Kei Archipelago

On the outer rim of southern Indonesia, much closer to Darwin than Jakarta, the 250 Kei islands are edging on to the visitor horizon. Best known for the snowy white Pasir Panjang beach, said to be one of the best in the country/world depending on guide book, they can give you the ultimate tropical idyll if you just want to chill.

But they have a lot more to offer – rain forest, African style bush, soaring peaks and man friday atolls, as well as a buzzy harbour town.The islanders have their own language and culture plus a long history of overseas links. Local blends of the traditional and cosmopolitan produce quite distinct villages, and even islands. Part of the old Spice Islands, we think Kei is Indonesia in microcosm.