I have recently confirmed a three trip residency aboard the Peter Hughes, Paradise Dancer liveaboard in January/February 2012. I will be on this stunning American style schooner sailing and diving around the pristine Raja Ampat region of Indonesia for three trips:
11-22 January – FULL
23 January-3 February – SPACES AVAILABLE with a special on this trip only: $500 discount per person and 50% off Nitrox! Hurry, spaces won’t last long!
4-15 February – SPACES AVAILABLE
As resident marine biologist on the trips (check out my biography for credentials!), I’ll be doing a series of presentations about the marine life we encounter, basic marine biology, conservation and of course my research on the biology and conservation of pygmy seahorses. I’ll also be giving tips and advice on how to get great shots of all these amazing creatures through a mini photo workshop culminating in a competition at the end of your stay.
Raja Ampat has become synonymous with spectacular coral reefs and the world’s highest marine biodiversity. As a marine biologist I am perhaps more attuned than most to notice the region’s unique qualities but the mantas, walking sharks, hard coral gardens and five species of pygmy seahorses speak for themselves!! Check out some of my images from previous trips to see what I mean. Raja Ampat is not only one of the final frontiers of diving, but also science. Whilst searching the seafans of one bay in Raja Ampat alone, I have found Denise’s pygmy seahorses living on two different gorgonian corals from which they have never been recorded before. I also found a velvetfish on a night dive that appears new to science!
The Paradise Dancer itself is stunning and the perfect way to explore the four kings. The 57 metre ship, also known as Dewi Nusantara, first sailed in mid 2008 and is designed in the style of an American schooner. She more than comfortably accommodates eighteen guests in twin and double cabins and huge open common areas, which almost make you forget that you’re sharing the boat with anyone else. You can read more about the Dewi Nusantara and check out images by following this link.
So, if you’re interested in joining me aboard the Paradise Dancer you’ll have to be quick, as my first trip is already full and others are filling fast. There are a few spots still remaining on the trip 23rd January to 3rd February (with great specials currently available on this trip) and 4-15th February, so check out the website and email Info@dewi-nusantara.com to book your place on the boat.