RAJA AMPAT – THE LAST PARADISE ON EARTH
The archipelago of Raja Ampat is a remote area of Indonesia situated in the West Papua province and is composed of over 1500 islands. My adventure began when I arrived at the International Airport of Jakarta, and from there, one full day was required to reach this perfect paradise.
Rising from the sea, Raja Ampat, ‘Four Kings’ in Indonesian, offers a pristine last paradise on earth where nature welcomes visitors by showing its unique wonders under, above and beyond the waters as well as on its land amidst the dense jungles. The abundance of natural beauty is countless. Raja Ampat is the apotheosis of paradise for divers, snorkelers, and nature lovers alike.
Its reefs are the perfect place to reconnect with the marine realm. While swimming, it is easy to come face to face with an array of fish. Expect to meet anything from mantas rays, turtles, sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, sea snakes, seahorses or dugongs. You will also be in awe by the variety of coral reefs including, giant corals, table corals, deer antler corals, green and brown moose antler corals.
Here, every day you can experience something different and equally magnificent, which is how I remember my delightful holiday. One of the best experiences I had was paddleboarding at night in a scenic lagoon full of mangroves while flying fish jumped out of the water. Underwater lights were the only lighting we had outside of the millions of stars in the sky, including the Milky Way, which was an utterly magical moment. One of the best spots to dive was a pinnacle reef called Blue Magic, which lives up to its name! I was enthralled not only by the rich underwater displays, but also by the lush landscapes.
The best way to admire Raja Ampat’s panoramic beauty is to climb up to its highest platform and observe all the stunning coves and atolls that surround. My favourite land experience was hiking up through the jungle in Wayag island and admiring from the heights the unique Indonesian karst islands that look like mushrooms sprouting out from the sea. The best time to visit is from October through April when the sea is quieter, the visibility is optimal, and it rains less. The best way to explore Raja Ampat’s most captivating cruising grounds without giving up comfort and luxury is through a tailor-made journey on board a mindful, low-emission catamaran safari.
Raja Ampat is a magical yachting destination found at the edge of the earth waiting for curious visitors to discover all the beauty it has to offer.
Author: Alma Laganara, Senior Charter Advisor