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#1 davec13o2

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 04:53 PM

Any recommendations on the itinerary for a 1 month resort trip this March to the Raja Ampat area - some macro, but mostly pelagics, schools, bait balls.

 

Does Papua make sense?

 

Travel agent recommendations?


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#2 Chris Kippax

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Posted 21 February 2019 - 07:51 PM

I think you need to do some research on what RA has to offer. 

Raja Ampat for me is all about gorgeous coral and small reef fish!

I saw lots of bait fish but not the kind that ball up. As for Pelagics there were Mantas on 2 sites, and I saw 1 medium size grey reef shark and 1 Dog tooth tuna in 45 dives. Raja Ampat in my opinion is best done on a liveaboard, preferrabkly one that does a itinerary that does the south/north & strait.

Sounds like you need to go back to the drawing board.



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 08:50 AM

Thanks.

The sites I've reviewed talked about a much wider range of species, large and small; but there may have been a lot of sales pitch involved.

I'll take a deeper look.



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Posted 24 February 2019 - 12:03 AM

Thanks.
The sites I've reviewed talked about a much wider range of species, large and small; but there may have been a lot of sales pitch involved.
I'll take a deeper look.

Probably a lot of sales pitch. I did a liveaboard in raja 2 weeks ago and enjoy it. Plenty of small reef fish and bait fish, saw a few sharks and a lot of mantas. The corals and bait fish in misool is for me THE reason to go to raja.

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Posted 24 February 2019 - 12:06 AM

My highlights were

 

The soft Corals of misool and the southern islands

Arborek Jetty

Cendana fuel dock & White arrow

Shadow reef

Magic mountain

Cape kri

Manta Sandy