Yanggelo Island, Raja Ampat

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.

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Rehua sailing to Yanggelo island (photo credit s/v Rampetamper)

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The quiet anchorage in Yanggelo

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Sternline tied to the mangroves

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Early morning fog in the trees; the birdlife was amazing

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Snorkelling trip

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Giant clams

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Anemone soft corals

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Can you see the cuttlefish?

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Here is he is without his camouflage

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Colourful Christmas Tree Worms

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Christmas Tree Worms

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Yellow leather coral

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Fishes galore

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batfish

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Coral detail

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So many different and healthy corals

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cauliflower and staghorn coral

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Hard coral

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Fire coral

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This is the location of our best ever snorkelling trip!

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Colour explosion

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Beautiful compositions everywhere

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Many different varieties

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Angry Moray eel

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and it wasn’t even sunny!

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batfish

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fire coral and hard coral

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pillar coral

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Basket coral

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The colours were so vivid, even on a grey day

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Pink cauliflower coral

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Soft and hard corals

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not sure what this one is called but it looked cool

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Leather and pillar coral

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Another bunch of corals

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Starfish

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Table coral

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Angelfish

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Not sure what these cute little things are called

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Staghorn coral

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Soft corals

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Staghorn, tube and table corals

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Looks like a giant ice-cream

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View from above

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Fish explosion

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We discovered a small beach inside the lagoon

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My favourite type of tree

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