8 – 27 February 2010
While we were in North Raja Ampat, we were incredibly fortunate to have professional photographers and videographers Claudia & Leon Joubert document our stay and experience in what is arguably the epicenter of marine biodiversity. Claudia Pellarini-Joubert and Leon Joubert of the Bittenbysharks.com fame work with Max Ammer to manage and market Sorido Bay Resort.
Click and watch their video here of “Yogi and Stella in Raja Ampat“.
Not a single day were we not blown away by the varied sceneries here in Raja Ampat. We were so greedy in seeing everything that even if three weeks with Papua Diving may seem like a lot of time, it was seriously not enough. The dinner table story telling by Max made Yogi rub his goatee thinking, hmmm, when can we come back here again? West Papua is such a massive area – a place with more secrets to tell and more wonders to be discovered – one of the last remaining frontiers still with remote unchartered territories. Sounds adventurous? You cannot begin to imagine!
When not diving, much of our activities were spent snorkelling in shallow waters. The blue water mangroves were our favorite hangout place for many many days – blue water mangroves with coral reefs fighting for space in amongst the mangrove roots! It was like if we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did! Here are some samples of shallow (less than a meter) wonders:
On the subject of rising water levels, I asked our boat guides if they remember how it was when they were young, living in the nearby village. Was the beach farther than it is now? They thought for a while and tried to remember. And their answer is yes – this beach was about 10 meters away.
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