Posted by: swapnaraju | February 13, 2013

RAJA AMPAT – AMAZON OF THE OCEANS

RAJA AMPAT –  AMAZON OF THE OCEANS

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 Spectacular biodiversity beneath the ocean with wide variety of species, stunningly beautiful above water as it is below, Raja Ampat (which literally translates as “The Four Kings”) has a astonishing diversity of habitats to look at. A mini-archipelago of rain-forest-clad islands, cays, mangroves, and pearlescent beaches off the coast of West Papua, Indonesia, this marine frontier brims with life. Each of these habitats – from the stark wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uranie to the deep, nutrient-imagesrich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui and Aljui to the “blue watermangrove” channels of Kofiau and Gam to the plankton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait – are home to unique assemblages of species that, when taken together, add to produce the most impressive species lists ever compiled for a coral reef system of this size. Expect close encounters with recent discoveries such as Raja Ampat’s walking shark and pygmy seahorse, along with more familiar creatures—manta rays, leatherback turtles, and bumphead parrotfish.

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1,309 fish species, 537 coral species (a remarkable 96% of all scleractinia recorded from Indonesia are likely to occur in these islands and 75% of all species that exist in the world), and 699 mollusk species, the variety of marine life is staggering. Some areas boast enormous schools of fish and regular sightings of sharks.

It is not difficult to reach to Raja Ampat.  It takes six hours flight from Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia to Sorong. Then, taking boat to reach the islands.Indonesia-Raja-Ampat-by-David-Doubilet-@-National-Geographic-1

Best to time to be there is Late September through early June.

Misool Eco Resort is an exclusive dive resort and conservation centre located in remote southern Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It is resort island is nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands, in the very epicentre of marine biodiversity.

The  resort island, Batbitim, is a true tropical hideaway, just south of the equator and fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 32 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, we offer exclusive luxury diving holidays, surrounded by the world’s richest reefs.

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  1. This is on the list!!! Great pics, btw.


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