Touted as “The Next Bali,” the cluster of 47 Kei Islands are a precious stone buried deep in Indonesia’s eastern frontier. They’re tucked away in the east of Maluku, surrounded by beaches with some of the whitest, softest sand including Pasir Panjang – said to be one of the best in the world. Difficult to reach, a journey to Kei is a spellbinding experience in itself, full of adventure, with tales of spirits and ghosts whispered by locals in their own language. Kei offers the ultimate tropical idyll with a wide mix of nature and culture; African-style bush, rainforest, skyscraping mountains, a buzzing harbour town and intriguing history as part of the old Spice Islands. Kei is Indonesia in microcosm.