DEWAKA BANANA TROPICAL FRUIT FROM RAJA AMPAT

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Raja Ampat Diving Resort. Since hundreds of years ago, banana (Musa Paradisiacal) turned out to have been a part of human diet. Fossil research in Papua New Guinea showed domestication and cultivation of more than 10,000 years ago. Benefits of banana plants are in all parts of the plant, namely starting from the root to drugs, stem to rafts and rigging, leaves for wrapping, and of course the benefits of bananas to eat.

When compared with other fruits, bananas have a soft texture with a delicious flavour. In addition, the banana is a fruit that is practical, easy to peel without tools. Bananas are available all year round at affordable prices for fruit. Raja Ampat Diving Resort

Bananas originated in Southeast Asia, a region with very high species diversity. In Indonesia alone was found about 300 species of cultiva bananas. Latin in banana is taken from the name of a royal physician at the time of the Roman emperor in the year 63-64 BC. In general, the bananas themselves can be grouped into two major categories:

  1. Bananas that can be directly consumed. Examples of the first group include: plantain, banana, or banana.
  1. Bananas need to be treated before it is consumed (known as plantain). An example is the banana hor

Partly in the territory of Papua plantain used as a staple food, used as a substitute for rice, which is the main menu and eaten with other side dishes. It’s not surprising that consumption of bananas in Papua was very high. Raja Ampat Diving Resort

Irian bananas are always inviting admiration of people who see them. It was like a giant compared to other bananas. The sign contains 13-24 pieces that are divided into two combs. Fruit at first comb more than the second. Fortunately jumbo fruit was supported by a sturdy tree, towering no less than 4 m. The diameter of the stem 2 times greater than the usual horns. Given the shape of bananas Irian is similar horns. Only horns irian look fat, not angular and thinner skin. With a sturdy trunk, the tree would not mind a collapsed fruit must be exposed to the wind. Raja Ampat Diving Resort

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Irian fruitful horn at the age of nine months. The distance between the old flowering to fruit takes about five months. If it is old in a tree, waiting for mature only takes 4-5 days. Fruit maturity is characterized by yellowing of the skin. When cut, visible texture of the leaves are soft reddish yellow, shiny seedless. Raja Ampat Diving Resort

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort one of the resorts are located on the island that is preserving banana dewaka by planting bananas around the resort area. Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort most of the time invents recipes for main course, appetizers or deserts for the guests, which are using local ingredients such Dewaka banana. Especially for Dewaka banana, after being processed, it tastes sweet and fluffier texture. The older the tree, the sweeter and fluffier it tastes. Raja Ampat Diving Resort

Especially when it’s really going to be sweeter than ripe bananas horn. In the immature fruit there is little sour taste. Besides wrapped, it is a potential banana jumbo processed into other forms, such as chips. The sliced is ??lengthwise and crosswise as good. Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort priorities local fruits to give be given to the guests. Raja Ampat Diving Resort

KATINGTING, TRADITIONAL BOAT FROM RAJA AMPAT

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Raja Ampat in West Papua Province is known as a natural marine paradise for the last 10 years. Today, indigenous peoples there are struggling to strengthen their sovereignty over the waters, containing the natural biological wealth that can be exploited by their children and grandchildren in the future.

From the economic standpoint, the local fishermen have only traditional fishing gear and also using traditional paddling boat or at best to use a very small motorized machine.

Producing traditional boat is becoming a side business for local residents, since fishing and transportation on the sea are vital to the local community. Motorized boat industry became the economic backrest when fishermen had a bad season. Motorized boats including the types of catamarans boats – one of the traditional type of boat in Raja Ampat.

These boats can be found in various regions Raja Ampat. Although they are available in many places, but each region in Raja Ampat has its peculiarities in terms of form and technique of production. Ketinting have a standard length of 8 meters and a width of 60 centimeters. These boats are generally made from whole chunks of tree matoa perforated and shaved so that it becomes part of the boat hull. Matoa tree grows naturally in Raja Ampat. Once the hull is completed, manufacture of boats followed by making both ends of the tapering. On either side of the boat, fitted with outrigger, which is a framework of bamboo which makes the boat remains balanced in facing onslaught of waves and wind at sea Raja Ampat.

In Raja Ampat, aerodynamic shapes create a reliable long-tail boat to face the fierce seas. Although more fishermen use ketinting for fishing in shallow sea, or take tourists that are not far from the mainland.

One example of indigenous peoples in Raja Ampat is Wawiyai village. It is a small village that is entered in the District of South Waigeo, Raja Ampat, West Papua Province. The livelihoods of people are partially cutting wood for sale in town, working at the pearls company, fishing and forest gardening. Transport equipment they use for all work activities are small boats they called katingting.

They are very friendly and welcoming to newcomers. Small boat which they call the ‘long-tail / body’ is a kind of transportation from village to village. Width not exceeding waist adult size and can only be filled by five people. Katingting is very easy in use, small children, adults and the elderly can be easily used. For them making katingting is easy, it can be made in just 2 weeks.

One of the means of transportation used also by Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort is a ship body / katingting. Small vessel was purchased from Wawiyai community and used to patrol the island mobility around the resort area. To introduce katingting to foreign guests, Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort makes traditional fishing package using katingting. Many things that we must learn from the wisdom of local culture. Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort invites guests both local and overseas to be able to maintain and preserve the marine eco-system culture in Papua especially Raja Ampat.

THE BEAUTY OF CENDRAWASIH BIRDS, THE BIRDS OF PARADISE

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Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort provides itinerary to allow guests enjoying the beauty of birds of paradise. In order to do so, guests should wake up at 4.30 am, and ride 5 minutes boat to reach the beach. From there, we would to continue for trekking for around 30 minutes in the dense forest of  Yembesser island. When we reach the place, we should hide under a para-para, and remain quiet, until the birds come and play. Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort also provides many other itineraries for the guests to enjoy the beauty of Raja Ampat archipelago comprehensively.

It is reasonable if Cendrawasih bird is touted as the bird of paradise. Why not, bird that becomes mascot of Papua is indeed a beauty with a beautiful coat color. Due to their elegance color, Cendrawasih bird known as bird of paradise. In fact, reportedly because of they are too beautiful, this kind of birds rarely go down to the ground, they just fly in the air and landed on a tree branch.

Striking colors of paradise feathers is usually a combination of several other colors such as black, brown, orange, yellow, white, blue, red, green, and purple. This bird is more attractive with the presence and unique elongated feathers growing from the beak, wings or head.

Beautiful feathered these birds of paradise that is usually a stud. Beautiful feathers became the capital of paradise males to attract females during the mating season. In addition to showing off the beauty of their plumage, the male paradise even perform movements similar attractive and beautiful dynamic dance to grab the attention of females. Each kind of paradise has a kind of dance and different attractions to one another. Cenderawasih females tend to be smaller and not as beautiful as coat color of males bird of paradise.

Colors of birds of paradise is diverse and is one indicator of their type grouping. Birds of paradise are grouped in families Paradisaeidae; consists of 13 genera and approximately 43 species (kinds). Its natural habitat is in the dense forests which are generally located in low-lying areas and can only be found in the eastern part of Indonesia, especially the Torres Strait islands, Papua New Guinea, and eastern Australia.

Reportedly, Indonesia is the country with the highest number of species of bird of paradise. Allegedly there are approximately 30 species of paradise in Indonesia, 28 species of them can be found in Papua. Bird of Paradise die wire (Seleucidis melanoleuca) is a kind of mascot or identity of Papua Province. In addition to being the mascot of Papua, Papuan society is also often used as a complement of paradise feathers or ornaments in their traditional clothes.

Because the beauty of fur, where the bird of paradise is more and more threatened. Poaching and illegal arrest for the purpose of trade and habitat destruction in the wild into several main causes of this increasingly scarce bird. Even in the late 19th century and early 20th century, fur paradise bloom traded as a trend in Europe to decorate women’s hats. But now beautiful exotic bird is categorized as a protected species.

In Indonesia alone, some kind of paradise among a small yellow bird of paradise, paradise bald, paradise king, red bird of paradise, and toowa has been entered in the list of species protected under Law No. 5 of 1990 and Regulation No. 7 of 1999. The utilization of bird of paradise feathers are still allowed only for the benefit of local people in their traditional clothes decoration. It was certainly not excessive and fortunately the people of Papua have local knowledge and customs to participate preserve this bird.

THE SHARK NAMED WOBBEGONG

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Indonesia does have amazing underwater paradise. Surprisingly there are not many photographers in the country who explore this potential. Many books and literature under water photography from abroad actually take objects and underwater scenery Indonesia.

Raja Ampat represent everything, the land is still virgin, lagoons and sheltered bays, beautiful beaches and blue sea. The islands are too broad to be explored in a week. It may take a full month to be able to visit the entire islands. Main dive spots for domestic and foreign divers to explore is in the region of South Waigeo. Strategic location of Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort is located in the region of South Waigeo, and it is very easy for divers to meet the desire to dive in various spots which has its own uniqueness.

One type of fish that always to be sought by divers is a type of shark. Raja Ampat is famous for various types of sharks. There is an interesting species of shark, known as carpet sharks, also known by the name wobbegongs. This species of sharks has a beard carpet with a pattern resembling the skin color of batik.

During the day, these sharks are usually hiding in cave with his head sticking out. While at night, these sharks can be found lying on the seabed in the outdoors. These sharks are not violent and do not attack humans unless disturbed and touched. To be able to see what kind of shark it is, you do not need to look far, around the area of ??Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort enough to take 10 minutes we can already see this shark. We can see sharks wobegong sleeping leaning on the corner of a coral sand. This kind of small sharks spotted pattern dots all over his body. Generally this shark just remain silent. But not for this one, suddenly he shot floated away.

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort is located on the Urai island and placed in the territory of South Waigeo District. The island is located at the entrance of Kabui bay.

We can also see other type of shark that run with no less interesting in Raja Ampat such as walking or epaulette shark. Wobeggong has many complexion depending on the species, but in general is white with brown spots such as military uniforms. This helps shark to camouflage themselves from predators. Sharks running normally only be found in diving at night. It was the first time I saw the fish runs under the sea. And he walked quickly. Maybe he was shy to be photographed, so I did not manage to take a picture as a whole because he was hiding in coral hole.

NUDIBRANCH IN RAJA AMPAT

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Raja Ampat has more than 1,070 kinds species of fish, 600 species of coral reef, and 699 species of mollusk. Compare with the entire Caribbean region who just have no more than 70 species of coral.

There is no place on this earth that has so much diversity of marine life as Raja Ampat does. This could be due to the total population of the very few who still use traditional fishing gear and limited access between islands that actually protects it from damage natural ecosystems.

Diving at night in Raja Ampat is extremely interesting. Underwater life at night is much different than in the daytime. When in daytime, we can easily see clown fish (anemone fish), but at night, difficult to find since they are hiding somewhere. At night usually can be found various types of crab, shrimp, squid and octopus.

While in daytime diving is no less interesting, colorful coral reefs of Raja Ampat is very unique. In addition, the number of fish scattered everywhere with variations of different types. It was hard to describe how wonderful underwater Raja Ampat. As an Indonesian citizen, I am very proud of Indonesia which has territorial waters of Raja Ampat as unique and different from other countries.

Heading north, we passed under the equator line marked with Kawe Island. Crossing the equator through the ocean is unique. These waters can also dive. There can be found the sea hare (nudibranchs), when it was the first time I came across the sea hare were chatting. Sea hare is also abundant to be encountered in the area Friwen, Urai and strait Kabui.

For divers who have explored several oceans in the world, no doubt, Raja Ampat has unique underwater lifes. Coral reefs are colorful, the fish diversity and natural beauty of the land are the perfect mixture.

From the book titled “Beautiful Raja Ampat”, Obviously without the support from government and the local people, no body will be successful optimally and sustainably.

It is highly important the cooperation of the various parties to preserve the environment. And it is also the responsibility of all of us, the divers and visitors to participate in the preservation of Raja Ampat.

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort is very supportive in preserving the eco system in Raja Ampat, a way to invite guests to be able to preserve nature and nurture existing reefs.

A marine biologist and author of numerous reference books ever researching marine on the island of Kri. He noted there are 283 species of fish in a single dive. Topography here is steep slope with beautiful coral reefs and group of fish and the stars: fish pompano, snapper, grouper, reef sharks, napoeleon wrasse, barracuda, tuna and giant trevally.

Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort itself has dive spots with coral reefs, sponges and soft corals with striking color tinge. Different types of topography in Kri, here tend coral walls – walls – although there are also characteristic sloping reef. It is also easy to encounter many types of nudibranchs or commonly called sea hare, part of the mollusk family.

Late in the afternoon we hunt the presence of Mandarin Fish. This small fish patterned blue, red, orange like motif pattern of Chinese culture. Do not know why, this species appear on magic hours – hours limited hours – ie approximately at 5-6 pm. After a long wait, a number of mandarin fish appear and posing behind a bend contortion of fire coral and other coral reef.

We also can walk down the street of small islands uninhabited area around Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort and to see coral reef rock sticking out and surrounded by calm waters and clear greenish.