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At the Raja Ampat Festival the islands display their Best cultural and natural splendors
Eeach year around the month of October, the unspoilt splendors of the Raja Ampat archipelago are presented to the world through the Raja Ampat Festival.
Staged at the charming coastal town of Waisai, capital of the Raja Ampat district, the Festival continues to be an essential program of the regional government of Raja Ampat to promote this fascinating underwater paradise, pristine natural environment, enchanting cultural traditions, and all the undiscovered wonders of Raja Ampat in the province of West Papua.
The Raja Ampat Festival features various activities including art and cultural performances, nature and underwater photo competitions and exhibitions, and seminars on diving and underwater photography. During the festival, spectators will also get a chance to participate in post tour activities including diving, snorkeling, village tours, and bird watching. One of the highlights of the festival is a demonstration of traditional boating skills that has been passed down from generation to generation, which is the traditional way of Seafaring for the Papuans.
Among some of the Papuan traditional arts and cultural performances are the Lalayon Dance, Woor Dance, Lenso dance, Yospan Dance, Gemutu Dance, Akar Bore Dance, the War Dance, Angin Mamiri Dance, and the Suling Tambur traditional flute and percussion performance.
The event also features an Expo and Travel mart that will bring together all tourism stakeholders and present the large variety of tourism products and attractions of the region. This is an excellent opportunity where buyers and sellers of tourism industries can meet face to face and make contracts. The occasion will also be an opportunity for exchange of information and to learn more about what Raja Ampat has to offer.
Raja Ampat or ‘the Four Kings’, is the name given to the islands located off the northwestern tip of the Bird's Head Peninsula off the main Papua Island. The four major islands found here are Waigeo, Misool (where one can see ancient rock paintings), Salawati, and Batanta.
Underwater enthusiasts flock to this region because it offers the world’s best marine sights. In the Raja Ampat islands, divers can explore vertical underwater walls. The thrill of drift diving is another great challenge. These and the fascinating art and cultural performances are the awesome experiences you will find as you attend the Raja Ampat Festival.
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