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The Daintree River of Tropical North Queensland

By | April 19th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Australia, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecotourism, Far North Queensland, General Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Queensland, Rainforest, Wet Tropics|

For many months, I'd often hear Yogi exclaim "Look at this!!!" And he proceeded to show me Solar Whisper's Facebook page of photographs taken by operator David White along the Daintree River in our part of the world [...]

Nature Images Awards 2015 – IUCN 2016 Lauréat Bourse

By | December 30th, 2015|Categories: Australia, Bats, Biodiversity, Conservation, Ecotourism, Far North Queensland, Magazine publication, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Publications, Published in the web, Science, Wet Tropics, World Heritage Area|

Paris, 20 December 2015 For his story on the Tolga Bat Hospital and the flying foxes of the Atherton Tablelands, Jürgen Freund wins the 2016 [...]

WILDLIFE Under the Waves

By | March 3rd, 2015|Categories: Australia, Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Reefs, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Fiji, General Photography, Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, Magazine publication, Malaysia, Mangroves, Mangroves, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Photography, Published in the web, Rainforest, Science, Scuba Diving, Solomon Islands, South East Asia, Timor Leste, Turtle, Uncategorized, Underwater Photography, World Heritage Area, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

With great excitement, we would like to present our latest book by New Holland Publishing - WILDLIFE Under the Waves. This book has a collection of stunning images that showcase the full diversity of marine life -- from mighty whales [...]

Life in the Great Barrier Reef

By | October 17th, 2014|Categories: Adventure, Australia, Biodiversity, Blog, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Reefs, Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Expeditions, Far North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Queensland, Science, Scuba Diving, Underwater Photography, World Heritage Area|

Onboard the MY Golden Shadow, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is circumnavigating the globe to survey some of the most remote reefs on the planet.  I recently joined their Global Reef Expedition, as a [...]

Photographing Great Barrier Reef Mission of the Global Reef Expedition

By | September 28th, 2014|Categories: Australia, Biodiversity, Blog, Conservation, Coral Reefs, Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Expeditions, Far North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Queensland, Science, Underwater Photography, World Heritage Area|

The oceanic water at the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef is so clear, that you can see the surveying scientists as little specks in the upper right corner from almost 50 meter [...]

Dwarf Minke Whales in the Great Barrier Reef

By | July 4th, 2014|Categories: Adventure, Australia, Blog, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Far North Queensland, General Photography, Great Barrier Reef, Magazine publication, Nature Photography, Photography, Publications, Published in the web, Queensland, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, World Heritage Area|Tags: , , , , |

It's been a while since I was out diving and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. This time I went with the superb liveaboard "Spoilsport" of the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions during the best time of the [...]

Asia-Pacific Reefs and Rainforests in the Tablelands Regional Gallery

By | May 18th, 2014|Categories: Australia, Exhibitions, Far North Queensland, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Nature Photography, Photography, Public Presentations, Queensland, Rainforest, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF|

A 360º view of the Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests Photo Exhibition at the Tablelands Regional Council. (click image for full size) This is officially the first entry in this blog! From April [...]

Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests – A Photo Exhibition in April

By | March 29th, 2014|Categories: Aerial Photography, Australia, Bird Photography, Blog, Coral Triangle, Exhibitions, Far North Queensland, Fiji, General Photography, Great Barrier Reef, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Photography, Publications, Solomon Islands, South East Asia, South Pacific, Timor Leste, Underwater Photography|

Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests - A Photo Exhibition this April The Tablelands Regional Gallery in collaboration with the 5th Queensland Festival of Photography is proud to present Jürgen Freund in a solo photo exhibition. [...]

The Coral Triangle featured in GEO Magazine

By | February 1st, 2014|Categories: Blog, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Indonesia, Magazine publication, Malaysia, Marine, Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Photography, Publications, Published in the web, Science, Scuba Diving, Solomon Islands, South East Asia, Timor Leste, Underwater Photography|

A little late but nonetheless always relevant! Our big photo story on The Coral Triangle came out in German GEO Magazine last August 2013 and correspondingly, an iPad app with this slideshow below. With so [...]

A Funeral to Remember – Goodbye Paramount Chief Ratu Aisea Katonivere

By | August 29th, 2013|Categories: Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

25 - 27 April 2013 - Naduri, Vanua Levu, Fiji Sevusevu with the late Tui Macuata, Ratu Aisea Katonivere, Paramount Chief of Macuata Province in Vanua Levu with Koli Musudroka of WWF South Pacific. [...]

Sea Cucumber Hunters of Fiji in the GSR

By | August 26th, 2013|Categories: Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

April 2013 - Kavewa Island, Nukusa Village, Yadua Island Sea cucumber is a high value, high demand Chinese delicacy that is sought after by Chinese traders buying dried sea cucumbers from all over the world especially in Asia [...]

Yadua Turtle Monitoring and Irris

By | August 22nd, 2013|Categories: Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Science, South Pacific, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

20 April 2013 Patricia Mallam WWF South Pacific Communications Manager brought her lovely 9 year old daughter Irris to rendezvous with us on Yadua Island - we, coming from Macuata Province and they, coming from [...]

WWF and University of South Pacific at work in the Great Sea Reef

By | August 8th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Science, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

April 2013 Our visits to the Fijian villages and the one resort in Macuata Province were made the richer when we were able to document the fieldwork of WWF South Pacific Marine Species Coordinator Laitia Tamata, WWF [...]

Nukubati Island – the Only Resort in Macuata Province’s Great Sea Reef

By | July 30th, 2013|Categories: Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

14 - 18 April 2013 Google Earth Map - Nukubati Island Getting a WWF assignment to document the world's third largest barrier reef, we needed to make sure we saw the Great Sea [...]

Kia – The Remote Island Paradise of the Great Sea Reef

By | July 27th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Subsistence Fishing, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

10 - 14 April 2013 Kia Island in the horizon surrounded by the Great Sea Reef. Google Earth Map - Kia island It was a long 4 hour boat ride from Nukusa [...]

Udu Point – Freediving the Great Sea Reef

By | July 9th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Subsistence Fishing, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

7 - 9 April 2013 The first time we saw the village of Nukusa from the boat, I thought how wonderfully situated it was. It is not a beachside village like the usual but one [...]

Udu Point – First Sunday at the Farthest End of the Great Sea Reef

By | July 6th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Subsistence Fishing, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

7 April 2013 Google Earth Map - Kavewa to Udu Point, the farthest east we got in Fiji. (Click for larger map) Nukusa Village is the 4th to the last village from the [...]

Kavewa Island – Mangrove Reforestation and the Reefs

By | July 5th, 2013|Categories: Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Mangroves, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

4 - 6 April 2013 A charming activity took the children of Kavewa by storm one overcast Saturday morning. All the school children from Kavewa Village had just come back home for the weekend from [...]

Kavewa Island – Turtle Monitor

By | July 4th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Science, South Pacific, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

4 - 6 April 2013 Emosi Time, son of Kavewa Village chief is known as a Dau ni Vonu or Turtle Monitor. Emosi used to be a turtle hunter, catching turtles for turtle meat offered in [...]

Mali Island – Diving, Spearfishing and Sea Snakes

By | June 28th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Subsistence Fishing, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

2 - 3 April 2013 Google Earth - Mali Island, Fiji We had a grand opportunity of checking out the Great Sea Reef underwater while in Mali Island. Our Ligaulevu Village host Leone [...]

Mali Island – Mangroves and Crabs

By | June 25th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Mangroves, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Subsistence Fishing, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

30 March - 2 April 2013 When we first received our shot list from Patricia Mallam of WWF South Pacific on what to document in the Great Sea Reef, one line jumped out like it [...]

Days with the Chiefs – Mali Island (Nakawaqa Village, Vorovoro Island and Ligaulevu)

By | June 25th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

30 March - 2 April 2013 Mali Island Google Earth - Mali Island, Fiji The nearest island to Labasa Town is Mali Island, comprised of 3 villages on the island (Nakawaqa, Ligaulevu & [...]

Life in Navakasobu Village with Kava, Weaving and Fishing

By | April 3rd, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, General Photography, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

30 March 2013 Navakasobu Village, Vanua Levu, Fiji Our wonderful guide and companion Koli Musudroka, WWF Field Officer for Labasa invited us to his village on Black Saturday. He had been telling us about the women in his [...]

First Day – Labasa, Fiji’s Northern Division

By | March 28th, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Expeditions, Fiji, Great Sea Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, South Pacific, Subsistence Fishing, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

28 March 2013 Labasa Town, Northern Division, Fiji The incredibly efficient and fired up WWF South Pacific team in Fiji has given us a packed itinerary for our five weeks stay to document the entire length of [...]

Whale Sharks of Cenderawasih Bay, Province of Papua, Indonesia

By | March 23rd, 2013|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Rangers, Science, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

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 [...]

The Coral Triangle Expedition now in YouTube!

By | March 18th, 2013|Categories: Aerial Photography, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Live Reef Fish Trade, Malaysia, Mariculture, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Rainforest, Rangers, Science, Scuba Diving, Solomon Islands, South East Asia, South Pacific, Timor Leste, Tuna, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

Stella & Yogi with Panda in Tubbataha Four years ago our expedition started in April 2009. Another year and a half later, we finished an almighty big book called The Coral Triangle. And [...]

GEO Magazine features Fish Faces of the Coral Triangle

By | May 9th, 2012|Categories: Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, Indonesia, Magazine publication, Malaysia, Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Photography, Publications, Published in the web, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

Last April, we had a truly charming feature in Germany's GEO Magazine on the Coral Triangle's colourful and cryptic marine creatures - a sure sign of biodiversity in this ecoregion. Soon it will also come out in [...]

A Raja Ampat Video of Freund Factory at work – WWF Coral Triangle Expedition

By | September 9th, 2011|Categories: Aerial Photography, Blog, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, Indonesia, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia|

A Raja Ampat Video of Freund Factory at work - WWF Coral Triangle Expedition While we were in North Raja Ampat, we were incredibly fortunate to have professional photographers and videographers Claudia & Leon Joubert [...]

Rolex Laureates Collaborating – Jürgen Freund on Assignment for Rolex in Ningaloo 2008

By | September 5th, 2011|Categories: Australia, Blog, Marine, Ningaloo Reef, Publications, Published in the web, Science|

Rolex Laureates Collaborating - Jürgen Freund on Assignment for Rolex in Ningaloo 2008 FLASHBACK - May 2008 Rory Wilson and Brad Norman - two Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureates joined forces to study whale sharks of Ningaloo [...]

AIMS CReefs – Census of Marine Life, Lizard Island 2008

By | September 5th, 2011|Categories: Australia, Blog, Great Barrier Reef, Magazine publication, Marine, Photography, Publications, Published in the web, Science, Scuba Diving|

The Census of Marine Life (CoML) is a grand global project with an objective to survey and analyze changes from past to present in marine life biodiversity, distribution and abundance, and to compile the resultant data into [...]

Turtles! Our Marine Ambassadors are Unwell

By | August 16th, 2011|Categories: Australia, Biodiversity, Conservation, General Photography, Marine, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Queensland, Rangers, Science, South Pacific, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

14 – 18 May  2011 Bowen, Queensland, Australia About a year ago, we wrapped up our epic 18-month Coral Triangle photo expedition with our last leg in Timor Leste. We finished a long photographic marathon [...]

Lake Eyre 2 – Birdlife and Pelicans in the Outback

By | August 2nd, 2011|Categories: 4WD, Adventure, Aerial Photography, Australia, Bird Photography, Blog, Expeditions, General Photography, Lake Eyre Basin, Magazine publication, Nature Photography, Photography, Publications, Queensland, South Australia|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Charming Red-necked Avocet in Lake Eyre from the shores of Halligan Bay May-July 2011 A Lake Eyre photo assignment from GEO magazine got us quickly driving 3,000 km to the heart of South Australia to meet [...]

Lake Eyre 1 – Following the Water

By | August 1st, 2011|Categories: Aerial Photography, Australia, Blog, General Photography, Lake Eyre Basin, Magazine publication, Nature Photography, Photography, Publications, Queensland|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The flooded Lake Eyre from the air. Have you ever wondered what a massive lake in the middle of the flat dry Australian desert looks like?  Can you even begin to imagine what or where [...]

Lake Eyre 2 – Birdlife and Pelicans in the Outback

By | July 31st, 2011|Categories: 4WD, Adventure, Aerial Photography, Australia, Bird Photography, Expeditions, General Photography, Lake Eyre Basin, Nature Photography, Photography, Western Australia|

Charming Red-necked Avocet in Lake Eyre from the shores of Halligan Bay May-July 2011 A Lake Eyre photo assignment from GEO magazine got us quickly driving 3,000 km to the heart of South Australia to meet [...]

Photography in the Coral Triangle – by Jürgen Freund

By | September 5th, 2010|Categories: Aerial Photography, Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Malaysia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, Scuba Diving, Solomon Islands, South East Asia, South Pacific, Subsistence Fishing, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

April 2009 - September 2010 In 1995, when I was a fresh full-time wildlife photographer - after quitting my Industrial Photography day job of many years,  I went for 12 months on my very own [...]

Faces of Solomon Islanders

By | September 1st, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Solomon Islands, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

15 – 17 July 2010 Chea Village, Marovo Island Still in Chea Village, Marovo Lagoon, we concentrated in photographing people. The weather had not eased up on us and with the rains and occasional bursts [...]

Talented carvers of Marovo Lagoon, Solomon Islands

By | September 1st, 2010|Categories: Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Solomon Islands, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

15 - 17 July 2010 Chea Village, Marovo Island After strong winds and rain throughout our stay in Tetepare, we were dreading the island crossing from Tetepare to Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia. We were bracing [...]

Tetepare Turtles, Coconut Crabs and Seaweed Research in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands

By | August 31st, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Science, Solomon Islands, South Pacific, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

10 – 14 July 2010 Tetepare Island The wild coast of Tetepare The Tetepare Descendants' Association take their conservation work very seriously. They protect and manage the entire island most especially their 13km-long [...]

Tetepare Island Rangers and WWF Coral Reef Research, Western Province, Solomon Islands

By | August 30th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Rangers, Science, Scuba Diving, Solomon Islands, South Pacific, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

10 - 14 July 2010 Tetepare Island Mystery shrouds Tetepare Island with its rainforest getting its fair share of rain Tetepare is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific where a tiny portion [...]

Pristine Rainforest in Kolombangara, Western Province, Solomon Islands

By | August 29th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Rainforest, Solomon Islands, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

7 - 9 July 2010 Imbu Rano Lodge The only chance we had during this entire expedition to visit a forest was here in the Pacific. A forest, you might ask? What has that got [...]

Aquaculture Farming and Post Tsunami in Gizo, Solomon Islands

By | August 26th, 2010|Categories: Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Solomon Islands, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

6 - 7 July 2010 WorldFish Center, Nusa Tupe & Gizo Airport Onma Lodge, Kolombangara The April 2007 earthquake and tsunami wrecked havoc to the lives of many in the Western Province of the Solomon [...]

Gizo and Ranonga After the 2007 Tsunami, Solomon Islands

By | August 2nd, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Solomon Islands, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

6 July 2010 Gizo & Ranonga One morning in 2 April 2007, we woke up at home in Cairns. By force of habit, even before breakfast, I turned on the computer and checked BOM, the Australian Bureau [...]

Making Lime for Betelnut Chewing in M’Buke, Manus, PNG

By | July 25th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

28 – 30 July 2010 M’Buke Island A jar of lime powder (kambang); a bean-like green stick called mustard (daka) and green betel nuts (buai) Betel nut chewing is a custom or ritual that dates [...]

WWF Community Canoe in M’Buke Island, Manus, PNG

By | July 24th, 2010|Categories: Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

28 - 30 July 2010 M'Buke Island, Anun Island & Champoin Island The traditional sailing canoes of M'Buke Islanders Last year in February, when I was still researching WWF Coral Triangle projects to cover [...]

The Amazing People of M’Buke Island, Manus, Papua New Guinea

By | July 24th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

28 - 30 June 2010 S2 22.915 E146 49.513 - M'Buke Island S2 18.697 E146 51.595 - Anun Island At low tide, we navigated our small boat through the incredibly healthy coral reefs of [...]

Lovely Lissenung and Day Trips to Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG

By | July 3rd, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

4 - 24 June 2010 We totally adored our three weeks in Lissenung. We were so much at home it was LIKE being home. We could achieve so much portraying the many aspects of Kavieng's village [...]

Lissenung Diving Exploratory Trip to New Hanover, PNG

By | June 24th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

15 - 17 June 2010 We set off for a three day exploratory trip with our friend Dietmar Amon with five other divers or NFFs (new found friends) to New Hanover. Lissenung Island Resort has these special [...]

Enuk Sing-Sing at Lissenung Island Resort, New Ireland, PNG

By | June 21st, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

9 & 20 June 2010 The strong culture of Papua New Guinea shines through during a sing-sing - a gathering of performers from a village who sing and dance to show off their ethnicity and their [...]

Diving with Lissenung Island Resort New Ireland, PNG

By | June 19th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

5 - 15 June 2010 We have been on idyllic Lissenung Island Resort since June 5 and have spent wonderful time catching up with our friends Dietmar and Ange Amon, the owners and operators of this lovely [...]

Malagan Tatanua Masks of Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG

By | June 14th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

11 & 14 June 2010 We met a fascinating Papua New Guinean artist by the name of Fabian Paino. He carves Malagan wooden sculptures, the ceremonial art of New Ireland's living culture. Fabian carves the wooden [...]

Critters of Kimbe Bay and Witu Islands

By | June 7th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

13 May - 3 June 2010 Restorf Island, Kimbe Bay Dickie's Place, Witu Islands The many shoals and sea mounts in Kimbe Bay are popular to many divers in the lookout for sharks, schooling fish [...]

Legendary FeBrina liveaboard in Father’s Reef and Witu Island, Kimbe Bay

By | June 6th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

25 May - 3 June 2009 Brandford Shoal, Kimbe Bay Kilibob's Knob, Father's, Kimbe Bay Dickie's Place, Garove Island, Witu Islands Sporting an all new white look, the famous liveaboard FeBrina is anchored inside [...]

Walindi Plantation Resort, Kimbe Bay, PNG

By | June 5th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

13 – 25 May 2010 Walindi Plantation Resort Australians Max and his wife Cecilie were agriculturists when they bought an oil palm plantation in West New Britain, PNG in 1969.  The Benjamins' plantation is an 800 [...]

Mahonia Na Dari – Guardians of the Sea – Kimbe Bay, PNG

By | May 25th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

Many thanks to Tansy Bliss' text below, we are able to tell you through her writing and Yogi's photos how brilliant this local NGO is at the heart of Kimbe Bay, West New Britain. Tansy [...]

Beautiful Walindi, Kimbe Bay, West New Britain, PNG

By | May 25th, 2010|Categories: Aerial Photography, Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South Pacific, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

13 - 25 May 2010 Walindi Plantation Resort Restorf Island is our lunch place and one of our most favorite dive sites. it is muck heaven as well as having awesome underwater landscapes [...]

Fish for the Millions – Milkfish Aquaculture, Sarangani, Philippines

By | May 9th, 2010|Categories: Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

29 April - 2 May 2010 We made a most interesting and educational trip to Sarangani Bay in Southern Mindanao to photograph aquaculture or aquafarming.  Alsons Aquaculture Corporation is the producer of Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus or milkfish, which in the Philippines [...]

2010 Butanding Whale Shark Festival in Donsol, Philippines

By | May 8th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

27 April 2010 Woodland Resort, Donsol We have not been to the Butanding Festival since 2003. It was exciting to be here again during the festivities and the fluvial parade was not to be missed. Woodland [...]

Hubbs Scientist Tagging Whale Sharks in Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines

By | May 7th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

24 - 27 April 2010 Woodland Resort, Donsol WWF Research boat with our big Panda flag at the "mast" as we go forth and look for whale sharks in the waters of Donsol Bay [...]

Club Paradise – A Special Place in the Sun

By | May 5th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

18 – 22 April 2010 Dimakya Island, Club Paradise Night shot of Club Paradise restaurant. Right in front of this is the house reef where the dugong was waiting for us in the seagrass bed! [...]

Seagrass Bed for Marine Life in Club Paradise, Northern Palawan, Philippines

By | May 5th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

18 – 22 April 2010 Dimakya Island, Club Paradise Many snorkelers and divers quickly swim past seagrass beds without stopping to check out the interesting marine life that live there.  Seagrass beds are very important marine [...]

A Dugong in Club Paradise, Northern Palawan, Philippines

By | May 1st, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

18 – 22 April 2010 Dirk Fahrenbach is a dear old friend of Yogi’s. He owns and runs Dugong Dive Center in Club Paradise and we met him in Singapore during ADEX 2010.  Upon finding out what [...]

Good Friday in Bulacan, Philippines

By | April 26th, 2010|Categories: Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

2 April 2010  Kapitangan & Baliwag The Philippines is predominantly a Catholic country with a minority of Muslims living in southern Mindanao. The Catholic faith is strong and thriving and Folk Catholicism finds its major outlet during Lent, [...]

Club Ocellaris in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

By | April 26th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

27 – 31 March 2010 The charming clownfish finds a symbolic home out of water in this quaint dive resort by the sea in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas.  Club Ocellaris is where I first entered the water with [...]

More Anilao, Mabini, Batangas Critters

By | April 25th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

27 - 31 March 2010 The province of Batangas has more than a 30-kilometer long coastline – Balayan Bay in the west and Batangas Bay in the east. To the north is the town of [...]

Nudibranchs of Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

By | April 17th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

27 - 31 March 2010 Anilao Batangas was where I learned diving in 1997. I had been coming here camping on the rocks when I was still in college in the 80's! Anilao was where [...]

Newest Dive Resort in Mindoro – Apo Reef Club

By | April 7th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

15 - 22 March 2010 Sunset illuminates this charming dive resort in Mindoro Guenter Taus was my dive instructor for my PADI advance course many years ago. He also is part owner of [...]

Apo Reef with Apo Reef Club, Mindoro, Philippines

By | April 7th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

15 - 22 March 2010 The colors of Asia comes out with this bright outrigger boat turned liveaboard Apo Reef Club I. Diver about to surface after a good dive With the expedition [...]

Dry Lands and Effects of Climate Change in Mindoro, Philippines

By | April 1st, 2010|Categories: Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

18 March 2010 We spent a whirlwind day traveling Mindoro on rocky roads from Concepcion to Mamburao to Sablayan back to Concepcion. It was from an early tuna festival activity at 7 in the morning to visiting [...]

Tuna Festival in Mamburao – Occidental Mindoro, Philippines

By | March 26th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, Tuna, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

26 March 2010 Today, I received a birthday greeting from our dear Paul Sunters, the Managing Photo Editor of the WWF Global Photo Network! It is my one year blog anniversary since writing my first entry! Imagine [...]

Hasta La Vista Papua Diving

By | March 5th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

8 – 28 February 2010 Sorido Bay Resort A panoramic view of one of the most comfortable and elegant lounge and dining areas we've been to here in Indonesia! High end Papuan art of [...]

Landscapes and Seascapes of Raja Ampat

By | March 4th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

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 [...]

Seeing Magnificent Raja Ampat from the Air

By | March 3rd, 2010|Categories: Aerial Photography, Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

27 February 2010 After days of grumbling about the weather, Yogi finally found his smile again. Max Ammer was bringing him along as co-pilot to his truly photogenic yellow aircraft. Yogi finally smiling from [...]

Marine Life of North Raja Ampat

By | February 26th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

8 - 26 February If I may, I would like to lift a few bits and paragraphs written by Dr. Mark V. Erdmann, Senior Advisor Conservation International Indonesia Marine Program in his introduction of a new fantastic [...]

Papuan Folks of Raja Ampat

By | February 25th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

8 - 25 February In 1526, Jorge de Menses, the first Portuguese governor to the Moluccan "spice islands" was swept ashore by a storm to the Bird's Head Peninsula (West Papua) even before he reached [...]

Mantas of North Raja Ampat

By | February 22nd, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

8 - 23 February 2010 Manta Sandy Manta Slope How do you describe the feeling of utter happiness you have to pinch yourself underwater to remind yourself it's happening? Our artist friend [...]

Misool Eco Resort

By | February 6th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

16- 30 January 2010 MER Full moon night scene of this wonderful resort in Batbitim Island. See the milky way on the right sky? Loads of divers dream of owning a resort in [...]

Misool Rangers At Work

By | February 6th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Rangers, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

25 January 2010 Yellu Island What originally started as a 200 square kilometer no-take zone has now been increased to 425 sq. km. Misool Eco Resort MER take their conservation work very seriously. They have set up [...]

WWF CT Business Summit Photo Exhibition in Manila

By | February 5th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Exhibitions, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Malaysia, Marine, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

19 - 20 January 2010 Sometime early November last year, we got an email from Dr. Lida Pet-Soede, WWF Coral Triangle Programme Leader to discuss an idea of having a photo exhibition of our expedition [...]

Life Forms

By | February 5th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

22 January 2010 Fiabacet Misool Eco Resort When Yogi starts singing, I have all reason to stop and listen to his song as he seldom does this. Whereas I break into a song at a [...]

Misool Eco Resort, South Raja Ampat

By | January 18th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

11 - 16 January 2010 Almost TOTALLY built from salvaged wood, not a single tree was cut to construct this enchanting resort situated at the best diving sites of south Raja Ampat It [...]

Working Christmas

By | January 9th, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Tuna, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

December 25 Gorontalo Harbour Stella & Yogi in Kuala Lumpur's KLCC, the six level shopping mall of Petronas Twin Towers! We're soaking in a CITY!!! What?! Working on Christmas? Sadly, yes.  But we [...]

Edi Frommenwiler, Pindito and Raja Ampat

By | January 1st, 2010|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

Edi Frommenwiler Movie "Wild Eye of Raja Ampat" on YouTube 15 years ago, when Yogi quit his office job as industrial photographer of MTU in Munich and became a fulltime freelance photojournalist, he embarked on [...]

North Raja Ampat with Mantas!

By | December 31st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

15 December - Tuesday Jef Fam Woke up at 5am to look if our Panda flag was still flying on the mast of the Pindito. Yup, still there. It did a long night trip through from [...]

Diving the Famed Misool, Raja Ampat!

By | December 31st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

12 December Boo Windows The Pindito steamed all of last night till 10am this morning to Misool. The first dive site at 11am was in Boo.  The landscape of limestone islands and outcrops is similar to Coron [...]

More Banda Neira and Seram, Moluccas

By | December 31st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

10 December Banda Islands is historically known as part of the Spice Islands of the Moluccas. It belongs to  a string of islands south east of Ambon. It has an old Dutch fort and there [...]

Diving Banda Neira, Moluccas

By | December 31st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

9 December 2009 I woke up to a nice porthole view of a small islet called Suanggi. Red Pindito dingy takes off for Suanggi Islet diving The birds were all over the islet [...]

Diving Twilight Zone – Ambon, Moluccas

By | December 30th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

8 December 2009 We finally got on board the lovely Pindito and an old friend of Yogi's  Edi Frommenwiler, Pindito owner and Raja Ampat pioneer made it to be with us with his brand new RED camera [...]

WWF in Kei and Lebaran Hajj

By | December 5th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Turtle, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

24 - 28 November 2009 The leatherback conservation efforts in Kei is implemented by WWF-Indonesia through a local, community-based NGO (SIRaN) since 2003. In July this year, a one-man all around staff from WWF, Marthen Leuna aka [...]

The Fate of Leatherback Turtles in the Kei Islands, Moluccas

By | December 2nd, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

21 November 2009 - Saturday Today we were extremely happy in the morning and extremely sad by the afternoon.  We had a slow start leaving the house at 7am. For 2 long hours, we saw [...]

In Search of Leatherbacks in the Kei Islands, Moluccas

By | December 2nd, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

20 November 2009 Second day we were asked to wake up at 5:30am! By after breakfast and 6:15am we were off. The seas were glass flat and calm as. The early morning sun made really [...]

Being with WWF in Wakatobi

By | November 15th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Rangers, Science, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

2 - 12 November 2009 The hour we arrived in Wanci, we immediately had a meeting with WWF Indonesia Wakatobi Project Leader Veda Santiadji in their Wangi Wangi office.  He offered us different travel scenarios and we [...]

People of Wakatobi

By | November 15th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

2 - 12 November 2009 To many divers around the world, Wakatobi South Sulawesi is an underwater destination. Wakatobi, which is short for its many islands, stands for Wangi-Wangi, Kaledupa, Tomia & Binongko. We went to all [...]

A School in North Sulawesi

By | October 29th, 2009|Categories: Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

24 October 2009 We spent a most interesting day with Simone Gerritsen and her kids from her school Kehidupan Anda or "Your Life." The goal of Project “Kehidupan Anda” is to improve the education of the children [...]

Funae Fishing Skipjack Tuna

By | October 29th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Tuna, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

23 October 2009 This day was a walk down memory lane. Eight years ago, when we were finalizing our shoot for our book Sulu Sulawesi Seas for WWF, we spent five midnights to mornings with the funae [...]

Diving Bunaken and Mucking Around Manado

By | October 29th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

20 - 24 October 2009 Off we went with the tireless Simone Gerritsen of Thalassa Dive Center in Manado to explore  Bunaken and the surrounding islands as well as the under-appreciated mainland Manado. We knew to expect [...]

The Batuna Family

By | October 29th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

18 October 2009 About 15 years ago, Yogi dove and dove and dove for two straight months with Murex Dive Resort and Liveaboard in North Sulawesi. During this period, he contracted dengue fever and got a special [...]

The Coral Reefs of Buyat Bay

By | October 29th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

15 - 17 October 2009 A relatively unknown dive destination not far from Lembeh is slowly getting its share of the limelight. Buyat Bay is about five hours from Manado located south of Lembeh. It [...]

Circle Hooks and De-Hookers

By | October 13th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Tuna, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

10 October 2009 This is the day Yogi turns 50! Happy half-a-century, Yogibear! It is also the day we learned about the circle hook and de-hooking tuna longline vessels' by-catch. Circle or C-hooks versus traditional J-hooks [...]

Indonesian Dive Guides and Beach Clean-Ups

By | October 6th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

23 September – 4 October 2009 As much as we appreciate the diversity of creatures crawling about Lembeh Strait, we appreciated more our guides who led us to them. Ronald giving a dive brief. [...]

Fish That Stared Back

By | October 6th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

23 September - 4 October 2009 An insanely fantastic artist friend of ours by the name of Robert Strachan has, for years, barked out an order everytime we went on a dive journey. "Will you photograph fish [...]

Muck Babies of Lembeh Strait

By | October 5th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

23 September - 4 October 2009 What the heck is muck? We have been diving in the Lembeh muck for the past 12 days and finding it so interesting we could hardly tear ourselves away from it. We [...]

Second and third dive – Lembeh Strait

By | September 23rd, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

23 September 2009 Our second dive today is in Jahir I, named after the one of the pioneer Indonesian dive guides, Jahir! It was spectacular. I'm running out of superlatives here and pretty soon, I'm [...]

Twittering “24 Hours in the Life of WWF” from Lembeh Strait

By | September 23rd, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

23 September 2009 I am now enlightened on the world famous place called Lembeh Strait. I'm no longer a Lembeh virgin! Hurrah! We're here in Lembeh Resort to show what biodiversity is all about. Coincidentally, we're also [...]

Fish Life – Tulamben

By | September 18th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

12 - 18 September 2009 Two normally elusive creatures, a red grouper and a mantis shrimp, posing for the camera at a cleaning station While in Tauch Terminal, the easy access to the Liberty [...]

Diving with Tauch Terminal, Tulamben – North Bali

By | September 18th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

Tauch Terminal Dive Resort - 100 meters walk away from fantastic diving in the Marine Protected Area of Liberty Wreck 12 - 19 September 2009 First I have to pay tribute to the [...]

Mantas and Mola Mola in Nusa Penida

By | September 13th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

10 September 2009 After five months of straight shooting, we had to slow down and work on the thousands of images. The WWF Global Photo Network had been patiently waiting for their hi-resolution images but [...]

Live Reef Fish Trade and People of Pulau Mesa

By | September 6th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Live Reef Fish Trade, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

20 August 2009 We got off our 12-day liveaboard on the Seven Seas and hired ourselves a local floating home named Merannu, or Bajo language for “happy.” Our four-night floating hotel - Flores style [...]

Komodo Topside, the Pet Family and The Seven Seas

By | August 31st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

6 - 18 August 2009 A panoramic shot of the upper deck of the Seven Seas We spent 12 wonderful days diving with the entire Pet family and their friends onboard The Seven Seas, [...]

The Different Marine Habitats of Komodo National Park

By | August 31st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Mangroves, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

6 - 24 August 2009 It is very interesting that mangroves and seagrass beds do not hold as much tourist attraction as flamboyant coral reefs. Fair enough as coral reefs are magical and full of [...]

Underwater Wilderness – Komodo National Park

By | August 31st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

6 - 22 August 2009 It was both Yogi and my first time to see the underwater world of the World Heritage Site Komodo National Park. About 15 years ago Yogi spent time here on land, [...]

Bali, Indonesia: Hope in Paradise

By | August 27th, 2009|Categories: Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Live Reef Fish Trade, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Tuna, Turtle, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

By Alya B. Honasan IT was serendipitous that an important meeting of Coral Triangle partners was going on in Bali at the same time we visited, as scientists, conservation experts, and government representatives from all [...]

More Leatherback Turtles and Faces of Papuan Kids

By | August 5th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Rangers, South East Asia, Turtle, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

24 - 29 July 2009 Our Warmamedi tent beside the WWF turtle hatchery For the next four nights, we consistently saw two leatherback turtles laying eggs. We didn’t have as many companions now [...]

Leatherback Turtles

By | August 5th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, Science, South East Asia, Turtle, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

23 July 2009 We arrived in Batu Rumah sometime 3 pm of July 23.  Immediately our WWF leaders Mr. Bas and Franki called for a meeting with all the site monitoring staff and some local [...]

Remote Expedition to West Papua, Indonesia

By | August 5th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Indonesia, Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Turtle, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

23 - 29 July 2009 Um Island Batu Rumah We have been planning this part of our expedition since before we left Australia for Asia four months ago. When we found out that WWF Indonesia [...]

Kudat, Malaysia: The Faces of a Marine Park

By | July 30th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Malaysia, Marine, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

By Alya B. Honsasan Trawler catch being sorted into baskets in Kudat Bay In the Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area (PCA) in Sabah, Malaysia, fish is a big deal. You see it everywhere, from the fish cages [...]

WWF Malaysia in Kudat-Banggi Priority Conservation Area

By | July 15th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Live Reef Fish Trade, Malaysia, Marine, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

25 – 30 June Kudat Harbour Pulau Banggi The efficient WWF Malaysia machinery was immediately felt when I started getting a series of text messages regarding transport, hotel accommodations and our overall visit to Kudat from Betty [...]

Seven Days of Bliss in Sipadan

By | July 15th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Malaysia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

16 - 25 June 2009 Sipadan Mabul Resort- SMART Yogi nagged and nagged me about Sipadan. “I need time underwater!” he says. “Don't cut short my diving time!” He needed to nag because [...]

Turtle Love – Sipadan Malaysia

By | July 2nd, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Malaysia, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Turtle, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

By Alya B. Honsasan 23 - 25 June  2009 N4 07.051 E118 37.655 I SHOULD have gotten the hint when I did my check-out dive the afternoon I arrived at the Sipadan Mabul Resort (SMART) on Mabul [...]

Giant Clams Spawning, Seaweed Farming, Fisheries

By | June 19th, 2009|Categories: Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Malaysia, Mariculture, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Photography, Science, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

11 – 15 June Pulau Bohey Dulang Seaweed farming community Purse Seiner fishing grounds Maybe it was our good vibes and positive aura.  We got lucky this time in Semporna, Sabah, Malaysia. On to the [...]

Whale Sharks of Donsol

By | June 6th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

30 May - 2 June 2009 We have not been back to Donsol in six years, and the many tight, long hugs we received were enough proof that we had left good friends there. It [...]

Donsol Here We Come

By | May 29th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

29 May 2009 Whale shark made from bamboo and rice-sack cloth paraded along the coast From summers 2000 to 2003, we prided ourselves in being the first to organize tours for European tourists [...]

Aerials, Slash and Burn, Seaweed Farming, and Pearl Farmers After Office Hours

By | May 26th, 2009|Categories: Aerial Photography, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Mariculture, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

11 – 15 May 2009 Our pilot was none other than Jewelmer's boss JB, as Jacques Branellec is fondly called. Upon hearing of approaching bad weather in the coming days, he immediately offered to fly us around [...]

The Magic of Pearls

By | May 26th, 2009|Categories: Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Coral Triangle, Exhibitions, General Photography, Mariculture, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

11 – 15 May 2009 The miracle of the golden pearl When we saw mariculture listed amongst the subjects WWF wished us to document, my first thought was Jewelmer. For many years, we have longed to [...]

More Underwater Life in El Nido

By | May 25th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

9-10 May 2009 Palm-fringed beaches, bright white sand, turquoise waters and, of course, a little sunbathing cabana in Pangalusian Island Lunch in a resort such as MIR and LIR means you are spoilt for choice. [...]

WWF Philippines in El Nido

By | May 25th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Rangers, South East Asia, Subsistence Fishing, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

7 May 2009 We first visited the El Nido Town to pay a visit to the dynamic Woman Mayor Leonor Corral. Mayor Corral took the time to give us an overview of her conservation efforts [...]

El Nido’s Miniloc Island Resort

By | May 24th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Science, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

6 – 8 May 2009 Miniloc Island Resort - El Nido's idyllic haven amidst limestone cliffs Shifting gears from on-the-ground land subsistence activities to first class tourism, we travelled from eastern Taytay islands [...]

Live Reef Fish Trade

By | May 21st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Hong Kong, Live Reef Fish Trade, Marine, Papua New Guinea, People & Cultures, Photography, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

2 – 4 May 2009 The need or want to consume live reef fish is enormous for a Chinese. I talk from experience as I am Cantonese and have uncles and cousins who own Chinese [...]

Typhoon, Fishing, Capiz, and Manny Pacquiao

By | May 4th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

2 – 4 May 2009 Tropical downpour! Typhoon Crising went past the Western side of Occidental Mindoro, causing a downpour in Taytay, Palawan. These were unusual times, the locals said. The town fiesta [...]

Irrawaddy Dolphins of Malampaya Sound

By | May 4th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog, WWF Field Staff|

2 – 4 May 2009 Finally, we have good Internet connection! We're back in Manila, and can backtrack and report on the last three weeks of our Palawan adventure. We'll start with rare dolphins . [...]

Reef Mother

By | May 2nd, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Rangers, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

By Alya B. Honasan Angelique Songco manages the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Palawan with a lot of passion It's late one summer morning, the sun is illuminating the crystal-clear waters of the magnificent Sulu Sea—and [...]

Life in a Fishing Village

By | April 28th, 2009|Categories: Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

27/28 April 2009 We spent an enlightening day and night on Green Island, Palawan. About 2,000 people, children included, live there. There are 360 households, and if you do the math, that’s about an average of 5.5 [...]

Roxas Fisheries

By | April 26th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

26 April 2009 Many thanks to Boy Bonoan and Ofie Rondina of the Palawan Provincial Government, our land transport to Northern Palawan was all organized. Once in Roxas, a scenic two-hour coastal ride north from [...]

COTS Once More and So Long Ranger Station

By | April 21st, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

21 April 2009 Luli Arroyo infected with our COTS quest The guests onboard Oceana Maria joined in gathering COTS. Among them was Luli Arroyo, the Philippine President’s daughter and Southeast Asia Policy Officer [...]

Rangers and Crown-of-Thorns Starfish

By | April 20th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Crown-of-thorns Starfish, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Science, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

20 April 2009  The rangers, Angelique and the WWF expedition team Order of the day was an early morning group picture of the rangers with manager Angelique and WWF expedition visitors Alya, Yogi [...]

Oh no! Rain!

By | April 19th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

19 April 2009 Woke up at 5:45am – gee it’s overcast. By 6:30, while I was using nature’s toilet, the heavens opened. We all thought it was a good thing the rains didn’t happen at [...]

Finally, Tubbataha Bird Islet

By | April 18th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

18 April 2009 Woke up at 3 am. Outside the station, the sky was bright with stars and a quarter moon. It was peaceful to spend a few minutes outside with Yogi and the rangers [...]

Re-scheduling Tubbataha Bird Islet

By | April 17th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

17 April 2009 Flat calm seas and sunshine as summer should be Today was a day of helplessness and frustration. It was flat, calm, and full sunshine yesterday. We left the boat Stella [...]

The Tubbataha Rangers

By | April 16th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, People & Cultures, Philippines, Photography, Science, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

16 April 2009 Rangers – NAVY  Team Leader: Elmer “Jhing” F. de los Santos Jhing mans the radar and radio 24/7 Secille G. Balot Secille tills their little garden for the ranger's [...]

Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 5

By | April 15th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, General Photography, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

15 April 2009 Dive 1, 7:30, Black Rock N8 47.868 E119 50.440 Hmmm -- 6:30 morning rain. We’re going to be rained on in Bird Islet in a few days! Not a nice thought. Before [...]

Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 4

By | April 14th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

14 April 2009 Dive 1, 7:30, Delsan Wreck We went a way back from the wreck, to the point where our boatman said it was a different dive site altogether! But the drift was so [...]

Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 3

By | April 13th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

13 April 2009 Dive 1, 7:30am, Malayan Wreck Blue water hang at 20 meters, waiting for schooling hammerhead sharks to pass by. This was a test of patience. We have never been lucky with hammerheads [...]

Dive Tales Tubbataha Reefs – Day 2

By | April 12th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, Scuba Diving, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

12 April 2009 Dive 1, 7:30 am, Bird Islet’s Washing Machine Schooling jacks - LOTS Hardly any current, but this dive was fantastic. Our dive master Omer Alanis already pre-checked where the huge [...]

Dive Tales from Tubbataha – Day 1

By | April 11th, 2009|Categories: Biodiversity, Conservation, Coral Triangle, Dive Tourism, Expeditions, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Philippines, Photography, South East Asia, Underwater Photography, WWF Coral Triangle Blog|

11 April 2009 Dive 1, 7:30am, Malayan wreck Malayan wreck with jacks in the shallows It was the first dive of the trip, and it started with very slight current and some fan [...]

August 2007 – Nautilus

By | August 31st, 2007|Categories: Adventure, Australia, Biodiversity, Blog, Conservation, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Expeditions, Far North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Nature Photography, Photography, Queensland, Underwater Photography|

Chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) Now how did these beautiful deep-sea living fossils become so vulnerable? Our untiring quest to get them protected is unwavering. We must learn more about them before we can fight for [...]

May 2007 – Sharks, Nautilus and Planktons

By | May 31st, 2007|Categories: Adventure, Australia, Biodiversity, Blog, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Far North Queensland, General Photography, Great Barrier Reef, Nature Photography, Photography, Queensland, Underwater Photography|

Undersea Explorer crew collect tissue samples of a grey reef shark (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) at Osprey Reef North Horn on the UE back deck. Karl measuring a nautilus as part of [...]

February 2007 Glowing Fungi

By | February 28th, 2007|Categories: Australia, Biodiversity, Bioluminescence, Far North Queensland, General Photography, Nature Photography, Night Photography, Photography, Queensland, Wet Tropics|

One of the best-known bioluminescent fungi in Australia possibly Pleurotus nidiformis. This large, irregular-shaped fungus with a small stem often grows in dense clusters at the base of living or dead eucalypts. Bioluminescent mushroom [...]

August 2006 – Remembering Ambrose

By | August 28th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|

Remembering Daddy - Ambrose Chiu August came the emotional task for Stella to finish and launch the Chiu Family book, Remembering Ambrose - a commemorative memorial book of heartfelt stories from family and [...]

June 2006 Minke season

By | June 30th, 2006|Categories: Adventure, Australia, Biodiversity, Conservation, Dive Tourism, Ecotourism, Far North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef, Marine Protected Area (MPA), Photography, Queensland, Scuba Diving, Underwater Photography|

The LEGENDARY Undersea Explorer Undersea Explorer's minke girl Susan Sobtzick and Stella Undersea Explorer's Rosco, Debbie and guest Bennet pointing at minke direction and helping out with [...]

February 2006 – The New Australian

By | February 28th, 2006|Categories: Uncategorized|

Yogi attended a dive show in Dusseldorf and just got back home in February in time to attend Stella's citizenship ceremony at the Cairns City Council.  Presided by Cairns City Mayor Kevin Byrne, this special [...]

Life in 2005

By | December 31st, 2005|Categories: Uncategorized|

Barron Falls the day after a passing tropical cyclone It is incredible that the year is over again. We had the worst anticipation of a category 5 cyclone named Ingrid. Although used to [...]

Life in 2003-2004

By | December 31st, 2004|Categories: Uncategorized|

June 2003. We emigrated from the Philippines to North Queensland, Australia. Now based near Cairns: the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park (the world's oldest rainforest), we concentrate on Australian subjects as well as [...]

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