Located off the north-west tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula of New Guinea, the archipelago Raja Ampat, lying between the Seram Sea and the Pacific Ocean, is a part of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. The city of Waisai is the capital of the Raja Ampat regency, which has the area of 46 296 km2 and about 30 000 inhabitants. It comprises over 1500 small islands surrounding the four main ones – Waigeo, Misool, Salawati and Batanta.
The archipelago is separated from the Bird’s Head Peninsula by Dampier and Sele Straits.
The islands are home to pristine rainforests and many plantations – rice, cocoa palm and Cycas. Also, well-developed fishing industry.
Raja Ampat is an ideal place to explore the bustling sea life and it is one of the best diving spots in the world. In 2002 it was included in the UNESCO Heritage List.