Marinda Airport Waisai Review
Review of Marinda Airport Waisai
|The welcome sign as you walk into the Marinda Airport in Waisai, Raja Ampat.|
This is also the closest airport to the Waisai Harbor where you catch your boat to the resort you are staying at. The airport officially opened in May 2012 due mainly to the increase in tourism to Raja Ampat.
Currently, the airport is undergoing renovations as the Waisai province is hopping to extend the runway in order to accommodate larger wide bodied aircraft like the Airbus A320’s and Boeing 737’s. At the moment, only the ATR turboprop planes can land here.
|Arriving lets you walk to the main terminal building|
In 2017, a total of 40,000 tourist visited Raja Ampat making this one of the up and coming places to visit in Indonesia.
|The baggage collection area is still manual here|
Before you exit, there are some general notice boards with signs indicating how much it costs to go where in Waisai.
|The one and only gift and general store at the Marinda Airport.|
If you have arranged a pick up with your resort, they would most likely send a decent modern day air conditioned van to pick you up. Well, I saw a traveling couple using that service.
|Promotional banners on Raja Ampat are the only colors you see just as you exit the airport.|
|The transportation service from the Marinda Airport to various places in Waisai.|
Outside, minor renovations are ongoing, but I guess at a very slow pace as debris and construction materials are seen around the area.
Well, they are doing upgrading works, and according to the locals, the new Marinda airport should be ready by end of 2018 or early 2019, if it all goes smoothly.
|Wings Air ATR-72 aircraft that flies to the Marinda Airport|
Airlines that fly to Marinda Airport in Waisai
News also surfaced that there may be AirAsia flights to Raja Ampat in the near future, but it was only verbally announced. Once they start flying here, it will most likely land at the Sorong Airport due to the aircraft used.
Raja Ampat also contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth, making this destination one of the best places for snorkeling and scuba diving.
Overall, I would say that you should not be booking a three or five day trip here as it is not worth it. You really need to spend at least a week in Raja Ampat to fully enjoy this amazing place.