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Waigeo is the largest of the four main islands that make up the Raja Ampat archipelago in Indonesia. It lies in the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua province to the northwest of the island of New Guinea. The island is famous for its stunning natural beauty and its diverse marine life, making it a popular destination for tourists and divers.

Waigeo is about 62 miles (100 km) long and 37 miles (60 km) wide, with a total area of 1,780 square miles (4,624 square km). The island is mountainous and has several active volcanoes, including the Gunung Meja and Gunung Payung. The highest point on the island is Mount Sibela, which rises to a height of 3,743 feet (1,142 m).

The island is home to several indigenous ethnic groups, including the Doreh, Meoswar, and Wamesa people. The majority of the population lives in small coastal villages and subsists mainly on fishing, agriculture, and the production of copra.

The island has a long history, with evidence of human settlement dating back to the Stone Age. The first Europeans to arrive on the island were the Portuguese in 1511. In the 19th century, the island was a Dutch colony, and it was eventually incorporated into Indonesia after the country gained independence in 1945.

Today, Waigeo is a popular destination for tourists, who come to explore its stunning natural beauty and its diverse marine life. The island is home to the Raja Ampat Marine Park, which is a popular spot for divers and snorkelers. The island is also home to a number of historical sites, including the remains of the Dutch fort at Waigeo harbor.

Excursion tips for a day in Waigeo

As a tourist in Waigeo, Indonesia, there are a multitude of activities to enjoy during your stay. Here are some of the top things to do in Waigeo on a day:

1. Visit the breathtaking Raja Ampat Islands, which are known for their stunning coral reefs and crystal-clear waters.

2. Take a boat tour around the islands and explore the many hidden coves and lagoons.

3. Spend the day snorkeling or diving in the waters of Waigeo and experience the vibrant marine life.

4. Take a hike through the lush rainforest and spot exotic birds, monkeys, and other wildlife.

5. Visit the traditional villages of Waigeo and get a glimpse of the local culture and customs.

6. Take a boat trip to nearby Wayag Island to admire the stunning limestone formations.

7. Visit the nearby Misool Eco Resort and explore the nearby mangrove forests and coral reefs.

8. Enjoy some of the local seafood dishes, such as grilled fish and spicy sambal.

9. Visit the remote Waisai Islands and explore the traditional villages and stunning beaches.

10. Visit the nearby Arborek Island and take part in a traditional village tour.

Experience Waigeo with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Waigeo. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Waigeo

Waigeo in Indonesia has a tropical climate with high temperatures and humidity throughout the year. The dry season runs from May to October and is characterised by hot and dry weather with temperatures reaching up to 32°C. The wet season from November to April is characterised by heavy rainfall and temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C. The temperature does not vary much between the seasons and remains relatively high throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Waigeo

Our weather forecast for Waigeo helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 22.7 °C
13.7 m/s
34.6 m/s
84.4 %
23.5 m
88.5 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 27.8 °C
min: 22.3 °C
13.3 m/s
35.3 m/s
89.7 %
22.5 m
88.6 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 22.2 °C
7.6 m/s
25.6 m/s
97.1 %
14.2 m
91.2 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 23.9 °C
min: 21.9 °C
5.0 m/s
10.1 m/s
98.4 %
17.4 m
96.9 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 21.9 °C
4.7 m/s
6.1 m/s
96.7 %
22.4 m
93.4 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 28.5 °C
min: 21.9 °C
8.6 m/s
12.6 m/s
72.5 %
24.1 m
86.2 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 27.4 °C
min: 22.9 °C
10.4 m/s
25.2 m/s
84.2 %
23.2 m
90.5 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 27.7 °C
min: 22.9 °C
8.6 m/s
22.7 m/s
85.4 %
22.1 m
92.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.4 °C
min: 21.7 °C
5.0 m/s
12.2 m/s
100.0 %
16.4 m
97.2 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 23.2 °C
min: 21.6 °C
14.4 m/s
41.0 m/s
100.0 %
22.2 m
93.5 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 25.8 °C
min: 22.4 °C
15.1 m/s
38.2 m/s
100.0 %
24.0 m
87.7 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 25.2 °C
min: 22.5 °C
15.8 m/s
38.9 m/s
97.4 %
23.1 m
93.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 26.1 °C
min: 23.1 °C
11.2 m/s
32.8 m/s
96.4 %
17.2 m
93.4 %
1,009 hPa

Cruises to Waigeo

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Scheduled ship calls in Waigeo, Indonesia
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