After the anguish of the COVID-19 epidemic, we’re sure you’ll be in the market for a holiday somewhere remote and blissfully isolated. Well, round up the lads and their better halves and make for Raja Ampat for a Meridian adventure.
If you’re not familiar with Raja Ampat, we think you might be suitably impressed (we certainly were). The meeting of great oceans in Indonesia’s far east has created some of the most intense biodiversity on the planet, with 75 percent of the world’s coral species, and 3,000 types of fish found among the region’s idyllic uninhabited islands. As you can imagine, this is a diver’s, snorkeller’s, and sailor’s paradise.
As we’ve discussed before, the best way to explore this remarkable corner of the world is by boat, which is where Meridian Adventure Sail comes in. A private members club (that’s free to join), Merdian launched in 2002 and arranges exclusive voyages in some of the world’s most beautiful locales.
Arrive in Sorong, the region’s largest town, and be escorted to your yacht (or yachts for that matter), choose from Merdian’s fleet of sleek 62-foot catamarans. The fleet can cater for up to 32 guests, who will be doted on by 24 crew trained by the company’s own sailing academy.
From there, it’s all up to you and your captain, who will help draft an itinerary that captures the best of Raja Ampat, from dive trips and island excursions, to kayaking, sailing and visiting local communities on the yacht’s custom-built Gemini dive boats.
The tariff is all-inclusive so all you have to do is select the lucky souls you’d like to enjoy your second bout of self-isolation with.
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