A boat in front of the island of Kri. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, March 2012)
A boat in front of the island of Kri. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, March 2012)

The most beautiful trip

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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Me, this Sunday, on the phone, in the middle of a jet-lag: "You know, maybe it's the most extraordinary trip that I did... " And the friend, to whom I am telling my Indonesian journey to Papua, bursts out laughing: "You said that last time! »

Oh, yeah? Here you go. Here you go.

It is true. I was giving him the same speech on my return from Flores and Komodolast July ...


Exaltation of the return

Phone call to my mother in the process. I tell her, too: the unbelievable Papuain the depths of Indonesia, a world still wild, little known, almost virgin, and then the fabulous seabed of the archipelago of Raja Ampat.

Oh, I just want to go back!

Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A boat in front of the island of Kri. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, March 2012)
A boat in front of the island of Kri. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, March 2012)
My partner Miyo, fascinated by the life of the coral reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
My partner Miyo, fascinated by the life of the coral reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

I'm exhausted, it's the end of the holidays, I've just come back to Rennes, under a cold rain and a grey sky. But still exhilarated by the fresh memory of this Indonesian journey, I continue on my way: "Frankly, it's the most beautiful, most extraordinary trip I've ever had..."

I interrupt myself, realizing I'm saying the exact same thing again. My mother also makes fun of me nicely: "You say that every time! »

It's kind of funny. I'm not doing it on purpose. And that's a good sign. It means I'm far from jaded. That each new journey is the most beautiful, the most extraordinary for me!

As long as it never stops ...


The next one, soon!

I have not managed, in recent days, lack of reliable internet connection, to continue live the story of this fantastic Indonesian getaway, after this first article, posted from Papua. But now that I'm home, I'll be able to pick up the thread again... The rest is coming, very soon!

For now, I'm going to recover from the jet lag and fatigue under the duvet. I investigated 3 hours of driving, about 17 hours of flight and 2 hours of train ... I like a blow of slack, there.


  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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  1. So, thank you Corinne, you reassure me: me too every time I come back from travel, I feel the same thing:
    1- I am melancholy
    2- I think it was the best trip of my life
    3- after a week I want to go back
    4- after a few months, I go back ... But even further

  2. Ah, I know this feeling of having too much to tell and not (yet) the energy to do it. You come back from a long journey, so rest, let settle a little, and then tell (quickly!).

    You just experienced one of my dream destinations so I can't wait to see it in pictures 🙂

    1. Ah, there, yes... Gotta get my energy back!!! 😉
      As I took up the job at the newspaper pile the day of this terrible fact-miscellaneous shooting at the school of Toulouse, I'm a little leached this Monday night.
      I'm going back to my thousands of photos and videos brought back from Raja Ampat, it will appease me ... I try to publish new images in the week!

  3. Ah, you make me want to go there. But the journey is long right? Already to return from Lombok it was long but here again no? I travel with a child now so we have to limit the stops a little ...
    Welcome back in the rain ...

    1. Yes, the journey is very long. Denpasar -> Makassar, we spend the night there (no direct connection between two planes in this direction) then Makassar -> Sorong the next morning.

      Beyond the fact that it is far, far, it is also a very expensive destination, compared to the rest of Indonesia: housing, transport, diving, everything is really expensive for tourists in Raja Ampat ... But I do not regret having broken my piggy bank. I come back amazed, and I have only one desire, go back!

  4. I was going to say it by reading you: as long as the wonder is still there, you do not need much more reason to set sail! D I can not wait to read you ... Papua has intrigued me for a long time ...

  5. "The most extraordinary journey .... "
    I hold the same speech as you every holiday return and it destabilizes more than one (especially those who stay at home!). Everyone does not necessarily like to travel. For me it is a vital need besides I take off tomorrow for Manila and I already bought my ticket for KL mid September. So I hope to reduce the depressing effect of returning to Paname!
    The spring sun is very pleasant since these few days, compensating effect of a morbid news to treat in your articles.
    I'll have a friendly thought for you from the reefs of Tubbataha!
    I will enjoy reading your stories of Raja Ampat on my return ....

    1. Thank you Lise! Leaving, coming back, leaving again... It's always a joy!!! 🙂
      Given the news, it was an intense week, in fact, that hardly gave me time to breathe or plunge into my vacation photos ...

      Enjoy Tubataha !!! See you soon !

    1. so nice because I'm leaving on Friday ❗, my best trip is so close !!!!: D
      I will try to watch Corinne's next posts from Koh Lanta, while posting my own...... 😉

  6. You have indeed had to make an exciting trip ... And I think the word is very weak.

    I often have trouble accessing your site because of the slowness of the Laotian web but ... I will strive to discover your future travel stories!

    Welcome back!

  7. Hello,
    It's funny, but every time I dream of a place, or I loved a trip ... I stumble on your great blog ..
    I'm under the spell of Southeast Asia for a long time ... For some years I have been struggling to go elsewhere than in lost corners of Bali or Nusa Lembongan ..but I dream of Papua for a long time. I do not dive deep, just snorkeling, lazing around and jalan jalan ..
    I look forward to your photos. ..
    Welcome back !

  8. I am like you but with a lot less experience. So after my stay in Australia "the most wonderful country I have ever seen, I have to go back", my whole family was surprised when I chose to go to Togo "oh well, but and Australia? ". After Togo ("it was great, the best vacation of my life") I discovered Malaysia and my family stopped asking questions (well, not all).

  9. Very beautiful photos Corinne; I went to Papua more than 20 years ago and I still want to go back then ... I'm bitten. From Papua I had taken a canoe that had transported me to the Solomon Islands where I had done some wonderful dives on wrecks of the war and it was magical. Then I finished my trip to the Vanuatu Islands where I had dive. I intend to go to Indonesia in October, Flores, Timor ... would you have places to recommend? Thank you and thank you especially for these wonderful images that have awakened in me such beautiful memories. Noelle

    1. @Noelle: wow, Papua twenty years ago ??? Sacred journey, if you continued to Vanuatu ... Amazing !!!

      Flores, I was there last summer: a very nice island to explore, subject to taking time. I had posted some tickets here:
      For diving: aim Komodo, of course, and Maumere. By cons, I'm not too sure of the seasons ...

      I will be on the side of Alor next summer (not quite the Timor, which I do not know at all), especially to dive ... I will talk about the return !!!

  10. Hello, I am writing to you from St Malo, my sister and I would like to leave in January in Indonesia in the rajas ampat sulawesi even in January, she for diving and me for relaxation and discovery. Do you think it's a good time and eventually we could go on a dry flight and find accommodation easily;
    Thank you for your advice in advance
    Ps: your blog is very ... super good

    1. @ Bénédicte: we must first check how are the seasons in January. I know that for Raja Ampat, it's good (the so-called "dry season" is spread in principle from November to April). For Sulawesi (I imagine you're going to North Sulawesi to dive), I do not really know, I always went there in July, you'd have to search the internet ...

      For Raja Ampat, difficult to leave like this without reserving anything in advance, because there are very few diving structures (they are isolated islands resorts, which are rather expensive). Better to contact a resort and stall things with them. If it's just to go backpacker, without diving, it's not easy to arrive like that, without having organized in advance, but we still find housing, because the islanders begin to welcome the tourists in "guesthouses". What is complicated too is to organize the tranport boat.

      In North Sulawesi, which is more touristy, you will have more choices, there are plenty of accommodation and diving facilities. But I would still recommend you to book in advance anyway if you want to find something that meets your expectations, the place is very popular.

      In general, that's what I do: I take my flights for Indonesia, and if I have specific projects including diving, I contact the structures by email to learn more, and possibly book and stall everything that is transfers, etc. if necessary.


  11. Hello Corinne,
    Great your travels. I return to Indonesia in October and wanted to know if I was traveling alone on the islands of Sulawesi flores rajat ampat ...?
    Thank you