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Have you heard of Arborek Island? This amazing picture-perfect destination is not only the ‘cleanest island in Raja Ampat, but it’s also a must-visit, especially for fans of sparkling white sand beaches, clear turquoise water and waving palms. It’s so stunning that it appears almost magical, and it’s so small that it takes just 30 minutes to walk its entire coastline!

Although it looks like an island, Arborek is actually a small and low flat sand cay that’s home to a pretty tourism village filled with just 197 friendly locals and their famous handmade souvenirs. The entire island is surrounded by thriving coral reefs and incredible marine life. Despite its size, Arborek welcomes boatloads of visitors on a daily basis. It’s a great stopover for those on the way to Piaynemo.

Explore Arborek Island

What is Arborek Island famous for, what can you expect when you get to Arborek Island and why should you visit there in the first place? This breathtaking destination can provide you with an unforgettable ‘lost in paradise’ experience – a lush tropical island in a sea of blue, with no roads, no loud noises, traffic jams or rush. It’s heaven on earth, and you’ll be surrounded by warm and friendly locals who’d love nothing more than to show you their way of life and culture.

The tourism village of Arborek is charming and pleasing to the eye with its own local magnetism and unique appeal. There are restaurants and bars serving ice-cold drinks, and plenty of homestays for those who wish to spend the night on the island. While most men work as fishermen, the women of Arborek work with their hands to create lovely souvenirs for sale like the traditional Papuan sling bags, woven baskets and traditional manta-ray-shaped hats.

While on Arborek, activities on offer include cultural experiences like traditional dance classes and performances, walks along the beach, relaxing and soaking up the Papuan sun with an ice-cold beer or drink, and of course, snorkelling and diving. The jetty on Arborek is a busy place with plenty of comings and goings; it’s also a great spot for a spot of swimming and snorkelling.

Arborek Marine Life


Arborek Marine Life

Thanks to its location in between the islands of Gam and Mansuar the Dampier Strait, the waters surrounding Arborek are teeming with marine life of all shapes, colors and sizes. While some of Raja Ampat’s best dive sites are just a 15-minute quick boat ride away, you can also easily snorkel right off Arborek Jetty that’s located on the north of the island and explore the thriving coral reefs below the waves.

Dazzling undersea inhabitants here include angelfish, butterflyfish, damselfish, clownfish, pipefish, snappers, surgeonfish, bumphead parrotfish, barracudas, tuna, batfish and more. Go a little bit deeper and you’ll find yourself swimming amongst giant schools of sweetlips and jack mackerels! Fans of macro can keep an eye out for nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses, pipefish, and shrimp. If you’re lucky, you might just spot giant manta rays, reef sharks and wobbegong sharks while diving or snorkelling around Arborek island. Don’t forget to try night diving while you’re there!

Other Things To Do On Arborek

In addition to diving and snorkelling, here on Arborek, you can look forward to cultural performances of traditional Papuan songs and dances whenever available. You can also take a walk all along the island’s coastline, which will take you less than 30 minutes to complete. On your walk, you can watch the local fishermen working on their boats, local women making handicrafts, or just enjoy the scenery. Island hopping to the nearby islands of Mansuar, Piaynemo and Gam is also doable. And lastly, don’t forget to try the local cuisine when you’re in Arborek!

Getting To Arborek Island

Arborek is located in West Papua, just one and a half hours from Waisai, Raja Ampat’s capital. To get to Arborek, most travellers would have to fly to Sorong and then travel from Sorong to Waisai to Arborek by multiple boats and ferries. As guests of Mikumba Diving, all you need to do is show up at our designated meeting site in Sorong, board our beautiful boat Jelajahi Laut, and relax and enjoy the view as we take you to Arborek in comfort and luxury.

Explore Arborek Island & Raja Ampat With Mikumba Diving


Explore Arborek Island & Raja Ampat With Mikumba Diving

Enjoy an all-encompassing, immersive experience that combines diving with adventures as we explore all of Raja Ampat’s must-visit sites like Arborek with Mikumba Diving’s Raja Ampat liveaboard trip onboard our luxury mid-range liveaboard Jelajahi Laut. Built from the ground up by experienced divers, Jelajahi Laut – which means “explore the sea” in Indonesian – can accommodate up to 14 guests with six cabins and ensuites with hot water and AC, a large sun deck with air-conditioned dining and living rooms. All meals are included as well as water, tea, coffee and soft drinks. 

With a liveaboard, you can easily get to all of Raja Ampat’s famous dive sites and destinations like Arborek without worrying about catching multiple ferries and boats – our liveaboard serves as your accommodation and transportation!

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