Healthy coral reef reaching almost up to the surface of Kalig Wall
But why is Raja Ampat so famous? It’s in every diver’s wish list and after diving it many times now, I think I can somewhat tell you why. The water is warm, the reefs are lush and the fish life is abundant. Biodiversity is at its peak here. The human population is low and the islands are so remote from the nearest city, which in this case is Sorong. The Papuan villagers from Yellu own the waters around here and they practice the tradition of Sasi which means the traditional right of opening a season for catching a particular marine species and closing the season when enough marine life has been caught. With MER buying the 25 year lease to 425 sq km of Misool waters and turning it into a no-take zone, fish life is at a state as it should be. Healthy. The islands and reefs are close to each other and the waters flow through in between reefs creating current fed massive healthy corals like gorgonian fans, soft corals and of course, hard corals. But it’s the brilliant colors of the octocorals that makes this place unique.