Raja Ampat has long been famous for its Birds of Paradise, ever since the ancient trade in their feathers in the 18th Century. Well over 250 species have been connected to the archipelago including the well-known Greater Bird-of-Paradise. Don’t be surprised if you see some of these species during just a short excursion – but others will require an extended jungle trek.
The tour either starts in the early morning or late afternoon. Don’t forget to bring mosquito spray, binoculars, hiking shoes and be sure to wear dark clothing.
Due to deep water and narrow channels flushing out the turbid water from the mangroves, areas like The Blue River – “Kali Biru” offer lighting that will genuinely leave you enchanted. Be greeted by a pool of blue water that is refreshingly cold to the touch, peacefully sleeping under a jungle canopy.
We usually prefer to go in the mornings when it is not too busy. Be sure to bring some cash if you want to buy anything from a local store in the village, as well as hiking shoes, mosquito spray and a swim towel.
This local market offers a sensory experience filled with stalls of fresh seasonal vegetables, fruit and delicacies. Try some Purple Dragon Fruit or give your body a Vitamin C boost with some fresh Matoa Fruit. Street vendors sell freshly prepared local meals and snacks.