Raja Ampat

The Awkward Wobbegongs

It’s hard to pick a ‘favorite moment’ to write about from this last Mermaid II trip in Raja Ampat. Was it the night dive with the two pink harlequin shrimp with the reef manta passing overhead, the abundant mantas feeding …

Blue Ringed Beauty

At Blue Magic we encounter some real magic indeed: a gorgeous Blue Ringed Octopus, one of the most venomous sea creatures, is flashing its rings and changing color. The little beauty is not shy at all so that we get …

The Goa Farondi Caves

Raja Ampat literally has it all, big fish, small fish, mangroves, pristine reefs and my new favorite, caves. One of the best sets of caves in Raja and a frequent dive spot for Mermaid II can be found in on …

Fish Fish Fish

Raja Ampat is starting off with absolutely fantastic fish life in our new year 2015! Schooling Barracudas, Sweetlips, Trevallies, Surgeonfish, Bannerfish, Batfish, Triggerfish and Anchovies – it’s hard to focus and enjoy the topography of some of the dives sites …

Mermaid I 2014 Christmas Cruise

Another great trip and the last one for 2014 comes to an end – celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve on board of Mermaid I. Guests as well as crew enjoyed the festive atmosphere, Christmas decoration and wearing Santa hats …

HARLEQUIN SHRIMPS!

Blessed with lots and lots Manta Rays we almost forgot about all the critters we found on this trip – beautiful Nudibranchs, rare Pipefish and a stunning pair of Harlequin Shrimps, a rare find in this part of the world!Busy …

BIG BLUE CAVES!

On this trip we decided to spend our time in the northern part of Raja Ampat, giving us a chance to go to the scenic Wayag, the beautiful caves of Uranie, a plane wreck from the second world war as …

BEST VIEW IN THE WORLD!

Weather was good, so we decided to head up far north to the extremely scenic Wayag area. This got to be one of the absolute best views in the world! A bit of a climb to get to the top, …

MANTA IN ACTION!

Wonderful diving across the board this trip! Good conditions, and plenty to see, big and small. Being the Christmas trip, finding the rare and elusive Santa Claus Pygmy Seahorse was an absolute must. We managed to find a whole bunch …

WOBBEGONG BONANZA!

  Most of our guests here in Raja Ampat have never seen a Wobbegong Shark before, and finding one was one of the objectives of this trip. Let’s say we kind of managed, seeing these members of the Carpet Shark …