RAJA AMPAT, INDONESIA
30/1 to 7/2/2022
Join us to the heart of the Coral Triangle - the famed archipelago of Raja Ampat! Diving of our luxury SeaSafari 8 we will be exploring the remote islands of the coral hot spot. We will spend a time in the exciting south of Raja Ampat and then work our way to the center and North of the area.
Traveling with award-winning photographers Simon Lorenz and Pauline Wong you will get the most out of your photography. However this is not a photography-dedicated trip, non-photographers will enjoy the perks of this diverse region even more!!
Check out the trip report of our 2019 expedition.
The territory within the islands of the Four Kings is enormous, covering 9.8 million acres of land and sea, home to 540 types of corals, more than 1,000 types of coral fish. This makes it the most diverse living library for world's coral reef and underwater biota. Around 75 percent of the world's species live here.
For divers the biodiversity is palpable from the first dive. Rich, multi-colored reefs are inhabited by clouds of reef fish and big schools of pelagics. There are sharks of all types including the famous wobbegong. Mobula Rays as well as both species of Manta Ray are encountered regularly. The variety of dive sites is mind-boggling.
This unique bio hotspot is one of the best places in the world to dive.
Check out the photos from our last trip to Raja Ampat
from our expeditions
Winter is the best season for massive schools of silversides and hunting Mobula Rays. That is what we will look for first, in the south of Raja Ampat, an area called Misool. This is also where we find Pelagic Manta Rays - the really big ones!
Check out this amazing video about silversides by Thai Photographer/videographer Nu Parnupong. (see his portfolio here)
On this trip we will have the entire boat to ourselves, which means we can decide on the itinerary outselves. The plan is to do South, Central and a bit of the North of Raja Ampat, but we can fine tune according to wishes of our guests.
Simon will give several talks on flora and fauna and for the photographers he will be offering photography training for macro and wide-angle. On this trip we will also aim to do several black water night dives, for the keen macro photographers.
SeaSafari 8 is the latest, and biggest boat of the SeaSafari fleet. Its spacious intererio and exterior leaves space for everyone including their camera gear. It is subject to change but likely we will be doing the northern route, but this may change. http://www.divingseasafari.com/itineraries?diving=40
YOUR HOST ON THIS TRIP
Photographer, Instructor, Journalist
Simon is an underwater photographer and journalist who speaks 6 languages, and has dived on 6 continents. The founder of Insider Divers aims to create group trip experiences with special extras, such as diving unusual sites, with unique animals or talks with local experts. A scuba instructor as well as photography teacher he offers additional training during trips. On this trip Simon will give talks on sharks, manta rays, conservation and on photography. He will also provide 1-on-1 coaching for your photography.