Sorong, Harbuor

Sorong, Harbour

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Sorong is a chartered coastal city in the eastern Indonesian province of West Papua. Its only land borders are with Sorong Regency. It is the gateway to Indonesia’s Raja Ampat Islands, species rich coral reef islands in an area considered the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity. It also is the logistics hub for Indonesia’s thriving eastern oil and gas frontier. Sorong has experienced exponential growth in the last five years, and further growth is anticipated as Sorong becomes linked by road to other frontier towns in Papua’s Bird’s Head Peninsula. The city has a population of 125,535.

Gam Island, Raja Ampat,

Gam Island, Raja Ampat, Papua

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Separated from Waigeo only by a very narrow passage, the much smaller but still sizeable island of Gam, which is big enough to be home to several villages, offers similar attractions to Waigeo itself. As it is still quite close to Waisai and home to several budget bungalow operations in 2 villages facing the Dampier Strait, one of Raja Ampat’s most popular diving areas, it has become one of the most popular outer islands  with budget travelers to visit and to stay on.

Gamfi Damu Island

Gamfi Damu Island

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The currents could very well be strong all across Gamfi Island however it is consistently good news given it produces nutrients towards the reef and you will probably discover the soft corals at their finest. Nearly all are at maximum extension, all set to capture and feed on any free hovering food items, including tiny sea water shrimp.

It’s quite common to distinguish a prowling crowd of bumphead parrotfish at this dive site, basing hard corals using their striking teeth. Within the same superficial water, there can be spotted green turtles here even as feeding on or swimming towards the surface to have a gasp of fresh air. Continue to keep your eye over a swimming turtle is kind of a challenge at this dive site considering that the water around Gamfi Damu Island is subsequently thick along with fish.

All over the reef are schools of yellow-tail barracuda, giant trevallies and jacks. They can indeed be insatiable predators and chase using a typical sort of prowl or lie-in-wait that makes it possible for divers to come near to have a good shot of such intimidating predators.

Octopus vulgaris and sea snakes are often noticed within the cracks in bommies however watch out since the incredibly noxious greater blue-ringed octopus is actually observed in this vicinity.

If you’re a macro enthusiast you’re going to be delighted with the selection of nudibranchs which could be discovered here. This dive site is yet another among those dive spots that show off the finest about Raja Ampat: nourishing reefs, a great deal of marine life and many more macro than there’s more about.

Dive Experience Level: Newbie to Advanced
Surface Conditions: Can be choppy
Currents: Moderate to Strong
Depth: 5 meters to 30 meters
Visibility: 20 meters to 30 meters
Water Temperature: 27°C to 30°C
Best Time to Dive: All year round
How to Get There: By liveaboards within Raja Ampat

Farondi Island

Raja Ampat, Farondi Island

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Farondi Island highlights 2 famous dive sites. The Goa Besar and the Verena’s Garden. Among Raja Ampat dive destinations, Farondi Island is said to be the most favorite of all divers because of its distinctive seascape.

Goa Besar

Goa Besar is situated around the southern area of Farondi Islands. You are going to go down in a tiny southwest facing inlet upon a superficial wall top blanketed with plate corals, leather corals and yellow and purple sea squirts. Chromis and azure damoiselles indicate your dive to be the glint all over within the bright light.

Go to northwest part across the superficial shelved garden of yellow-colored soft corals and downward a wall within an underwater round gap. This hollow is filled with green, white and red black coral shrubberies, twine corals and covering sponges. Red ornamental ghost pipefish grasp undetected within the black corals.

Certainly the wall caves in to an overgrown shelf. Go along with this lowering towards the east and you will definitely experience a tunnel throughways colliding with about 25 meters along with green soft coral trees as well as yellow sponges. The tunnel is approximately 20 meters in length and 10 meters in width. Typically, you will discover nighttime snapper as well as sweetlips hanging out within the darker edges.

Off the right across the wall are incredible assortments of green, purple and orange soft corals, tiny fans, foxtail corals as well as whip corals. Take a look at the whip corals seeing that they coordinate whip coral gobies and hidden shrimps.

On the left of the channel, in the event a current is running, you could possibly observe countless lean fusiliers and huge fusiliers spilling on the wall. Around 20 meters you are going to encounter one more overhang that has fans as well as purple twine corals, shielding pound for yellowtail damsels and young coral demoiselles.

Verena’s Garden

Verena’s Garden is located at the southwest portion of Farondi Island. The most important highlight here is actually a hush-hush air hollow encapsulated throughout the island walls. There are lots of tiny holes that enable sun rays to go through leaving a gleaming blue-skied water surface.
You reach the cave using the throughways at approximately 5 to 12 meters in depth. The doorway shelters golden cave sweepers and it is marked with green fans, white black coral shrubbery as well as purple sea ferns.
Back outside of the cave, you will retort the wall that descends about 35 to 40 around this area of the island. The very attractive ovals-spot butterflyfish are often not too far-flung from this point. They can be typically seen in couples. Green speckled hawkfish gaze inquisitively at you from each shelf or shrub. It is typically worth having a look out from the wall from time to time as well for the longfin batfish and redtooth triggerfish.

Right outside of the cave gateways or to the west, there are a few shelves about 28 to 30 meters and the other large overgrown shelf at about 18 meters going down towards the seabed. Little schools of humpback snapper are visible here and gigantic orange frogfish. Sometimes a prowling group of a dozen perhaps of bumphead parrotfish may be found chomping through.

Dive Experience Level: Intermediate
Water Temperature: 28 to 30
Surface Conditions: Calm
Currents: Can be strong
Depth: 5 meters to 40 meters
Visibility: 10 meters to 30 meters
Best Time to Dive: All year round
How to Get There: By liveaboard around Raja Ampat

Boo Island

Raja Ampat, Boo Island

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From the surface area you will find a couple of boulders set aside through a little expanse of water, down below you will find Raja Ampat’s wealth underwater life at the ready to be discovered. The very first thing you will find while you go down your BCD and plummet through to this vivid reef, can be a huge swim through in superficial water where a few divers can sink into all at once. This can be typically done by the end with the dive as there is a lot to check out before carrying this out.

Initially you will work the right path across a wall that typically features a great deal of the reason why Raja Ampat is extraordinary. Dendronephyta soft corals, barrel sponges, gorgonians as well as other varieties of acropora just about all contend for breathing space of such a brilliantly colored panorama of the blue. You should definitely check out the seawhips as well while you might be ready to see little commensal shrimps hanging on them, hidden within an indistinguishable green to that within their houses.
Across the wall, and everywhere else in this particular dive site really are a large number of nudibranchs and this includes Phyllidia nigra, Phyllidia elegans and Chromodoris willani. The wall will morph right into an inclined reef prior to giving route to a reef ledge, while you cruise across throughout scenery that appears to alter every matter of minutes.

What exactly does not alter may be the number of marine critters which could get into sight with schools of surgeonfish, unicornfish and blue dash fusiliers spilling over close to you in huge numbers. In addition, watch out for more uncommon reef dwellers including octopus hanging out in most of the reef’s fissures, their recognizing eyes observing you a lot more than you might be seeing them. Stripy sea kraits may also be not unusual, searching across the reef while they look for food items.

Green turtles may also be encountered getting some shut-eye and unsurprisingly appreciating the scene as brilliant blue as well as yellow angelfish, oriental sweetlips, titan triggerfish, and many varieties of butterflyfish occupy the water. You will also find several massive Platax teira batfish which have been dweller within this populous and wonderful Raja Ampat dive site.

Dive Experience Level: Newbie to Intermediate
Surface Conditions: Calm
Depth: 5 meters to 30 meters
Visibility: 5 meters to 25 meters
Currents: None to Moderate
Water Temperature: 26°C to 30°C
Best Time to Dive: February and November
How to Get There: Dive boats and liveaboards in Raja Ampat

Waigeo Island

Waigeo Island

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Waigeo is an island in West Papua province of eastern Indonesia. The island is also known as Amberi, or Waigiu. It is the largest of the four main islands in the Raja Ampat Islands archipelago, between Halmahera and about 65 km to the northwest coast of New Guinea. The other three islands are Salawati, Batanta and Misool.[citation needed]

Its area is 3,155 km², the highest elevation is almost 1000 m. From west to east the island measures approximately 110 km, north-south circa 50 km.

The town of Wasai in the west of the island is the capital of the Raja Ampat regency.

Since 1997, the island has been the site of a substantial pearl farming operation owned by the Australian company Atlas Pacific.

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Sauwandarek Tourism Village is located in the western part of Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat district, West Papua province. This village is part of Meos Mansar district. Homes in this tourism village with 46 families or about 179 population have original leaf roofs.

In this village, women, particularly mothers, produce hats and bags made of sea pandan leaf. This village is famous for its beautiful corals. In addition, there is a salty lake locally called Telaga Yenauwyau, which is located behind the village.

Raja Ampat, Sea Kayaking

Raja Ampat, Sea Kayaking

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Be amongst the first to experience Raja Ampat’s unique natural wonders by sea kayak, reaching hidden paradises without disturbing Mother Nature’s delicate balance.

Kayaking is obviously the activity we concentrate on. Our home-stay to home-stay program will enable you to focus on the kayaking knowing you will have a dry place to sleep and a kitchen to cook your meals in after an exciting day of paddling. The choices of routes and destinations points are endless, for the experienced die-hard paddler, or the more leisurely paddle for groups or families.

Though the original idea with Kayak4Conservation was to cater to the more adventurous kayaking trips, during which experienced kayakers are self reliant and independent.  We now also provide kayaking guides and support boats for individuals or groups with less experience, although it is still very much an expedition you undertake. Your support team not only offers you logistical guidance but if requested, can also prepare meals for you at the home stay locations or a chosen campsite. GPS coordinates and maps along with rental equipment such as dry bags, first aid kits, life vests, etc. are available upon request. At the moment this support is supplied through Papua Diving although any requests for this service can be sent toinfo@kayak4conservation.com.

Kayak4Conservation and its Papuan team are now the proud owners of four kayaks, a fleet which will grow according to popular demand. These kayaks are located at our home base on Kri Island along with supplies and services for the convenience of our visitors. Our home stays are also completely operated, constructed and managed by the villagers, offering an incredible opportunity for kayakers to experience Papuan life and culture at the same time supporting the local people through sustainable and 100% eco-friendly tourism.

Many of our home stays are still under construction; however, we are fully operative so why not join us in creating the ‘experience of a lifetime’ for not only yourselves, but in a new venture for the Papuan people.


How does Kayak4conseration.com work and who is involved?

Kayak4Conseration is a partnership of village people who each own a guest house (home stay) and/or a kayak. The guest houses and kayaks are offered for rent and by doing so we directly help the local community. Next to this guiding services are offered at a set fee to further enhance the income potential for the local inhabitants of the area.

Some guest houses are funded by the RARCC even thou the villagers build and manage it themselves. We are working on establishing 13 such guest houses (home stays), currently 5 are under construction. There are also other home stays that have been privately funded where you can also stay(we include them on our maps). With provisional maps and our guidance, guests determine their own route and duration of their trip. The guest houses (home stays) are located approximately 15 kilometers apart from one another (about 3hours kayaking). There are many options for longer distances and rigorous paddling of course, the choices are endless and all yours to make. Along each route there are more than enough distractions to fill in an entire day, from snorkeling, exploring caves, paddling up hidden canals, rivers and  passages…  Several of the guest houses (home stays) are located in such strategic locations that a visitor can make multiple day trips from one such location. The maps & booklet we provide give all important and relevant information (villages, places of interest, caves, rivers etc.).

Our kayaks are built in the RARCC fiberglass workshop with specially designed moulds in two models; both sit in and sit on top designs.  The kayaks are of modern design built with modern hand layup fiberglass. Under the instruction of our resident fiberglass expert our Papuan team is involved with the construction of their own kayak at the same time learning valuable new skills for the future.

Pef Island

Raja Ampat, Pulau Pef

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Pulau Pef is located 109km (68mi) ENE from Sorong and 48km (30mi) south of the equator, in the central Raja Ampat, almost touching Gam island to the east, north of the Dampier Strait and east of Fam islands, with Wayag to the north west.

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Spectacular bays, hidden lakes, climbable rocky outcrops, limestone ‘mushroom’ islands with unexplored caves, lagoons and beaches are just a few things you will find on this remote, uninhabited island. Exotic birds and extreme nature, pristine blue mangroves and virgin jungle are waiting for you to be explored. You can even find ancient rock art on karst cliffs. The beauty above water is even toped by the unmatched underwater diversity. The diving resort Raja4Divers on Pulau Pef is surrounded by the world’s best dive sites.

With its unique landscape and the enormous richness of nature we call Pulau Pef a Mini Raja Ampat.

Misool Island

Raja Ampat, Misool Island

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Misool Island, Indonesian Pulau Misool,  island in the Raja Ampat group in the Ceram Sea, West Papua (Papua Barat) province, Indonesia. Misool is located about 40 miles (64 km) southwest of the Doberai (Vogelkop) Peninsula of the island of New Guinea. Flat lowlands cover the coastal regions except in the south, which is hilly and mountainous; the hills in the central part of the island reach an elevation of 3,250 feet (990 metres). The climate is hot, with heavy rainfall; seasonal streams flow seaward from the central highlands, where there are dense hardwood forests. The island is sparsely populated by Papuans, some of whom engage in seminomadic hunting and gathering. Some also produce sago and fish, which are exported to the Inanwatan and Taminabuan ports of the mainland of West Papua. The chief settlements are Adua, on the western tip of the island, and Lelintah, in the southeast.