BE­FORE YOU GO

Times of the Islands - - Getaways -

As with many ex­otic lo­cales, the travel time can be in­tim­i­dat­ing; more than 30 hours and mul­ti­ple flights be­fore you ar­rive to­tally dis­ori­ented at your boat or re­sort.

While eu­ros are ac­cepted many places, the ru­piah is the In­done­sian cur­rency that has a (vary­ing) ex­change rate of about 13,000 to one U.S. dol­lar. As a re­sult, you’ll end up car­ry­ing large stacks of cash (think bucket-sized). On the plus side, you’ll be an in­stant ru­piah mil­lion­aire!

There are a num­ber of dive re­sorts and boats in Raja Am­pat. The one we used was the Indo Siren, part of the Siren Fleet (siren­fleet.com). In Am­bon, we stayed at Maluku Divers Re­sort si­t­u­ated on the north coast of Am­bon Bay and known as a place to ex­pe­ri­ence "Crit­ters with­out Crowds" (div­ing­maluku.com).

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