To say that Raja Ampat is hidden is an understatement. Most people don’t know where it is and chances are even if you make it there you won’t know where to place yourself on a map.
Raja Ampat lies off the coast of West Papua. 1500 islands and islets, still part of Indonesia. Its name means Four Kings for the four main islands Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, and Misool.
How to get to Raja Ampat? Well, getting there is already an adventure. Lucky for me I am already in the country so I only have to hop on a flight from Bali to Makassar, spend the night at my favorite lime green airport hotel only to get up at 3 am to fly to Sorong. From here it is a two-hour boat ride to Kri Island. This is the island with the easy access, there is always more remote.
Diving in Raja Ampat is a challenge though especially when it gets romantic and the moon comes out. Currents are strong but those who are brave (and experienced and have a good guide) will be rewarded – don’t miss out on The Passage and world-famous Cape Kri for you are not likely to forget those dives in a hurry.
Once you come up for air, just sit back and enjoy the scenery. If you are after marble floors and cold champagne kind of luxury you may not like it here. However, if you agree with me that crystal clear waters, 50 shades of pink, and sleeping next to baby sharks are the ultimate luxury then you have come to the right place because that’s the kind of luxury you can find in the palace of the Four Kings.