Raja Ampat And Into The Banda Sea

 

A private charter group wishing for a real adventure.  We woke early for a great sunrise to view the birds of paradise, visited a remote school and had the children singing a welcome song for us.  We dived with giant manta rays directly above our heads, dived and snorkelled on many amazing pristine reefs, snorkelled in and around a giant cave system, went on tender boat rides to view ancient rock art.  We saw some beautifully coloured nudibranchs and lots of cryptic creatures and saw some of the worlds most colourful and fishiest coral reefs and deep walls covered in coral life.  We saw hammerhead sharks and giant marble rays, visited forts and nutmeg plantations where wars were once fought.  We lazed on beaches watching numerous sunsets with cocktail in hand and even visited a very special island that the British once traded for what is now known as Manhattan in the USA, after this tour we then dived on my favourite site on this island I like to call Manhattan Transfer.  Aside from all this adventure we cruised in luxury onboard the Damai and were very well looked after.  For our final night we had a great party and even invited the crew to join in the costume fun and games that ensued….

Here are a few of the favourite images from this trip…

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