Beautiful "soft corals" or alcyonarias color the top of Mioskon Reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Beautiful "soft corals" or alcyonarias color the top of Mioskon Reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

Raja Ampat, the wild archipelago

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Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. I'm there!!! A real end of the world, still virgin, wild and beautiful, on land and under water.

Diving cruise in Raja Ampat

To sail from island to island, in the archipelago of Raja Ampat... A dream that I had for a long time, finally became reality in this month of March 2012.

I am stunned by the beauty of this end of the world, still virgin, strewn with green islands covered with real jungle, in the depths of Indonesia.

In the Dampier Strait. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
In the Dampier Strait. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Jungle-covered karst islands, plunging into jade green water... Iconic landscape of Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Jungle-covered karst islets, plunging into jade green water... Iconic landscape of Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A splendid and wild archipelago. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A splendid and wild archipelago. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

Here, the word "biodiversity" takes on its full meaning. Nature is exuberant, both on land and underwater. We're following in the footsteps of the British biologist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) who explored the Malay Archipelago and the East Indies in the XIXth century, and discovered many unknown species...

More modestly, two centuries later, with a small group of other diving tourists, I embarked at Sorong, on the Black Mantafor a short but fantastic five-day cruise (update : the White Manta company which owned this boat sold it to another operator).

The Black Manta is a boat designed for scuba diving, which can take up to 16 people, in addition to the crew. This kind of "cruise" (or "liveaboard" in English) has obviously nothing to do with the liner-buildings that sometimes run aground on the Italian coast...

Black Manta. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Black Manta. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

Incredibly rich seabed

I knew that Raja Ampat was an exceptional destination for scuba diving. But to see it with one's own eyes is something else ...

Red Lionfish and schools of glass fish above the coral reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Red Lionfish and schools of glass fish above the coral reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

What strikes, during the first dives, is the profusion. The usual underwater tropical fauna is there, of course, but the abundance and variety of species, both for fish and coral, is truly hallucinating.

Yes, really, the sites are exceptional! Very, very high level, in terms of diving quality. It's far away, Raja Ampat, but it's worth it.

A picture is worth a thousand words... So I'm posting a few pictures, as an appetizer, and I'll be back to tell you about these extraordinary dives very soon, in more detail! 😍

Beautiful "soft corals" or alcyonarias color the top of Mioskon Reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Beautiful "soft corals" or alcyonarias color the top of Mioskon Reef. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A huge "soft coral" called an alcyonary-mushroom, belonging to the genus Sarcophyton. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A huge "soft coral" called an alcyonary-mushroom, belonging to the genus Sarcophyton. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A manta ray comes to have its portrait taken... (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A manta ray comes to have its portrait taken... (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A school of yellowtail snappers flees as I approach. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A school of yellowtail snappers flees as I approach. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
We regularly come across hawksbill turtles, also known as hawksbill turtles, on our dives. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
We regularly come across hawksbill turtles, also known as hawksbill turtles, on our dives. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

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