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105 miles from Sorong

WAYAG. 0°10.184N, 130°01.112E
Pulau Wayag, Raja Ampat

In the north of the group is picturesque Wayag with two lagoons on its west side. Both are suitable for anchoring, although they are exposed to westerlies. Our recommended anchorage is in 45 metres in the northern lagoon – although more and more emphasis is being placed on ‘picking up a mooring’ rather than anchoring. Here some reliable mooring buoys have been laid for commercial dive vessels but are available to use if they’re free. There is a more private spot between the two islands just south of here at 0°09.807N, 130°01.509E.

The mushroom shaped islets outside the bay to the west provide good diving and snorkelling opportunities. The best choice is ‘Pelagic Rock’, the last to the northwest which is subject to strong currents and swells. The last little island to the south is a quieter option.

It is possible to climb the hill south of the main anchorage for magnificent views over the karst-sprinkled northern lagoon. Land your tender on the beach at 0°09.967N, 130°01.117E to find the dirt path that leads east direct to the summit. Kayaking and snorkelling inside the northern lagoon is magic.

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