Raja Ampat is a wonderful environment both underwater and on the surface. With a minimum of four guests we can organize excursions that make the marine park live in all its dimensions.
A wonderful fall of water awaits you in the heart of the tropical forest, at the end of a canal surrounded by high mangroves, on the island of Batanta. Colored butterflies guide the route to a small stretch of water with a cool waterfall, which the more adventurous can descend in a double rope.
The island is populated by thousands of bats with large wingspan (about one meter) that rest hanging upside down. On the east side you can certainly admire, by diving or just snorkeling, hundreds of striped snappers in schools, but every encounter is possible in these waters: from tuna to sharks to large jacks. The excursion is combined with the reefs of Blue Magic, Sardine’s or Lao Lao.
A tropical river that flows between the two islands of Gam and Waigeo for about two kilometers to be run by boat. The waters rich in plankton, which arrive through the tides, feed a vast wealth of marine biodiversity. A brief diversion allows you to visit the bone remains of Japanese soldiers dating back to World War II. Above the water the overhanging limestone walls make this primitive environment truly unique in the world. The dives include The Caves, Nudibranch rock and the Column cavern.
Red Bird of Paradise
The red bird of paradise (Paradisaea rubra) lives in the jungle of the larger islands. Males perform their famous courtship dances to attract females at the very first light of day. Whether you are a birder or not, this is one Papuan sight not to be missed. The place is about 35 minutes by boat from our resort, followed by a short trek to get to the birdwatching post (Paradisaea rubra). Don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes!
Wilson Paradise Bird
The republican paradisea or bald paradisea (Diphyllodes respublica Bonaparte, 1850) is a passerine bird of the Paradisaeidae family. Courtship is very similar to that observed in the congener Paradisea magnifica: the male delimits a portion of the forest floor around a vertical support, carefully cleaning the surroundings and calling the females with an increasing series of whistles. Upon the arrival of one or more female spectators, the male performs an elaborate parade by remaining perched horizontally on the support, rocking back and forth on his legs, alternately inflating his rump and breast feathers and twirling his elongated tail feathers.
Both Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson’s can be seen at the same location, approximately 35 min. from the resort and with a walk of about 30 minutes.
Piaynemo lagoon is perhaps the most emblematic place in Raja Ampat. It can be reached in about an hour by boat from the resort. The shades of color of the sea in the lagoon are incredible, from which pinnacles and mushrooms of black lava rock covered by dense tropical vegetation rise. The view from the top of the panoramic terraces is amazing, which can be reached in about 15 minutes by climbing a large and comfortable wooden staircase.
Hidden bay: the hidden bay. A large lagoon formed by a network of channels and islets with a small entrance channel hidden by the jungle (hence the name). Inside, the cave of the swallows and the central lake with the two faraglioni are beautiful
A small island whose interior is almost entirely occupied by an enchanting emerald-colored lagoon. The view from the hut at the top of the hill, which can be reached in a few minutes of climbing, is fantastic.
Sandbanks that can only be seen in the middle of the sea at low tide. The crystal clear water all around has all shades of blue.
A small archipelago of islands with small beaches that will remain forever in your memory.
Small island covered by lush tropical vegetation bordered by a channel and small bays.
Excursions over 15 nautical miles from Agusta are subject to a fuel surcharge.