Waigeo Island

Written by on July 9, 2012 in Papua, Raja Ampat Islands with 0 Comments

Waigeo Island

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Waigeo is an island in West Papua province of eastern Indonesia. The island is also known as Amberi, or Waigiu. It is the largest of the four main islands in the Raja Ampat Islands archipelago, between Halmahera and about 65 km to the northwest coast of New Guinea. The other three islands are Salawati, Batanta and Misool.[citation needed]

Its area is 3,155 kmĀ², the highest elevation is almost 1000 m. From west to east the island measures approximately 110 km, north-south circa 50 km.

The town of Wasai in the west of the island is the capital of the Raja Ampat regency.

Since 1997, the island has been the site of a substantial pearl farming operation owned by the Australian company Atlas Pacific.

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Sauwandarek Tourism Village is located in the western part of Waisai, the capital city of Raja Ampat district, West Papua province. This village is part of Meos Mansar district. Homes in this tourism village with 46 families or about 179 population have original leaf roofs.

In this village, women, particularly mothers, produce hats and bags made of sea pandan leaf. This village is famous for its beautiful corals. In addition, there is a salty lake locally called Telaga Yenauwyau, which is located behind the village.

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