Diving in the Raja Ampat area is a priviledge. I can’t remember having witnessed that many schooling/shoaling fish in other areas. Sweetlips, barracudas, snappers, fusiliers, batfish, trevallies, surgeonfish and bigeyes all gather into one fantastic underwater symphony!
Take a plunge into Raja Ampat’s fishbowl!
Diving the Passage in Raja Ampat, Indonesia is always stunning. It’s not easy to find the right words to describe it’s beauty both underwater as well as topside.
I decided to let my images tell you the story…
I have never experienced winning the lottery. But this encounter with a whaleshark might get really close to the feelings of winning something big! Whalesharks are seldom seen in the narrow bay of Palu. I still remember my conversation with our dive guide Nasrun.
Me : I might go wide-angle on the housereef dive.
Nasrun : Naaw, housereef is only macro. I’ll show you some pygmy seahorses and ghostpipefish. Wide angle is not good on the housereef.
Me : ok, then, let’s do macro.
After roughly 30 minutes diving Nasrun looks at me and points to the sand below us. I didn’t understand. There was nothing to see. Then he lifted his head to the surface above us. So did I…and almost lost my regulator! A whaleshark just swam over our heads following our bubbles. Nasrun was actually pointing at the giant’s shadow in the sand below us.. My first thought was : Dammit, I’m on macro! Then I rembered my GoPro Camera attached to my housing. The gentle giant of about 5-6 meters cruised around us for more than 10 minutes, searching for the bubbles we expelled, a bit faster than usually, I have to admit.
Visibiltiy was not at it’s best, but here are the images of my big win!