Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia (APSI) has expanded its Indonesian coverage with the opening of a new office in Raja Ampat – an area where yacht cruising is growing in popularity. The company, which is celebrating its 10th year of operation in Indonesia later this year, is the first to open an office in the Raja Ampat area, supported by their head office in Bali.

"This is a huge but logical step for us," says managing director Richard Lofthouse. "The team we have up in Raja Ampat have years of experience with us around Indonesia and all are from the area originally, which gives us a massive advantage in local knowledge and a strong operational presence on the ground."

Fitri Dewi, who has worked for APS Indonesia since she was 19 and is well-known to many yacht captains, is operations manager, backed by general manager Thomas Taatjes. The APS Raja Ampat office is perfectly situated in the harbour of Sorong. There are plans for a second satellite office in Waisai, in the middle of the National Park, to open later this year.

"Basically we aim to give the most comprehensive coverage we can to our clients based on our experience and resources being the most advanced in Indonesia," says Taatjes. "Not only does this mean greater efficiency, it also means greater control of operations and costs for our clients which is key."

The new Raja Ampat office is off to a great start with a 120m (394ft), a 75m (246ft) and a 95m (312ft) yacht already having visited in late 2017 and many more due for 2018. The Raja Ampat Islands are an Indonesian archipelago off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua.