The unspoilt splendors of Raja Ampat in West Papua Province will again be presented to the world this year through the Raja Ampat Festival 2016 scheduled to be held on Waisai Torang Cinta Beach from 18th to 21st October 2016. The festival continues to be an essential program of the district government of Raja Ampat aimed to promote this fascinating underwater paradise, pristine natural environment, enchanting cultural traditions, and all of the undiscovered wonders of Raja Ampat.
Carrying the theme “Lovely Raja Ampat”, the festival will be highlighted with various exciting programs including Art and Cultural Show, Traditional Culinary Fiesta, Underwater photography competition, Tourism and Handicraft exhibition, Beach Cleaning actions, Environmental education Program, Firework Fiesta, and a whole lot more. During the festival, spectators will also get a chance to participate in post tour activities including diving, snorkeling, village tours, and bird watching. One highlight of the festival is a demonstration of traditional boating skills that have been passed down from generation to generation, which has become the traditional way of Seafaring for the Papuans.
This year, the festival will also present a Jazz Night music performance featuring some of the most prominent artists of the country: Glenn Fredly, Andre Hehanusa, Budi Do Re Mi, Edo Kondologit, and Nowela.
Raja Ampat or literally meaning "the Four Kings", is the name given to the islands located off the northwestern tip of the Bird's Head Peninsula on the main Papua Island. The four major islands here are Waigeo, Misool (which is home to 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 once in a lifetime experiences that you will find when you attend the Raja Ampat Festival.For more information, log on to: http://www.festivalrajaampat.com/