By Unique Travel Destinations | July 7, 2009
There are still places in the far corners of the world where one will find nature at its glorious best, unspoiled and untouched by modern civilization. Kri Eco Resort is one such place, where few travelers venture and those lucky few who do, are afforded some of nature’s most amazing underwater sights. West Papua is, after all, one of the wildest and least explored dive areas in the world. And for avid divers familiar with diving in Indonesia, diving in West Papua is far superior to Wakatobi, Bali, Komodo, Kalimantan, Manado, and other areas of Sulawesi.
Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea , Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding the four main islands Misool, Salawati, Batanta and Waigeo. It is a part of the recently renamed Papua province of Indonesia, formerly known as Irian Jaya.
Raja Ampat’s pristine beauty, both above the water and below the water, is truly unrivalled. Its remote location and lack of infrastructure have inhibited the growth of tourism. This area’s staggering abundance of marine life is due in part to its incredibly low human population density.
Beneath the dense jungle canopy, the islands are primarily karst limestone, which are dry, inhospitable, and overwhelmingly vertical. The few resident Papuans are mainly a subsistence society, exploiting a variety of resources to meet their basic needs. Fishing is only one of these resources, and they continue to employ traditional, low-impact fishing techniques, using a hook and line from dug-out canoes.
Kri Eco Resort is one of 2 Dutch owned and managed resorts located on the island of Kri in the northern part of the Raja Ampat Archipelago. Opened in 1994, this is the back to nature option for people who enjoy simple living in a stunning environment… and amazing diving.
In addition to some of the best diving in the world, the topside environment is in pristine conditions and amongst the attractions is a chance to see Birds of Paradise that are only found in this region of the world.