Diving in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. March 2012.

Raja Ampat, the wild archipelago

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  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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

Cruise-diving on the Black Manta

To sail from island to island, in the archipelago of Raja Ampat... a dream I had long ago, come true. I am taped by the beauty of this end of the world, still virgin, strewn with verdant islets covered with real jungle, in the depths of Indonesia.

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Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia.

Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia.

Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. March 2012.

Here, the word "biodiversity" makes sense. Nature is exuberant, on land and under water. We follow in the footsteps of the British biologist Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) who explored the Malay Archipelago and the East Indies in the 19th century, and discovered many unknown species ...

More modestly, with a small group of other divers tourists, I embarked at Sorong, on the Black Manta, for a short but fantastic five day cruise.

The Black Manta to Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia.
The Black Manta to Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia)

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

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 ...

Diving in 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 high level, quality diving issue. It's far, Raja Ampat, but it's worth it.

A picture is worth a thousand words ... So I post some photos, as a way to put in mouth, and I come back to tell you very soon, in more detail, these extraordinary dives!

Diving in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. March 2012.

Diving in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. March 2012.

Diving in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. March 2012.

Turtle in Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. March 2012.

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