Welcome to Rajaampa

As stunningly beautiful above water as it is below. Raja Ampat has a startling array of habitats to explore. The nama “Raja Ampat” literally translates as “The Four Kings”, representing the four main silands of Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati and Misool. Each of these islands, and all of tje other islets in between, are home toa multitude of species and critical marine and terrestrial ecosystem. From the stark wave-pounded slopes that drop away beneath the karst cliffs of Wayag and Uraine, to the deep, nutrient-rich bays of Mayalibit, Kabui anf Aljui, to the “blue water mangrove” channels of Kofiau and Gam, to the palnkton-rich upwelling areas of Misool and the Dampier Strait : Raja Ampat is one of the most biodiverse marine environments in the world. Marine tourism, as sustainable economic alternative to industrial fishing, mining, and logging, has the potential to play a key role in the conservation of Raja Ampat’s spectacular marine environments as well as create real economic and social benefits for local communities.

Raja Ampat in a Glance : • Heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ and global epicentre of marine biodiversity with highest coral reef biodiversity for any area its size in the world • Total area : Over 4 million hectares of which 1.358.170 hectares are protected • Population : 42.271 • Primary sources of income : fishing, tourism and mariculture • Main religions : Christianity and Islam • 1470 species of reef fish • More than 550 species of corals • 75% of all known coral species in the world • 8 species of whales • 7 species of dolphin • Regionally significant Green Turtle and Hawksbill populations • Extensive mangrove forest and sea grass beds which support dugongs, juvenile fish, saltwater crocodiles, and provide protection and food for the people of Raja Ampat.

Network of Marine Protected Areas

Boasting phenomally high concentrations of marine species, including iconic mega fauna such as Whale Sarks, Manta Rays and sea turtles, Raja Ampat’s crystalline waters are internationally recognized as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. Researchers have recorded over 1.400 species of reef fish and over 550 species of coral in the region. Raja Ampat is part of the Bird’s Head Seascape, a 3.6 million ha area of protected coastal and marine space encompassing Cenderawasih Bay in the east, the Raja Ampat archipelago in the west, and Kaimana Regency and Triton Bay in the south. Due to Raja Ampat’s incredible natural wealth and its vulnerable location at the rim of the Pacific Ocean, the region has suffered greatly over the past decades from poaching, unregulated commercial fishing and damaging fishing practices. Since 2004, a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) has been developed to protect Raja Ampat’s underwater paradise from these pressures and conserve the heart of the coral triangle. The MPA Network is managed by management unit under Raja Ampat’s Marine and Fisheries Agency. This management authority, officially namd “Badan Layanan Umum Daerah Unit Pelaksana Teknis Dinas Kawasan Konservasi Perairan Daerah Raja Ampat” (BLUD UPTD KKPD Raja Ampat) employes more than 100 local staff to patrol and monitor Raja Ampat’s waters. To date, the network consist of five locally endorsed MPAs across the regency, covering over 1.026.540 million hectares of protected waters. There are also two nationally endorsed MPAs, protecting an additional 331.630 ha of Raja Ampat’s ocean. Each MPA is divided into management zones that serves specific purposes and regulations. For more information on management zones see map on the other side of this brochure.

Environmental Service Fee

In 2014, Raja Ampat Enviromental Service Fee was introduced to generate the significant funding needed to effectively manage Raja Ampat’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Proceeds from the environmental service fee are used for all the operation aspect needed for all the operational aspect needed for MPAs (patrolling, community outreach, biological monitoring, etc), and sustainable development of local communities. Keep proof of purchase of Enviromental Service Fee on you at all times to show the officers from management unit during random patrol checks. The entrance permit is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. • International Visitor’s Fee : IDR 1.000.000 • Domestic Visitor’s Fee : IDR 500.000 Raja Ampat Marine Protected Area Managemet Unit (BLUD UPTD KKPD Raja Ampat) Contact Number : +62-811-4852033 Email : info.blud.uptdr4@gmail.com Website : www.kkpr4.net