A gem of Kei archipelago, Bair is a limestone island with stunning karst formation and a fairy-tale lagoon, giving it the nickname “small Raja Ampat.” Along with this, Bair Island promises enchanting towering limestone cliffs, crystal clear water, calm sea and mangrove vegetation alongside powder-soft beaches. This majestic island is not only a highlight of nearby Kei Kecil; it rivals the enchanting beauty of the famous Koh Phi Phi island in Thailand and Raja Ampat of West Papua.
Although small, Bair Island is known to pack a punch. Choose to canoe around the open blue sea, go cliff jumping, explore exotic mangrove vegetations, snorkel with blacktip sharks in turquoise lagoons, or discover hidden beaches. These secret beaches are so stunning that National Geographic once crowned them as one of the softest sands in Asia! Other highlights include taking beautiful everlasting pictures with turquoise water and towering cliffs as a backdrop; the seabed is also visible to the naked eye.
If you are lucky, you might even spot rare coconut crabs on Bair Island. This protected animal is known as the biggest arthropod in the world. You can witness it roaming freely here — a perfect chance for both photography and animal lovers to add Bair island to your travel itinerary. The best time to visit Bair would be between March to August, during the East monsoon. Because during this time, the waves are calmer so you can plan your bucket list of water sport adventures. To reach this beautiful island, jump on a private boat with Islander starting from Dullah or Watdek ports on Kei Kecil. The journey will take around an hour with a crystal clear water view along your sea trip. Overall, Bair promises lots of adventure in the water, breathtaking sceneries of towering cliffs, and relaxing vibe. Picture everything else you could want from a deserted tropical island, Bair has it.