We, as a group, were so lucky to experience Raja Ampat, together, from the backyard of our home island, Bali. The most spectacular for most of us was swimming with the mantas, a most intelligent creature of enormity.
I have never seen the Misool marine protected area completely deserted by the growing liveaboard industry, but there we were, on day 6 of the trip, without any other boat around us…
This trip from Ambon to Sorong was very special. Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, resort and liveaboard-based diving at this time is essentially limited to Indonesian citizens and expatriate residents.
Every once in a while Seven Seas is contracted by a film production company. This time the shoot will take place in West Papua, formally known to me and many of you as Irian Jaya.
This report comprises a series of informal and opportunistic observations on coral reef health and resilience from among the Raja Ampat Islands. The observations were made between the 19th and 30th January 2020.
Down here in the Wild West of Papua, we can still have a glimpse back in time, to what it was like to dive in Indonesia 25 years ago. Not uncommon here to bump into some great whales, as we just did, mother with a calve!