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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.

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.

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Bird of Paradise, Raja Ampat
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See The Birds Of Paradise

Indonesia is the world's largest island country. Blissfully remote and almost completely untouched, the islands of Raja Ampat are achingly idyllic. The islands' jungles come to life in the early hours of the morning with the joyous songs and ritualistic dances from the rare birds of paradise. Go for a sunrise trek to witness this wildlife wonder followed by a fascinating visit to a local indigenous community.

Wayag Islands
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Climb The Limestone Peaks

Lace up your walking boots and tackle the steep, forty minute climb to the top of Mount Pindito on Wayag Island for truly breathtaking views over this watery wonderland. Raja Ampat is a place unlike any other with an array of karst islands sprouting from crystal-clear waters. At over 650ft-tall, the limestone peak of Mount Pindito offers the ideal vantage point to take it all in from.

Indian Lionfish
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Explore The Water

Boasting some of the most abundant coral reef eco-systems on earth, the archipelago of Raja Ampat is a diver's wonderland. Swim alongside green sea turtles, manta rays, Indian lionfish and numerous species of sharks. Alternatively, stay closer to the surface and spend your days snorkelling, peering down on the colourful marine wildlife illuminated by the sunlight penetrating the warm tropical waters.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.