Raja Ampat’s six hundred islands are remote, undisturbed, and a nature lover’s true paradise. Bursting with color, thanks to its incredible corals, the warm waters are home to reef sharks, manta rays and whale sharks and offer some of the best diving and snorkeling opportunities on earth. On land many species of birds can be seen, including both the extraordinary Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Local villages offer cultural excursions and some of the warmest hospitality you will ever encounter.
The jewel of Raja, Kiti Kiti waterfall is a large and powerful waterfall cascading directly into the sea in a beautiful bay. It has long been used by the locals to replenish their water supplies. We can enjoy a natural shower, lounge on the beach, or explore the rainforest, and maybe even spot a tree kangaroo. This is an interesting fresh water spot to dive or snorkel in, as it harbors till undescribed endemic species.
At Wayag, an early walk to witness the bird of paradise. They usually dance every day at sunrise before to leave their home tree for food. On our way back we will visit a local village “Tapokreng” where we share a moment with the local, greet the student of the elementary school and may try some betel nuts. Back on Lamima we will cruise to Kri Islands, long sand bank, good diving and amazing kayaking through the hidden mangrove.
At the bay of Tomolol, bristles with hundreds of small Karst formation islands, each completely different from one another. Dramatic scenery, yet very sheltered, it is a maze like paradise, with crystal clear water, where it is easy to get lost, We visit a massive cave with stalactites and little windows of light from above, into which we can either swim or paddle into complete and silent darkness. It is a sacred place for the local people. At night we enjoy a memorable barbecue prepared by our crew ashore.
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