When you think of traveling to Indonesia, Bali is probably the first that comes to mind. Julianne Hough, however, is bringing attention to a lesser known islands called: Raja Ampat.
Situated off the northwest of Bird’s Head Peninsula, Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprises 1,500+ small islands and cays. There are four main islands, including: Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo. What makes Raja Ampat so unique is its marine biodiversity, which is one of the richest in the world since it’s part of the Coral Triangle.
This month, dancer Julianne Hough joined family travel journalists, The Bucket List Family, for an unforgettable trip to Raja Ampat. With 75% of coral species in the world residing below the waves in the regency, Hough ventured in activities just like how most tourists would. Here’s how you can do Raja Ampat just like this American actress.
1. Take a deep dive.
It’s best to take a dive course, so you can be lead to see the magnificent underwater world like one should. There are two reputable diving certificate companies that you can work with here: PADI and SSI. Get ready for Finding Nemo coming to life right in front of your eyes.
2. Watch the fire dance show.
There are many traditional dances in Raja Ampat, one famous one is the Wor dance from the Biak Island. It’s a tribal dance that welcomes kings or lords who visit the villages in the islands.
3. Sightseeing in the Pianemo Island.
Pianemo Island is renowned for its scenic lagoons, and a viewpoint where one can capture the wide range of small islands from atop. Turquoise water, and a good hike…make Pianemo Island a must-stop.
4. Watch the sunset over the pirate ship.
Indulging in the fusion of earthy tones during sunset or sunrise in Raja Ampat is essential. You can either catch it from the top of a hill, or from your hotel balcony. Hough caught it in water, by a pirate ship, which makes the moment even more ‘grammable.
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