands. Generally, this beach is white sand and has a smooth approach to flour. In addition, the islands that form a row of high cliffs are also widely found in Raja Ampat. In fact, several places such as Piaynemo, Kabui Bay, and Wayag have been known to the whole world first before being known at home. Tropical forests are no less interesting, there are even some places such as Sawinggrai village or Saporkrein village that offer an unforgettable experience of seeing the Cenderawasih bird up close. As we know, Cenderawasih bird is a rare and beautiful bird typical of Papua that is often referred to as a bird of paradise.
Not even finished in the natural wealth, Raja Ampat also has a variety of cultures and arts that are very unique and interesting. Some villages in Raja Ampat have indeed established their existence as tourist villages, one of which is Arborek Village. This village on a small island has a lot of art, from traditional dances, Sinole food made from sago, to handicrafts of woven pandanus leaves typical of Arborek which has been passed down from generation to generation. Arborek Village is just one of the other villages with their own uniqueness.
Many historical relics are also found in the islands that have ties to the Sultanate of Tidore, Maluku. Starting from the majority of the population who have the royal blood of the Maluku Tidore, relics from the Second World War, to caves with hand-painted paintings typical of ancient humans were widespread in Raja Ampat. Studying the uniqueness of Raja Ampat seems to be endless, this is what makes this island so victorious today.
How rich the nature, history and culture of the Raja Ampat Islands, so that makes the world amazed. Now Raja Ampat has become one of the famous tourist destinations in the world, it's just that because of limited access, it takes a lot of money. However, no need to worry, Raja Ampat is increasingly improving itself by providing various facilities for all groups. Lodging in the form of resorts with high prices to small and inexpensive motels will easily be found in Raja Ampat. The tourists just need to be wiser to keep this beautiful island so that it is always maintained so that its beauty can continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.
In closing, the beautiful and elegant nature of Raja Ampat is inseparable from the stories of legends that have been trusted for generations by all native communities of Raja Ampat. That said, the name Raja Ampat was taken from seven eggs found by a woman of their ancestors. Four of them hatched into four princes who would later become King of the 4 major islands of Waigeo, Salawati, Batanta, and Misool. While the other 4 become ghosts, a woman and a stone. This story is traditionally believed by the local community as the beginning of the founding of Raja Ampat. It is still hard to believe in common sense, but if we examine the meaning again, Raja Ampat's realm is a sacred place like a kingdom that must be protected from damage and destruction.