Exotic islands in our world. You can enjoy your vacation in here. This is like heaven in the world. Beautiful place, exotic islands, nice people, interested cultures, amazing world.


Exotic islands in our world. You can enjoy your vacation in here. This is like heaven in the world. Beautiful place, exotic islands, nice people, interested cultures, amazing world.

About Me

Previous Posts


Favorite Sites

Hey Lurkers


West Papua

West Papua is a province of Indonesia on the western end of Papua island. It covers the Bird’s Head (or Doberai) Peninsula and surrounding islands. The province has a population of approximately 800,000, making it one of the least populous of all Indonesian provinces. The capital of West Papua is in Manokwari.

Tourist Office:

The Nature Conservancy
Raja Ampat Field Office

Jl. Gunung Merapi No. 38 Sorong
Papua, Indonesia.
Phone/Fax: +62-951-323437

Anton Suebu, Papua Bird’s Head Marine Portfolio Manager, l

Getting there:

By plane : Batavia Air and Merpati Air serve daily flights to and from Manokwari via Makassar. The Airport is about 7 km from down town. The cab is available in the airport.

Tourism Events=]

Tifa dance, Tari Api (Fire Dance) and Tari Mayai Marowa (Dance to celebrate winning of a war) are the West Papua’s dances which can be seen in a cultural performance.

Places of Interest

Pasir Putih Beach

Pasir Putih Beach. A soft white sandy beach with clear water, beautiful scenery, and gentle breeze makes it a good place for recrea¬tion and swimming. Only 2 kilometers from Manokwari town, this beach can be reached by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Amban Beach

Amban Beach. Facing the Pacific Ocean, ha¬ving a wave altitude of 2 meters most of the time, this beach is perfect for water skiing and wind surfing. Located five kilometers from Manokwari town, this beach can be accessible by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Lake Kabori

Lake Kabori Stretching out with beautiful panorama, it is a wonderful place for fishing fresh water fish like goldfish, “mujair” (a kind of fresh water fish), and fresh water cat fish. Situated 20 kilometers from Manokwari town, this lake can be reached by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Traditional House: Rumah Kaki Seribu

Traditional House: Rumah Kaki Seribu. This house is particularly built by the Arfak ethnic group. Rare and unique in design, this type of house has many pole to support it. It is for this reason that the house is called Rumah Kaki Seribu (House with one thousand feet). Its walls are made of tree barks; its roof is made of coarse grass. This house can still be found in remote places like Kebar and Anggi.

Meja Mountain And Japanese Monument=]

This mountain, looking like a table in the distance, is a preserved and protected area. Still a virgin forest, having enchanting and beautiful panorama, this area is good for hiking, and other similar sporting activities. A monument, called Monumen Jepang, has been erected on this mountain to commemorate the first arrival of the Japanese Army, divisions 221 and 222. Only two kilometers from Manokwari town, this place can accessed by motorcycle or on foot.

Maredred Waterfall

Maredred Waterfall. Located in Pasir Putih village with a beautiful natural panorama, this waterfall has various types of flora and fauna. It is a wonderful bathing place. It can be reached within ten minutes by boat from Fak-Fak town and by walking within two and a half hours following the river bank.

Tubir Seram Island

Tubir Seram Island. Located in front of Fak-Fak town, this island has an amazing and beautiful natural scenery. It has a garden full of many colourful flowers and many types of plants. A monument, called “Perjuangan Merah Putih”, was erected there. A mini museum was also built there to keep artifact of historical values. It is accessible within five minutes from Fak-Fak town by boat.

Mermaid Cagement

Mermaid Cagement. This unique fish is traditionally raised in Webra village. This place can be assessed by various types of vehicles.

Pepera Monument

Pepera Monument. Erected in 1969, and located in the center of the town, this monument commemorates Indonesia’s struggle to have West Papua (the former name of Papua) back. It is located in the center of the town.

World War II Monument

World War II Monument. Built by the Dutch in 1948 in the center of the town, this mo¬nument commemorates the assassination of police officers and other government workers by Japanese Army.

Japanese Army Fortress

Japanese Army Fortress. Built in 1944/1945 and located at the center of Kokas town, this fortress was used as a defense and hi¬ding place for the Japanese Army during the Second World War. It can be reached within four hours by boat from Fak-Fak town.

Pre-historical Hand Palm Picture

Pre-historical Hand Palm Picture. Ancient reddish pictures of hand palm, weapon, and animals on the cliffs of the islands at an average altitude of 10-30 meters from sea level in front of Kokas town.


Sorong is a coastal city and regency in Pa¬pua and has some beautiful islands.

Cape Of Cassuwary

Cape Of Cassuwary. It is a beautiful long and clean beach where there are kept plenty of exotic corals. It is also suitable for diving lovers. The distance from Sorong town is 3 km and can be reached by vehicles.

Crocodile Island

Crocodile Island. An island with slightly sloping beach, soft sand and pure water is very suitable for swimming and fishing. It is located 0.5 km across Sorong town and accessible by speed boat.

Kafiau Island

Kafiau Island. An island located in the middle of Dampir Waigeo Straits is very rich of sea biotics. Apart from its scenic nature, it has also an interesting and enchanting sea bottom that is very suitable for diving lo-vers. It is about 1.5 hours to reach by motor boat from Sorong town.

Matan Island

Matan Island. An island with various kinds of trees, soft sands and pure water is a place for bathing and fishing. It is accessile approximately 20 minutes from Sorong town by speed boat.

Klaijili Hot Spring

Klaijili Hot Spring. Here is a hot spring found in Makbon District that is used to cure skin diseases. It is situated 60 km from Sorong town and reachable by vehicles.

The Raja Ampat Islands And Coral Tria-ngle

The Raja Ampat Islands And Coral Tria-ngle. The Raja Ampat, or “Four Kings,” archipelago encompasses more than 9.8 million acres of land and sea off the northwestern tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Located in the Coral Triangle, the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity, the seas around Raja Ampat possibly hold the richest variety of species in the world. Four large islands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool, plus hundreds of smaller islands area known as the Bird’s Head functional seascape, which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia.
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands and encompasses more than 9.8 million acres (40,000 km²) of land and sea.
Raja Ampat are the richest in the world. The area’s massive coral colonies show that its reefs are resistant to threats like coral bleaching and disease - threats that now jeopardize the survival of corals around the world. In addition, Raja Ampat’s strong ocean currents sweep coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans to replenish other reef ecosystems. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience, and ability to replenish reefs make it a global priority for marine protection. Raja Ampat’s total number of confirmed corals to 537 species (a remarkable 96% of all scleratinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands), and 699 mollusks species, the variety of marine life is staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks, such as wobbegongs. In Mansuar, it’s highly likely you’ll encounter large groups of manta rays and turtles. From the boat and often close to shore you may get the chance to done your snorkeling gear for some unforgettable interaction with resident pods of dolphins or even some passing whales.
On land, the survey found lush forests, rare plants, limestone outcroppings, and nesting beaches for thousands of sea turtles.

Research Forest

Research Forest This forest with many types of plants is used by the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of Cenderawasih University for research purposes. Situated seven kilometers from Manokwari town, it is accessible by motorcycle, car, or public transport.

Activities » Nature » West Papua

Raja Ampat, a Reefy and Fishy Diving Experience

Raja Ampat is a 43.000 km2 island and has more than 610 islands, located at the west-side of Papua, Irian Jaya and its famous for diving. Here you can find more than 540 type of reefs, 1000 type of reef's fish, and 750 types of mollusk. It means, Raja Ampat offer 75% of world's reef. Healthy with unusual reef structure dive spot with the most diverse marine is the best way to express the beauty of Raja Ampat.

Here you'll witness other unique species such us pigmy seahorse, webbegong, manta ray and endemic fish called eviota raja (king eviota). One of the best spot is Chicken Reef; you'll surrounded by thousand of fish, bamboo shark and snappers. There just too many species to be named in Raja Ampat, just come and experience all the glories of Raja Ampat.

One of the most breathtaking diving experiences is the encounter with school of barracuda (an expert assistance will be needed in certain diving spot), reef shark, and tortoise shell. In certain dive spot like Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo you could find Dugong or mermaid.

Raja Ampat offers you another cutting edge experiences except the under water habitat, the above water view, beautiful sunset

The four main island offer you a world class diving spot and reefs
Waigeo Island
Misool Island
Salawati Island
Batanta Island

Getting There">
Getting There
  • Take 6 hours flight from Jakarta toward Sorong via Menado. Flight serves every day (please check to specify the flight schedules)
  • 2 hour flight from Manado to Sorong is by jet, extra luggage is allowed
  • To access the dive spot please contact and use the professional diving organizer
  • From Sorong, there are 2 type of boat available; Speed Boat (40 minutes - 1 hour boat trip, carry 15 passangers and cost Rp. 2 million/ US$ 208.55); Long Boat (2-3 hours boat trip and could carry 10 passangers-cost Rp. 1,2 million/ US$ 126) - please note that all rates are subject to change without notice
  • Domestic flight served by Silk Air, Garuda Indonesia, Pelita Air and Merpati
  • To enter Papua you need to have passport photo page, 3 Copies of the passport page with the Indonesian Visa)

Where To StayYou may choose those alternatives where to stay during your visit to Raja Ampat:
  • Hotel (star or budget) in the city

  • Sorido Bay Resort famous for the house reef
  • Kri Eco Resort is a traditional resort built over the water
  • Island camp
  • Living on Boat (most of diving agent provide this service)

Moving Around
  • You may rent small boat if you wish to make a personal escape a long the line of the beaches

Dining Guide
  • Dining are prepared by diving organizer, from international menu to local traditional food made fresh by local people
  • Try Sup Ikan (fish soup)- Local people called it Sup Ikan Kuning (Yellow Fish Soup)-with local spices
  • Sea food

Souvenir TipsMany divers said that the best souvenir ever after visit Raja Ampat is the stories/experiences to tell, other wise if you wish to have other souvenirs for your own or to be given to your friends, this stuff will be perfect
  • Asmat sculptures
  • Traditional cloths
  • traditional music instruments
  • Suling (traditional flute)
  • Tambur (traditional drum)

Other Thing to See or DoRaja Ampat is a famous place for under water photography and here you can shot a perfect picture of under water life. Its supported not only by the richness of the habitat but also the flat sea wave

  • Wreck diving
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking
  • Explore the islands by boat
  • Visit the Red Bird of Paradise
  • Explore bat cave
  • Make your own wood sculpture guided by Asmat artist
  • Fishing using traditional Papuan technique
  • Trekking to discover waterfall
  • Feeding couscous
  • Snorkeling

Travel Tips
  • Oct/Nov is the best season for diving the area because the sea wave is typically flat and its perfect for photograph
  • Bring your under water camera, because you wont let all the under water beauty pass without capture your experiences
  • For beginner please take a course first on how to dive and shot picture
  • To organize your travel you can arrange it using travel agents services in Indonesia
  • Sun block, sunscreen and hat are required
  • Bring your own anti-malarial medicine


Dinas Kebudayaan & Pariwisata Raja Ampat
add. Kampung Waisai, Distrik Waigeo Selatan
Kabid. Kalasina Rumbekwan
Mr. Wawan (Staff)
(+62) 81344422779


To arrange your diving activities, you can contact the company listed below:

Pindito - Schoner Tauchen Travel Ltd.
Trockenloostrasse 45, P.O Box
CH-8105 Regendsorf

Grand Komodo Tours & Dives

KARARU Dive Voyages
Jl. Danau Poso 65b
Sanur, Bali 80238

Monday, July 27, 2009
stat counter
Provided by the elogicwebsolutions.com web design team.