See-through sea: A fisherman tries to reach the shore of one of the Fam Islands. (JP/Seto Wardhana)
Raja Ampat Marine Festival is currently ongoing until Oct. 21.
Officiated on Waisai Torang Cinta Beach on Oct. 18, the festival's main event is aquathlon competition slated on the last day, which has been a part of every marine festival since 2010.
“Our mission is to introduce the marine beauty and cultural wonders of the people who live near Raja Ampat,” said Raja Ampat Regent Abdul Faris Umlati.
According to Raja Ampat Tourism Agency head Yusdhi Lamatenggo, Raja Ampat is planning to hold other water sport competitions in the future such as canoeing, paddling and cliff diving.
“We have appointed a consultant from Jakarta to help Raja Ampat to host other sport competitions,” said Yusdhi.
Raja Ampat Marine Festival also features activities such as underwater West Papua regional police (Polda) photo competition, beach volleyball competition, environmental workshop and youth cooking competition. It will also host presentations of traditional boats and fruit-eating activity by the Papuans. (kes)