Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia is one of my favourite places in the world to dive. Actually, if I could only dive in one place for the rest of my life I think it would be Raja Ampat. I have been lucky enough to spend many months exploring this amazing area aboard Dewi Nusantara. In issue 38 of UltraMarine Magazine I explain why this area is so special and what is being done to protect it.
BIG ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS IN THE SOCORRO ISLANDS - 25th January - 3rd February, 2014
Join Richard aboard the luxury live-aboard Solmar V, for some of the world's best marine megafauna encounters. Over the 8 night cruise, we will meet the incredible inhabitants of the 'Mexican Galapagos'. These remote islands attract plentiful sharks, mantas, whales and other pelagics, promising a week of memorable diving.
The small harbour of Manokwari, surrounded by verdant mountains and filled with an eclectic mix of vessels from across Indonesia, was the starting point for our second Cenderawasih Bay voyage. Following two hectic days cleaning, refuelling and carrying out routine maintenance of the boat a full complement of guests arrived for our second trip aboard Dewi Nusantara (you can see pictures from the trip here). After the guests arrived we immediately began our journ
Having had two amazing trips in Raja Ampat, the time came for our expedition to Cenderawasih Bay aboard Dewi Nusantara. This huge embayment, on the north coast of Papua, is famed for its whale sharks and large number of endemic species. We began the 15 day trip in Sorong and first sailed past the east of Waigeo, then across to the north west coast of Papua and over the top of the Bird's Head Peninsula before entering Cenderawasih Bay. Once inside Cenderawasih we toured the western side of the bay all the way from Manokwari in the north west to
After ten months away, I am pleased to find myself back in Raja Ampat, Indonesia on the stunning live aboard Dewi Nusantara. It is often cited that this area has the most biodiverse coral reefs in the world: literally as you leave this region, in any direction, the number of species decreases. As well as accommodating a huge variety of species, the reefs are also bustling with extraordinarily healthy fish populations. For this reason Raja Ampat is a marine biologist's panacea and the perfect spot for me to be conducting talks on the aquatic li
Although I'm in Indonesia at the moment, through the wonders of the web I have been able to check out my new article in the February issue of Sport Diver magazine in the UK. It is entitled 'Pelagian: Wakatobi and beyond', which is about the trip I made aboard Wakatobi Dive Resort's live-aboard Pelagian in September last year. It was a great trip where we saw plenty of amazing critters. You can follow t
I have just passed through Singapore, which gave me the opportunity to pick up a copy of the new Sport Diving magazine (issue 156), in which I have an article entitled 'Komodo: Off the Beaten Track'.
This piece is about the trip I made with Graham Abbott, of Diving 4 Images, and Yann Alfian, a good friend of mine and fantastic dive guide. Graham organised for us a small and slightly ramshackle boat but which was able to take us to new and rarely dived sites around the southern Komodo National Park. It was a great trip so have a read of it below!
I just received the new issue of Sport Diving Magazine in the post, which includes my article about diving the fantastic island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, entitled 'Sulawesi Odyssey'. Sulawesi has it all, the north is undoubtedly the best muck diving in the world, the central Togian Islands have an endemic pygmy seahorse and finally, in the south you can find the fabled Wakatobi Dive Resort.
A Filipino Degustation with Atlantis Dive Resorts
The Philippines has been high on my list of places to visit for a long time, but until now it had somehow eluded me. I have spent plenty of time diving its southern neighbour, Indonesia, but for some reason I had always had difficulty getting my head around the geography of the Philippines. When the opportunity arose to visit the Atlantis Resorts it was the perfect solution to my problem!