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!
This is my fifth voyage on the Seven Seas and I’ve never adjusted to just how fast time flies when you’re out and exploring with Indonesia’s best liveaboard crew.
For anyone visiting Raja Ampat for the first time with a drone – you’ll find the views just as stunning high above the reef as they are below the surface of the sea. However, in some areas you might find an unexpected avian predator – the White-bellied sea eagle.
It all started with the contest Our World Underwater 2019 where I got the message that my photo “Mating Frogs” was named BEST OF SHOW and winner of 2 weeks Raja Ampat on the Seven Seas – a dream became reality.