The culture of Raja Ampat is diversified, like most of Indonesia, there is a fusion of ethnic groups, religious beliefs, languages and amazing cuisine. The English language is not yet widely spoken across this region and many communicate in their native language which is derived from Papua or Bahasa Indonesia. It is important that visitors are sensitive in regards to the local people when walking around the island and in the villages. Visitors are warmly welcomed and whilst not mandatory it is greatly appreciated.
Typical food of Raja Ampat offers guests a wide array of incredible spices and flavour and some of the main ingredients are cassava, sago and rice. If you are interested in trying a local dish the main menu would be a breakfast of bananas, plantains or yams often fried in a dough and then served hot, for lunch it might be a rice based meal served with vegetables and fish or perhaps a soup made with local herbs, and dinner is commonly similar to lunch as many meals across Indonesia feature rice. The local food is one of the best ways to connect with the destination.
The highlight of Raja Ampat is of course – mother nature! Here in the remote jungle islands in the far east you can really marvel at the landscape, the fresh air and the unbelievably clear waters. It is difficult to explain just how vast the islands really are; exceeding 9.8 million hectares of land. The area is known for its rich diversity on both land and sea, but also, its rich hospitality where visitors are commonly met with a traditional welcome dance. Sailing throughout Raja Ampat is where just a few tourists will ever go, a special expedition for anyone who journeys through here. A friendly paradise that will have you never wanting to leave.