The natural beauty of Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua has long been heard for its popularity. As one of the marine tourism destinations, Raja Ampat holds many beautiful natural panoramas.
one of the most famous tourist icons in Raja Ampat is Wayag Island. The island which is the furthest tourist destination in Raja Ampat has become a favorite place among travelers because of its beauty. There, you will be spoiled by the view of the clear blue sea and the many clusters of tower karst.
To reach Wayag Island, it takes around four hours by sea from Raja Ampat port in Waigeo District. The cost of renting a boat is not cheap, it can reach millions of rupiah because of the high cost of fuel there. To make your trip to Wayag Island doesn’t cost lots of money, better go in groups of at least eight people. So that boat rental costs will be cheaper.
After four hours sailing on the sea, you will stop for a moment at Sarpele Village. There, there is a local leader who is respected by local residents. If you want to go to Wayag, then you must ask for his permission.
From Sarpele Village, the journey continues to the Wayag Post. There, all visitors are required to show Raja Ampat pins worth around 500 thousand rupiah for local tourists and 1 million rupiah for foreign tourists.
Your struggle is not yet ended. Once in Wayag, you must climb to the top of a fairly steep rock. Approximately it takes about 30-45 minutes to climb to the top so that you can look at the natural beauty of Wayag more freely.
However, once the summit is reached, all your efforts will be replaced with a sense of satisfaction and emotion from watching the blue sea water and green karst hills arising protruding in the middle of the sea.
Stepping on the Wayag, you are given a choice of two peaks which are popular among travelers. The first peak is higher and lush with trees while the second peak is lower. If you arrive at Wayag before noon or decide to stay the night before, then you can track the two peaks.
Local people call those peaks peak one and peak two. The view from the top of the two peaks is very beautiful. But to reach them requires hard effort, especially courage because visitors have to climb and passing sharp rocks which take time one to two hours.
You can also take the time to have lunch or swim with sharks.
Even though it sounds extreme, you don’t need to worry because this shark is still small and harmless as long as there is no smell of blood or fed close to human limbs.
In fact, these little sharks are deliberately maintained by local residents so that all are tame. Therefore, tourists can freely play and swim with the sharks.