- Dreaming of embarking on a nautical adventure? CLOVER STROUD discovers the paradise of the Raja Ampat archipelago aboard the luxurious Tiger Blue
Exploring virgin territory feels like an impossible dream in today’s 24/7, instant-access digital culture, yet a week aboard Tiger Blue will take you on a true castaway adventure, where the whisper of undiscovered beauty is always tantalizingly present. Tiger Blue is a phinisi schooner, a 34-meter wooden vessel modeled on a 16th-century spice boat, equipped with an eight-strong crew – on hand with kayaks, snorkels, fresh towels or ice-cold cocktails – to accompany you to the Raja Ampat archipelago. Also known as the Four Kings, these 1,500 islands are scattered between the Indian and Pacific oceans, forming part of the Coral Triangle
that spreads between the Philippines to Bali and the Solomon Islands, surrounded by aquamarine waters, exotic fish and multicolored coral.
Your nautical adventure launches from Sorong, northwest New Guinea in West Papua. Once aboard, the dress code is nothing more than a bikini – shoes, as well as cares, are completely cast aside. Dine on European or Asian food from the on-board chef around the huge wooden table, then head to your simple but elegant cabin or drift off on the day-bed on deck,
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Tiger Blue’s deck; sail around Wayag Island (left)