Raja Ampat tourism passes in flying colors despite coral damage

Published on : Thursday, April 6, 2017

Raja Ampat tourismTourist inflow at Raja Ampat in West Papua didn’t get affected in spite of coral damage caused by a cruise ship which had got stuck in March.

The tourism office of Raja Ampat’s confirmed the Channel NewsAsia that it did not receive any postponement from any visitors yet. To quote Yusdi Lamatenggo, ‘The latest data that we have shows we have about 178,000 hectares of coral reef in Raja Ampat. We want the world to know that not all of Raja Ampat’s coral reefs have been damaged. The information I received from all dive operators in Raja Ampat is that there have not been any impact in terms of cancellations to Raja Ampat.’

This place has long been one of the top attractions for fearless travelers eastern Indonesia. Besides, a great place for avid divers, Raja Ampat is home to palm-fringed islands bounded by an underwater kaleidoscope of exotic fish and corals. The event which caused harm to a total of 1.8 hectares of coral reef has not injured Raja Ampat’s reputation as a premium diving destination as confirmed by Yusdi because the damaged reef just comprise one of many other attractions in Raja Ampat. Visitors in Raja Ampat can still decide to dive in more than 200 coral reefs which are as immaculate as ever. The Caledonian Sky got stuck during low tide at a popular dive spot known as Crossover Reef on Mar 4.


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