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Salawati Island, the Beautiful Remote Island in Raja Ampat

Salawati Island is one of the four main islands in Raja Ampat. The area of this island is 1623 km². The island is so beautiful. The beauty is so popular around that it attracts many tourists to visit the island. Together with the other three main islands in Raja Ampat, i.e. Misool, Batanta and Waigeo, the island has become the most attractive tourist destination in West Papua. Many developers are interested in developing the four islands. They have built many beautiful resorts along with its facilities. These resorts have made the islands attract more tourists to visit the islands.
          Geographically, the island is situated in Salawati District, Raja Ampat Regency, West Papua Indonesia. To reach the island, you must go by boat. You can first fly to Sorong, from either Jakarta or Makassar. Depending on where you are, you can take a flight to Sorong. Once you have arrived at Domne Eduard Osok, Sorong, you can continue your journey by taxi or rental car towards the port. The rental car costs about Rp400,000 to Rp500,000 ($42.00 to $52.00) per day depending on the type of the car. From the port, you can then go by speed boat or long boat towards Sukawati Island. It takes about two hours from the port to the island. On your way, you will see many small islands without inhabitants. The small islands are so beautiful, especially because they are virgin island needed to be developed. 

          Sukawati Island is a remote island. The island is so quiet and peace. However, a lot of tourists come and gone. Most tourists are foreigners, but some others are domestic ones. Most of them visit the island to enjoy the beauty of the island. Some others come to the island to do some researches. The island has many potentials to develop. Hence, many scientists come to the island to do a research. They mostly do observation about the species. The biodiversity of the island has interested many researchers in doing some observations. However, many tourists come to the island simply because they want to do water activities. They especially want to dive or snorkel. The scenery of the underwater life is so fantastic. There are many bunkers left from World War II sinking in the sea around the island. They become interesting spots to dive.   

          When you are about to visit Sukawati Island, you need to prepare everything carefully. You will not find any restaurants or resorts around the island. Hence, you need to bring enough food from Sorong. If you really need to stay overnight in this island, the only option for you is to stay at the local people’s house. However, you don’t have to worry as most people here are friendly. You can even ask them to guide you when you want to explore the island or do water activities. 
          To visit the island, you must bring enough food and equipment needed to do your activities. With careful preparation, your journey to the island will be more fun and exciting. Sukawati Island is one of the best islands you should visit when you are in Raja Ampat.
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