To help conserve Raja Ampat, and minimize our “footprint” in the area, all tourists who are entering are required to purchase a Raja Ampat Marine Park entrance tag.

Since 2007 all visitors traveling to Raja Ampat have to pay an entrance fee for the marine park. The fee for 2015 foreign visitors is Rp 1,000,000 / person / calendar year (approximately US $ 100), for which they will receive a waterproof plastic entrance tag, featuring a photo of Raja Ampat. The annual tags and cards will be valid from January 1st until January 31st of the following year. The entrance fee system will be enforced through spot checks conducted by official patrols, so visitors are required to carry their tags or cards when in the diving boat.

Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit fees are directed to the operational costs of Raja Ampat’s five Marine Protected Areas (patrols, administration etc), and to community conservation and development programs.
Collection of the funds is the responsibility of a new organization created to ensure the transparent disbursement of funds: The UPTD BLUD, an autonomous unit within the Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (the local government Department of Oceans and Fisheries).

Please visit the following link for a brief explanation about.

“where the entrance tag money is going” (click here)

The Organization has stated below:
The visitor is required to take this pin card wherever they go, so they can do snorkeling or diving. This PIN Card is available and can be purchased at the Raja Ampat Management Office of Tourism, which is located in the JE Meridian Hotel, Sorong, as the main point of entrance to Raja Ampat.

Entrance Ticket

The Department of Culture and Tourism Waisai, Waigeo Selatan, Raja Ampat, Papua Barat
Tel / Fax: +62 411 402650
email: info@gorajaampat.com
website: www.gorajaampat.com
website: www.diverajaampat.org


Shark, Manta Ray and Dogong Sanctuary

In February 2014 Indonesia declared a vast sanctuary for dugongs, sharks, turtles and manta rays in Raja Ampat. The sanctuary covers 46,000 square kilometers (17,760 square miles) of waters around the Raja Ampat islands in eastern Indonesia, part of the so-called Coral Triangle region of Southeast Asia.

Sharks, manta rays, mobulas, dugongs and turtles are fully protected within the sanctuary, and destructive practices, including reef bombing and the aquarium fish trade, are banned. As the Walton Family Foundation reports, “With support from the Walton Family Foundation, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy worked together to help the local government of Raja Ampat establish the approximate 18,000 square-miles of ocean surrounding the Raja Ampat islands as a shark and manta ray sanctuary, the first in Indonesia and one of only a few in the world. The shark sanctuary is already inspiring broader change. The bold step of the Raja Ampat government has inspired the national Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries to follow suit, with the Ministry currently considering a national ban on manta ray harvest and protection for the most endangered shark species. Given that Indonesia has the highest rate of shark fishing in the world, the shark sanctuary could be a game changer for shark populations globally.

Through the efforts of a coalition of concerned parties, including Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, Shark Savers and Misool Ecoresort – all grantees of the Walton Family Foundation – advocates worked with local policymakers to put in place protections for sharks and rays that will also benefit the region’s burgeoning tourism industry. With the creation of the shark sanctuary and a total ban on shark capture and sale, Raja Ampat’s sharks can again rule the reefs. Raja Ampat is emerging as a must-visit destination for recreational divers from around the world and healthy shark populations will continue to build the region’s appeal. Dive tourists have already generated over a million dollars in tourism revenues. Recovery of shark populations will attract more tourists, bringing long-term and sustained economic wealth to the region.

The foundation-funded efforts to protect Raja Ampat’s marine life have helped local residents regain control of their natural resources and their role as stewards of the sea. Protecting the sharks that swim in the waters off Raja Ampat’s shores will further draw tourists to the region, bring prosperity to local families and is the kind of common-sense solution that will bring lasting benefits to the region’s ecosystem and economy.”

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Raja Ampat as a Marine Park

Raja Ampat’s claim to the greatest biodiversity grows more and more, as new species are added to scientific discoveries. For example, scientists have found clear evidence that the coral around Raja Ampat may be naturally more resilient to fluctuations in water temperatures. In addition, Raja Ampat’s strong ocean currents sweep coral larvae across the Indian and Pacific Oceans, to replenish other reef ecosystems. Raja Ampat’s coral diversity, resilience to threats, and ability to replenish reefs make it a global priority for marine protection.

Raja Ampat’s isolation and sparse human population have played a major role in keeping its reefs healthy. However, the region’s rich coastal and marine resources have made it a target for economic development, ranging from fisheries and marine tourism, to more destructive activities, such as oil and gas exploration, and mining and logging, leaving Raja Ampat’s natural resources threatened by overfishing and destructive fishing, turtle poaching, and unsustainable logging. Without question, Raja Ampat and the broader Bird’s Head Seascape rank as global priorities for marine conservation!

The local government needs strong support in order to develop effective, sustainable coastal and marine resource management, that conserves biodiversity while benefiting local communities. In May 2007, the Raja Ampat government declared a network of seven MPAs (Marine Protected Areas), and now there are 10 MPAs that together cover nearly 35,000 square kilometers, and approximately 45% of Raja Ampat’s coral reefs and mangroves. We hope that these MPAs will ensure the long-term health and sustainability of Raja Ampat’s marine ecosystems. Right now the management of the marine protected areas is under two international conservation NGOs, Conservation International (CI) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), as well as the Indonesian government’s Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Program (COREMAP).