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The native people of Raja Ampat is composed of many indigenous tribes. The indigenous tribes there who inhabit the region and the Raja Ampat archipelago since hundreds years ago, migrated from other islands in the region around Raja Ampat. In the book Profile Hobbies Travel Raja Ampat, West Papua, a book published by the Department of Culture and Tourism of Raja Ampat, given that there are at least 12 indigenous tribes who currently inhabit the islands of Raja Ampat.

Like the lyrics of a song written by Frankie Sahilatua (deceased) entitled “I’m Papua” that is often sung by the artist from Papua Edo Kondologit, characteristic of Native Raja Ampat islands are like our brothers who came from Papua is black and curly hair.

As the inhabitants of the archipelago that most of its territory is sea, the main source of livelihood of the majority of the people of Raja Ampat is to cultivate a variety of natural resources from the sea such as fishing, maker of salted fish, seaweed search, or as a provider of transportation services inter-island sea etc. One of the native tribes Raja Ampat are those who inhabit the villages in the Mayalibith bay area Raja Ampat, they are in Kampung Lopintol and Warema.

Residents Lopintol known as the night light fisherman. They worked without a fishing rod or net, but the technique of ‘light fishing’. Fishermen use kerosene lamps highlight to attract fish. This method is very effective, so they can catch 40 fish in one action. While residents in Kampung Warema has a habit of hunting sago worm for consumption. Residents looking sago worms that live in the sago tree trunk that has been cut down and started to rot. In addition to cooking, local residents commonly eat raw sago worm or still alive. If you visit the village, you might get a challenge from residents to eat sago worm newly taken from the tree.

Raja Ampat communities also keep track of history, in the form of ancient paintings and hand stamp on the cliffs of limestone islands in the Gulf region Kabui. Your adventure in Raja Ampat should end with a climb to the top of Wayag Islands, which has a panoramic view like ‘fragments of heaven fallen to the earth’


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“I wanna stay for one or two night in Raja Ampat and I wanna see Wayag, Phonemo, Hidden Bay, Kaliraja…….”.

That’s the most common statement or questions from guests who came to Raja Ampat, without getting sufficient info or perception of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat Doberai Eco Resort experiences almost every month receiving those kind of guests who come to Raja Ampat without doing any sufficient research even from internet. For me as local it is ironic, since most of those typical guests are local tourists.

Before coming to Raja Ampat most of the guests thought that Raja Ampat is just like Bali, where they can easily go everywhere by riding taxi, or simply renting a car or motorcycle or even by just bicycling.

What ……??? How come it is really expensive? That’s the second most common expression after knowing that going to Raja Ampat takes serious effort, physically and financially.

The Reality

Raja Ampat is a municipality under West Papua Province. Raja Ampat itself is actually an archipelago, consisting of 1.500 islands. Out of that, 640 islands are classified as big islands. Since 80% of Raja Ampat area is conservation area, only 20 – 40 islands are inhabitant, and the rest are completely natural and empty. Geografically, Raja Ampat has significantly wide area, since it is spreading from bird’s head of West Papua down to South Ambon. Doberai Eco Resort itself is located in South Waigeo, Raja Ampat.

Gradually, world knows that Raja Ampat is extremely beautiful. But, unfortunately, to see and enjoy Raja Ampat, we have to reach or visit every single dive spots, islands, bays, caves, limestones, animals’ natural habitat, indigenous local villages, primitive handprint as well as cemeteries. And many more others exciting  destinations.

Hence, once again, we, Doberai Eco Resort, strongly suggest you to do sufficient research from varieties sources such as internet, books, or asking friends who have come to Raja Ampat. By doing this, we guarantee that you would be able to minimize unnecessary expenditure, and at the same time maximize your vacation in Raja Ampat.