Wild. Exotic. Adventurous. West Papua upholds ancient tradition like nowhere else.
If you want to get truly lost in the wilderness, head to West Papua. An unwilling province of Indonesia comprising two large peninsulas and several hundred offshore islands, this wilderness has world-class diving, exotic islands – particularly the Raja Ampat Islands – and hundreds of indigenous tribes whose cultures and languages are as rich and exotic as the wildlife.
Cruise on your private yacht around the breathtaking island scenery of the Raja Ampat islands; experience some of the most unspoiled scuba diving on the planet; trek, white-water raft, and watch wildlife in a landscape of rugged peaks, tropical jungles, and surging rivers; immerse yourself in the culture and atmosphere of the many tribes who are delighted to welcome you; sea kayak on smooth Indonesian waters; spend time living with local tribes, who hunt with a bows and arrows, and fully immerse yourself in ancient Indonesian culture; try surfing with an expert guide; visit the famous tree house-dwelling Korowai tribe in the South.
Where to Stay
A private yacht is the definitive way to travel, dropping anchor as and when you please. Combine with camping, or renovated indigenous dwellings in a variety of remote locations as you explore inland.
When to Go
October to April are generally preferred, with the best chance of perfect conditions from mid-October to mid-December.