We got the idea to write this article following many conversations with our guests. We have frequently been asked, “ Why do you have an eco resort?” Many guests choose us directly because they are intrigued by our Eco Concept. However, some guests are not as familiar with these environmental protocols we have in place, and therefore we want to take a moment to describe these eco friendly measures that we are proud of.
Being a Raja Ampat eco resort is no an accident, it is our choice, and we are happy to be involved in various activities to preserve Raja Ampat’s environment.
The scientific community agrees that coral reefs are the most biodiverse marine eco systems. The famed Coral Triangle represents the most bio diverse coral reef system on the planet, the epicenter being in Raja Ampat. Corals that produce reef structures are home to thousands of species; many are yet to be discovered. This underwater network of history and life is at risk, not only from immediate threats, but also from hazards from all parts of the world. Species across the globe, and in fact the entire planet, are at risk these days, due to a variety of consecutive pollutants.
It is difficult and painful to imagine these marine ecosystems completely eradicated during our lifetime. It is unfortunately all too easy for us to put the idea on the back burner, after diving in such healthy and vibrant dive sites. It is much too easy for us to turn our backs on something we don’t actually see falling apart with our own eyes. But it is this lack of being proactive in the present that will make us just complicit in the decline of such ecosystems in the future.
Guests are shocked when they come to Raja Ampat and find plastic bottles on nearby beaches, or when they see Indonesian people throwing rubbish out to the ocean. It is a somewhat surprising to see such careless and ignorant behavior, but it is not just these actions that we need to worry about.