Raja Ampat tour is arguably very unique, because it has a history or legend of its own. The legend of Raja Ampat has emerged from the surrounding community and has several versions of the story passed down from generation to generation on the origin of Raja Ampat’s own name. The one version of the legendary story of Raja Ampat that circulated in the life of the original community around is as follows. In ancient times there was a couple living simple in Kabui Bay Kampung Wawiyai, the husband couple had a job as a forest encroacher, whose daily activities went to search for food. They are shoulder to shoulder through the forest to quickly get what they expect. Then on their way they reached the edge of the Waikeo River, and rested to unwind. During their rest they saw five eggs not far from resting.
After that they approached and it turns out the eggs are eggs from the Dragon. Because the litter finds strange eggs, they wrap it in a noken (noken = bag) and below go home. After the egg house they found was stored in the room. As time began to change and night began to arrive, the eggs they had stored in the room made a whisper, they were curious and tried to peer through the door of the room. After they saw the incident, how shocked the two couples, because they see the five eggs that hatch and tangible four boys and one woman. The five children were wearing soft clothes that indicated that they were descended from a King.
Until now, whoever names the children born from dragon eggs is unclear, but the community knows that each child was named as follows: The name of Raja Raja Legal Legend
1. Betani who later became king of Salawati.
2. Dohar became King of Lilinta (Misool).
3. Mohamad became King of Waigama (Batanta).
4. War Being King in Waigeo.
5. Pintolee girl born from dragon egg above.
After growing up, the four boys became kings and ruled wisely. Meanwhile, the girl (Pintolee) one day was found pregnant and took out two eggs. Once identified by Pintolee’s siblings, the eggs were placed in a shell, large in size (Bia’s skin) and then washed away to an island called Numfor Island. and the other, did not hatch and turned into a stone which was later named Kapatnai. The stone was treated like a king by the people around, and given a room to sit and also put two stones as a sign of escort to the cemetery. Until now the surrounding community still respects the existence of the cemetery and become the object of worship.
Trip or Transport Route To Raja Ampat.
In general, the route taken by the visitors or tourists to arrive at the location of this tourist attraction in Papua is to make air travel, and headed to the city of Sorong – West Papua (Domine Edward Osok). At this airport there is no international flight path that can directly go to Domine Edward Osok. So, if you are coming from abroad, you must transit first in Jakarta, Surabaya, Denpasar or Makassar. And if you want to take the shortest path, you can transit first in Ujung Pandang and take about 5 hours 15 minutes to reach the city of Sorong.
Then from the city of Sorong, the journey continued by using a taxi vehicle to the people’s harbor to go to the capital of Raja Ampat (Waisai). After that, your trip will be resumed by using the Ferry Boat or can rent a speed boat, and it is recommended in this port you must provide supplies such as mineral water, instant food and so forth. because in Waisai (capital of Raja Ampat), the price of supplies is more expensive. In this harbor there are two ferry boats that serve the route from Sorong to Waisai, and usually depart every 14.00 WIT, then the other ship will depart about 1-2 hours later. The journey will take 4 – 5 hours to reach the port of Waisai.
However, for those of you who have the desire to hire a speedboat, the ideal time to cross is before the rising seawater, which is usually due to gelumbang pairs or around before 12:00 WIT. This is done because it is concerned about things that are not desired, because the speedboat is smaller than the ship, so it is very easily shaken by the waves. Then the note for you is to obey instructions from the ship’s captain if instructed to delay the trip to the port of Waisai due to bad weather, tidal wave or other problems. It’s a bit complicated once a trip to Raja Ampat. However, in the future the local government will develop an airport in Waisai (Marinda Airport), which will facilitate access to Raja Ampat. After arriving at the port of Waisai, the journey continues to the city where you can easily find lodging there. However, before going to the local Department of Culture and Tourism, to pay conservation fees that must be imposed for every tourist who visited the Raja Ampat region. After that you can search for lodging. What to Do and Interesting Places in Raja Ampat this tourist attraction in Papua offers a lot of biodiversity charm, which is arguably quite abundant. Here you can find about 540 species of coral and 1,511 species of fish. 75% of the coral species found throughout the World are here, which is about 10 times the number of coral species ever found throughout the Caribbean. You will also find 27 species of step fish that are only here.
In addition there are also 5 species of sea turtle step, 13 species of marine mammals, and 57 species of mantis shrimp. So you can imagine the uniqueness that is owned by this tourist destination. The charm of the beautiful sea view, which can be viewed both from below and over the sea will hypnotize you. For that you should not miss a valuable moment when visiting there. This condition is supported by an endemic soil structure, the richness of marine life and the culture and wisdom of the local population. The activities you can do here are as follows: 1.Explore the island of Raja Ampat by boat.
2. Doing a kayak game.
Dive to watch the remains of the ship’s ruins under the sea.
4. Enjoy the beauty of coral islands (karst) around Wayag Island.
5. Visiting cenderawasih red birds typical of West Papua.
6. Traditional fishing in Papua. 7. Feed the cuscus.
8. Explore the bat cave (not the Dark Knight varietal bat).
9. Make your own wooden sculpture guided by Asmat craftsmen.
11. Trekking to find the waterfall.
In addition you can also see the “Sea Ghost”, which is a unique and interesting natural phenomenon, located in the eastern part of Waigeo, This phenomenon is formed by a ray that comes from sea water or the phenomenon of sunset scenery, which can be seen on the boat and around the surface with a period of 10 -18 minutes. this phenomenon can only be seen at the end of each year only. Not only that in the western and northern parts of the Waigeo area, there is a traditional bamboo flute show performed by the surrounding community called the distilled drum.
Traditional performances are usually held when there is a religious festival or on the anniversary of Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia (17 August) and in welcoming ceremonies of important officials. The charm of Tomolol Cave. this area you will be amazed by the scenery in Tomolo Cave, human palms painting and animals that have a very large size depicted on the walls of the cave. It is said that this painting was made during prehistoric times. Not only that to the north of Waigeo, you also can enjoy the history tour which is also a cave-shaped relic of World War II. This cave is said to be the place where Dutch and Japanese troops build bunker.
In addition you can also enjoy the uniqueness of local culture that is presented in a war dance. Here there are also waterfall tourist destinations, and certainly if you go there should not be missed. The next destination is Ayau Island, Ayau Island is a collection of small islands located in the Coral Islands, with a very large size and white sandy seabed, Ayau Island can connect one island with another island. Not only that, not far from this place you can also enjoy the islands with a unique sand called “Zandplaat”. This place is a unique habitat of local vegetation in Raja Ampat. You can also watch the local community especially mothers and children catch sea worms or insonem.