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Yellowmon

Member Since 06 Jun 2004
Offline Last Active Dec 06 2013 12:10 PM
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In Topic: Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia 2012 Trip Report and Slideshow

20 December 2012 - 04:46 AM

One sad event I feel I must report is an incident that occurred the last dive at Blue Magic. Another live aboard, the WAOW, was anchored nearby and Simon, our cruise director and the dive guides went over to politely attempt to coordinate diving schedules so both boats and their passengers could enjoy the same dive site on their last day. Simon and the dive guides returned from the WAOW and told us we would wait another half hour to go in; the WAOW's people were doing their briefing and would go in first, then we would follow thirty minutes later as their group ascended to the shallower water. We waited and waited in our wetsuits and finally, thirty minutes later, the WAOW's boat still had not loaded or departed for the dive site, so we made the decision to go now. Time and tide can wait for only so long. The Damai's first tender took our divers and dropped them as the second tender, which I was in, arrived next to drop. We had just stopped when one of the WAOW's tenders roared up to us and their dive director, who I have discovered is named Jerome (Jay) Monney, began screaming at all of us and using tremendous but not very creative profanity. I said "why does it take you forty minutes to get your people diving?" He screamed "We were here first" and continued on swearing at Damai's dive guides and presumably Simon, who was escorting the first group already underwater. The WAOW's people and our people dropped in and went our own ways on the reef looking for the oceanic mantas the site is known for. At one point, our group was hunkered down in the shadow of some coral heads and this terrible dive guide Jay (identifiable by his large pony bottle strapped to his tank and his boardshorts) comes by and intentionally gets between our divers and the mantas and violently exhales to spook the mantas. He also made several rude gestures to some of our guests. I am personally appalled that someone in the industry exhibits such poor manners and is rude to the guests of another boat. This behavior reflects badly on everyone in the dive industry and for the Indonesian boat crews and guides, it shows the uglier side of Western behavior that has no place in Raja Ampat.

In Topic: Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia 2012 Trip Report and Slideshow

20 December 2012 - 12:24 AM

Oh, and just so no thinks there was any slacking off, the lead story in the new issue of DIVE, about dugongs in general and a certain dugong named Dyson, in particular, was crafted aboard Damai Dua during the first trip segment and can now be read online for one and all.

It was a very tight deadline and the telecommunications in Ambon made transmission of the text a nerve-wracking (at least for the publisher and staff) 48 hours...


Your free subscription to DIVE, it is available here and downloadable via the Apple App store:


http://free.divemagazine.co.uk



(Apologies for the shameless plug, and none of your whinge-ing, Bantin....)

In Topic: Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia 2012 Trip Report and Slideshow

20 December 2012 - 12:16 AM

But really, even more important than photo opportunities, are real life experiences in the ever-fascinating, often unpredictable natural world. I would rather have a close personal encounter with a marine animal or the sight of a healthy coral reef than a photographic image any day. Fortunately, on a Wetpixel Ultimate Expedition, sometimes you can even have both.

Where else can you have a Manta Hat on a pleasure dive?

In Topic: Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia 2012 Trip Report and Slideshow

20 December 2012 - 12:02 AM

And a few more....

In Topic: Wetpixel Ultimate Indonesia 2012 Trip Report and Slideshow

19 December 2012 - 11:33 PM

Here are a few of the wonderful subjects we encountered as we traveled from Triton Bay to Northern Raja Ampat...