WHY EAST INDONESIA ?
East Indonesia is very different from the rest of the country, both in terms of flora and fauna, but also in terms of cultures.
The eastern islands, Papua, Raja Ampat, Flores, and Maluku are among the most exotic and difficult to reach areas in Indonesia. To date, there is no international airport in eastern Indonesia and travel to these areas can only be done from within the country. The cultural exoticism and ecological diversity of the eastern part is extraordinary.
Despite their beautiful landscapes and unique cultures, our destinations are not tapped by mainstream tourism and are still rarely visited. This offers every visitor the unique opportunity of a truly immersive experience.
Each destination, Papua, Flores, Raja Ampat, or Maluku offers enough potential for a full trip. But due to the geographical proximity, combined trips between the destinations are also easily possible. It all just depends on your time and your willingness to fly.
What should you and what should you not expect when travelling in Eastern Indonesia?
The touristic infrastructure is still low, and you shouldn’t expect hotel chains or boutique hotels
There is hardly any public transportation, you will always need a car with driver
Mass tourism did not yet arrive, so you can travel as it used to be
Food is very simple, there is no culinary culture, and you shouldn’t expect a 3-star Michelin restaurant on your way
The locals are welcoming and do not regard visitors as commodities. Encounters take place at eye level, from human to human.
WHY PAPUA ?
There are few regions in our world whose names immediately bring to mind exoticism and adventure. Papua has such a name, and is indeed still one of the most untouched, adventurous and simply great destinations on the planet.
Tourism is still almost non-existent and every trip has to be organised individually. Whether you spend a few days in the highlands of the Baliem Valley, the so-called “Shangri-La of Oceania”, with the local Dani and Lani tribes, or travel by boat to the former head-hunters of the Asmat on the tropical south coast, or trek for days through the jungle to discover the tree-house nomads of the Korowai. The possibilities for adventure in Papua are endless.
And did we mention the unique flora and fauna? Well, the island of New Guinea is floristically one of the ten most biodiverse regions in the world, and an incredible 55% of the flora are endemic species, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world.
WHY RAJA AMPAT ?
Just as Papua sounds like adventure, Raja Ampat sounds like paradise. In fact, quite a few call Raja Ampat the last paradise on earth. Great island landscapes, relaxed locals, white beaches, crystal clear water and one of the most biodiverse underwater world awaits every visitor. The diving sites of Raja Ampat are among the best in the world.
The journey to Raja Ampat is still a long one, but that is exactly what makes it so appealing. Discover the archipelago either during a cruise or stay in a bungalow on stilts for a Robinson Crusoe feeling. Raja Ampat is not only a top destination for divers, but for everyone who is looking for untouched island landscapes and beauty. Raja Ampat is indeed so beautiful that it might change your view of our world forever.
WHY FLORES ?
Travellers through Flores constantly ask themselves the same question: Why aren't there more visitors here? Weirdly ignored by the tourism industry, Flores has much to offer to every traveller. Rich in culture, Floresians are devoted to their traditions and beliefs. The scenic road from west to east passes through amazing tropical landscapes. Go jungle trekking and stay in remote villages, climb the challenging volcano Inerie, enjoy the view of the 3 colourful lakes of the volcano Kelimutu, take a shower under a waterfall, experience the Hobbit Cave from the Stone Age, and many other wonders.
A trip to Flores is a great combination of culture and adventure. And did we mention that Flores is the neighbouring island of the Komodo archipelago, and both destinations can be nicely combined?
WHY MALUKU ?
The Maluku Islands, also known as the Moluccas or Spice Islands, are another rarely visited part of Indonesia and yet the islands offer everything for a great trip. White sands, great hiking, idyllic villages, a world-class underwater world, not to mention an intense and interesting history.
The Maluku Islands have been on maps for centuries, being the original home of cloves and nutmeg. Nowadays it almost seems as if they have disappeared from the maps, so few visitors find their way there. You can sail through the picturesque islands, lie lazily on the beach, go on jungle treks, climb volcanoes, and learn about the islands' history. Do it before the rest of the world does.