Wayag Island is one of the islands within the Raja Ampat district in the province of West Papua. The island is known for its beautiful atolls and amazing underwater life covering a total area of 155,000 hectares (about 383,013.3 acres).
Here, you find pristine beaches with unique Karst islands that look like mushrooms sprouting out from the sea. Along these beaches, tourists can see fairy tale panorama, more captivating than Leonardo DiCaprio’s getaway in “The Beach”. The crystal clear waters around Wayag Island appear like unreal windows to various types of flora and fauna that live underwater.
Wayag Island never ceases to amaze. Divers, especially, have been overwhelmed not only by the rich underwater displays, but also by the panoramic beauty of the island as they climb up to its highest platform and observe coves and atolls around. It is a dream come true, truly a dream fulfilled.
The island is 10 km north of the equator. Liveaboards are the best choice for travelers with a love for adventure and romance. Social contacts with other travelers will only be a call away. Dive briefings are enriching, so that just being there with other divers and the exotic looking staff, you will feel as if you are already drawn into the depths of Wayag’s surreal beauty
Atolls above the surface and vibrant colors of reefs and countless water species under the water are what Wayag Island has to offer before your very eyes. There is a species of fish called Kalabia, which is the welcoming ambassador of Wayag among the other sea creatures. If you have heard about Wayag Island rumored as having the best views both underwater and above, this is a fact, and not mere gossip.
In addition to Wayag Island, the Raja Ampat islands have also an amazing park of colorful coral reefs around Jef Fam islands, known as the Melissa’s Garden, a cluster of small rocky outcroppings surrounded by a large reef. Here are large clams as big as 1 meter hiding at the base of the rocks, Wobegong sharks lurking under the coral, more jacks and barracudas, schools of bumphead parrotfish, sea fans with camouflaging pigmy seahorse, they are all there around Kri island. A salt river separating Waigeo Island from Gam Island is rich with archer fish and countless species of goby. Photographers will never want to leave this area, which is also called The Passage. You can also see manta fish and the remains of an aircraft from World War II at Wai island.
When diving in the Dampier strait, tame manta rays and thousands of fish of various types will surely accompany your dive. Misool Island in the southern part of Raja Ampat is also known for its underwater beauty, atolls and caves of stalactites. If you want to take a break from diving, there are many other experiences to enjoy around Raja Ampat, from trekking and exploring, to visiting traditional villages. So its many wonders, in so little time.