Raja Ampat

The Crown Jewel Of The Coral Triangle

A complete guide to Raja Ampat’s unique archipelago: fascinating people, marvellous flora and incredible fauna.


Nature | Culture | Location | History

 

Nature

A Global Bio-Diversity Hotspot

One of earth’s natural wonders, the Raja Ampat archipelago with its various habitats is home to a fascinating diversity of wildlife.

Bursting with life, the vast tropical reefs form the world’s most biodiverse marine ecosystem. Most of the islands are covered in pristine jungle. Due to their seclusion, many of the rainforest’s creatures have developed in a unique way.

Flora and Fauna in Raja Ampat are just remarkable!

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Culture

From Tribes And Languages To Spirits And Ghosts

While Raja Ampat is famous for its marvelous nature, often its fascinating culture is completely overlooked. Unjustly, we think. 


Due to its colourful history of migrating and blending ethnic groups, the archipelago has developed a variety of unique tribes. Although they are similar in appearance and genetics, their languages and some of their customs are very distinctive.


Raja Ampat is a true cultural melting pot!

 

Geography

On The Edge Of Two Continents And Two Oceans

The archipelago spans over an area of more than 40.000 km², stretching across the equator and counting over a thousand islands.

Located on the northern edge of the Australian tectonic plate, the islands also divide the Pacific from the Indian ocean. The islands are predominantly made of limestone, which is formed by ever ongoing erosion, making for some of the world’s most picturesque sceneries.

The surreal landscape is simply magnificent!

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History

The Captivating Story Of Raja Ampat's People

Many secrets of the archipelago's ancient history are yet to be fully unravelled, but here is what we know: 

While in Europe Neanderthals were still roaming the frozen wastelands of the ice age, Melanesians had already reached Raja Ampat. Yet, we are nowhere near the end of the story. This is the tale of ever ongoing migration and an increasingly complex mix of culture. 

A fascinating journey through a colourful past!

 

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