|Location||South East Asia|
|Archipelago||Raja Ampat Islands|
|Area||3,155 km2 (1,218 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||958 m (3,143 ft)|
|Highest point||Buffalo Horn|
Waigeo is an island in West Papua province of eastern Indonesia. The island is also known as Amberi, or Waigiu. It is the largest of the four main islands in the Raja Ampat Islands archipelago, between Halmahera and about 65 km to the northwest coast of New Guinea. The Dampier Strait (a.k.a. Augusta's Strait) separates it from Batanta, and the Bougainville Strait from the Kawe Islands to its northwest. The "inner sea" that nearly cleaves the island in two is the Majoli Gulf.
The area of the island is 3,155 km²; the highest elevations are 958 m high Buffalo Horn (Gunung Nok) and 939 m high Serodjil. From west to east the island measures approximately 110 km, north-south about 50 km.
Jorge de Menezes, a Portuguese explorer, landed on Waigeo Island in 1526-27.
Fauna and flora
- Waigeo brushturkey
- Waigeou cuscus
- Waigeo rainbowfish
- Waigeo seaperch
- Golden-spotted tree monitor
- Wilson's bird-of-paradise (Cicinnurus respublica)
- Achaea simplex
- Hypochlorosis ancharia
- Hypolycaena phorbas
- Karstarma waigeo
- Nepenthes danseri
- Victor Émile van Straelen, Résultats scientifiques du voyage aux Indes Orientales Néerlandaises de LL.AA.RR. le Prince et la Princesse Léopold de Belgique, Musée royale d'histoire naturelle de Belgique, 1933
- Pub164, 2004 Sailing Directions (Enroute): New Guinea
- Remijsen, Bert, 2001. Word Prosodic systems of the Raja Ampat languages. Utrecht: LOT Publications.
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