Located off the north-west tip of the Bird’s Head peninsula, in the island of New Guinea, in the province of West Papua of Indonesia, Raja Ampat, or the four kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, inlets and shoals of sand surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo and the smaller island of Kofiau. The archipelago, straddling the equator, is 46.000 km2 wide and is located in the center of the Coral Triangle.
75% of the world’s coral species find their home in this park, which has the largest marine biodiversity on the planet.
The name of Raja Ampat (Raja means king, and ampat means four) comes from the local mythology about a woman who finds seven eggs. Four of the seven hatch and become kings occupying four of the largest islands of Raja Ampat, while the other three become a ghost, a woman and a stone.