The fame of this archipelago is well deserved as it is almost impossible to be disappointed by the fascinating topography and unparalleled biodiversity, which is some of the best protected in the world. The archipelago between Maluku and West Papua off Sorong is home to over 1,500 islands covered in jungle, caves, pristine beaches and clear blue waters. To properly explore Raja Ampat, it is best to select a small part and get to know its beauty in detail.
Diving is the main activity, and moving by boat is the best (if not the only) way to get around, due to the distance between the islands. Combine a cruise with an in-depth exploration of the area by sea kayak or canoe to discover some of the beautiful hidden bays. Wildlife is abundant both in the water and on land where you can swim with the manta rays or spot beautiful birds of paradise and tiny tarsiers in the jungles. Head north to witness Raja Ampat’s iconic landscape and explore the gateway to the Pacific Ocean, home to lesser-known diving and snorkelling spots abundant in coral and marine life, providing a memorable and more personalised experience.
In the southern and most remote tip of the archipelago, you will find Misool island, characterised by huge karst formations dotting the ocean and where you could easily spend several days. Enjoy an eco-friendly, luxury resort between one amazing dive after the next and prepared to spot new species every day! If you are interested in anthropology, Raja Ampat will offer you the Australasian side of Indonesia, providing an insight into traditional cultures beyond the Wallace line.
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