"Raja Ampat may well be one of diving's final frontiers."
The archipelago known as Raja Ampat, or Four Kings, is made up of over 1500 small islands and cays, although only 35 of them are inhabited including the four main islands, or ‘Kings’, of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.
Raja Ampat’s unique position on the cusp of two oceans; the Indian and Pacific, is to thank for the areas incredible biodiversity. Powerful deep-sea currents sweep nutrients into Raja Ampat’s eager reefs, the life source for it’s booming populations. The same currents carry the regions larvae across the oceans to repopulate reefs in other parts of the ocean. This area’s importance to marine conservation extends far beyond its tropical borders.
The marine environment alone is enough to enthrall visitors indefinitely, but Raja Ampat has even more to offer than world-class underwater delights. To visit Raja Ampat is to step into a tropical paradise straight from a travel enthusiasts dream. As yet relatively undisturbed, Raja Ampat’s scenery is breathtaking. Crystal clear waters lap the perfect white sand of secluded beaches, lush green rainforest vegetation rises from dramatic limestone cliffs.
The local communities welcome visitors as new friends. Always keen to chat, laugh, invite you to their homes and make you tea whilst the children show off their somersaults into the sea. The traditional Papuan warmth makes you feel at home from the moment you arrive.
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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