Kei Islands, The Secret Paradise Of Maluku

Kei Islands located in the South Eastern tip of the Spice Islands have been kept a secret from the traveller for quite some time. If you are thinking of heading to this remote part of the world, don’t think, just do it as you will not at all be disappointed with what you will encounter.

Getting to Kei has become significantly easier as planes can land at the military base on Kei Besar. There are of course plans to open a commercial airport so keep yourself informed. The most reliable form of air travel to Kei would be through wings air direct from Ambon.

Kei islands, Maluku
Kei islands, Maluku (Source :

The few people that have visited Kei have been mesmerized by one thing and that was Pasir Panjang beach. Translated it means long sandy beach. Long, yes with 12 kilometers of beach to play with. Sand, of course… you will be met by probably the whitest sand your eyes will ever see. The sand here is like powder and the reflection from the sun can hurt your eyes, so be sure to wear sunglasses. This beach, in the past was once voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten beaches in the world.

Pasir Panjang beach, Kei Kecil island
Pasir Panjang beach, Kei Kecil island (Source :

Pasir Panjang is a place that will leave you speechless at its pristine beauty. Even today, during the week, you will probably only share the 12-kilometer stretch of sand with a handful of other travellers. It is at the weekend where the locals will come out and relax that you will have to share this treasure.

The locals are fortunate so far as large resorts have not yet arrived to take over this paradise. You will find a scattering of accommodation on the beach, all very simple and basic however you won’t be spending much time in the bungalow, as the beach will become your new friend.

Pasir Panjang beach, Kei Islands
Pasir Panjang beach, Kei Islands (Source :

If you find yourself getting restless on the beach, there are numerous other things that will entice you around Kei. Just off the coast you will see a number of small islands that will probably remind you of the south pacific. These islands can easily be accessed by boat. Just ask the locals or fishermen to take you on a day trip.

The village of Evu, Kei islands
The village of Evu, Kei islands (Source :

There are some fresh water springs at the village of Evu and it is here where Kei Kecil receives most of its water supply. It can get quite busy at the weekend and there are a few warungs to offer you food and drink.

If you do make it to Kei, you will be left with memories of pristine white sand, crystal clear waters and the sound knowledge that you were there long before the tourist trap eventually hit.

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