Raja Ampat :
Our group (Temples Zone) trip to Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia in mid of 2014 was extremely fun. The beauty of the nature there was more than what I could describe in words. We had to rent the whole Turbo Cessna just for our group as it’s maximum passengers capacity was ten people plus our luggage.
Waisai Island :
For the one week we were there, everyday is an adventure and our daily schedule was to leave our cottage at about 8AM when the tide is just right for our speed boat to head out to an island of our choice and everyday we traveled to a different island. We would only return before the sunsets as night time out in the ocean is dangerous specially on a speedboat. Our cottage was just a walking distance away from the beach, so yeah, it’s just like living in heaven on earth.
Our cottage was nice and clean, had a nice bathroom to with hot and cold water. One cottage for two person so we had a lot of extra space which I really like, because, I can have my own spot for my camera and laptop without getting into anyone way. We were ten people in all so we had rented 5 cottages for our group.
Wayag Islands :
The very next day of our arrival we went to Wayag Island, the furthest island in Raja Ampat. It took four hours hours speedboat ride to reach Wayag Island, with such high ocean waves it was taking a toll on our back side, but boy it was very worth it. Wayag Island is extremely beautiful with clear blue waters and we could practically see the ocean floor up to ten meters bellow.
In Wayag Islands we had the whole island to our self and we did plenty of snorkeling, diving, sun bathing, etc. Me and Tanya, we hiked up up the karst cliff to get a birds eye view of the whole chain of Wayag Islands just like in these photos. The karst cliff walls are quiet steep and sharp so we had to be extremely careful where we step, plus I had to carry the camera bag all the way up. But as we reached the peak we were blown away by the view. The picturesque scenery is all around us.
If you’re into snorkeling or Diving, you can see different types of fish and corals in Wayag Islands as there are many diving/snorkeling spots to choose from. Raja Ampat is the place where coral species reach 75% of all known species and fish nearly 1,300 species. The Trip is not complete without visiting the islands of Arborek,Wayag & Piyanemo. Raja Ampat is also a paradise for bird watchers. One of the very few places where you can see wild Birds of Paradise like the Cendrawasih (Red) Bird of Paradise or the Wilsons Bird of Paradise. Also different Cockatoos, Eagles and many more birds.
These karst islands of Wayag is just amazingly beautiful and time passes so fast here we practically didn’t realize that soon it was time to head back to Waisai before the sunsets. Travelling on a speedboat in open ocean after the sunsets is dangerous even with the modern GPS Navigation System we can on board.
The sunset scene in the ocean is staggeringly beautiful. As we take in it’s beauty we also understand the danger and that we have to reach Waisai before it gets completely dark, because, at night the waves is very high for our speedboat to manage it safely.
On reaching Waisai we had a wonderful BBQ Party with lots different types of BBQ’ ed fish, which I must say goes extremely well with the beers. Just remember to bring lots of mosquito repellent lotion and you’re good to go whole night long.
But, since we had to go to Pianemo Islands early in the morning we all went to bed by 10PM, I think everyone was pretty tired by then from all the adventures and activities we did from early morning until sunset.
Pianemo Islands :
Pianemo Islands in Raja Ampat present a stunning vista. Every bit of Raja Ampat is amazing and Pianemo is not less dazzling than everything else. To truly appreciate the beauty you need to climb up to a vantage point.
To photograph the beauty of Pianemo we had to climb up to a platform that they provided. From this vantage point you can see the whole chain of Pianemo Islands.
Kabui Bay :
Well, as usual before the sunsets we had to leave Pianemo so that we can reach Waisai before it gets dark. When we travel from Waisai to any of the island we have to pass through the Kabui Bay. This bay is so beautiful with calm and clear waters that every time we pass Kabui Bay we purposely slow down our speedboat just to take in the beauty and the serenity of Kabui Bay. The underwater current in Kabui Bay is so strong that when we shut down or engines the current just pulls the speedboat just like we are passing through a fantasy wonderland theme park.
The northern end of Kabui Bay is so beautiful that in any direction you your head there’s just endless beauty. So basically Kabui Bay is located between Gam island and the south west of Waigeo, shows an amazing display of karst formations , islands and rocks emerging vertically from the sea covered with tropical vegetation, mangrove forests and small sandy beaches.
Friwen Bonda :
Friwen Bonda is a small island located in Meos Mansar and if you’re into beach activities, snorkeling, or diving this is the place to be.
So while Tanya and her friends headed out to do some snorkeling, I went on to do some exploring in the small mangrove forest and found a wonderful mangrove tree for a Pose Shot. So, somehow I managed to convinced Tanya to do a little modelling for me. After that we just couldn’t resist to take a shot on the pure white sandy beach.
What is more awesome than relaxing in an island in the middle of the ocean with a group of friends. There’s so many activities we can do there that time seems to be flying away.
If you’re a well traveled diver you’ll know that Friwen Bonda is well known for it’s “Pink Reef” diving site. There are many diving clubs nearby so if your interested you can contact them for further information.
View Raja Ampat album here :
- Pianemo Islands – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Wayag Island – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Kabui Bay – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Friwen Bonda Island – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Arborek Village – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Sawinggray Village – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Pasir Timbul Island – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Waisai Town – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Selpele Village – Pinterest, Flickr.
- Gam Islands – Pinterest, Flickr.