When I first arrived in Indonesia in August, I didn´t know which of the 17.000 islands to visit nor how much time to spend there. The Asian country with the 4th highest population is not only the cheapest country I have ever backpacked through but also the
perfect place to improvise along the way, so I was only left me with a few first-world-questions.
Should I visit
, the most exclusive Indonesian tourist destination?
I decided to book a flight to Papua and spend one week in the Indonesian archipelago.
Enough time to think of 10 reasons why you should stay away from Raja Ampat.
Scuba diving and snorkeling have never made it onto your bucket list, and you still wonder why people spit into their diving mask .
2. You get easily bored with yourself when staying on a
gorgeous tropical island surrounded by white beaches and palm trees.
3. You prefer the winter over the
tropical climate and break out into a sweat when learning that the owner of your beach hut is recovering from malaria.
Island hopping isn´t your thing and turquoise not your favorite selfie-background-color.
5. Exploring the Indonesian archipelago with
the richest marine biodiversity on earth
and hanging out with a
is less exciting than your usual daily routine.
Wobbegong, the funkiest-looking animal I have seen on this trip
6. Hiding your grocery bag outside of your hut to avoid late-night-visitors is more than you can take and
underwater wildlife gives you the shivers.
Sea snake gliding through the water at 15 meters
7. You can´t understand why
get out their tripod when they spot a palm tree, because you grew up
climbing palm trees
on a tropical island.
Every girl her own palm tree.
8. You no longer feel the
magic of snorkeling with turtles and don´t see eye-to-eye with fish babies.
Clouds of fish babies all around Raja Ampat
9. You are just really not into
Scuba diving with plenty of reef sharks in Raja Ampat
10. You are running out of money and 20€ per person for a private bungalow & 3 daily meals /
35€ for a 60-minutes-dive with manta rays don´t fit in your travel budget.
Which place has been my favorite on your RTW trip so far?
For the past 9 months I have been struggeling to answer this question without naming at least 3 countries. Now I have found my answer…
… so please stay away from my paradise 🙂