5 Things to See and Do in Raja Ampat Islands

By Riri Anggraheni Eka Rimandasari | 16, Mar, 2018
5 Things to See and Do in Raja Ampat Islands

Want to explore an exotic tropical location during your Southeast Asian honeymoon? Or, want to go on a romantic vacation and dive with your partner? Then, the beauty of Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands is the best choice for you! Perhaps, Indonesia is more well-known for the beauty of Bali Island, but when you explore Raja Ampat you will feel like it’s literally heaven on earth! Obviously, diving here is out of this world. Not only that, Raja Ampat is ideal for a honeymoon, family trip, or to do some soul-searching. So, let’s check out these unique things to do in Raja Ampat for once-in-a-lifetime unforgettable experience! Woohoo!

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1. Dive & Explore the Marine Life

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Have you ever thought of diving in Raja Ampat? Prepare your calender for Raja Ampat travel! You will see the magnificence of its biodiversity, no less than 1511 species of fish, 699 invertebrate species, 5 rare species of sea turtle, 13 species of sea mammals, and 57 species of mantis shrimp. You can also do something different and unique during your Raja Ampat honeymoon: explore the corals and take a selfie with your partner!

Located in Indonesia West Papua province, Raja Ampat comprising of 1500 small, wonderful islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and one smaller island of Kofiau. Don’t worry about the locals, they are friendly and you’ll feel right at home talking to them. They’ll be surely glad if you hand them candies or areca nut. Share jokes, small talk or ask them anything! It'd make for a nice vacation, right? And don’t forget to prepare your special wrapper for your camera to enable you to capture underwater pictures, or bring an underwater camera instead.

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Searching for Halal Hotels and Resorts in Raja Ampat? Want to see paradise from your hotel? Check out these hotels and resorts!

Papua Paradise Eco Resort

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Address: Arefi, Birie Island, Selat Sagawin, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98484
Contact: (0361) 701001
Website: https://www.papuaparadise.com/
Price: Rp.1950.000-Rp.3.306.000 (standard room)

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Raja Ampat Biodiversity Resort

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Address: Yenanas Beach, Yenbeser Village, Besir, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, 98482, Yenbeser, Waigeo Sel., Besir, Papua 98482
Website: rajaampatbiodiversity.com/en/
Price: Rp 1.370.000 - Rp 2.055.000 (Standard Room)

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Waisai Beach Hotel

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Address: Waisai, Waigeo Selatan, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98482
Price range: From Rp.551.862
Website: http://rajaampatlodges.com/waisai-beach-hotel-waiwo-beach-waisai-waigeo-island-raja-ampat-papua.html 

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2. Dance the night away at Pasir Timbul Beach

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No matter whether you love dancing or not, dancing is still one of the most romantic things to do with your spouse during your honeymoon. And, dancing the night away on Pasir Timbul Beach, the "floating sand island" would be truly a unique and unforgottable moment, but take note that the sand bar only appears for a few hours a day, during the low tide. You both will feel blessed and happy like a cherry on the cake, bringing your hearts closer and allowing you to spend more intimate quality time with each other. So sweet, huh?

Before you go, taking anti-malaria medicine and mosquito repellant cream with you on your journey is strongly recommended. And bring a present for your spouse. Maybe your spouse will give you a surprise, too!

 

3. Go on a Forest Adventure

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Beside diving in Raja Ampat and exploring tourist spots in West Papua, you should take adventures in the forest, see the colorful clustered limestone, various kinds of rare plants, and turtles nesting on shore. Besides that, how about trying the Papuan traditional fishing gear, or learning to make the traditional wooden sculpture of the Asmat tribe? Sounds great, right? See the typical West Papuan Red Paradise birds along with 3 other special of birds of paradise birds in the Gam archipelago.

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Beside that, if you need to find prayer places nearby you can visit these places:

Nurul Haq Mosque, Waisai Raja Ampat

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Address: Jl. Nurul Haq, Waisai City, South Waigeo, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua 98482

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4. Hike for the view atop Pianemo

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Hike Pianemo for a 5-Star View in Raja Ampat! Yup, Pianemo is one of the most epic and instagrammable spots in Indonesia and the world. Many wanderers have been waiting for years to tick this spot off their Bucket List. FYI, Raja Ampat is a bit isolated, so it’s important to know and research the logistics and travel tips before you go. Once you've reached the top maybe you won't be able to wipe the smile off your face. The beautiful view is out of this world. It seems like something exciting from a movie. You'll let the pictures from the camera and drone do the explaining, seems wonderful?

 

5. Dig in the Local Cuisine

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After you're satisfied exploring the tourist spots in Raja Ampat, let’s enjoy Raja Ampat local culinary. Because of the people in West Papua traditionally work as fishermen and farmers, the most available cuisine is Seafood. Otherwise, the staple food in Papua is rice, sago, taro roots and kau kau which are generally prepared with chicken, seafood, pork (take note of that!) and a large variety of greens. Some of their dishes are Mumu, Chicken Barapen and Papeda. Finding Halal Food nearby? Visit these Halal Restaurants:

Rumah Makan Ratu Sayang

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Address: Jl. Komodor Yos Sudarso no. 31 | Kampung Baru-Lido, Sorong 98413, Indonesia
Cuisine: Seafood
Opening Hours: 10 AM - 2 PM, 6 PM - 10 PM
Price/Price Range: Rp.50.000-Rp.100.000 (SGD 5-10)
Reservations: available
Contact: +62 951 321184

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M-Grill Resto & Cafe

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Address: Jln. Kalimantan | Kampung Baru, Sorong 98413, Indonesia
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, European
Opening Hours: 9 AM - 10 PM
Price/Price Range: Rp.50.000-Rp.100.000
Reservations: available
Contact: (0951) 3173296

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Kitong Papua Resto

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Address: Bar., Klakublik, Sorong City, West Papua. 98412
Cuisine: Seafood, Soups
Opening Hours: 9 AM - 10 PM
Price/Price Range: Rp.25.000-Rp.100.000
Reservations: available
Contact: +62 951 317556

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So, plan your trip carefully, decide where to stay and plan things to do! Make your vacation in Raja Ampat wonderful and unforgettable! Check out our Halal Travel Blogs and our Halal Holiday Packages to find inspiration for your next Halal adventure!

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Riri Anggraheni started her career as journalist on television and newspaper. Working as a journalist gives her opportunity to develop her writing talent and traveling hobby. She is also a freelancer in the field of SEO, business, blogging and event organizing. Her mission is to inspire many people through her work and activities. Until now she actives in various social NGO. Do not hesitate to contact her via LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/riri-anggraheni-eka-rimandasari-29b42a91

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