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Raja Ampat, Indonesia
It takes around eight hours to reach Raja Ampat from Jakarta, with direct flights to Sorong, on the northwest tip of Papua. Trust us, the journey is beyond worth it. Raja Ampat is another example of nature at its most pristine and intact thanks to mostly uninhabited islands; trust us the diving on offer is simply sublime. Surrounding these turquoise waters, the landscape is one of coral-white beaches, mysterious caves, islets dressed in jungle green, lagoons hidden away and everything else you think of when you dream of paradisiacal places.
The Nature Conservancy and Conservation International have found that a stunning 75% of the world's marine species live in the waters of Raja Ampat. As you’re undeniably be spoilt for choice of snorkelling or diving spots, we highly recommend Kabui Passage (the very narrow passage between Waigeo and Gam Island crossed by the renowned British explorer, Alfred Russell Wallace in 1860), Sawandarek, Yenbuba, Friwen Wall, and many-many more.
Everywhere you turn you’ll encounter Mother Nature’s inspirational force, thanks to islet formations such as those around Wayag Island, in which the deepest blue sky provides the only limit to the immense beauty you encounter there. These lands couldn’t be further from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan cities, and we have the inside track on the small handful of resorts on the various islands, such as the solar-powered Biodiversity Eco Resort or the luxurious Kri Eco Resort.
There’s no wonder that here, at this UNESCO World Heritage site, rare red birds of paradise perform their early morning dances and songs of praise for their tropical home.