As the soft, soothing swell of the ocean brings you closer to the pristine, golden sands you’ll be forgiven for staring. The water here is stunningly crystal clear blue, framed by an island of golden sand.

You step off the back of the boat the warm water embraces you and invites you to forget all your worldly worries and enjoy a moment of frivolity playing in the sand. There is nothing but pure unadulterated nature in all her glory.

Kri floating island

Kri floating island

There’s no pop up bar with TayTay blaring, no children skipping school to sell you a bracelet or even a lady to offer you eye brow threading.

Golden sand

Golden sand

As far as the eye can see is the shimmer of the sirens below the seas, tempting you to come play within the gradient blue, green water.
The Pasir Timbul sandbar, or as it’s more affectionately known, the Kri Floating Island is the perfect place to stop appreciate the world around you and grab that enviable profile pic. Located only 20-25mins from the majority of the main resorts and home stays in Raja Ampat this sneaky beach is easily accessible during a day trip and can be used as a drop point for scuba diving or snorkeling.

you never know who you'll meet under the sea- Photo credit - Peter McGee

you never know who you’ll meet under the sea- Photo credit – Peter McGee

According to our resident scuba diver photographer, Peter McGee, this spot offers some magnificent diving. His thoughts have been confirmed by the international dive community. In April 2012 Dr G Allen took a few dips in the water here and recorded 374 different species. Making this the worlds most richest house reef.

Under the sea - Photo credit Peter McGee, Diveplanit

Under the sea – Photo credit Peter McGee, Diveplanit

Even if you don’t scuba and only snorkel there’s still a whole lot of fish around to keep you company.
Not a scuba diver? That’s ok neither am I (yet) if you’re wondering what else to do in Raja Ampat take a look here at our guide.
Are you tempted to head to Indonesia and go Beyond Bali? Let us know your travel plans in the comments below.

24 Comments

  1. Selamat Siang! I love Indonesia and have been to a few places, but not yet to this island paradise! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Such a dream! And the underwater world looks awesome too. seen this place recommended by so many bloggers, I’ve got to check it out!

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  3. Love it! Its on the bucket list. We have a friends living in Nabire so we’ve got the excuse to go, just need the time off to make it happen!

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  4. This looks absolutely stunning! Sounds like the perfect place to get away from the world. Also – your writing is amazing 🙂

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    • Aww thanks! You made me blush

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  5. I’ve been seeing so many photos of Raja Ampat recently and it looks like a truly unspoiled paradise! Great to know that there is still places left in the world like this. Thanks for sharing 😀

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  6. This place looks incredible! I love how its so pure and pristine with hardly any human intervention. I’m hoping it would be like this for years to come!!!

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  7. I would so love to travel to Bali someday. I would however, not only explore Bali, but also Lombok, Java, and other hidden gems in a city that mostly dominates its tourism in Bali. I don’t scuba dive, but I would love to snorkel and get up close and personal with turtles.

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    • Ahh Janine this isn’t in Bali. Raja Ampat is quite a few flights away from Bail. Totally different area.

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  8. Your scuba diving shots are incredible! The amazing colours of the coral and fish is gorgeous!! 2017 Aim – get my PADI course done!

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  9. I must admit, I don’t know a ton about Indonesia beyond Bali, so this was refreshing to read. 374 different species in that reef? Wow – I’ll have to add that to my list of diving spots to visit. Living in NYC, it’s tiring being around so many people sometimes, so Kri Floating Island looks like a real paradise to disconnect and get away from everything!

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  10. Raja Ampat has been on my diving list since I started diving in 2011… Unbelievable that there’s 374 different species, it’ll be almost impossible for me to spot them all (mainly because I haven’t got the best luck when it comes to spotting wildlife). This is making me miss diving, heaps!

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  11. I’ve never scuba-ed before, but this would be the place to try it! The reefs are gorgeous, and I would be ecstatic to find a sea turtle. This looks like the perfect trip. 🙂

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  12. This looks like heaven!! I’ve heard amazing things about Raja Ampat but the Kri Floating Island is a first. Thanks for sharing this slice of paradise 🙂 We’ll be returning to Indonesia to do a liveaboard in Komodo this September, perhaps one day we’ll check out the pristine diving in Raja Ampat.

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  13. It’s great to read about somewhere other than Bali in Indonesia and this place is stunning. Under the sea is incredible too, I’d love to get down there with my under water camera and get some images like Peters. I wonder how easy it was for Mr Allen to count the fish species?

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  14. Oh my goodness, the Kri Floating Island looks absolutely spectacular. That water just looks so pristine and beautiful. And I will absolutely love the underwater activities. I love snorkeling or scuba diving and taking photos of the marine life. Looks like another perfect place in Indonesia (and there’s really too many!).

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  15. The water looks beautiful. And as beautiful is the underlying marine life – if I go by your writing. This is the kind of place I absolutely love to visit. Thanks for sharing

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  16. Raja Ampat is definitely one of best place on Earth for scuba diving! I would recommend also to go diving in the Komodo National Park!

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  17. This place looks picture perfect. I’ve just got into snorkling so think it would be a great place to visit when I’m that side of the world

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  18. I have been to Jakarta, Indonesia but not to any of the scenic beaches of the country. This is a lovely area and one that would be great to visit. Thanks for sharing as I have never heard of it. Nice post.

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  19. Those pictures could make we want to try scuba diving again – what a pristine heavenly place.

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