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Raja Ampat Is the Ultimate Island Escape

[SPONSORED CONTENT] With crystal-clear waters and unspoiled nature, this Indonesian archipelago is pure paradise.

Published on Jul 10, 2019


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Sail into the waters of Raja Ampat and you might find yourself wondering if you've somehow magically slipped into another world. Consisting of more than 1,500 islands in Indonesia, this archipelago boasts an impossibly vivid color palette. Emerald jungles cascade down to snow-white beaches and turquoise waves beneath a sky that morphs from pale blue to electric fuchsia to deep indigo over the course of a day.

Divers and snorkelers will find themselves in heaven in these biodiverse seas, which are home to an extraordinary array of marine creatures. The visibility in these gin-clear waters is so extraordinary that it's possible to see an abundance of brilliantly colored corals on the ocean floor 10 meters below.

Whether you're an expert of a novice, you're guaranteed an exceptional introduction to this aquatic world. A number of diving courses and guided expeditions are available to lead travelers through this underwater world. Both PADI and SSI certification courses can be found here. A favorite stop is often Mansuar Island, which is home to some of the area's top resorts and diving spots. Manta Ridge and Misool Island ar also justifiably popular places to spy on sea turtles and dolphins.

Raja Ampat has numerous highlights, but one not to be missed is Pasir Timbul, which translates as "Rising Sand." This slip of alabaster sand only appears when the water recedes and makes for a phenomenal Instagram shot. Note that in order to capture this magical moment, you'll need to time your visit just right.

Finally, the Wayag Archipelago features a dazzling cluster of jungle-draped limestone karsts. It's perfect for travelers who love rock climbing and trekking. And for one of the most incredible sunsets in the world, travelers should journey to Pianemo Island, where a large hill provides a perfect viewpoint from which to survey the surrounding islands at the end of the day.

No matter where you go, you can be sure you'll want to return to this captivating archipelago. Raja Ampat is truly like nothing else in this world.

How to get to Raja Ampat

The easiest way to get to Raja Ampat is to fly to Sorong via Jakarta, Makassar, Ambon or Manado. For most of these connections you can use Lion Air, Xpress Airlines, Sriwijaya Airlines, Nam Airlines or Garuda Indonesia airlines.



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