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AllisonFinch

Member Since 21 Aug 2004
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Lembeh, and then Cenderawasih Bay aboard the MSY Seahorse...Whale sharks!

26 October 2013 - 06:35 AM


So, I just got back from a month in Indonesia. My trip was in two parts. The first half of the trip was in Lembeh Straits on the Island of Sulawesi and the second half of the trip was in Cenderawasih Bay in West Papua. I have only JUST looked at a few of my photos and have put none of them through any photoshop, yet. I got pretty sick after getting home and am just now getting up to speed.
 
I will start with Sulawesi and a few of the many photos from there.
 
We did some land touring for several days before settling in for our diving. We went to a nature preserve to see the world's smallest primate, the trasier. You had to go out at night, as they are nocturnal. We went in the wee hours of the morning, just before they went back to the trees they slumber in during the day. We saw quite a few of them.
 
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Just after dawn I stalked within sight of an amazing kingfisher
 
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I love Sulawesi and really enjoy watching the bindis trot around the city. The heavyset lady in the back almost picked this pony off the ground.
 
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A quick stop on the market for some "rat-on-a-stick"
 
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Then, on to the diving in the Strait. The only place I stay, these days, is Kasawari Resort. I just love this place. Elegant rooms, great food. and good diving. They have a fabulous camera room!!
 
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The diving was predictably wonderful!! I saw lots of my favorite critter....frogfish and cephlapods.
 
Giant froffish
 
 
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Hairy striated frogfish
 
 
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Painted frogfish
 
 
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Dickie Doyle, of Garove Island, PNG has sadly passed away.

15 July 2013 - 06:11 PM

I am sobbing right now. I just Learned that a legendary man, who I could call friend, has passed away. Dickie Doyle was an Aussie who managed a copra/cocoa plantation on a tiny island in Papua New Guinea called Garove Island. He was best friends with Alan Raabe, who owned the dive boat, MV FeBrina, that I dived from many times while in PNG. Through Alan, I met this man. He had incredible intelligence and generosity. Even living on an island with no electricity, he managed to use a radio to stay better informed on world current events than most humans on the planet. One of my most prized possessions is a canoe paddle that had belonged to his beloved wife, Tao, who had died. He knew I would treasure it, so made sure I got it.

Rest in peace, Dickie. You will be missed by everyone who was lucky enough to have made your acquaintance. I shall now go sob some more........
 
 

 


I'm going to Fiji...wanna come too?

05 July 2013 - 01:53 PM

My sisters and I have booked the new Fiji Siren and have an additional booking at a land based resort. We are hoping to fill the boat with a group of fun loving divers. We are not travel professionals and are not profiting on this trip. It is a two part trip. You could come for both or either parts of the itinerary. Here are the details;

 

 

Do you love the beautiful Pacific diving, but are tired of the expense and time it takes to get to most destinations?  Well, that is exactly why I am planning a fantastic adventure to Fiji in September, 2014, and hope you will join me and my sisters, Linda and Allison!  A single flight from Los Angeles, one week aboard the newest addition to the fabulous Siren Fleet, followed by one week at the lovely Volivoli Beach Resort and finally ONE flight to get back to the US!  Great diving couldn't be simpler!
 
 
Take a few minutes to check out the links to the S/Y FIJI SIREN   (http://www.sirenflee...oards/fiji.html)
 
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Included:
All food & accommodations
Tea, or fresh coffee from the espresso machine! Fresh juice, soft drinks & beer
Up to 22 dives, including 3 night dives
Free Nitrox for certified Nitrox divers
Free use of most dive equipment, except dive computers and torch (flashlight!)
 
 
 
Then take a look at the VOLIVOLI BEACH RESORT (http://www.volivoli.com/) a PADI 5 Star Dive Resort offering great diving experiences, whether you are a beginner or seasoned diver.  Or you can just relax and enjoy the beauty of Fiji!
 
 
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Included:
Return Nadi Airport transfers
7 nights in hillside, ocean-view, air-conditioned accommodations
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
5 days of 2-tank boat dives, + 3rd tank one day, + unlimited shore diving
1 free massage
All resort taxes (20%)

Dates:
September 8-15      S/Y FIJI SIREN
September 15-22    VOLIVOLI BEACH RESORT

Costs:
S/Y Siren: $2700 Euros (approximately $3500 USD)
Volivoli:     $1550 USD
 
NOT included:
International flight
Marine Park & Port fees - 150 Euro per person (~$194 USD)
Tips
Laundry
 
Note: prices subject to change until booked
 
For more information, please contact:
Dale Finch

PS I really look forward to diving with you!!
 
Would LOVE to see some Wetpixel folks along for the ride!!