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By Jan Takacs, 17th June 2024

Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Raja Ampat (or the Four Kings) is one of the best and rarest marine life destinations in the world. This region of West Papua is genuinely fascinating, and it consists of more than 1500 islands. Its distant location and high prices of accommodation protect it from swarms of tourists and keep its reefs untouched and lively all year long.
Resort challets blend with nature in Raja Ampat
Resort challets blend with nature in Raja Ampat
Lively underwater world is present almost everywhere in Raja Ampat
Lively underwater world is present almost everywhere in Raja Ampat
Wilson's bird-of-paradise performing his morning clean-up in West Papua's rainforest
Wilson's bird-of-paradise performing his morning clean-up in West Papua's rainforest
Boys from the local village Enyar enjoying their weekend and cheering at our boat
Boys from the local village Enyar enjoying their weekend and cheering at our boat
Typical coastline in Raja Ampat, turquoise waters and rocky formations
Typical coastline in Raja Ampat, turquoise waters and rocky formations

When to go?

As a marine life destination, you can visit Raja Ampat any time of the year but go there from October to April (notably mid-October to mid-December) for the best chance of having the pleasant weather.

Traveller's tip

If you want to see one of Raja Ampat's wonders, the migration of Manta rays, you should go there anytime from mid-December to mid-February.

Chances of spotting wildlife

If you go to Raja Ampat, you are guaranteed to see an extensive variety of marine life. Beside marine life, there is also an abundance of birds (notably cockatoos, birds of paradise and hornbills).
Did you know?
Raja Ampat is a part of the coral triangle - which is a huge area sometimes called "Amazon Of The Seas", hosting the richest marine biodiversity on the planet.
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