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  1. I am happy to share my latest video-interview with Max Ammer, the pioneer of diving in Raja Ampat, West Papua in Indonesia. About 30 years ago, Max came to Raja Ampat in a search of World War II relics. This is a story about how Max built the very first dive resort in Raja Ampat - Kri Eco Resort, and later - Sorido Bay Resort, about conservation efforts of Max and his partners, training local people and building the very first electrical boat in Raja Ampat. Video is shot with Sony NX80, and a few clips with Sony 7Rii. ENJOY. https://youtu.be/vcmAxOhLgEM
  2. These are some lessons learned from an Oct., 2017 weekly-long trip to Raja Ampat. Yes, it's two years' old, but I'm catching up on Wetpixel, and I don't think the meat of this post has changed much. Raja Ampat: I stayed at the Palau Explorers Resort, and boy do I recommend that option. It's centrally-located in the middle of Dampier Straight--a 10-20 minute boat ride from several of Raja's premier dive sites. Your diving on a site with 4-5 other resort residents in your own boat, rather than jumping in with the whole live-aboard cast. The resort's lodging, food and ambience all favor this land-based option; and, you get a lot interaction with the locals, who built much of the lodge and are deeply entwined with it. Dive site wise, please find the time to dive Melissa's Garden--far and away the most diverse and abundant site I've ever encountered in 37 years of diving. Take a look at my video at: https://vimeo.com/manage/248019672/general It's a full day's boat ride out of Dampier Strait, but worth the trip (and do take both dives at Melissa's--don't let them talk you into a "second dive" elsewhere). On the other side, don't expect much at Manta Sandy. The site is sandy (as the name implies), and the visibility in October was very poor (and hence no worthwhile pictures). You're required to lay in the sand at a designated border, which puts a lot of grit between you and the mantas. It's all necessary to protect the site, but I found it the one disappointment of my trip. The snorkelers had a better view--you might try that option. The video: The video was taken with the Sony RX 100 IV, with the Nauticam housing. The one noticeable flaw in the video is the insufficient lighting. I used two Sola A Video 3800F lights at full power, and they didn't throw enough light in my opinion to capture the exquisite colours. But the video will give you a flavor of the wonders of Melissa's Garden (the 1st half of the video is all of the Garden). Happy diving.
  3. Here is my second project using FCPX: https://youtu.be/6u1IIMjMOWA I will greatly appreciate your constructive criticism and recommendations. In this video, I was trying to capture a beauty and abundance of marine life in Raja Ampat during our 9-day stay at Misool Eco Resort. My camera is Sony A7Rii with a 28mm and 28mm+fisheye lens. I used two Keldan Video 8X lights (11000 lm, 92 CRI), which are fantastic video lights. Thank you very much.
  4. Raja Ampat season is coming to an end, so here is a short film celebrating some of the things that make it such an amazing place. The visibility may at times be challenging, but the scenery and wildlife is truly spectacular both above and below the waves. Altogether, I spent 7 trips in Raja Ampat aboard the Blue Manta liveaboard in 2017/2018. It's incredibly hard to try to condense that into 3 minutes, so my initial version was 6 minutes long. But most people's attention spans being what they are, here is a shorter edit. Hope you enjoy it! https://youtu.be/hUBSZQ-SphI Edit: Here is the 6 minute version as well:
  5. Here is a link to a short video "Happy Women's Day From a Diver" in advance of International Women's Day on March 8th. I posted this video a few days earlier, as I will be away on the Ray of Hope Expedition, diving in Andaman Sea next week. Best wishes to all women, divers and non-divers. All footage is filmed with Sony a7rii camera. https://youtu.be/VeWGMLk4DGU
  6. Amazing 9D8N voyage around North and South Raja Ampat aboard Dive Gaia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaExshcWvag
  7. Hi Folks Next March Me and a group of friends are travelling to Raja Ampat for a week dive trip. We are going to stay at homestay. It seems that on that area they do no dive on Sundays Any advices for which dives we can not miss? And the visit to Piaynemo? It is a must, right? And the dives there, are they good? Or should we use the Sunday to visit that place, do not dive there, do the hike till the top of the hill, appreciate the view, and do some snorkelling? Thanks in advance
  8. Have you ever dreamed about diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia? Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! We are giving you a 25% discount in diving and accommodation packages for the upcoming months of May and June! Offer details: 1) This offer is valid for bookings made this month March 2017. 2) Minimum stay: seven nights diving and accommodation packages, full board accommodation (x2 dives, x3 dives or x4 dives per day) Please check our website, we offer flexible packages, no fixed check-in/check-out and our very own personal service in an intimate resort. You can now (finally) dive in Raja Ampat with Biodiversity Eco Resort! Don’t let this opportunity go! You only need to go to our site and contact us saying you are a wetpixel user!! For more info, visit our website or contact us. www.rajaampatbiodiversity.com
  9. Hello Wetpixelers... We have one last room available for our trip to Raja Ampat this coming March. The trip runs from 19-27 March Sorong to Sorong on the Mermaid 2 liveaboard. We have one cabin left, the pricing is 3200 Euro per person plus the 200 Euro Park and Harbour fees (payable on the boat). We will do 3 day dives per day (pretty much unlimited bottom time) plus a night dive. We will be hitting all of the best spots in the Misool area and the Dampier Strait area as well. As an added bonus at no extra charge, we will be conducting casual talks about underwater photography each day and how to improve your photographs. This will be a fun trip with a group of great people. If you are interested in grabbing this last spot please let me know here or email at info@underwatertribe.com Thanks Mike
  10. Take a look on these amazing creatures. This video was filmed at Raja Ampat, Indonesia by Sony NEX-FS700 with WOSS housing and using lens 10-18. https://vimeo.com/104414940
  11. I recently traveled to Raja Ampat on a 12 day liveaboard on the MV Ambai. I took my sony camcorder in a bluefin housing for macro, a GoPro4 for wide angle and a Phantom 3 for drone footage. This was the first time using a GoPro and it turned out pretty well. Although it required more post correction. It was nice to be able to shoot wide and macro on all dives. This was truly a bucket list fulfilling trip! Here's the completed video. Comments and critiques are welcome!
  12. First time of playing with my Sony AX100 in a Gates housing. We were there im mid February during full moon with some VERY strong currents and surge and often less than perfect visibility. At some dive spots like Cap Kri all you could do is just get down quickly, get yourself on a reef-hook and watch the world pass bye... It's still been great fun. Attached some impressions. The setup was fun to use bubffm
  13. Because of a medical problem, an eye infection, I have decided to leave the Kri Eco Resort in Raja Ampat two weeks early. KriEco has a "no refunds" policy so they will not refund any of the money I paid for these days. But there is no rule that says I cannot GIVE my remaining two weeks to someone else. Those days run from 25 November to 8 December with departure on 9 December. The dates are not changeable. You will have a single room and the unlimited diving package which includes all diving except the more distant destinations. You will have to buy your own air ticket to Sorong from where ever you are. And may have to pay for your boat transfers to and from Kri Eco. I think their normal transfer days from Sorong are on Wednesday and Sunday mornings. If you can make it to Sorong by tomorrow morning, 25 November, you would have two full weeks at Kri Eco. If you make it there for the Sunday, 29 December transfer you would have ten days. The daily rate for my stay was about €250 per day and I would like to see someone get some benefit from this. I will have to supply Kri Eco with the name and transfer date of whoever takes my place, so please email me to let me know if you are interested and on what schedule you might make it to Sorong. My email address is fbavendam@hotmail.com. Fred
  14. I have finally gotten around to editing a video together of an 8 day liveaboard trip that we, The Underwater Tribe, hosted aboard the Mermaid II liveaboard back in March 2015. It was a very fun trip with superb conditions all around, especially in the Misool area where we enjoyed some of the best viz I have experienced in the area. Enjoy
  15. At long last, the images from my final trip, Raja Ampat aboard Indo Siren.
  16. I haven't been here for a long while This is some short video I edited from Raja Ampat last season by GH4 and some part by Canon 7D. The song in this video is from my special diveguide in Raja Ampat Nikson Soor.He's one of the pioneer diveguide in the area and he kindly donated this beautiful song to me on my first Raja Ampat trip in 2010.The beautiful song show the soul of Papuan at first touch you heard it.Thanks to my brother Nikson Soor. Enjoyed it
  17. I just posted a five-minute short video from a recent dive trip to Raja Ampat in West Papua, Indonesia onto my website. http://www.peterwalker.com/rajaampat.html I was only in Raja Ampat for 3 days to shoot a promo video for a dive resort (see below). But, even in that short time, I came across an amazing amount of marine life. Rather than squeeze in lots of quick snippets of the myriad of creatures, for this short video, I just edited down to a few of the more impressive or colourful fish. Raja Ampat really is a diver's paradise! (And, if you want to dive the northern area from a very comfortable resort, I can recommend the Raja Ampat Dive Lodge which is, not only in the midst of the sites, but also has an amazing dive under its own jetty) Regards Peter Shot with a GH4 in a Nauticam housing.
  18. The last two weeks have seen me aboard World-wide Dive and Sail's Indo-Siren, with Alex Mustard's latest workshop and Alex Tattersall's latest demonstration of Nauticam widgetry... Flying into Sorong, the scenery grows more and more dramatic as the amenities of civilisation become a little frayed at the edges. How a boat like the Indo-Siren maintains such a high quality is something of a mystery, and one made harder by the pervasive humid heat and bureaucracy that has to be propitiated in order to leave port. An even greater mystery: having eventually encountered the elusive manta ray and the reclusive whale shark (at least they were elusive and reclusive on my dives), would I wonder at the wary wobbegong? Wobbegongs would have to wait: Daram, south and east of Misool, was our first destination and "Andiamo" our first dive and a taste of the dramatic colours, corals, fish and topography that makes Raja Ampat so special. Sunshine, calm seas and surprisingly gentle currents held us entranced around Misool for several days. "Andiamo" rewarded us with shoals of fish, dancing around shoals of other fish, and wasn't by any means the only site blessed by abundance. The chaotic profusion of life in this sea is a reminder of what so much of the ocean was like, once upon a time. Eventually we moved north, into wetter weather and seas a little rougher, and into the haunt of the wobbegong, the tropical forest, the mangrove and the Passage, where all three are tangled together and Alfred Russel Wallace, a singularly unfortunate natural historian, was once shipwrecked. The weather detracted something from Aerborek jetty, the site of so many prize-winning photographs and one of the noisiest dive sites (thanks to a chorus of toadfish) I've visited. Nonetheless, there were fish, more fish, very small fish (Hippocampus pontohi is not best seen by ageing eyes)... ... and wobbegongs. I would like to say that everything was marvellous and, as far as Alex's workshop and Indo-Siren were concerned, so it was. Mark and Dince, the other guides, the chef, the other crew were without equal and no praise is too much. Indonesian air travel, however... ... was not so great: booked onto a flight without seats, half of our party left early to arrive late, flew east to travel west and made three hops for the price of one. I can't say if the problem was with British travel agency Blue-O-Two or with the vagaries of several competing but apparently interchangeable Indonesia airlines, but I can say that it added a lot to the frustrations inherent in returning from what is still, in many ways, a wild place.
  19. Raja Ampat had so much opportunities from an underwater photographers perspective, here are some of my favourites. Equipent used: GH4, Nauticam housing, 2x INON S2000 8mm FE in 4.33" dome and 3.5" dome 60mm and 25mm in 60mm macro port Many more photos can be found at: www.flickr.com/xanderwater Cheers! P2130349sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2120681sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2120481sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2110455sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2130590sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2120460sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2120228sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2120185sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr P2130380sweb by Xanderwater, on Flickr
  20. Due to a recent cancellation I again have space available on this trip. email for details & be sure to mention this post you found on WetPixel. Nov 18 - 30, 2014 (available - 12 days trip) 12 Diving Days & 12 Nights on Board Can promise same gender cabin mate if you travel solo so no single supplement. Guaranteed single cabin available (extra cost). Route: Sorong - Sorong: see Sample Itinerary for Raja Ampat Dive Trip 12 guest divers maximum. Approximately 51 dives offered. Unlimited bottom time. Guaranteed Raja Ampat experienced team (cruise director, dive guides, photo pro, trip leader) Please read about it: Dive Trip Schedule Inclusions / Exclusions / Prices / Fees Raja Ampat Dive Trip Website City Seahorse Dive Support Team Diving Newsletter + Subscription Form Facebook Diving News, Photos from Dive Trips This trip departs Sorong Nov 18, 9AM, diving first (Nov 18) and last (Nov 29) days. Return to port Nov 29 approx. 9PM (overnight on the ship), depart Nov 30. Total 12 days of diving and 12 nights aboard the liveaboard ship. I ask all divers to arrive in Sorong on Nov 17 and overnight there so we can board the ship early on departure day and dive that first day. I am happy to provide assistance with your International itinerary to/from Indonesia and book domestic Indonesia flights, hotels and side trips for you, or make recommendations. For more information or to ask about booking - email the address on my sig file(see below).
  21. Due to a May 28 cancellation by one couple, I now have 2 spaces available for this trip. Either a full cabin (2 people in triple cabin), or if you travel alone either a space in a double share cabin, or at extra cost a guaranteed single cabin (you alone). Divers booked on this specific trip are from USA, Canada, Australia, NZ, Argentina and Italy - some are among the world's top award-winning photographers and some are beginners with compact cameras. Assistance with your photography and equipment is available, plus you will learn a lot from the other photographers on this trip. Raja Ampat Indonesia Liveaboard Trip - Nov 18-30, 2014 (Follow this link for Raja Ampat liveaboard dive trip prices, fees, & inclusions) In many cases the Value-Added trip price is similar to a "standard" liveaboard trip, even though I limit the guests to only 12 divers instead of the 16 a normal full charter would take. You'll experience the best Raja Ampat has to offer. Amazing reefs teeming with life, manta rays soaring above your head, odd critters discovered in their hiding places in the algae and rubble are only some of the sights you'll see. Rock islands, pinnacles, narrow passages, deep bays - every dive site is unique - we know them well and can show you the best of everything. You'll enjoy the assistance of my dive team, all of whom have several years experience working together to support my groups in Raja Ampat. You'll also get more time underwater (unlimited bottom time + we try to offer 5 dives every day); be guaranteed to have guides who know the area and the dive sites; start your trip at 9AM on departure day (so that you'll get in an extra day of diving); enjoy an additional early light breakfast; and get help with your photography. There is more, but you can contact me directly to discover the rest. Not a photographer, that's fine too. About 30% of my guests are not. I will organize you into a "dive team" of 3 or 4 with others who are not interested in photography, or are only casual photographers. You'll have your own dive tender and own dive guide! On my trips you'll be guided by my Raja-Ampat-experienced team - topside and underwater and I'll be along to supervise everything. Nov 18 - 30, 2014 (available - 12 days trip) 12 Diving Days & 12 Nights on Board Can promise same gender cabin mate if you travel solo so no single supplement. Guaranteed single cabin available (extra cost). Route: Sorong - Sorong: see Sample Itinerary for Raja Ampat Dive Trip 12 guest divers maximum. Approximately 51 dives offered. Unlimited bottom time. Guaranteed Raja Ampat experienced team (cruise director, dive guides, photo pro, trip leader) Please read about it: Dive Trip Schedule Inclusions / Exclusions / Prices / Fees Raja Ampat Dive Trip Website City Seahorse Dive Support Team Diving Newsletter + Subscription Form Facebook Diving News, Photos from Dive Trips This trip departs Sorong Nov 18, 9AM, diving first (Nov 18) and last (Nov 29) days. Return to port Nov 29 approx. 9PM (overnight on the ship), depart Nov 30. Total 12 days of diving and 12 nights aboard the liveaboard ship. I ask all divers to arrive in Sorong on Nov 17 and overnight there so we can board the ship early on departure day and dive that first day. I am happy to provide assistance with your International itinerary to/from Indonesia and book domestic Indonesia flights, hotels and side trips for you, or make recommendations. For more information or to ask about booking - email the address on my sig file(see below). I'm currently out of the country (until June 19). My USA telephone is not being answered - so please email or message me!
  22. We have a room with a double bed available for our upcoming adventure along the Halmahera coast and into the best of Northern and central Raja Ampat on our Long Tales & Tall Shadows dive trip. Only these two spaces left: READ ABOUT IT HERE Join the Tim Rock & Simon Pridmore 2014 Trip to INDO, “Long Tales, Tall Shadows”!!! Aboard the beautiful Tambora!! Great Macro, Exploration, Wrecks, Amazing Reefs Halmahera has incredible biodiversity, is hard to get to and get around and is only NOW being discovered. This trip combines guaranteed world-class diving with visits to islands and dive sites that few people have ever seen. Raja Ampat, at the end of this adventure, is very much on the diving map and what lies below promises to be exciting. We got a glimpse of some great Halmahera diving last year and immediately resolved to come back one day and see more. Then when we started uncovering more and more information on the unexplored WW2 wrecks of North Halmahera, we knew this would be our destination for 2014. All we needed was a top live-aboard manned by folks who know their way around the region and would help us design the itineraries. Step forward Uwe and the Tambora, who delivered a perfect route and made the ship available at the absolute perfect time of the year to dive Halmahera. TRIP: Long Tales and Tall Shadows – Ternate to Sorong, via north and east Halmahera and north and central Raja Ampat 13 nights, 23 September to 6 October, 2014 US$4995, sharing twin ROUTE MAP HERE Contact: Tim Rock - timrock@doubleblue.com Simon Pridmore - simonpridmore@scubaconfidential.com
  23. Cendrawasih Bay & Raja Ampat Trip - on MSY Seahorse Liveaboard Trip date: 1-12 August 2014 We only have 2 spaces (1x Twin-Cabin) left on this trip! For pricing, trip details & to book visit: Equator Diving - Special liveaboard adventures to Cendrawasih Bay, Manokwari & Raja Ampat on MSY Seahorse Liveaboard in 2014
  24. We've just returned from an epic 10 night trip to North & South Raja Ampat on Siren Liveaboard! The trip had many highlights but nothing could beat our bait ball dives with 40 Mobula Rays! Our full trip report + images are now on our website - enjoy! This has to be my favourite image (although it was a tough choice!)
  25. Hi There, I have gotten around to uploading new galleries from my recent trip to Indonesia. The first part I have already posted under a differnet Topic Cenderawasih Whale Sharks. The following links are from Ambon, Bali and Raja Ampat. On my month long sojourn through Indonesia had me looking at Whale Sharks all the way down to Pigmy Seahorses and the like. I even managed to see a Mola Mola but unfortunately not close enough to get a decent photograph. Ambon http://mattiovaska.com/gallery/173019 Bali http://mattiovaska.com/gallery/173047 Raja Ampat ( the first half of this gallery is from the recent trip) http://mattiovaska.com/gallery119145 Enjoy Matti
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