As the ferry chugs across the Bali Strait to Java’s east coast the thought springs to mind that we are entering a land that has traditionally been known as ‘Fragrant Waters’.
Covering more than 180,000km2 in West Papua, Bird’s Head Seascape is home to one of the planet’s most biodiverse coral reefs. We’ll explore deserted coastlines and seldom-visited spots in search of the world’s largest fish from on board Sequoia – one of the newest luxury wooden vessels built to experience the best of this wealth of islands.
“Air Manis Beach is a beautiful place to visit. Here we can walk in the sea at low tide and visit the attractive Pisang Island. Air Manis Beach is a favourite spot for Europeans in Padang,” noted L. C. Westenenk, a senior official of the colonial government at Fort de Kock, a 19th century Dutch base in West Sumatra, when he visited Padang.