More than 1,500 karst limestone islands make up the majestic archipelago of Raja Ampat, one of the world’s most remote and pristine. The marine environment here, known as the Bird’s Head Seascape, is heralded as the most biodiverse on earth and includes 75 percent of all known coral species and more than 1,200 types of reef fish. Under expert leadership and with a small group of fellow travelers, guests on International Expeditions’ new Raja Ampat expedition enjoy this unsurpassed coral wonderland and the abundant marine life that calls it home. While ashore, look for species such as the red bird of paradise, sulphur-crested cockatoo, beach kingfisher, varied honeyeater, spice imperial pigeon, and singing starling in the dense forests.
Dive Beneath the Surface
Although Raja Ampat is a coveted spot for both snorkelers and divers — and we’ll do both frequently during our Raja Ampat tour! — while exploring, you will also enjoy hiking, exploring caves, visiting villages, kayaking, learning about the pearl-harvesting process and even stand-up paddle boarding.