Raja Ampat, one of the most beautiful spots on the planet

Raja Ampat is located in the western province of Papua in Indonesia, formerly known as Irian Jaya. Raja Ampat means "Four Kings", which is a reference to the four major islands - Misool, Salawati, Battling and Waigeo.

Why is this place so special?
Nature Conservation Agency stated that 75% of the marine species in the world live in the islands, making Raja Ampat a very important destination.

Raja Ampat is one of the most beautiful destinations in Indonesia and in the entire world. It is extremely popular among divers and it is the dream of every fan of the underwater world.

The name of Raja Ampat comes from local mythology, which tells us about a woman who detects seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs are born and turned into kings. These kings rule the four largest islands of Raja Ampat, and the other three are transformed into spirit, woman and stone.

Raja Ampat Marine Park is one of the top choices if you visit the area. You will have to pay to enter but this money goes to preserve and keep the natural facilities in this unique marine park. International tourists pay a fee, called PIN at a rate of 1,000,000 Indonesian rubles or about $85.

How to get there
Most tourists come to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, then an internal flight to Sorong, West Papua. From there, they take the boat to the main island of Waigeo in Raja Ampat, and reach the small town of Wasai. Most of the hotels and resorts will pick you up and take you directly to this heavenly place. If you are traveling to Singapore, there is a direct flight to Makassar, then an internal flight to Sorong. Close by in Bali you will find several Bali wedding venues, making Raja Ampat a perfcet honeymoon spot as well as all around great vacation area.

There are two types of ferries, the Dome and the slow boat, which will take you from Sorong to the island and the city of Visalia Uaydzho. The express boat takes about two hours to reach the area. The slow boat will take about four hours to reach. They usually depart in the morning and comply with the arrival of the flight, but there is usually one available in the afternoon as well.

Waisai is the administrative capital and a crucial port, In other words, it is a gateway to Raja Ampat. Most hostels and resorts, and diving pleasure boats have the ability to transfer you here. Just let them know in advance.

You should also be prepared for this trip as it is a long way from home for most of us. First of all, you should take all medicines with you. The only hospital in Sorong is two hours away by boat. Since most of the resorts are mainly used for diving, the island has a very good first aid system but no pharmacies. The sun is really hot, so you should take sunscreen, antiseptic cream if you get injured by the corals and get an antibiotic cream for sea lice.

You should always use a mosquito curtain over a bed and cover with long sleeves, especially at dawn and dusk when attackers become more and more active.

Always a good idea to check in with a travel doc to see whatthey suggest having on hand for a trip to Indonesia.  It's a good idea to have some antibiotics and anti-diarrhea just in case. Be sure to have the MD list or prescriptions available with you so that customs cannot confiscate them. It also helps to have them in the original bottles.

Do not drink raw water in this area, you can only drink it bottled, cooked and processed. Because of moisture, it is better to drink plenty of water, so you will acclimate faster. You need to brush your teeth with bottled water and avoid ice consumption too. It may sounds silly but trust me, I know how miserable yu can be if you don't take these precautions.

Have you been to Raja Ampat?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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