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Wetpixel Raja Ampat and Banda Sea for Image Makers 2021

Join Wetpixel in diving and photographing the world’s most amazing coral reefs. Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea, on the cusp of two vast oceans, Indian and Pacific, are known as having the world’s greatest biodiversity. The confluence of nutrient-rich currents in the area makes for fantastic underwater scenery and a plethora of photographic subjects.

Located within the creature rich Coral triangle, Raja Ampat and the Banda Sea both offer a diversity of subjects. Expect amazing colorful soft corals, fascinating macro subjects, and pelagic encounters.

Like all Wetpixel trips, we aim to optimize the diving to suit the needs of image-makers, and to make them as productive as possible.

Damai I

We will be diving from the boutique liveaboard dive vessel, Damai I. The vessel and her crew are well-known for having the knowledge and experience to best cater to demanding image-makers. It boasts “large dive stations with individual rinse tanks and a camera room with separate camera work stations with integrated 110v and 220v charging stations for each photographer. The vessel is the first in Indonesia to offer a divemaster/guide to customer ratio of 4 to 1, ensuring the best service underwater as well as onboard.”

Itinerary

05-16 April 2021 (10d/11n) Sorong-Ambon

Departing from Sorong, Papua, Damai will make her first stop at the eastern end of the Dampier Straits for a check-out dive. We will spend the following day here diving iconic sites like Cape Kri, Blue Magic, and Mioskon enjoying the schooling fish, cruising sharks, and maybe rays and pygmy seahorses. We will head west to Gam, where there are beautiful orange soft corals at Citrus Ridge and fish action at Mayhem before exploring the wonders found under Arborek Jetty. We will head west to Penemu for some world-class coral reefs and the photo opportunities of the lagoon from the top of the viewpoint.

Moving south to the colorful soft coral-covered reefs around the island of Misool, we can enjoy the pinnacles at Wayilbatan and Fiabacet or a gentle drift along the channel at Neptune Fan Sea.

We will then plan to leave the wonders of Raja Ampat and head south to the island of Koon and “Too Many Fish” before we will sail up to the “Spice Islands” and hopefully take a walk around the historic Banda Neira as well as dive some iconic sites like Batu Kapal and Lava Flow with its hard coral garden. The island of Nusa Laut has some beautiful hard coral reefs with lots of schooling fish and the chance of sharks. Our liveaboard cruise ends in Ambon Bay, where we will dive the muck slopes hunting for cool critters before guests can enjoy our complimentary airport transfer.

Perhaps more critically, as we are chartering the whole boat, we will go where the conditions are best and most productive for image-making. On our last charter aboard Damai 1, we traveled the entire length of Raja Ampat to take advantage of exceptional conditions in Misool!

This trip will be led by Wetpixel Publisher Adam Hanlon.

The trip fee includes: a. Return land transfers b. Shared accommodation with A/C in twin or double/twin bed cabin with en-suite showers and toilet. (Upgrades available at a supplement). c. All meals and drinks while onboard (excluding wine and Spirits). One glass of wine per person and night will be complimentary. d. Any required gear hire e. Cruise director f. Experienced dive guides, with a maximum of 4 customers per guide g. Unlimited daytime diving and night dives (schedule permitting) h. Land tours and group activities organized by Dive Damai I i. All vessel port, park and harbor fees j. Crew gratuities and tips k. EANx 32 m. Laundry and spa treatments

You will need to book your own airfare to Indonesia, and we can help you to book local flights into Sorong and out from Ambon as required. Please note that these flights have an additional fee.

Payments and fees:

The trip is competitively priced at $7,250/person.

Here’s the payment schedule per person, per trip:

Deposit (immediate): $2,000 April 15, 2020 payment: $2,000 September 15, 2020 final payment: $3,250 + local airline fees, if we book for you

What to do next… Please contact Adam Hanlon for more info or to book. Spaces are limited, and we expect this trip to sell out very fast, so please do not delay…