Raja Ampat, Papua Indonesia

The sparsely populated Raja Ampat islands comprise of around 1000 islands just off Sorong. With their sublime scenery of steep, jungle-covered islands, scorching white-sand beaches, hidden lagoons, spooky caves, weird mushroom-shaped islets and pellucid luminous turquoise waters, Raja Ampat has to be one of the most beautiful island chains in Southeast Asia.

Pure, unadulterated beauty isn’t just what draws people here, though. Raja Ampat has good birdwatching with a couple of species of birds of paradise present and what many call the best diving in the world. Little known until the last few years, Raja Ampat’s diversity of marine life and its huge, largely pristine coral-reef systems are a diver’s dream come true – and fantastic for snorkellers too. It’s like swimming in a tropical aquarium. In fact, the waters are so clear and fish so numerous that you hardly even need don a mask. We saw six sharks swimming around below us merely by peering out the window of an over-water hut! So great is the quantity and variety of marine life here that scientists have described Raja Ampat as a biological hot spot and believe that the reef systems here act to restock reefs throughout the South Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The four biggest islands are Waigeo (with the small but fast-growing regional capital, Waisai), Batanta, Salawati and Misool. The Dampier Strait between Waigeo and Batanta has many outstanding dive sites, so most accommodation options are on Waigeo, Batanta or three smaller islands between them: Kri, Gam and Mansuar.

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Variety Nature tourism, culture and religion in Indonesia

Indonesia, one of the countries part of Southeast Asia that have many archipelago. With its vast number of islands and oceans Indonesia has many natural resources from the plantation to the mine. Not only his produce only rich, but also with the civilization and culture of various kinds manifold. Cultural wealth lure foreign tourists to visit Indonesia, jams from its natural attractions.

Countries crossed by the equator is famous Bali Island, perhaps outside the country when we asked about Indonesia there who do not know the country, but when we talk of Bali, of course, many know about the island resort with the beauty of nature and culture. But in fact not only the island of Bali alone, there is still the island of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and others up to Irian Jaya.

The tropical climate makes its own power Pull for foreign tourists to visit Indonesia. In building the tourism industry, Indonesia build an infrastructure that supports tourism as tour business, travel and hotel with kind of class. Indonesia was widely reported in Indonesia news today, construction of transportation, hotel and tourism support facilities in Indonesia.

Ease of access in choosing a place to stay and transportation for tourism is also intensively conducted by the government. Their online application that integrates with tourism agencies and tour allows travelers to vacation. Competitive prices and quality of the tourist sites that are increasingly improved expected to boost the popularity of Indonesian tourism in Southeast Asia and the world in general.

In addition to natural and cultural attractions, there is another religious travel. The existence of diverse ethnicities, and religions in Indonesia are also many places of worship were very beautiful, and allow it to be used as tourist attractions religious. There Candi Borobudur, Prambanan Temple, Istiqlal Mosque Minaret, and places of worship like in Tanah Lot were used as places of worship of Hindu religion, but also occasionally opened to the public for leisure travelers, and many other religious travel. And among them is already registered as a UNESCO world cultural tourism in 1991.

Indonesian natural attractions are also very exotic and attractive to tourists. Indonesia’s location is within the circle of fire ring of the world, where there are many volcanoes that are still active and which are no longer active. Many lake – natural lake formed from a volcanic crater that has its own uniqueness. For example Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Mount Merapi in Central Java, and Kalimutu lakes or lakes with three colors that are in Flores. Then there is also the island of Komodo, where many dragons animals found there. And underwater travel Raja Ampat is a trend now, presenting a nature that is still beautiful and natural beauty of the underwater world that is still maintained and the animals that live there.