Things To do in Raja Ampat
Traveling isn’t just about the goal; the true enjoyment comes from the journey. This adage was certainly appropriate for my trek to Raja Ampat.
Like many other adventure seekers, I have dreamed of traveling to Raja Ampat. This year (2019) at long last I found the opportunity to visit. This area features hundreds of islands and a scuba diver’s dream, yet I found this area was so much more. This spot is so serene it could actually be paradise! The ocean is such a beautiful blue, no contamination, scarcely any human follows simply nature getting it done.
Raja Ampat might be heaven to visit, yet it is a genuinely difficult place to get to. Raja Ampat is situated on the bank of West Papua in upper east Indonesia. Raja Ampat is an unexpected territory of Indonesia. Raja Ampat is an exceptionally unspoiled island bunch in West Papau and certainly off the beaten path. It is disengaged from the modern society which makes the area heaven for adventurers, yet the truth is that getting to Raja Ampat isn’t that simple. But with proper planning and allotting for a longer travel time you can make it happen.
1. Scuba Diving
Obviously, scuba plunging is among the best activities in Raja Ampat. This is the thing that draws individuals from throughout the world to this submerged heaven. All my dive companions on Facebook were sending me messages like: ‘quit posting pictures, we are desirous!’ Diving in Raja Ampat is a dream due to the fantastic submerged world and amazing marine life. Hopping with Manta Rays, whale sharks, seahorses, and dolphins is almost expected during each diving adventure!
Don’t worry if you’re not a certified scuba diver. The snorkeling is just as incredible. The shallow reefs around the islands are immaculate. To be honest, there is no compelling reason to suit up in your scuba gear, when only a snorkel and finds are sufficient to see astounding ocean life. When I was snorkeling, I observed huge fishes, barracuda’s and yes, sharks! We even attempted to swim with dolphins, yet wound up observing the reef sharks in the sea chasing for sardines! Make sure you put scuba or snorkeling on your things to do list.
3. Island Hopping in Raja Ampat
It implies a great deal when a devoted scuba diver like me says that the genuine magnificence of Raja Ampat is more than what lies submerged! I have been to spots like El Nido and Halong Bay that are generally the same as Raja Ampat. But in 7 days cruising the area, I saw at least a thousand islands. This zone is so remote to the point that building a feasible town is practically unimaginable. There are two or three islands that are occupied, however don’t expect anything more than a couple of stilt houses and some shrouded wooden sheds between the palm trees. Over 99% of the islands are uninhabited and an unblemished paradise. Some have shorelines, some solitary coral gardens. Some are available, some are not. Investigating the Raja Ampat islands was without a doubt my coolest island-hopping visit ever and the diving in Raja Ampat was the best ever.
4. Cruising in Raja Ampat
I have taken a Panama to Colombia cruise trip, and it was astounding. However, on this trip I wound up on a two-masted Schooner named the Mutiara Laut. This sailing ship in 150 feet in length and has seven cabins and can accommodate up to 14 guests. Setting the sails each morning was a long procedure and all the guests participated. I think it took a little under an hour, however WOW what an amazing sight to see the Mutiara Laut with her sails filled with wind. When the skipper killed the engine, all you could hear was the wind in the sails and the ship’ bow cutting through the ocean. Once of the highlights was lying in the nets on the bow of the ship. I am a bit unsure if the sailing was the highlight of the trip or the diving. But to be honest, sailing among the beautiful islands may be the best activity in Raja Ampat!
One of the most popular features on the Mutiara Laut are the water sports provided by the two speed-boat tenders with the ship. These speedboats provided a variety of water sports which visitors may wish to do Many people enjoy water skiing, some like being towed in an inner-tube. However, when I heard that there was the opportunity to go wake-boarding, I got truly excited! I only went wake-board once before, which was enormous fun! In the event that you ask me now where I truly figured out how to wake-board I can say: Raja Ampat! 🙂
6. Deserted Islands
For a definitive Robinson Crusoe “deserted island” experience you need to investigate a remote little island that has little shoreline, a few trees for asylum and a house reef to angle. Definitive “Survivor” type islands are difficult to discover and from what I heard is that they shot two or three episodes of the French version of Survivor here. I know precisely why they picked this area!
7. Wonderful Beaches
On a Raja Ampat visit, you gotta get yourself to an uninhabited little island with a white-sand beach that has some palm trees for shade. Truly there are quite a few that fit this description. So I picked one to get dropped off. I brought a few cold beers, sat on the sand, glanced around, tasted my brew, felt the completely clear ocean water coming in at my feet, grinned, tasted again on my lager and thought: WOW, this is stunning!
8. Eating Seafood
On the sea, each voyage is a culinary treat. I truly enjoyed the catch of the day whatever it was, because they were all good. Obviously, the astounding crew onboard the Mutiara Laut cooked up some fabulous dishes, however the best thing still is the fresh fish caught just before dinnertime!
9. Wayag Viewpoint Raja Ampat
Likely the most celebrated spot in Raja Ampat is the Wayag Viewpoint. It was the main spot where there was some sort of touristy exercises going on, and we saw a couple of different vessels that were making day trips from Sorong. Neighborhood travelers, no outsiders incidentally. There is a staircase that leads you to a radiant perspective over one of the islands sitting above the totally staggering sound.
10. Watching Marine Life
Viewing the monster gentles of the sea will never get exhausting, gazing the skyline watchful for balances flying out of the water. As indicated by the commander, we were not by any stretch of the imagination fortunate on this excursion to Raja Ampat, however despite everything we saw a unit of dolphins and a few whales somewhat further away.
11. Visiting Caves
Most Raja Ampat islands are uninhabited and in this manner unexplored also. Despite the fact that there are a couple of places of interest that a bunch sightseers consistently! LOL. We went to a spot that was not really open as the waters were excessively shallow, yet crisscrossing through a labyrinth of islands we found an old wooden stepping stool that leads us over a stone and into a cavern loaded up with water. Swimming in a collapse Papua is an unquestionable requirement do on your trek to Raja Ampat. It was an astonishing experience, and the further we got inside the dim it moved toward becoming. Without our lights, it would be pitch dark. To make it significantly increasingly energized, we weren’t there alone: creepy crawlies, bats and hellfire comprehends what lives there. Subsequent to swimming for 15 minutes there was a promising finish to the present course of action and a little ascension lead us to a concealed tidal pond encompassed by 50m high limestone precipices.
There are no words to describe this incredible scene. However, when I swam to the center of a little tidal pond skimmed on my back and glanced around. This is what I envisioned Raja Ampat to be. Something I had never observed: a supernatural spot so far from civilization! My mind was zooming out like a Google Map drifting here in this tidal pond. I wish I had a 360 camera! This is the genuine off the beaten track Indonesia trip of a lifetime.