For those looking to verge off the cruised path of the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, this exotic charter destination ticks all the boxes. The Raja Ampat, an Indonesian archipelago, remains one of the world’s most stunning cruising grounds. Consisting of more than 1,500 barely inhabited forest-covered islands, cays, and coves, Raja Ampat features gorgeous sand beaches, coral reefs, and natural landscapes waiting to be discovered by yacht charter. Lady Azul, a 34.9-meter stunning Heesen yacht for charter, built to the highest standard, is ready to take you on an adventure across Raja Ampat.
The tropical dream destination, we list five reasons you need to visit Raja Ampat via charter yacht.
Also known as the getaway to Raja Ampat, this is an ideal place to begin your journey through Raja Ampat. The largest city in West Papua, it is located on the western tip of New Guinea’s island and is perfect for stocking up on essentials before you head off. Sample some delicious local dishes and explore its winding streets ahead of departing from Sorong Harbour. Cruise through the Damier Strait and take in the stunning green-turquoise waters, coral reefs, and marine life – if you’re lucky, you may even see some migrating whales.
The biggest of the four main islands within the Raja Ampat archipelago, Waige offers many attractions, from birdwatching to jungle trekking and visiting ancient cultural sites. Known for its spectacular seascapes, stop by the Saporen village and learn more about the famous naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace’s quest to find the rare Red Bird of Paradise. Mayalibit Bay, which nearly splits the island in two, is also worth a visit, as the indigenous Maya communities that live around its shores have developed a unique network of trekking trails and hiking lodges to the wonderful jungles inland.
A smaller chain of islands located in the most western part of Raja Ampat, be sure to stop by the beautiful Boo Islands. Take a dive and explore the stunning barrier reef. Then head ashore at Boo Besar island, one of the larger islands, to get up close and personal with the local wildlife living in the dense, green mangroves and lagoons. Stop by the small village built on stilts and see firsthand how people live on the islands.
One of the four main islands within the Raja Ampat archipelago, this private island is home to an eco-resort and is said to be one of the best spots for diving fanatics. Home to several famous spots, including Magic Mountain and Boo Windows, the waters here are overflowing with a diverse range of marine life, such as angelfish, parrotfish, and manta rays. There are several caves in the area that offer unique and exciting insights into local life and history.
Known for its stunning, fine white-sand beaches, one is sure to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the bays and small isles in the area. Swim in the turquoise waters before taking the tender ashore and exploring the island by foot. Hike to the peak of its highest peak, Pindito, for an exceptional view of your surroundings, or indulge in some snorkelling in its shimmering lagoons. Experienced divers will enjoy exploring Eagle’s Rock.