This exotic charter destination ticks all the boxes for those looking to venture off the beaten path of the Caribbean or the Mediterranean. The Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat remains one of the world’s most beautiful cruising grounds. Raja Ampat is made up of over 1,500 barely inhabited forest-covered islands, cays, and coves with beautiful sand beaches, coral reefs, and natural landscapes just waiting to be discovered by yacht charter. Lady Azul, a stunning 34.9-meter Heesen yacht for charter that has been built to the highest standards, is ready to take you on an adventure across Raja Ampat.
We’ve compiled a list of five reasons why you should visit Raja Ampat by charter yacht.
This is an excellent place to start your journey through Raja Ampat. It is also known as the Raja Ampat getaway. It is the largest city in West Papua, located on the western tip of New Guinea’s island, and is ideal for stocking up on necessities before heading out. Before departing from Sorong Harbour, sample some delicious local cuisine and explore its winding streets. Take in the stunning green-turquoise waters, coral reefs, and marine life as you cruise through the Damier Strait; if you’re lucky, you might even see some migrating whales.
Waige, the largest of the four main islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago, offers a variety of activities ranging from birdwatching to jungle trekking and visiting ancient cultural sites. Stop by Saporen village, known for its spectacular seascapes, to 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 half, is also worth a visit because the indigenous Maya communities that live on its shores have created a unique network of trekking trails and hiking lodges to the wonderful jungles inland.
Boo Islands A smaller chain of islands located in the most western part of Raja Ampat, the Boo Islands are worth a visit. Explore the stunning barrier reef by diving. Then, on one of the larger islands, Boo Besar, get up close and personal with the local wildlife that lives in the dense, green mangroves and lagoons. Visit the small village built on stilts to see how people live on the islands firsthand.
This private island, one of the four main islands in the Raja Ampat archipelago, is home to an eco-resort and is said to be one of the best spots for diving enthusiasts. The waters here are teeming with a diverse range of marine life, including angelfish, parrotfish, and manta rays, and are home to several famous spots, including Magic Mountain and Boo Windows. There are several caves in the area that provide interesting and unique insights into local life and history.
The area is known for its stunning, fine white-sand beaches, and visitors are sure to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the bays and small isles. Swim in the clear waters before boarding the tender and exploring the island on foot. Hike to the top of its highest peak, Pindito, for a panoramic view of the area, or go snorkeling in its glistening lagoons. Divers with prior experience will enjoy exploring Eagle’s Rock.