Raja Ampat: an Overview

Idyllic beaches, secluded coves and stunning marine life - Raja Ampat is a naturalist's dream. With more species of fish and coral than anywhere else on our planet, the main attractions certainly lie beneath the waves, but there's plenty to explore on dry land too.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • It's one of the most bio-diverse marine habitats on the planet, offering world class snorkelling and diving
  • Raja Ampat consists of over 1600 (mostly uninhabited) islands, and so there are plenty of deserted beaches, coves and lagoons to explore
  • Papua and the offshore islands are home to a variety of endemic Birds of Paradise - some seriously good looking birds!

Raja Ampat: the Detail

Raja Ampat consists of a cluster of islands located off of the North West coast of Papua, in far Eastern Indonesia. Home to some of the most pristine coral gardens in the whole of Indonesia, and indeed the world, this region is a snorkel and dive dream - like swimming in a life sized aquarium. An astonishing 75% of the world's coral species exist beneath the waves of Raja Ampat!

On dry land, relax on powdery sand beaches, explore hidden coves, kayak turquoise lagoons and go in search of the elusive Birds of Paradise through the steep, jungle-clad island peaks. The islands are also home to crested cockatoo, majestic hornbills and acres of virgin rainforest.

You can explore Raja Ampat aboard one of Indonesia's stunning Phinisi boats, some geared towards keen divers, others offering travellers the chance to keep their feet a little drier! Alternatively, base yourselves on an island resort and enjoy the sublime beaches, isolation and castaway feeling in complete luxury.


Top picks for Raja Ampat

Amanikan

Amanikan

Flores & Komodo

Imagine the comfort of an exclusive hotel within the hull of a traditional Phinisi cruiser, and you have the Amanikan. This is a floating Aman resort with all the style and luxury you could imagine.

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SeaTrek Cruises

SeaTrek Cruises

Flores & Komodo

Set sail around the Indonesian archipelago aboard either the Ombak Putih or the Katharina. The billowing sails of these traditional Phinisi boats powers an adventure to some of the more inaccessible - and beautiful - places in Indonesia.

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Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua

Indonesia

Silolona's little sister boat is every bit as impressive and luxurious as our favourite yacht, and the perfect vessel from which to experience some of the most unspoilt islands on earth and best diving spots.

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Silolona

Silolona

Indonesia

If you want the ultimate in luxury yachts then look no further than Silolona. Sailing the seven seas (or any sea, for that matter) really doesn’t get much better.

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Tiger Blue

Indonesia

Tiger Blue liveaboard is an immaculate and newly built 100ft traditional phinisi sailing boat, and as a new build, she is one of the faster boats under power, an important consideration when you visit destinations like Raja Ampat where the distances from north to south are not inconsiderable. As well as Raja Ampat,Tiger Blue operates in the Banda Islands and Komodo/Flores and is available for both private charter and set-date departures throughout the year.

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Amandira

Amandira

Flores & Komodo

Amandira fuses the Sanskrit words for ‘peace’ and ‘intrepid’, and this is exactly what she offers guests – the chance to become an intrepid explorer, visiting some of the Indonesian archipelago’s most remote islands, without foregoing the comfort of a luxury hotel.

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