The life aquatic with Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Very few people know where Raja Ampat is. This splendid archipelago is an almost virgin dive spot, treasuring up to 75% of all known species of coral, and a large diversity of marine life.

So this time we've been lured below the surface of the Halmahera Sea, on the westernmost side of the island of New Guinea, Indonesia

Diving Indonesia
Blub blub... Raja Ampat is also known as Four Kings, maybe because there are four main islands, Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and more than 1,500 smaller ones.
Image by Buzz and Robert Wilpernig

Four Kings
Sorong, a town in the main island of New Guinea, is the base to organize your diving adventures in the area.
Image by Buzz

Best diving Indonesia
Image by Nazir Amin

Raja Ampat Underworld
Fisheye view under the pier.
Image by Buzz

Diving Raja Ampat
We are diving in a bounteous ocean, just at the border of where Asia ends and so-called 'Melanesia' starts.
Image by Ricky Pesik

Anemony fish
Latitude 0°: The line of the Equator passes just next to the archipelago.
Image by Adam Howarth

The surface of the ocean
Let's go back on top to see how these islands look like.
Image by Buzz

Scuba diving Indonesia
This is a karst landscape, like the famous Halong Bay in Vietnam or the Guilin Valley in China, just with a few tourists.
Image by Mike Hohman

Karst landscape
Karst landforms feature sharp surfaces emerging from wet areas, due to the way that erosion impacts on the rock.
Image by Timothy Forderer

New Guinea Islands
The result is very photogenic, like the neighboring Palau's Rock Islands.
Image by Timothy Forderer

Karst landforms
Image by Timothy Forderer

And you can imagine the rest, endless boring paradise-like beaches...
Image by Adam Howarth

Teleportation machine
We are in 2012, when is this teleportation machine going to be invented already? Where are the flying cars and all that stuff? Image by Adam Howarth


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