4 Uniqueness of Raja Ampat in the Global TourismJuly 25, 2022
Raja Ampat coral reef, which can be seen by doing Raja Ampat diving, is one of Indonesia’s most attractive marine tourism destinations. The name Raja Ampat, which means the Four Kings, has an exquisite and fantastic beauty.
Not only its natural charm with stunning coral islands, but this place is also a paradise for diving. Under the water there is a variety of marine life, so the location is very recommended for diving.
Raja Ampat Tourist Attractions
As one of the international tourist destinations, Raja Ampat has many unique and attractive features. Below are some of them:
1. Underwater Paradise
The first uniqueness of Raja Ampat is the underwater paradise. The species and marine biota in this place range from 75% of the various marine species worldwide. This means that almost all species and marine life can be found in Raja Ampat.
The number of corals in this place is 540 species, while for fish and other species, it is estimated that there are 1,511 species. Massive number, isn’t it? With that, do not be surprised if this place is claimed to be the most beautiful underwater paradise in the world.
2. Many beaches
Raja Ampat is a group of coral islands that has many beaches. Almost all the beaches in this place have pearly white sands, like flour. One of the most famous and visited beaches and islands are Pianemo and Wayag.
3. Tropical Forest
Tropical forests are the next unique attraction of Raja Ampat. There are two villages, Sawinggrai and Saporkren. Most areas are tropical forests with endemic fauna, such as Birds of Paradise. The bird is a rare animal that can only be found in Papua, not in other areas.
4. Rich in Culture
Not only the natural charm of a cluster of coral islands, beaches and underwater tourism, Raja Ampat is also rich in culture. One of them is Arobek Village, a traditional village rich in arts such as traditional dance, making woven pandanus leaves, and making special foods from sago or often referred to as Sinole.
In addition, Raja Ampat also keeps many myths about its naming. The name is thought to have originated from seven eggs found by ancestors. Four out of the seven eggs, later hatched into four princes. The four princes are interpreted as the manifestation of the four big islands: Salawati Island, Batanta Island, Waigeo Island and Misool Island.
Furthermore, the other three eggs are believed to have hatched as queens, symbolized by the shape of rocks and large coral clusters.
Those are the attractions of Raja Ampat Tourism which is currently Indonesia’s leading marine tourism destination on the global tourism. Not only a natural charm, but this area holds culture and traditions that are no less interesting.