Comprising hundreds of jungle-covered islands, Raja Ampat is known for its beaches and coral reefs rich with marine life. Ancient rock paintings and caves are on Misool Island, while the crimson bird of paradise lives on Waigeo Island. Batanta and Salawati are the archipelago’s other main islands.
Area: 40,000 km²
Total islands: 612
Major islands: Misool; Salawati; Batanta; Waigeo
Archipelago: Raja Ampat Islands
Population: 49,048 (2014)