Wayag Islands, the Icon of Raja Ampat
Most of Raja Ampat’s advertising shows the picture of Wayag Islands. This area is without doubt an excellence choice to be the icon of Raja Ampat (West Papua, Indonesia). Wayag is a cluster of uninhabited small islands. They are stunningly scattered like a maze above the crystal blue seawater. Magnificent view! Wayag is definitely the most beautiful area that we visited during our diving holiday in Raja Ampat.
We spent two nights in Wayag, arriving in late afternoon after heavy storm and waves to reach the islands. Our liveaboard boat had problem with its generator and we did not have electricity and fresh water for half day. It was terrible, however the splendid view of Wayag islands made up for it.
We climbed to the peak of Wayag to see the archipelago up of the hill. It was not easy since the hill formed of rocks inclining almost 90 degree. Oh well, I was exaggerating but I felt that way when climbing its rocky hill :D. It took us around 20 to 30 minutes to reach the peak to see the amazing view of Wayag islands. Our liveaboard boat was the only boat in the area back then, yup, only seven scuba divers and the boat crews in the stunning archipelago! What a luxury!
Its underwater beauty is as stunning as its above landscape: colorful corals with numerous of fishes. I also spotted numerous groupers, nudibranch, flatworm, orangutan crab and barracuda. We did five dives in the archipelago and had a tour around Wayag with our liveaboard’s zodiac boat. At night, the boat crew prepared a barbeque party at the beach in one of the islands.
Wayag is also prefect for snorkelers. After climbing the peak, you might want to jump into the sea! If you wish to visit Wayag (and you must if you were in Raja Ampat), the first option is taking a liveaboard diving holiday that cover a scuba-diving journey to the Central and Northern part of Raja Ampat like we did.
Another option to reach Wayag islands could be:
- Staying in Waisai, the capital of Raja Ampat in Waigeo Island. Waigeo Island can be reached from Sorong Port in the mainland West Papua by public ferries. The ferries operates daily with cost around 14-15 USD (price is subject to change). Other option is renting a private speedboat from Sorong Port, but the cost could be very expensive.
- When you are in Waisai, you can rent speedboat to reach Wayag Islands. The speedboat trip will take around three hours one way. The cost could be very expensive. What I have heard the price is around 700-1,000 USD. It is advised to visit Wayag in a group to share the cost. Mostly Indonesians do so when visiting Wayag. Some even asked other tourists whom they just met in Waisai to join the trip.
Of course the post of Wayag’s beauty is incomplete without showing what lays beneath. For photos of various marine species spotted in Wayag as you may find in the photo-slide. I use a “fish bible book“, to identify the species I took picture of. Hope you enjoy the photos 🙂
Nice post and great photos, I think there is now a new destination on our list.
Thank you so much for your kind comment! I hope you will visit Raja Ampat someday, it is truly recommended 🙂 Have a great weekend!
Waw, amazing, wonderful pictures! I don’t dive but makes me dream 🙂
Thank you so much Laia..Wayag is also for non divers..if you love nature, I recommend to visit the place, it’s truly remarkable 🙂
Wow, great photos! Hope I can travel some day there! =)
the pictues are amazing, Indah…
the underwater ones too…
I’ve never scubadived in my life… I guess it’s very exciting 🙂
Looks gorgeous.. like a wonderful place for a honeymoon! Would you agree, or too many people?
Hi Tanny, thank you! It is mostly quite there. Wayag area is aimed to be protected so no humans allowed to settled in these islands 🙂 Maybe on high season there could be some liveaboard boats (for scuba diving), even then they are not allowed to stay for more than one night. We stayed there for two nights with our liveaboard because of engine problems…and back then there were some sea patrols as well to guard the area.
That sounds so nice to be able to swim in the water. Here, the water is too cold to swim so it takes alot of effort to go diving. You would probably need a thermal suit and then a dry suit on top of it, for snorkelling. It’s amazing though! I went snorkelling in Iceland =)
😀 I have never done cold water diving. I am too afraid of being cold!! Gosh, I can’t believe that you did snorkel in Iceland!! Wow..will look at your post asap!!
Beautiful photos. Have a good Sunday
‘Thank you Marko. You too, have a great Sunday!
as always, so GREAT mba Indah 😀
🙂 🙂 Terimakasih Eka..
:)) kembali Mba hehe 😀
It looks similar to Thailand. Very beautiful
Thank you! May I know which part of Thailand that looks alike Raja Ampat? Have you been to Raja Ampat?
No, never been to any part of Indonesia… Coral Islands look similar but not this good skies, water definitely is good cos I dived there. I am a beginner in diving and Phi Phi Islands are said to have much.
Check out the pics here
Ah I see..yes, that reminds me there are limestones islands in Phang Nga and I have been there as well. The rock islands bit similar but not exactly similar scattered – https://indahs.com/2014/05/02/phang-nga/ In Raja Ampat, Wayag has no population at all and free from mass tourists or resorts. But yup, these type of islands are gorgeous to see 🙂 Thanks for the link – interesting trip you had there 😉
Actually my plan was to visit Indonesia, but Visa on arrival in Thai won my heart you see 😛
Your pics in Phang nga are amazing, much better than mine. I didn’t visit all the places you mentioned, feeling bad.
Thank you for the link, cheers
Oh, I thought Indonesia has allowed visa on arrival for all tourists…especially since India has allowed Indonesians to enter India with visa on arrival 😉
Not sure, but I was pretty sure about Thai. I should check Indonesia for my next trip 😉