The Raja Ampat Islands: More Than Dive Sites

Raja Ampat Islands

Collectively, it is in heart of the “coral triangle” and encompasses the reefs of northern Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea. We are talking about the Raja Ampat Islands, an archipelago – with some islands uninhabited. In total, there are 1500 unique islands. Many people get gleeful just talking about the diving potentials of the Raja Ampat Islands. At EcoResorts, we hail the region primarily for its scenic natural beauty and dedication to marine conservation and community/culture preservation.

Misool Eco Resort, for example is not just a dive resort; it is a notable conservation center located in Raja Ampat Islands. It is ground zero for marine biodiversity. Travelers staying at Misool Eco Resort support an array of conservation initiatives, which apply a variety of employment opportunities for the local people, the majority directly in marine faculty.

In comparison to other reefs in the area, marine biologists declared that the Raja Ampat Islands are in fair condition but expressed concern over things such as illegal/over fishing and ocean pollution. It was revealed that some commercial fishing companies use dynamite and cyanide blasts to manipulate the movements and behaviors of fish to make them easy catch. Local fishermen depends on the fish for the peoples’ survival and usually fish sustain-ably or on such small scale that it is unlikely that their methods of fishing will interrupt the fish population over a long period. That said, there are always room for improvement and through education and conservation efforts much improvement is hope for.

A number of notable conservation groups engage in projects to help maintain the pristine Raja Ampat Islands.

The Nature Conservancy on the Raja Ampat Islands:

“The Nature Conservancy has been actively working with local government, communities and other partners like World Wildlife Fund and Conservation International toward Raja Ampat’s protection for the past decade. Our main goal: to ensure the archipelago remains one of the world’s most biodiverse regions while sustaining the valuable natural resources Raja Ampat’s people need to keep their livelihoods.”

Conservation International noted:

“Raja Ampat is one of the world’s greatest ocean success stories. Building on centuries of traditional conservation practiced by the communities of Raja Ampat, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and other NGOs have worked for more than a decade to catalyze the creation and wise management of seven large marine protected areas that cover nearly half of the region.”

This is Raja Ampat – Papua Indonesia (HD)  (Watch the Film)


Article by: Tiffany Huggins

| November 28, 2015