Raja Ampat - Indonesia
"Raja Ampat may well be diving's final frontier."
This stunning tropical paradise has the highest known concentration and diversity of marine life on earth. Located in the East Indonesia/West Papua region of the coral triangle, Raja Ampat is a top global priority for marine conservation.
The extent of its importance to marine science and ecology is only just being discovered. Incredibly, the oceans that surround Raja Ampat contain 80% of all the world's coral species (10 times the number of species found in the entire Caribbean!), 1350 species of fish, 6 of the world's 7 marine turtle species and 27 varieties of marine mammal.
In the perfect marine metropolis whale sharks breed, manta rays frolic, sperm whales feed, turtles lay eggs and tropical fish dance before you.
This staggering concentration of biodiversity is unparalleled anywhere in the world today. The reefs at Raja Ampat show remarkable resistance to global marine threats such as climate change, coral bleaching and disease. Larvae produced here are swept across the oceans to replenish other reefs which support healthy ecosystems globally and sustainable subsistence fishing for poor local villagers.
What happens in Raja Ampat will have a direct impact on the world's marine ecosystem. It is vital we understand and protect it.
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