More Raja Ampat

We’ve had some amazing stops around Raja Ampat including desert beaches, an abandoned mining village and quiet and secluded inlets with 360 protection. This area is pretty much unchartered territory so google earth is our best friend. During the tricky bits of navigating through the reefs or narrow passages we all have our role onboard and work as a team: Seathan is at the helm, Tyrii inside navigating using SAS planet with google earth images and Aeneas and I are on the bow watching for any shallow areas (eyeball navigation). There really are not that many suitable anchorages but Seathan has a knack for finding sandy spots to anchor in and then dropping a stern anchor onto the beach.

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Plenty of interesting rock formations

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Navigating between the islands

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Campfire on a deserted beach

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Navigating through the pearl farms

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Rainbow time

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Double rainbow

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Rainbow seen from the top of the coachhouse

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Exploring an abandoned mining village in Kawe

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Abandoned mine

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Abandoned buildings

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Great for exploring

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Going to explore a desert beach

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Gathering coconuts, great for snacks!

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Rehua anchored stern-to to the beach

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Navigating through Kabui passage, very shallow and lots of current

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Did I mention it was shallow?

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Quite narrow too

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And lots of bends

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The Captain concentrating hard

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Off on a snorkelling adventure

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Looking cool dude

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Hanging rock

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Limestone everywhere

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Pef Island Resort

What a gorgeous resort… Really, any of you who love diving and are after a luxury holiday, go there! The resort is top end but very intimate and relaxed (maximum 18 guests). The owner is Swiss and the staff a mix of Europeans and Indonesians. The food was delicious, the diving some of the best in the world, the location stunning and everyone was very friendly. Thoroughly recommend! 🌴

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Entering the pass into the hidden lagoon of Pef Island

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Entrance to Pef Island

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Inside the lagoon, jungle all around and very calm water

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Waterfront resort

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The bungalows

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Crazy statues in the water

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The resort is full of original carvings, made by the in-house carver

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Romantic dinner for two (not for us unfortunately)

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Mangroves and jungle

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The dive house at the end of the pier

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Beautiful wooden walkways throughout the resort

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Climbing to the top of the lookout

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At the top

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Family selfie

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One more

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The resort from above

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Great views, unfortunately it was overcast

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Rehua moored inside the lagoon

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Walk around the other side of the island

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Mangrove beach

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Giant game of chess, Seathan and Tyrii beat the Swiss team!

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The only cocktail bar in Raja Ampat

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The bar team mixing cocktails

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Watching the sunset

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a sugar-glider, a type of marsupial, very cute!

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Next morning, school with a view

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And then some diving! You can jump right off the dive-house at the end of the jetty

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View over the resort from the dive jetty

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Setting up to go diving

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Aeneas goes for a snorkel

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Start of the dive

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Beautiful corals

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Colourful fishes

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It was national day while we were there and the resort put on celebrations

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Traditional games included sack races

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Aeneas got to hold the flag

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Next: tug-of-war

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Aeneas was part of the winning ‘Baracuda’ team

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Football

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Some weird insects around including this scary looking spider!

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Wayag, paradise found

Wayag, Raja Ampat. As we entered the pass into this marine reserve we were stunned by its out-of-this-world beauty. The labyrinth of inlets and turquoise bays with mushroom type islands in between truly is different from anything else we’ve seen. We had the whole place to ourselves for several days and then some buddies turned up who happened to have a drone and a dive compressor….

Pictures describe its beauty much better than I can ever put it in words 🌴

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Beautiful sunset during our four-day sail from Biak to Wayag

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Red sky at night, sailor’s delight

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Sailing into the sunset

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Huge logs everywhere along the coastline, we are constantly on watch and slow down at night

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Approaching Wayag island

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Entering the pass

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Out-of-this world beauty

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So many funny shaped islands

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Turquoise water everywhere

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View from our first anchoring spot

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Swimming to the beach

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Maze of inlets and rivers between the islands

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View from our second anchoring spot

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Quick dip

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Dinghy is in paradise too

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Start of our climb to the top

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It was a steep climb!

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But such a rewarding view at the top

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Happy faces

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So much beauty

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Going even higher

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A few shots from the drone

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Can you spot Rehua?

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Dinghy adventure

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Up the mast

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And not forgetting its under the water beauty

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Stunning corals

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Crazy colours

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Giant clams

Kawe to Sorong

We are slowly working our way through Rajah Ampat back to Sorong where we will replenish dwindling boat supplies and renew our visa for the next month. Wayag was the highlight so far but we are breaking new ground and finding some beautiful anchorages on the way south; today we are stern to on our own private island some small fishers go past, in-boards chugging away, they don’t bother us, we wave and feel they are ambivalent to our presence. Methinks the language barrier coupled with the religious differences (mostly Muslim) create the gap.
We jagged some great diving and snorkeling last month, but today we are close to where a young Russian was taken by a croc whilst snorkeling so we have tightened the swimming rules, women and children first! It’s a boat thing…….
We managed to forage coconuts and very nearly some bananas today but some greedy guts got there before us 🙂 the trees are everywhere, remnants of abandoned villages and resorts scattered throughout the islands, some are still furnished beds, chairs, tables, it’s like the Mary Celeste, they just upped and left, will have to investigate further. Photos to follow if and when we hit civilisation.

Equatorial celebrations!

Kawe is the place to have your line party, we crossed Nth to Sth at 1700hrs last night dropped the hook and cracked a Bintang with a neighbouring boat, well there has to be some recompense for the sweltering heat of the day.
Not as beautiful as its northern cousins in Wayag, but, there is an old mine to be explored today, the boys are feeling lucky, gold panning!
No swimming……..there be Salties apparently, sometimes an inflatable dingy doesn’t feel like such a haven. Never smile at a crocodile. 😉

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We are still here, some buddies have come and gone, but for us there is just too much exploring to do, its been a while since we had total seclusion, no canoes, no rangers, the odd day boat. The anchorage is flat the water is pristine and the views from the hilltops spectacular. Long may it last.
Rehua.