Raja Ampat Islands Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It is a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.
According to Conservation International, marine surveys suggest that the marine life diversity in the Raja Ampat area is the highest recorded on Earth. Diversity is considerably greater than any other area sampled in the Coral Triangle composed of Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, making Raja Ampat quite possibly the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.
The area’s massive coral colonies along with relatively high sea surface temperatures, also suggest that its reefs may be relatively resistant to threats like coral bleaching and coral disease, which now jeopardize the survival of other coral ecosystems around the world. The Raja Ampat islands are remote and relatively undisturbed by humans.
The high marine diversity in Raja Ampat is strongly influenced by its position between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as coral and fish larvae are more easily shared between the two oceans. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and role as a source for larval dispersal make it a global priority for marine protection.
Waiwo Dive Resort is brand new dive resort in Raja Ampat Islands, Its located on the best part of Waigeo island on Waiwo beach. It has 10 cottages with shower and also has its own DIVE CENTER.
The resort is in a lovely quiet cove with a nice beach. They have left the jungle canopy in place above the huts so it’s nice and cool during the day and AC isn’t needed at night. There were surprisingly few mosquitoes. Utilities are very basic – cold water only and the power only runs from around 5pm to 9am. The huts are very nice, clean and comfortable with typical basic ensuite bathrooms (a western toilet and bin for the paper).
Room Rates and Packages:
– Double Accupancy : Euro 100/person/night/bungalow
– Single Accupancy : Euro 115/person/night/bungalow
– Extra Bed ; Euro 75/bed/person/night
Room rates including 03 meals ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
– Package 10 Dives /08 Days 07 Nights: Euro 2.400/Person
– Package 12 Dives 08 D/07N Euro 2.550/person
Non Dive Package
05 Days 04 Nights Package
* Single Room : Euro 1.690
* Double Bed Room : Euro 1.500/person/twin share
Rates including : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Coffee, Tea and Resort service charges
– Pick up and transfer to the resort and return fro Sorong using Public Ferry
– Soft drinks
– Marine park Entrance fees
– Diving tags ( pay at the airport but we recommend you to pay in advance as we can arrange it ).
Extra Cost :
Raja Ampat Marine Park Permit Fee (per person) : Euro 50.00/person/one visit
Taxi from Sorong airport to harbour or harbour to airport (One way) : Euro 10.00/car/,ax 04 people
Cabin on public boat from Sorong to Waisai or Waisai to Sorong : Euro 15.00/person/one way
Boat transfer Waisai – Mansuar (One way – shared between passengers) : Euro 90.00/person/one way
High and peak season apply from Oct 01-April 30 with additional surcharge for room rates and dive package is Euro 45/person/night