Places to visit

Wayag Island, Raja Ampat: The Ultimate Underwater Beauty

Overview

Wayag Island, Raja Ampat: The Ultimate Underwater BeautyWayag Island is one of the islands within the Raja Ampat district in the province of West Papua . The island is known for its beautiful atolls and amazing underwater life covering a total area of 155,000 hectares (about 383,013.3 acres).

Here, you find pristine beaches with unique Karst islands that look like mushrooms sprouting out from the sea. Along these beaches, tourists can see fairy tale panorama, more captivating than Leonardo DiCaprio’s getaway in “The Beach”. The crystal clear waters around Wayag Island appear like unreal windows to various types of flora and fauna that live underwater.

Wayag Island never ceases to amaze. Divers, especially, have been overwhelmed not only by the rich underwater displays, but also by the panoramic beauty of the island as they climb up to its highest platform and observe coves and atolls around. It is a dream come true, truly a dream fulfilled.

The island is 10 km north of the equator. Liveaboards are the best choice for travelers with a love for adventure and romance. Social contacts with other travelers will only be a call away. Dive briefings are enriching, so that just being there with other divers and the exotic looking staff, you will feel as if you are already drawn into the depths of Wayag’s surreal beauty 

To Stay

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Raja Ampat Dive Lodge

Mansuar Island Raja Ampat West Papua

You & Me Hotel

Jend. A. Yani 27 Sorong

Hotel Mariat Sorong

A. Yani Street 1 98414 Sorong

Swiss-Belhotel Manokwari

Jalan Yos Sudarso No 8 Manokwari

Aston Niu Manokwari Hotel

Sogun Hill, Block B-3, Street Esau Sesa, Manokwari - West Papua 98315 Manokwari West Papua

Billy Jaya Hotel

Merdeka Street 57 Manokwari

Tirta Kencana Hotel & Cottage

Jalan Raya Amahusu 1 Ambon

Hotel Amboina

Jl. Kapitan Ulupaha 5A 97124 Ambon Maluku

Golden Palace Hotel and Restaurant

Jl Cendrawasih No 32 Ambon, 97582 Ambon

Amans Hotel

Jl. Pantai Mardika 53 A Ambon

Amans Inn

Jl Pantai Mardika No 53B, 97123 Ambon

Manise Hotel

Jl WR Supratman No 1 Ambon

To Stay

There is no existing shelter on Wayag Island. If you like to stay overnight, it is best to stay in the Dampier area where you can find Kri Eco Resort and Sorido Bay Resort owned by Max Ammer, a passionate nature lover and eco-tourism pioneer in Raja Ampat, and managed by Papua Diving. A temporary shelter in Kenbuba village is also available, owned by Dedy Mayor. Some diving organizers also provide boathouses/ liveaboards.

Tips

If  you want to visit Wayag Island, you must have a guide who understands navigational conditions in this area. During certain seasons, waves can be quite high and are dangerous for ships. If you like snorkeling and diving, you must bring your own equipment, because there are no rental facilities on this island. You may rent equipment from your diving organizers who usually keep extra units.
Several dive centers useful for you are:

1. Papua Diving Sorido Bay Resort and Kri Eco Resort
Jl Gunung Gamalama 3
98413 Sorong
Phone : +62 411 401 660 / +62 951 328 038
Fax : +62 951 325 274
Website : www.papua-diving.com

2. Biak Diving
Irba CH. K.
Jl. Jenderal Ahmad Yani
Yenures
98112 Biak
Phone :  +62 981 26017 / +62 981 25595
Cellular phone:  +62 813 442 19197
Fax :   +62 981 26018
Website :   www.geocities.com/biakdiving
E-mail :   irba_chandana[at]yahoo.com

3.Misool Eco Resort Dive Center
Andrew Miners
E-mail: Andy[at]indoeco.com

To Buy

Naturally, there’s no shop selling souvenirs here. This isn’t a tourist trap. Please refer to our guide on Raja Ampat about what to bring back home.

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