For this week’s blog post, I want to share an unforgettable travel experience in Raja Ampat, Indonesia 2016. Situated at the tip of The Bird’s Head Peninsula, West Papua, it’s hailed as The Mecca of Diving by divers worldwide thanks to the marine life diversity.
Imagine finding 75% known corals, 1,700 species of reef fish and endangered mammals when you dive! Even better, you can go island-hopping and find yourself surrounded by gorgeous nature. Moreover, there are many beautiful white-sand beaches which you may have for your own.
Talking about a much-deserved break from the city!
If you love photography, Raja Ampat or the Four Kings will make your work easier since there’s no heavy editing needed. Say hello to crisp, clear blue sky and turquoise lake!
But wait, as much as you want to upload that photos into your Instagram or Facebook account, here’s a secret to making the trip worth it: stay away from your smartphone as much as you can.
Why You Should Visit Raja Ampat This Year
Pictures tell a thousand words. Here’s why you should visit Raja Ampat this year:
The best months to visit Raja Ampat is from February – early June, before the raining season. Those are also the best period for diving, as you will have calm seas.
Can’t dive? Go
Some islands that you can visit in Raja Ampat are Waigeo, Misool, Wayag, Kri, Salawati, Batanta, Mansuar, and Kofiau. Among those islands, Wayag Island is the icon of Raja Ampat.
Digital Detox in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia
Raja Ampat is where you can finally experience digital detox. I’m not saying this because I want to, it’s a fact.
Located in a remote area with fairly-good smartphone coverage, your internet connection and speed are depending on the network. In addition, 4G speed works differently here – it’s very slow and dropouts are common.
Even though your smartphone is showing full signal, you might not be able to go online! You can go online once you’re out of the islands, esp in restaurants or cafes in Sorong and Waisai. However, the internet speed is still very slow.
Honestly, the lousy internet connection in Raja Ampat is a blessing in disguise for you. There’s no other choice than be present and enjoy the moment!
Why It’s an Unforgettable Trip for Me
Going to Raja Ampat backpacking isn’t that easy because it’s a remote area. You may not find difficulties in communication because some people speak English well, but will find it in transportation and price negotiation.
There are many tours with Raja Ampat trip, however, choose wisely or you’ll end up like me. I chose the wrong tour that cost me time and more money.
Imagine, the tour owner suddenly called me when I was already in the airport, said that he miscalculated the price and asked me to pay more!
Since it was so sudden and I didn’t bring enough money, he arranged for me to stay in my tour guide’s house. It was tough for me.
Also, the tour owner didn’t inform me to book evening flight thus I had to extend the trip and re-scheduled the flight. My new friend, Menas, was so kind to find me a place to stay for two days, for free.
He even took me for a city trip with this motorbike and lent me some money. Once I reached Malaysia, I transferred some money to his bank account as gratitude.
4 DAYS Raja Ampat Open Trip Tour (USD285/person)
If you wish to visit Raja Ampat this year, my friend, Hernan, is
I joined his Toraja tour last year and is very satisfied with the service, thus I’m willing to recommend his Raja Ampat trip on my blog.
In addition, Hernan was chosen by CBS News (American TV and radio) to escort them when they needed to make report on Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami, October 2018. He writes and speaks English fluently thus you’ll have seamless communication with him.
Here’s what you get with USD285/person:
Why Join This Raja Ampat Open Trip Tour?
If you’re a budget
For your information, the most expensive thing to spend in Raja Ampat is the speedboat rental for island hopping. Apparently, the petrol price there is very expensive!
In this 4 DAYS Raja Ampat Open Trip Tour, you’ll share the boat and accommodation with your new friends thus you get a much cheaper price.
You’ll be staying at
Are you ready to have a digital detox trip in Raja Ampat?
If you are, leave a comment below or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can connect you to my friend, Hernan, for the booking.
Before you go, remember to get travel insurance. Let’s plan your 2019 trip! 😊
*Check the ferry schedule with Hernan before you buy the return flight ticket.
*There are Maybank branches and ATM in Sorong. However, cash is still the best option.