Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Last trip of the season in Raja Ampat. Mermaid1 travels again on a wicked cruise around Raja Ampat and its fascinating diving spots. The last full trip covering the incredible scenery from under and above the water of West Papua …

A New Name to the List

The list of marine species documented for the Bird’s Head Seascape, which includes coral, reef fish, as well as sharks & rays, is the largest in the world and the epicenter of marine bio-diversity. This list isn’t complete however, and …

Amongst the Chaos

Amongst the wonderful chaos of the diving that Raja Ampat offers, it can be difficult at times to stop to admire the simple things. And just to clarity what I mean by wonderful chaos, I mean periodic passovers by oceanic …

The Shallows

Raja Ampat’s Beauty at Any Depth Would you ever expect to find a huge amount of  marine life combined with incredible healthy coral reefs  just a few feet under the surface? That’s what our happy snorkelers have experienced on the …

CHANGOO, an adventurous dive site located East of Kawe island, North of Raja Ampat.

A combination of swimtroughs, sharks, and large schools of fish. When the current is right this place can be superb, schools of Jacks and Barracudas on the very shallows and a   swim-through right at the start of the dive.  A …

Shark Den

Once again I find myself writing about another unique encounter with one of the oceans most amazing creatures, sharks. Since Raja Ampat has become a MPA, (Marine Protected Area) it’s shark numbers have increased significantly and it’s evident in the …

Shark Mecca

Years ago, well before Raja Ampat became a marine protected area, it was a mecca for sharks. As a result of the devastating effects of shark finning, the shark population was decimated. Thanks to the protective measures from conservations groups, …

SHAAAAARK!

Recently there has been a considerable amount of action on the surface here in Raja Ampat. In the first month or so of the season we had multiple encounters with the ultra rare Omura’s whale as they demonstrated how to …

Our second Raja Ampat trip of the year.

Starting from Missols with an early dive. From far we could hear a school of Bumpheads feeding on hard corals. The sun rays of an early morning shining over the wall making a beautiful contrast of natural lights over the …

Kawe

Raja Ampat, which translates to The Four Kings in English, is made up four main islands. According to myth, these islands are where four kings ruled after hatching from the eggs of a megapode bird. It is these four islands; …