Raja Ampat Islands Yacht Charter Guide
An endless string of superlatives come to mind when trying to describe the Raja Ampat archipelago but nothing sums it up more accurately than the label for which it has become famed – ‘the last paradise on earth’.
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Until the last few years, the 1600 strong group of largely uninhabited islands of Raja Ampat have remained a closely guarded secret. Meaning ‘Four Kings’ in Indonesian, these majestic islands encompass a sense of ancient, mysterious natural wonder that is rarely found, made all the more spectacular by dream-like tropical settings.
A haven for scuba divers, Raja Ampat’s rich waters are home to more varieties of marine life than anywhere else on the planet as well as 75% of all known coral species - ten times greater than the entire Caribbean. Underwater exploration is a must-do activity when chartering in these far-flung Pacific cruising grounds, where at any time you can see anything from gliding rays, peaceful bull sharks and excitable dolphins to fleeting glimpse of tiny pygmy horses.
Step ashore and you will find an intense fusion of natural beauty amongst the dense emerald of the jungles, ancient undiscovered caves and the whitest of white sand beaches. The four largest islands in the archipelago are Waigeo (home to the small but fast-growing regional capital Waisai), Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The islands are a favourite with bird-spotters with feathered species ranging from magnificent sea eagles to the endemic and exotic Red Bird of Paradise.
Much of the life here carries on as it has done for thousands of years, with ancient cultures still a part of daily life amongst the tribal villages. These fascinating communities offer a unique window into the past and demonstrate why such a special place should remain protected, unspoilt and celebrated for its raw, instinctive beauty.
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