Friday, December 4, 2009

Padaido, Sea Paradise in Papua

Padaido, Sea Paradise in Papua

Shielded from the fierce waves of the Pacific Ocean island of Biak, and is located in the quiet waters in the Gulf of Paradise, Padaio Islands is the perfect place to perform a variety of underwater adventures. Padaido is an archipelago consisting of 30 small islands and is located along the southeast side of the island of Biak. Formerly named the islands Schouter Islands, comes from the name of the group leader Dutch sailors who first discovered the islands in 1602, William Schouter.

Talking about the meaning, Padaido comes from the local language which means beauty that can not be disclosed. According to a study conducted by the Biodiversity Conservation Network (BCN), Padaido Islands is one place that has a coral ecosystem biodiversity in the world's largest. Reefs in these islands to save 95 species of coral and 155 species of fish, such as various types of reef sharks and an octopus and various other maritime property. Other biological wealth in these islands include 48 species of trees, 26 species of birds, 14 species of reptiles, and 7 species of mammals.

According to a diver who had worked for the late Jacquest Cousteau, a famous marine researcher, the points are the best diving in the most eastern side Padaido Islands. While the west side of the Islands Padaido more suitable as a place to snorkel. With clear water and shallow, gently sloping beach is very suitable for these activities. When the water falls, you will easily see the species-species like the beautiful sea fish, brightly colored coral, small reef sharks, stingrays patterned blue dots, moray eels and sea snakes.

Some argue that international divers coastal Padaido is one area that has a coral reef of the most spectacular in the world. Therefore, this marine park is ideal for diving and snorkeling adventures. It takes only 1 hour from the port to reach the islands Bosnik Padaido by using a motor boat and about 3-4 hours using a canoe paddle. This island offers a variety of attractions, underwater caves, and tunnels to explore.

As many found in the main island, you will often find the remains of ships, aircraft, and tanks are sunk. The old iron was turned into a media for the coral reefs that become the foundation all marine life. Atoll reefs in these waters are also home to large fish such as blue fin tuna that can reach lengths of 2 feet and bat fish that used to come clustered in large numbers. Divers will often find various types of sharks, stingrays, and turtles.

To promote the life and tourism in harmony, Rumsram Foundation (based in Biak) and Hualopu Foundation (based in Ambon), sponsored by UNDP has built some new toilets on the island Wundi, Saba, and dawî, an additional accommodation on the island dawî, making the boat and ports that can be rented on the island of Saba and dawî. Both foundations were also held English classes for local communities and the progress has started initiated a tourism planning management activities.

In addition to the above matters, the foundation will also conduct an activity that is essential for the survival of coral reefs and the people who live it. They help by giving attention to the understanding of the importance of nature conservation in improving living standards. To support community efforts in economic development through tourism, local government Biak making progress by completing a public facility with the Internet.

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