birding in Papua

One of the more intriguing vacation destinations recommended is that of Raja Ampat, located off the coast of New Guinea in Indonesia’s West Papua province. The region is an archipelago comprised of more than 1,000 small islands and four main islands. The name actually means “Four Kings,” and dates back to local folklore concerning eggs hatching into kings, which are symbolized by the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Waigeo and Batanta. The Raja Ampat has been called the Amazon of the Oceans and rates as number one for the region of the world containing the most underwater biodiversity.

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