The Wayag Archipelago in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia.
The Wayag Archipelago in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia.

Make bubbles in Papuans

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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"And where are you going this time? » To put it simply, I say, " In Indonesia. » In fact, I'm going to the end of Indonesia: West Papua! I will dive in the archipelago with the beautiful name of Raja Ampat, "the four kings".

The Wayag Archipelago in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia.
The Wayag Archipelago in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia.

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat is one of the most famous diving spots in Southeast Asia. I've been dreaming about it for a long time... and the dream is about to come true. Yes, it is! I'm going to blow bubbles at the Papuans!!!


The Wikipedia page about Raja Ampat will enlighten you a little, on this destination at the end of the world ... As for those of you who followed the 2011 season game show reality TV Koh Lanta on TF1they already have an idea of the fabulous landscapes that I will soon discover.

A little sample to dream about? Follow this link Google Images.

In transit to Makassar

Well, I'm not quite there yet. Papua is at the very end of the Indonesian archipelago, to the east, on the island of New Guinea. We're already in Oceania, or almost! On the other side of the border, which divides the island in two, is Papua New Guinea (I'll spare you for the moment the history of the conflict between Papuans and Indonesians).

In short, the Indonesians of Bali and Sulawesi open their eyes when I tell them that I am going to Papua. "Papua?" Even for them, it's very far ...

Yes, I'm already in Indonesia! I'm writing this post from Makassar (also called Ujung Pandang), capital of Sulawesi (Sulawesi Island). I'm in transit, halfway to my goal...

Makassar is pretty ugly, I've already been there several times, especially to go to the Toraja country, in previous trips, in 2007 and in 2010. Not much point in hanging out in this town. Besides, this time of year, it's terribly humid. Tonight, the sky is low, heavy with clouds filled with warm rain. I like as much, for the few hours I have to spend here, to enjoy the comfort of my hotel room, the air conditioning, the internet... (Not a daredevil for two pennies, today!).

I came from France by Bali, taking advantage of Ultimate Air Asia X flights. I left Bali this morning and I only spend one night in Makassar, very short, between two planes. Just now, at dawn, I fly to Sorong, capital of West Papua!

Ten days away from everything ...

Once in Sorong, I will embark on a cruise ship for divers. We will sail from island to island, in Raja Ampat. Then I will extend the stay in a resort, on an island of the archipelago.

In short, ten days away from everything. I'll have to disconnect ... Hard.


I am a little longer suspense, I do not tell you more. But I'll come back to tell you all about it, with photos, on land and underwater, as soon as I can connect to the internet again ...

Sampai jumpah lagi!


ADD. If you are looking for practical information about Raja Ampat, please visit the link below, I have compiled a lot of information:
Raja Ampat : Practical Information And Tips To Organize Your Trip

You can now find all the articles I published about this trip by clicking on the image below :

Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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  1. Excellent !!!
    I want to go there since 2009, great coral, lots of fish but few big ones I've been told and huge change of scenery ... I envy you 🙂
    With which agency and boat do you intend to travel? I wish you a great trip, I look forward to your impressions, your stories and your photos!

    Good bubbles and have fun 😉

    1. Few big ???? Sharks and mantas, it's not big, that?
      The photos and details of this trip Papou arrive soon ...

    2. Hello I would like to go with my wife and my daughter who is 5 years old. To know if it is good compared to his young age. And if you know what activity she can do? thank you

    3. @Adrien: 5 years, it seems to me very young, for such a long trip. The islands are very isolated, far from any medical infrastructure. There is malaria in the area, although in the islands by the sea there are fewer mosquitoes, I would not recommend the place to young children. As for activities, they are simple: beach, swimming, walks ...

  2. How lucky ... This destination is completely dreaming.
    Enjoy, we can not wait to see the movies and other photos that always give mouth water, if not all around us. mmmmmmmmmmmm

  3. What a long trip to multiple stops, it's like all treasure it is worth ...
    Ah Raja Ampat, you will be delighted in this labyrinth of verdant islets and its captivating underwater world.
    I think you put a foot on almost all Indonesian islands and each time soaked your fins with your precious stuff for your reports in pictures.
    I can not wait to go to Palawan / Tubbataha in a few weeks but you already give me desires elsewhere!
    Sometimes I leave your blog because you catch your contagious virus and I see myself frustrated by too little vacation or lack of sufficient funds. Diving is an activity that boosts the holiday budget!
    Remain cut off from us the time it will take for you to return to us more playful than ever ...

  4. Papua ... In 2 stays in Indonesia, we stayed 6 weeks in all, and we only have one thing to do, it's to go back there. So, we give you a little of ourselves to greet the beauty of the corals, the grace of the mantis, the immensity of the benches, the multitude of seahorses, the richness and the variety of the fauna. Do not forget your hook ... the currents are sometimes strong, but that's where we see most people passing. Cinemascope under water! Have you received all our photos on .... the Raja Ampat (among others)? Considering the article "pygmies among the Papuans? ". Enjoy, enjoy .... in writing this comment, I think you're already under water.

    1. Oh yes, of course I saw your pictures and your stories !!!! I must say that you inspired me ...
      I brought my hook, don't worry. I'll be back to tell you all about it soon !!! 🙂

    2. The top this destination! We really want to redo the crossing from Alor to Sorong, Alor we love ... and the Banda .... Waoohhh. Still plenty to discover. The worst thing is that once you have tasted it, you want one thing to go back. If you are at the RADL, say hello to "little" Paul on our behalf and to the whole team ... .. Selamat Malam ....

    3. No, I'm at the Sorido Bay Resort. Very very well located, the best sites are a 10-15 minute boat ride at the most... I feel like I'm going back to Raja Ampat. It's really great, indeed!!! 😉

  5. I come back from a dive dive aboard the shakti, route south of rajah ampat, and I do not think that return, visit the north. To those who have the means, I say: go for it. It is at the height of sipadan, komodo, maldives, if not more. And the landscapes above the water are just as beautiful.

    1. I "moresoie" ... I only did the north, grandiose! Diving at a very high level. I still stay a few days in a resort to enjoy.

  6. It's amazing that you're here! Some places are real fantasies, I hope the reality will be just as fascinating!

    Bon voyage and beautiful bubbles


    1. Yep, it's amazing. My trip is very dive-oriented, I will not travel all over Papua, far from it, but the region is really far from mass tourism, still very wild ... It is, in every way, exceptional !!!!

    1. For me, it's a dream come true ... The place is fabulous, the dives are often sporty but really exceptional !!! I'll come back soon and say more ...

  7. Hello Little bubble!
    It looks beautiful this new destination ... I return to the moment of a wikipédition on the spot, thanks to your link! The sequel, the sequel!

    1. It's amazing, as a corner ... The next thing happens very soon (tomorrow). After the cruise, here I am in a chic resort in the middle of these islands still very wild. And I have wifi !!! Tomorrow, then, I'll post a small selection of images ...

  8. What a good idea ! I was talking about it just recently that it is to this region that we must go now to see islands still not overgrown. As always, you are the first to inaugurate a new destination. I just have a doubt about the weather: for me, and what I look at in the Internet, it seemed to me that March was way too early for those areas, and we had to go ... not before June ... what do you think? Well, you'll tell me when you'll be there. I expect great pictures, enjoy well. I look forward to reading all the news.

    1. As far as I know, there are no distinct seasons here. We are almost on the equator, so it's tropical wet all the time. The area is pretty well watered, showers rather evening or night ... For diving, the recommended periods are just now in March-April and October-November, I think: there is less wind and less swell. For cruise ships and for the launching of divers, it is preferable.

  9. Wow nothing the first picture makes you want to go!
    But the negative point is the cruise 🙁 ......ben yes it means 7 days of impatience before having the slightest small photo 😥!
    But we count on you to flood us with photos, post the first connection 8)! Enjoy this is going to be magic ❗ ❗

    1. Do not stamp more ... After the cruise, here I am in a resort where I have wifi! At the heart of Raja Ampat !!! I post photos tomorrow, promised!

  10. Very nice stay, it looks magical. I can not wait to read your travel diary and see your photos. Good bubbles

    1. Yes, the place is magical, far from everything, very wild, very beautiful ... I can not believe I'm here. I enjoy…
      I will post photos very soon !!!

  11. It is really a shame to go to Papua and to be limited to diving, although exceptional. Inland and Papuans are better than rays and sharks ... It had to combine the two ...

    1. You are not wrong. But for a diving fan like me, you can not resist sharks and mantas.
      That said, it's my regret, now that I'm back: having seen so little of Papua ... Conclusion: I'll have to go back !!! Eh eh…

  12. Congratulations and thank you Corinne for all this useful information, we are determined to leave, we plan 2 weeks of cruise on the Ambai, then a week on land but do not know where to ask ... see the Papuans we would like but go where ??? Have some other ideas ??? Cri Island tempts us well but it looks expensive !!!
    Thank you also for the links "planes" between Jakarta and Sorong, we are in transaction with Jerome Doucet for the cruise ...
    Yves 🙄

    1. @Yves: I have compiled a lot of practical information about Raja Ampat even on this article, at the end of the link below:
      All the diving resorts are rather expensive, indeed.

      If you want to see something other than islands and the sea, and meet tribes, you should rather aim for the Baliem valley:

      Finally, if you are in contact with Jerome Doucet, you are in excellent hands. I do not know him personally, but I have only good echoes on him. You should ask him your questions too, he will surely be excellent advice.

      Good preparations! (Lucky)