Off the coast of Indonesia’s sparsely populated West Papua province lays the Raja Ampat archipelago. This seemingly endless maze of nearly 1,500 islands, signified by sheer–sided mushroom–shaped formations scattered across azure seas, were first explored in the mid-19th century by Alfred Russell Wallace, contemporary of Darwin and co–founder of the theory of natural selection.
The region was not explored in detail until a 2001 survey, when a team of Conservation International marine biologists catalogued 500 species of coral and more than 1,300 species of fish. Designated a marine sanctuary by the Indonesian government, efforts are underway to protect the area further through designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
West Papua bound passengers can transit through Jakarta, Bali or Singapore on a variety of domestic Indonesian carriers to Sorong (SOQ). Transfer to the Ratu Motu from the airport is a seamless 20-minute private car transfer. Hotel accommodation can be arranged if flight schedules do not align.
West Sumatra – Situated almost directly on the equator, our travels in this region take us to various groups of islands, the Mentawai Islands, the Telo Islands, Nias and the Banyaks and the coast line of Banda Ache, all of which are located off the west coast of Sumatra.
The region provides an unmatched water paradise with empty beaches, dive spots and fishing, all available in complete privacy if you wish.
West Sumatra charter passengers fly into Padang (PDG) via Jakarta (on Garuda, Lion Air or Tiger Air), Kuala Lumpur (on Air Asia) or Batam (on Citilink). Upon arrival in Padang, our ground crew will be waiting for you and arrange luggage collection on your behalf and escort you to an air conditioned mini-van or vehicle (depending on group numbers arriving at any one time). As we prefer afternoon arrival, the transfer is direct to the Harbour where after about an hour's drive through the region (subject to traffic) you will be welcomed aboard Ratu Motu. If you have to arrive with any overnight accommodation, there are two Hotels of choice – The Mecure Padang (4 star) and Aerowisata Premier Basko Hotel.