History of Raja Ampat
The name of Raja Ampat means the four Kings. Raja Ampat islands are archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals. Surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo.
It is said that the name of Raja Ampat comes from local mythology and legend. Story tells about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven eggs hatch and become kings of four main Islands, Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. Other 3 eggs become a ghost, a woman & a stone.
Composed of 1,500 islands, this unspoiled paradise offers an exceptional and wonderful scenery above and below the seas. Raja Ampat’s underwater life is one of the best and it’s natural beauty, lush jungle, sandbanks and shallows are really unique.
Raja Ampat Regency is a new regency. Which separated from Sorong Regency. In 2004. It encompasses more than 40,000 km² of land and sea. Which also contains Cenderawasih Bay, the largest marine national park in Indonesia. It’s a part of the newly named West Papua (province) of Indonesia which was formerly Irian Jaya. The islands are the most northern pieces of land in the Australian continent.
History shows that Raja Ampat was once a part of Tidore Kingdom, an influential kingdom from Maluku. The main occupation for people around the area of Raja Ampat is fishing. People of Raja Ampat lives in a small colonys of tribes that are spreaded around the area.
The dominant religion in Raja Ampat is Christianity and other is Muslim.
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The Raja Ampat Area’s Massive Coral Colonies
Hidden from mass tourism, Raja Ampat is one of the most beautiful and unique travel destinations in Indonesia. Among divers, Raja Ampat is considered one of the best dive sites and travelers should not miss underwater life.
Raja Ampat is one of the richest coral areas in the world, with over 500 species of different corals in the area. More than 1,300 species of fish swim in the waters of Raja Ampat and the most majestic are wobbegongs, devil rays and dugongs.
Raja Ampat is part of the Coral Triangle, which is composed of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Timor-Leste. The Coral Triangle is the heart of the world’s coral reef biodiversity. Raja Ampat is on of the richest coral reef ecosystems in the world.