Raja Ampat, Papua Barat, Indonesia (Photo by http://www.indonesia.travel)

The Raja Ampat Islands is a district in the Province of West Papua. Raja Ampat consists of 4 major islands: Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool, and 1,847 small islands. The administrative center is located in Waisai, South Waigeo District, about 36 miles from Sorong City.

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The beauty of Raja Ampat underwater scenery invites many tourists to come, especially divers. For non-divers this location is also interesting to visit as it has a charming white sandy beaches, a group of charming karst islands and unique endemic flora-fauna such as red paradise, wilson parrots, maleo waigeo, various parrots and parrots, cuscus waigeo, orchid species.

Raja Ampat Islands - Kepulauan Raja Ampat
Kepulauan Raja Ampat (Photo By Jonathan Chase – Chase J (2012) Which Came First: Burden of Infectious Disease or Poverty? PLoS Biol 10(12): e1001457. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001457, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23745866)

To get to Raja Ampat, the starting point that you have to go to first is Sorong city in West Papua. The IATA code for Sorong airport is SOQ.

You can fly to Sorong from Jakarta or Bali directly or via Makassar or through Ambon and Manado.

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