Kayak for conservation
Discovering the Raja Ampat Archipelago by sea kayak is easily one of the best ways to independently explore the rich biodiversity and beauty in the Raja Ampat archipelago.
The aim of Kayak4Conservation (K4C) is to create a platform for kayak trips in the Raja Ampat archipelago by involving indigenous communities. At the moment K4C acts as a mediator between the tourists who would like to kayak and the indigenous guides and guesthouse owners. Furthermore, K4C facilitates the kayaks for the trips. Also, Papuans, who were educated in the profession as fiberglass craftsmen by the RARCC, build the kayaks locally, which decreased the initial start-up investment by 87%.
There are several routes encompassing the island of Kri, Mansoar, Gam, and Waigeo, depending on your skill level and intended duration of stay.
Kayak4Conservation is also in the process of creating the Waupnansan Community Center, a community development initiative working in collaboration with the nutrition project as well as arts & crafts, in order to educate and involve local men and women to be able to create sustainable and enriching livelihoods.