Tyrii has been working on a school project about biodiversity with a case study on Raja Ampat. He learned that this area has over 1,400 reef fish species and 550 coral species, an outstanding number. The coral reefs are extremely healthy here and have not yet suffered any major impacts, unlike many other reefs around the world. The diving and snorkelling has been truly amazing and we probably had our best snorkel EVER in Yanggelo Island. The colours, the variety and the quality of the corals were exceptional. And it wasn’t even sunny. And the fish! I’ve never seen so many fish and so many different ones. We just downloaded a new fish and coral guide book and it’s fascinating to learn about this wonderful underwater world and to try and identify the beautiful things we saw. It was hard to choose from the hundreds of pictures we took, so many good shots even without the sunshine. So much beauty… And not just under the water. The anchorage inside the protected lagoon has mangroves and jungle all around and the birdlife is plentiful. Parrots and cockatoos are squawking away, large herons are nesting in the mangroves and we saw and heard many other birds we couldn’t identify; wonderful weird and different sounds. Raja Ampat truly is a special place.