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Raja Ampat Days 5, 6 & 7

July 5, 2010 – 3:14 pm

More supreme diving. This is definitely the most extensive and superb diving I have yet discovered, and the topside is quite stunning too.

Max took me for a microlight flyover on the last day revealing a vast number of unspoiled islands, lagoons, sand banks, forests, etc. there are only a small number of tiny fishing villages sprinkled around the islands producing minimal impact. From the air we also saw several Dugongs – including one mother with her calf  -pods of dolphins, turtles and more. In some estuaries of Waigeo Island there are crocodiles too!

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Islets off Pulau Gam, Raja Ampat, West Papua

I want to start sea kayaking trips to the area – you will easily see from the aerial photos why! (I don’t take underwater pics so you will have to wait for those.) The plan is to help the local villages to set up homestays that are of a sufficient standard to receive foreign guests.  Kayakers can then spend a week or 10 days exploring this natural wilderness knowing that there will be food and a bed at the end of each day. A naturalist’s dream. All sorts of birds including birds of Paradise, hornbills, various parrots, sea eagles, kingfishers… on and on.

See a small selection of pictures below:


Pulau Gam from the Air, Raja Ampat, West Papua

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