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Edition #61, Raja Ampat, a Fantastic Voyage

Hi #firstname#, 

Every year, Tim Harvey and I lead an expedition on the ship PINDITO to Raja Ampat and every year something extraordinary happens.

This year was no exception. Everything you are about to read is a small extract of what happened on one 12-day expedition!

If you'd like a copy of the full trip report, then drop us a line.

We got back just last weekend and have been busy writing stories about the amazing encounters we had with our mixed team of snorkelers and divers.

From time to time, it was hard to extract the snorkelers from the water where they were seeing manta rays, turtles, colourful Mantid Shrimps, Bump-head Parrotfish. Same too for divers ... the Manta Ray experience was quite extraordinary.    

And of course, the hospitality and laid-back professionalism of PINDITO staff and crew, who have known these waters longer than anyone ... almost 30 years. 

Raja Ampat is very hard to describe unless you've been there and taken the time to discover it properly. There is a good reason why this place is considered the most important marine area on Earth. It holds three quarters of all the world's coral species in an area 10% of the size of the Great Barrier Reef. 

This is a place you can't ever hope to truly comprehend. The Galapagos is geologically quite young, it appeared about 5 million years ago. Raja Ampat has had over 20 million years to develop in its current form. The ocean around it has been evolving for 100 million years. This is why there is nowhere like Raja Ampat on Earth

Best wishes,  


Simon Mustoe
Founder, Wildiaries

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