Raja Ampat is simply amazing. Despite hundreds and hundreds of dives here we can never get enough. For this trip we were aboard the massive Dewi Nusantara. Built more along the lines of an old American sailing schooner than a Phinisi the Dewi cuts an imposing figure cruising the islands with its high bow and triple sails.
Visiting both north and south Raja we decided to begin in Misool. With its painters palette of soft corals and abundant fish life Misool is always one of any underwater photographers favorite dive spots.

Farther north in the Dampier Strait we had woebegone sharks, and mantas galore!

No Raja Ampat trip is complete without a stopover at Aerborek jetty for some scad & soft coral!

We also stopped off at one of our favorite spots for split shots and got down the Dewi’s kayaks for something a bit different.

Black Rocks, which we have renamed to…well…can’t really tell you… What can we say it is simply amazing and just teaming with life of every sort!

Wayag.  This island group in the north is what most people think of when they hear the words Raja Ampat.  The massive Karst islands are best viewed from the top of Mt. Pindito or from cocktails in the lagoon…

Special thanks to the crew of the Dewi!