Where else in the world can you see a bird of paradise, a pygmy seahorse and a manta ray in just a few hours?
Katie, Original Traveller
Indonesia is an increasingly popular destination, with attention turning beyond Bali to the fascinating islands of Java and Lombok and further afield still to Sumba and Komodo. But there’s more - much much more - to see in this beguiling destination, including Raja Ampat in the very bullseye of the Coral Triangle, the so-called 'epicentre of marine biodiversity'.
Best Time To Visit
Dec - Jan
Flight from London
GMT +7 hrs
Raja Ampat comprises over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding four main islands. Tim Simond, author of our partner publication Dive in Style, and a man who has dived a fair bit, calls it quite simply the best diving destination on earth, with mile upon mile of pristine reefs exploding with marine life from mantas and whale sharks to rarer critters such as the pygmy seahorse.
But even if you don't dive, this is a part of the world that remains blissfully remote, completely beautiful and well worthy of exploration. Currently the way to see this region is aboard one of the burgeoning number of super luxurious yachts plying the waters of Raja Ampat. Best of the bunch are sister boats Silolona and Si Datu Bua, closely followed in their slipstream by Tiger Blue and with more boats in the pipeline.
During our summer months, these super luxurious liveaboards ply the waters of the Komodo Archipelago where travellers can dive with mantas and even dolphins, and enjoy a close encounter with a prehistoric being - the fearsome Komodo Dragon.