Monthly Archives: December 2009


North Raja Ampat with Mantas!

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 the south to the north. Hope there are no holes by now . . . First dive was in Batu [...]

Diving the Famed Misool, Raja Ampat!

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 and El Nido, Palawan in the Philippines. Beautiful! This is finally my introduction to Raja Ambat as Yogi has been [...]

More Banda Neira and Seram, Moluccas

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 is a volcano here called Gunung Api (mountain of fire) which erupted in 1988. The lava flow from topside is [...]

Diving Banda Neira, Moluccas

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 - brown boobies, red footed boobies, frigate birds . . .  Yogi wondered if there were tropic birds but didn’t [...]

Diving Twilight Zone – Ambon, Moluccas

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 and Gates housing. Our first and second dives were in Ambon in what is famously known as Twilight Zone. It [...]

Coral Triangle Expedition Cover Stories

Happy makers like these go a long way in keeping us company during our travels from site to site, boat to boat, hotel room to hotel room all throughout the Coral Triangle. Stella snorkeling the shallow reefs of Komodo National Park Please read all about The Jakarta Post Weekender Magazine cover story in [...]

WWF in Kei and Lebaran Hajj

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 Ateng, started his full time work here. WWF Indonesia Ateng Leuna took GPS data of every turtle (mostly green [...]

The Fate of Leatherback Turtles in the Kei Islands, Moluccas

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 nothing. Eki was in fact close to cursing mode when we saw our first leatherback turtle at 9am. For the next 3 [...]

In Search of Leatherbacks in the Kei Islands, Moluccas

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 brilliant reflections on the water but after 2 hours of searching, we still didn’t see any leatherback turtles. Yogi spotted [...]

Kei Island Turtles

19 - 26 November 2009 After zooming around the many islands in Wakatobi, it was a relief to finally stay put in one community and concentrate in one thing and one thing only - leatherback marine turtles. Kei is the only location in Indonesia we can hope to photograph leatherbacks underwater. It is also the home [...]