The ‘last paradise on earth’ found in Indonesia… Just check out the pictures: Almost 30 years ago today, a history-loving Dutchman Max Ammar learned that a World War II ship had sunk in Indonesian waters. Using this tip, he embarked on a four-month journey through several islands, talking to fishermen. Some of the scenery in island countries is breathtaking and beautiful, but during the trip, Max was surprised to see the Raja Ampat Islands in Indonesia’s West Papua province. The Raja Ampat Marine Protected Area network spans over 4 million hectares and includes approximately 1500 islands in the Coral Triangle. Here are some interesting facts and beautiful pictures about Raja Ampat Islands.
The last paradise on earth
Raja Ampa has the richest marine biodiversity in the world. Due to the inaccessibility of the Maldives, the number of foreigners visiting here is very limited. According to reports, this place is called ‘the last paradise on earth’. About 75 percent of the world’s coral species are found here, along with more than 1,600 species of fish. According to Max, Raja Ampat has numerous areas of beauty and hundreds of coral gardens. Cree Eco Dive Resort was established in 1994 as a result of their love for natural beauty and the local community.
20 years ago it was on the verge of collapse
Its aim was to train local divers and introduce people to this ‘pure aquatic world’. Max’s company operates a resort in nearby Sordio Bay. Raja Ampat’s story is not one of ‘successful patronage’. Real change is possible with the right perspective. According to Conservancy Indonesia’s Vice President, Mejani Irmadhiani, Raja Ampat was brought to the brink of destruction about 20 years ago due to unregulated commercial fishing. Shark and turtle hunting were cited by him.
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Received Raja Ampat Blue Park Award
As a result, the Raja Ampat Marine Park Network, comprising ten protected areas spread over 2 million hectares, was awarded the Blue Park Award this year. Marine animals are returning to the Raja Ampat area where dead sharks once swam. The rich underwater life in Raja Ampa has now become more attractive for divers.