Raja Ampat is the crown jewel among the diving destinations of the world. Its location at the heart of the Coral Triangle makes it one of the most bio diverse areas on earth and it truly lives up to its nickname “Species Factory”. Cruising Raja Ampat is legendary and has the reputation as one of the top liveaboard dive destinations. But the Archipelago does not fall short on land-based activities either. Other than the spectacular sea life, Raja Ampat’s highlights include a vibrant wildlife with hundreds of bird species, numerous mammal species and wonderful landscapes. The lush jungles of Raja Ampat, its abundant biological diversity and the mix of indigenous cultures make it a utopian place.
The four main Islands of Raja Ampat are a wonderful playground for discovering waterfalls and rivers.
Nearby the Village of Arefi on Batanta Island, hidden in the lush green lays Batanta waterfall. Trekking tot he waterfall you are likely to come accross some habitants of the jungle. A hidden cave behind the fall and possibility to swimm in the natural pools makes this waterfall perfect for a day trip.
On the Island of Waigeo, still largely covered in untouched rainforest two hidden gems await you. About a two hours drive from Waisai you will find two waterfalls in a protected patch of forest. Refresh in the natural water pools and listen to the sound of the jungle.
Climb Raja Ampats' peaks
The sublime scenery of jungle-covered islands is worth seeing from the highland. Among other itineraries, hiking up to the peak of Mount Pandito on the lost paradise of Pulau Wayag and enjoy the scenery from high up is a rewarding activity while cruising Raja Ampat. This enchanting island is covered in lagoons, narrow channels, inlets, caves and ragged rocks.
World class snorkeling at dampier strait
If you don’t dive it’s not a problem, Fiabecet is a top-notch snorkelling spot. Sites such as Nudi Rock, Fiabecet Whale Rock and Batu Kecil are home to an explosion of underwater activity and colours.
Raja Ampat Pearl farm at Alyui Bay
Another highlight of Raja Ampat is to visit the ATLAS pearl farm at Alyui Bay, on the western coast of Waigeo where some of the world’s best South Sea pearls come from. It is remote but pristine and more than worth visiting. A pearl from the most remote corner of Raja Ampat is the best souvenir to bring home.
Turtle Breeding Areas of Raja Ampat
The northwest of Raja Ampat is a major breeding area for Green Sea and Hawksbill turtles. Turtles come ashore at Sayang and Piai Island almost every night. If you want to see the baby turtles hatching you need to spend more than one day at the islands.
Bird Watching at Dampier Strait
While cruising Raja Ampat the Dampier Strait is a must-stop. The strait is one of the finest diving spots, but also offers many other activities. Go on a trekking tour in Tapokreng to observe the famous paradise birds. Birding has attracted many naturalists and explorers to Raja Ampat. Even with a short trekking distance, some magnificent species can be observed. Most of the islands have abundant bird life. However, some of the hotspots for bird watching are Waigeo and Gam.
Batanta Island is another hidden jewel for who is up for a little land-based adventure and river exploration. Located in West Papua Batanta is known for its unexplored areas and luscious rainforests and home to the Wilson’s Bird of Paradise.
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Traditional villages of raja ampat
When you are in the Southern area of Raja Ampat, visit the secluded village of Deer on the north Coast of Kofiau Island, chat with the friendly locals, try some local food and get to know the Papuan culture. Continue on exploring the traditional Papuan village of Arborek, where the locals will warmly welcome you.
Mystical lagoons and caves of misool
Being one of the four major islands of Raja Ampat, Misool is divided into different areas. The most famous areas are Fiabecet (Southeast Misool), Wayilbatan, Boo Area and Pele Area.
A highlight of the area is the Tomolol Cave with its crystal encrusted walls and giant stalactites. The famous site of Fiabecet is the Cathedral Rock with its peculiar rock formation that pierces through the island to up to 5 meters of height is in this area too.
Sea kayaking in Misool
Both the Wayilbatan and Boo Area of Misool offer breath-taking sceneries for sea kayaking. One of the most spectacular Raja Ampat highlights you can experience next to diving. Discover the hidden lagoons with your kayak. We promise their mystical beauty will captivate you. After all these physical activities you will be rewarded by ending your day with a stay-over at one of these hidden lagoons.
Low tide explorations
With a two meters variation between low and high tide, the sandbanks and reefs exposed during low tide are numerous and worth exploring. You will come across many corals and marine creatures. Walk along the uncovered sandbanks and fill your eyes with the beauty that usually hidden underwater. Some of the best spots for low tide explorations are the sandbanks of Mansuar Kri, Waigeo and Gam. Cruising Raja Ampat is not only for divers and water sports lovers. With more than 1000 Islands out, of which only a few are inhabited, Raja Ampat is the perfect location for island hopping and lovers of pristine beaches. Just choose one, open a fresh coconut and enjoy.
Barefoot Cruising offers different itineraries for cruising the Archipelago of Raja Ampat. To suit everyone’s desires, we have created targeted sample itineraries and are happy to accommodate your wishes too if the weather conditions permit it. We are well acquainted with the area and our guides and staff are knowledgeable as to provide you with the best experience for your cruising adventure. Come explore the paradise of Raja Ampat with Barefoot Yachts!