Divers around the world know these remote Indonesian islands as home to an extraordinary underwater environment, but tourists are also starting to wake up to their unspoilt natural appeal.
You may also like
Our World: Hais and Laos of hilltribe lifestyle
RONAN O'CONNELL imbibes the Khmu people's culture
Arrivals & Departures: Gardens dazzle, day and night
MOGENS JOHANSEN visits Singapore's Gardens by the Bay
The Travel Club Show : Japan for first-timers
The first-time visitor to Japan arrives with a lot of baggage, including the cultural variety. All those preconceptions we have about a place like Japan which, from a distance, can seem intense yet calm, modern yet traditional, compact yet spacious.
Maybe it's all these. Just think: Boys Love Manga and woodblock prints. Maid cafes and geisha tea houses. Anime and kabuki. Bullet trains and rickshaws. Crowded cities and serene villages. Hamburgers and sushi.
But the biggest thing confronting the first-time visitor is the unknown...