The icon of Indonesian tourism. Located on the bird’s head of western Papua, Raja Ampat have gained the world recognition for its remarkable underwater. Raja Ampat’s four islands: Waigeo, Misool, Salawati, and Batanta are the world paradises in the eyes of beach enthusiasts and divers. Its panoramic underwater dubbed Amazon World Ocean due to its location at the center of the world’s coral triangle is where the most of the biodiversity are.
Raja Ampat underwater is a habitat for 1,070 species of fish, 375 species of coral and 699 invertebrates. The marine produces fishes such as tuna, skipjack, mackerel, grouper, red snapper, sea cucumber, shrimp, and lobster. According to the latest research, Raja Ampat becomes a home for 700 types of mollusks, 1,000 species of reef fish and 540 types of hard coral (75% of the world’s total species).
Only 35 of 610 islands in Raja Ampat are inhabited. Most of the people here work as fishermen. Meanwhile, some of them cultivate pearls and seaweed or manage palm and coconut plants on the Pam, Kofiau, and Salawati Island.
Birds of Paradise in the Sawinggrai Village
Sawinggrai Village located in Meos Mansar District, Raja Ampat of West Papua. Birds of paradise that freely fly over the wilderness are the most appealing scene of the village. Everyone gets stunned to see them dancing and showing off their elegant feathers. The birds’ feathers have been a trade commodity for a long time. People chase it for the sake of fashion. The bird is now endangered and needs to be conserved.
In Sawinggrai, especially in Manjai Hill, there are 4 species: the red bird of paradise, the magnificent bird of paradise, the lesser bird of paradise, and the greater bird of paradise. The red on is the most famous being an icon of the village. Within the breeding season, the male ones like to show off their feathers to attract females attention.
Arborek Tourism Village
This village is known as a nice place to enjoy Raja Ampat. Most of the tourists choose to stay here. The village has all the beauty of Raja Ampat from its underwater to what you see on the surface. A snorkeler could head to Arborek Port. And you the divers, no need to step too far. The diving spots are about 10 minutes from the port. As the sea water is very clear, you can see corals, manta rays, dugongs, reef sharks, and various colorful fishes even from above.
Manta Ray is an early mammal shaped in a wide flat body, with two horns and wings so it looks like a giant bat and still largely found in Raja Ampat. The length is about 6 to 7 meters and weight is up to 2 tons. They like to appear sometimes in Manta Point of Arborek. They’re not going to be extinct because Arborek people really concern at natural conservation.
Arborek is about 7 hectares and mostly covered with white sand which is enjoyable for people walking barefoot. Houses are arranged tidily , one to another separated with palm trees. You might find funny to see local people hang their mobile phones on trees. Anyway, that’s the way of getting a phone signal.
Here, you can also find various local handicrafts made by Arborek women. Noken, a woven handmade bag made of ropes and timber is the most sought after tourists. Only women are allowed to produce noken due to its symbolic meaning on women among Papuan community. The prices of noken and other handicrafts are affordable so that Arborek is a heaven for ethnic stuff lovers.