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.
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! 🌴
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 🌴
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.
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. 😉
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.