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edpdiver

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#344878 Some Fiji pics from the Somosomo Strait

Posted by edpdiver on 23 March 2014 - 11:29 AM

Hello, it has been a while since I have posted, so I thought I would put up a few pics from a recent trip to Fiji. My wife and I went for 10 nights and stayed at the Sau Bay Resort, which was great. Our dive guide, Pio, was fantastic at timing our dives so that the soft corals were open, but the currents were not too much work. It really made the diving and photography fun. The resort is fairly new (about 1 1/2 years old), and I hightly recommend it. Here are some of the pics.

 

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012_adj_DSC_6113 by edpdiver, on Flickr

 

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013_adj_DSC_6436 longnose filefish by edpdiver, on Flickr

 

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017_adj_DSC_5393 by edpdiver, on Flickr

 

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020_adj_DSC_5405 hard coral vista by edpdiver, on Flickr

 

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004_adj_DSC_6081 anemonefish guarding this section of the Great White Wall in Fiji by edpdiver, on Flickr

 

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009_adj_DSC_6072 Great White Wall by edpdiver, on Flickr

 

and the rest of the set can be found here: Underwater photos from Fiji

 

Topside pictures (mostly from the resort) can be found here: Topside photos from Fiji




#327336 Photo published on Smithsonian on-line article

Posted by edpdiver on 06 March 2013 - 09:24 AM

One of my pictures was published on the Smithsonian Institution's website. The title of the article was

 

   Surprising Science: The Ten Best Ocean Stories of 2012

 

and the picture that they included was the one shown below.

 

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- Erwin




#326892 Raja Ampat trip photos from a Seven Seas liveaboard trip

Posted by edpdiver on 28 February 2013 - 04:59 AM

My wife and I took a 14 night trip on the Seven Seas through Raja Ampat. It was our third trip to Raja Ampat, and the diving was excellent, as was the boat. The crew on the Seven Seas was uniformly good. The dive guides were helpful and knowledgeable, and the rest of the crew were also good at their jobs. There were 14 passengers on our trip, 12 divers, and surprisingly, 2 snorkelers (who also had a great time). The boat was comfortable and the food was very good. I would strongly recommend going on this boat. We did three or four dives per day, which is less than some liveaboards, but just right for me. Basically, the schedule alternated with eat, dive, eat, dive, eat, dive, etc., starting with a pre-breakfast between 6 and 7:30am and the first dive typically starting at 7:45am. One bit of interesting information that we learned is that this is the last season (for the time being) that the boat is going to cruise Raja Ampat. They feel, justifiably, that the region is getting crowded with liveaboards, so they are going to substitute a new dive region into their plans starting next year. Specifically, they will dive the South Komodo region, and they are confident it will be a great area to dive, with aspects similar to Raja Ampat diving. Should be interesting.

 

Here are some pics from the trip

 

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and the whole set can be found here: 2013 Raja Ampat photos on Flickr

 

-Erwin