You know how they say that when you have all the time in the world, you don’t have the money to travel and when you have the money you don’t have the time anymore and finally when you have both time and money, you don’t have your health to travel? Sadly, it is true. But if you are one of those who do not let such inconsequential problems deter you from travelling, you probably are running out of places to go. 

So, we found one place that you absolutely must get your passport stamped for – the Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia. 

What is the big deal about it, you ask? For starters its beauty is transcendental. If that does not work for you, then let us tell you that Raja Ampat comprises 1500 islands and islets scattered off the northwest tip of Indonesia’s West Papua Province. Even if that is not helping the case then you must keep in mind the diving, which is touted to be one of the world’s best.

Raja Ampat’s diving, snorkelling, its pristine water and ambiance, its coral reefs, its numerous bird-of-paradise species, its birding tours, villages, caving, pearl farms and homestays are only a few of the million reasons to make this archipelago your next travel destination. We can go on and on but we will let these pictures offer you something you can’t refuse. 

One of the islands that form Raja Ampat

The sky turns orange as the sun sets

A place at the beach frequented by the locals for fishing

Coral reef that one can spot underwater while diving

The colourful underwater world of Raja Ampat

A diver spots a school of fish

An aerial view of the archipelago 

A resort in one of the islands

Stunning view of a resort in Misool

A boat returns home as the sun set in Raja Ampat

A pristine beach in one of the islands

A resort situated in the clear blue water

A breathtaking view of the islands

One can go around the islands on boats and steamers

A boat rests on the beach of one of the islands

Raja Ampat boasts one of the best diving experiences in the Coral Triangle

The sun sets transforming everything into blue

A beach shack at Pulau Kri, one of the islands of Raja Ampat

A resort stretching from the beach to far into the crystal blue water

A steamer goes round and round the islets 

Bon voyage!