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The Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia 26 Nov 2016

Posted on 26 Nov 2016
Rocks formations, part of the Raja Ampat Islands, in Indonesia
Rocks formations, part of the Raja Ampat Islands, in Indonesia
Rocks formations, part of the Raja Ampat Islands, in Indonesia

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The Raja Ampat Islands are a small Indonesian archipelago, made up of over 1,500 islands, scattered off the northwest tip of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua. The archipelago is part of the Coral Triangle, which is the richest centre of marine life and coral diversity anywhere on the planet and covers parts of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. 

The Coral Triangle is home to over 6,000 species of fish and 76% of the world’s species of coral. Raja Ampat is particularly rich in biodiversity: over ten times more species of hard coral are found here than in the Carribean. Unsurprisingly, Raja Ampat is home to some of the finest dive sites on earth.

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