Sorong, W Papua, (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and entourage proceeded to Manokwari after attending Sail Raja Ampats peak event in Waisai, Raja Ampat District, West Papua Province, Sunday.

The head of state, First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and members of the entourage left Domine Eduard Osok airport in Sorong, at 8 am local time, by a plane for Manokwari, where he was scheduled to inaugurate a number of projects.

In his remarks when launching the peak event of Sail Raja Ampat on Waisai Torang Cinta (WTC) beach, Raja Ampat District, Yudhoyono expressed his hope that all Indonesian people - from the countrys western most province of Aceh to the eastern most province of Papua to be prosperous at the same time.

"We want Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua, to progress and be prosperous at the same time," he said.

From West Papua, President Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit East Timor and Bali.

Sail Raja Ampat was organized from August 17 to 24, 2014, to promote West Papua to become an international tourist destination and accelerate the economic development in the region.

"Raja Ampat is one of the real wonders of the world, its A Gods blessing that should be protected," Coordinating Minister for Peoples Welfare Agung Laksono said earlier.

Raja Ampat offers unforgettable adventure activities such as diving, snorkeling, trekking, hiking, fishing, and fish-feeding at certain spots.

As a marine tourism destination, Raja Ampat offers maritime attractions, but visitors can also indulge in activities such as bird-watching. Raja Ampat has rare species of birds such as King Cockatoo (Palm Cockatoo) and Cendrawasih or Bird of Paradise. Raja Ampat has alluring scenery extending from the deep sea to the sky.

Sail Raja Ampat, which is part of international maritime event Sail Indonesia, is the sixth event after Sail Bunaken in 2009, Sail Banda in 2010, Sail Wakatobi-Belitung in 2011, Sail Morotai in 2012, and Sail Komodo in 2013.


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