23 March 2013
I really believe in saying “it’s better late than never”. Well, this post is almost a year late but nonetheless, the experience is still fresh in my mind like it happened yesterday. As we get ready to leave tomorrow for our next brand new expedition to Fiji, I thought it best to finish 1 back-log entry and start fresh for the Great Sea Reefs of Fiji – and today being Earth Hour to boot!
In mid April 2012, we were finally able to return to Indonesia and accomplish our last unfinished business for WWF – that of making the long journey to Cenderawasih Bay where the giant fish waited for us. Cenderawasih Bay or bird of paradise bay is a massive body of water of three provinces – West Papua, Papua & New Guinea all belonging to Indonesia. This bay has special underwater visitors who almost never want to leave. When WWF Indonesia’s marine programme communicator Dewi Satriani told us about Cenderawasih Bay in 2009, we gave her the look of disbelief – that whale sharks are guaranteed to be seen here, hanging around and not leaving. Our Coral Triangle photo expedition was packed for 18 months and we couldn’t find the time to make this new destination part of our journey. We knew we had to return and it was going to be on our own steam, on another time and another year.