• Landscapes


  • Wide angle world

    Wide angle world

  • Ground animals

    Ground animals

  • Macrolife


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    Plants – Flowers – Mushrooms

Pulau Wai is a small private island about 2 km perimeter, which belongs to the archipelago of Raja Ampat (West Papua – Indonesia). The island is a coral atoll entirely surrounded by a beautiful white sand beach, covered by a lush equatorial vegetation, the kingdom of numerous exotic birds, coconuts crabs (Birgus latro) and endemic spotted Couscous (Spilocuscus papuensis). In the shade of large pine trees Cassowaries (Casuarina cunninghamniana), the cottages of the Wai Eco Resort overlook the incredible turquoise lagoon that merges to the open sea with a spectacular House Reef rich in fishes and corals.
Raja Ampat is an incredible stunning archipelago comprising over 1,600 islands, hosting thousands of different species some of which are endemic to the region; is located in West Papua, Indonesia, and it’s undoubtedly a real heaven on earth! Raja Ampat means Four Kings and gets its name from a Papuan mythological story about the four kings that in the past occupied the principal four big islands of this archipelago: Batanta, Misool, Salawati and Waigeo.
Scuba diving in Raja Ampat are spectacular; marine surveys reveal that Raja Ampat has more than 600 hard corals species which represents more than 75% of all the species in the world. You will also find more than 1,400 species of fish. With its rich ecosystem and abundance of species, Raja Ampat is the true heart of the Golden Biodiversity Triangle.
From Pulau Wai you can start your underwater adventure just outside your cottage, on the coral reef that surrounds the island or within its wonderful turquoise lagoon. Here you can find everything from the small critters special for the macro until the carpet-shark (Wobbegong), to the endemic walking shark (Epaulette) and schooling fish near the New and Old Jetty for a wideangle.
There is a great variety of dive sites in Raja Ampat and the immediate area  surrounding Pulau Wai is really incredible from “Wai Wall” to “Nikson Reef”, from “Marti Garden” to “Miano Reef”, from “Pulau Kri” to “Airplane Wreck” a beautiful wreck of P47D airplane model sunk in 1944 during the Second World War. Diving in this area of Indonesia means that will find all your heart desires, wishes, from sites dripping with lush soft corals, the spectacular hard coral gardens, slopes, bommies, caves and holes, special dive spots for critters and cleaning stations for mantas. And of course we are really in the middle of one of Raja Ampat’s most celebrated dive sites zone “the Dampier Strait” that include “Sardine Reef,” “Chicken Reef”, “Mios Kon”, “Mike’s point”, “Cape Kri, “Blue Magic”, etc.
Raja Ampat offers all around the year good weather conditions for diving and snorkeling in the area of ​​Wai Eco Resort. The water temperature is constant at around 28°-30° C / 82°-86° F and underwater visibility varies between 15 and 30 m / 50 and 100 feet.
In the area surrounding Pulau Wai, you can explore a myriad of sites for diving or snorkelling, with a fascinating variety of habitats. During a typical week, you can see 4 different types of pygmy seahorses (bargibanti, denise, pontohi, severnsi), nudibranchs and all different kinds of critters, different varieties of schooling fishes, carpet-sharks Wobbegong, walking-sharks Epaulette (endemic of Raja Ampat), bumphead parrotfish, turtles, giant trevally, barracuda, manta rays and almost all existing reef fishes, along with a myriad of hard and soft corals that have brought scientists to dub the place as the “Seascape more rich of the Earth“.
A dive or snorkel along the House Reef reveals colourful coral gardens, funny Clownfish in anemones, various schools of fish, every shape and size of reef fish, octopus, cuttle fish, nudibranchs, and more and more…a real feast for the eyes! Often baby Blacktip Sharks can be seen playfully hunting small fish in the shallow water in front of the cottages or under the over-water restaurant. Night dives are really incredible, colourful and productive for photographers.
At times a school of fish, indonesian name Ikan Oci, and catching blue trevally around all the jetty making for good photographic opportunities, and also schooling batfish usually hide under the Old Jetty.

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