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Discover the jewel of the Coral TriangleRaja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat is a bejewelled Indonesian archipelago whose islands are rimmed by dazzling white-sand beaches lapped by an emerald sea. With 1500 islands straddling the equator and a foot in both the southern and northern hemispheres, Raja Ampat is renowned for its natural beauty.

The best way to discover this remote region is by travelling expedition-style on a small ship cruise among little-visited treasures like Misool, Kofiau and Wayag Islands.

The stone gardens of Misool stretch across hundreds of saltwater lagoons where guests can swim, snorkel and kayak among mushroom-like weathered islands undercut by the sea. Birdwatchers are spoiled for twitching opportunities at Kofiau Island, where lush tropical rainforest is home to endemic species like the Kofiau paradise kingfisher and Kofiau monarch. Small villages are dotted across the islands. Guests are welcomed into village life or they can relax on the beach or snorkel through vividly coloured coral gardens.

Wayag Islands are a similarly picturesque island group renowned for magnificent marine life and limestone outcrops clad in vegetation that clings determinedly to near-vertical cliffs. Energetic guests can hike to the summit of Mt Pindito where they are rewarded with unforgettable views over this stunning island group.

 


Coral Expeditions makes far-flung Raja Ampat easily accessible with its Spice Islands cruises, including the New Guinea Circle journey, onboard its small expedition ship, Coral Adventurer.
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