A rare glimpse into the authentic world of Western Papua, Arborek Village delights its visitors to immerse into the deep-rooted culture of Raja Ampat. Inhabitants who live worlds apart from modern technology will welcome every guest with the warm embrace of their hospitality and kindness. Get ready to hear a Papuan folk song as you set foot to Arborek pier as the locals welcome you to their island paradise. You will also see the locals wearing their traditional Papuan costume as you walk through the village.
Arborek is a small island measuring 7 hectares with only 197 recorded population. The island is surrounded by plush sago palms, azure waters, and fine, powdery white sand beaches. A glorious treat for lovers of both under and over water adventures and a sanctuary for those looking to detox from the buzzing city life.
Not only will you fathom on the simplicity of life when you immerse into the village, but you will also feast on their signature gastronomic treat that will emboss a distinct flavor you’ll never forget. Prepare yourself to fall in love with an unfamiliar cuisine and to add a bit more pounds as you stay on the island. Be amazed by how the women of the village cook their food from an underground oven.
A perfect place to retreat if you want all the peace and quiet. You also get to marvel at the fascinating life underwater. You don’t need to travel far to witness a beautiful and biodiverse marine life; in a stone’s throw away, you are presented with colorful coral reef, butterfly fish, angelfish, fusiliers, and damselfish by the Arborek Pier. 15 – 20 minutes by boat and the sighting of reef sharks and various species of manta rays, trevally, barracuda, tuna, and mackerel will leave you in awe as you enjoy diving.
Arborek’s community is also known for creating exceptional handicrafts; producing Noken (string bag) and colorful hats sourced from pandan leaves. Another livelihood by the women of Arborek are lobster catching and pearl farming, while the men of the village work as fishermen. A walk around the village will get you acquainted with the children who love to do bubbles and play football.
Arborek landed on the 1st spot in the 2015 provincial village competition for developing local regulations for community-based marine conservation amongst the 18 villages of West Papua. This recognition has helped the village to attract from both the local and international travelers.
Sorong is the point of entry to the island paradise of Raja Ampat. You can include Arborek Village in your itinerary as you explore the many islands of the Regency. Each stop will surely leave a lasting memory and will add color to your story as you continue your sojourn in the islands of paradise.