A New Pier Off of Pulau Kri

Raja Ampat No Longer A Secret

As I reported a few days ago, RA is no longer a secret place. There are home-stays and small resorts popping up all over the place. I used to take a walk down the beach towards the end of Pulau Kri on the day of rest, Saturday. When I took that walk, it was totally void of humans…it was just me, the water, and the birds. Not anymore. This time, when I took the walk, I ran into several home-stays that have been built next to the water…and a couple of new piers extending out to the drop-off. I guess this is progress. I just wonder what it will be like 30 years from now? At least I got to see it when it was pristine…

I am not complaining, and the growth is not all that bad. Because of the popularity of Raja Ampat, Indonesia is the first country to protect Mantas in ALL of it’s territorial waters. This would not have happened if Raja Ampat remained a secret. So, some good has come from it’s new popularity. I also like taking photos of piers….these two photos are of the new pier…