A few days after another fantastic trip as resident naturalist on the stunning Dewi Nusantara, I am ruminating over our adventures from a somewhat contrasting setting in England's rolling Cotswold Hills. Despite the Cotswold's inherent splendour, being designated nationally as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the untouched wilderness we explored aboard Dewi around Alor is incomparable. England has been manipulated and moulded by man for thousands of years, but the forested islands and untouched reefs of Alor remain largely as they always h
After almost a year away from the beautiful Dewi Nusantara, I am really excited to be back for another two trips sailing the megadiverse Indonesian seas as resident naturalist. I am even more excited as the trips are being hosted by Ned & Anna DeLoach and Paul Humann, the well-known authors of many fish ID and behaviour books and the founders of REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation).
Following the success of my recent trip to the Philippines aboard Atlantis Dive Resort's 'Azores' I am pleased to announce that I will be leading another trip on this lovely vessel from 19-28th September 2015.
We are already more than a quarter of the way through 2014.... how did that happen?! It's been a busy few months here at Ocean Realm Images with group trips to Socorro Island, Mexico and the Philippines, plenty of published articles and exciting new ventures in TV and film.
It has been a very busy few months since my last blog update so I thought a last quarter review style blog would be the easiest way to cover everything. Since my last update I have led a group trip to Fiji, dived in Nelson Bay, Australia with let's Go Adventures and in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia and attended the world's largest dive trade show in Orlando, as well as having numerous publications around the world.
I am very excited to announce that I will be joining forces with dive guide extraordinaire, Wendy Brown, to lead a couple of trips aboard the stunning Dewi Nusantara next year. DOWLOAD THE TRIP FLYER AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE!
My trip to Fiji from 5-15th October this year is fast approaching, with only four spots remaining for those that are interested in joining us. We will be spending ten nights at the secluded Matava Dive Resort on the island of Kadavu, in the country's south west. Surrounded by dense forest, with organic gardens, a spa and views of the aquamarine Pacific Ocean, this is the prefect setting to relax and enjoy some great diving.
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