Hidden Bays & Painted Rocks

Hidden Bays & Painted Rocks

Raja Empat à la Baie Triton

Cette croisière entre Sorong et Kaimana nous emmène le long de la côte de Nouvelle-Guinée, vers le sud et le centre de Raja Empat, l'uns des meilleurs spots de plongées au monde, et mais à la fois, encore très peu visité.

Nous quitterons Kaimana pour le sud et le long de la côte montagneuse de la Nouvelle-Guinée. Les falaises escarpées en calcaire, dominée en hauteur par une épaisse forêt vierge, constituent une toile de fond avec un paysage étrange et grandiose à la fois; où l'on peut s'extasier sur les galeries de peintures rupestres sur des kilomètres, tombeaux des anciens. La mer en contrebas est aussi riche en nutriments et offre une étonnante biodiversité. Nous irons explorer les baies du Triton et Aetna, où prolifèrent des jardins merveilleux de corail et une incroyable diversité de poissons, dont les espèces pélagiques. Nous tournant vers le nord de nouveau, nous passerons quelques jours dans la partie sud de Raja Empat, avec des plongées sur Misool et le labyrinthe d'îlots et de rochers à proximité. Dans cette région, la terre et la mer ne font qu'un dans une beauté à l'état pur et chaque étape constitue un livre d'image pour une expérience absolument unique en son genre. La suite de notre croisière nous conduira dans le nord, au travers du détroit de Dampier et vers des sites extraordinaires de plongée à Fam, Mansuar, récifs des Sardines, et le Cap Kri. Attendez-vous à rencontrer une infinie variété de poissons, dont des raies Manta, des thons géants Dentis, les timides poissons Napoléon, ou le surprenant requin wobbegong.

De Sorong, la principale ville de la péninsule de Bird's Head et de l'ouest de la Nouvelle-Guinée indonésienne, vous pouvez vous connecter facilement aux destinations dans toute l'Indonésie.


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Dive Blog - Hidden Bays & Painted Rocks

Check out our dive blog and read up on some spectacular dives we had on this cruise itin!

13-December: Magic Mountain

We defied the rather stiff current and worked our way over to the ridge, only to be rewarded with a large oceanic manta coming in to get cleaned! We watched for a good 15 or 20 minutes, until our computer and pressure gauges suggested it might be time to head back to the main reef and a little shallower, leaving the manta who was still circling back an forth, utterly undisturbed by the spectators.

11-November: Andiamo

We enjoyed great conditions on this fabulous site: the current was so mild that one could tour almost the entire dive site during a dive. And still, there was a myriad of fish big and small, including barracuda, snappers, and a few whitetip sharks.

09-December: The Frontier

Today must have marked the annual gathering of bigeye trevallies of Eastern Indonesia … jacks hung in the current just about everywhere, above us, to our left, to our right, and in front of us off the steep slope. Many giant trevallies roamed about as well, as whitetips and grey reefsharks patrolled up and down the slope, sometimes turning around just in front of us.

08-December: Logomasiei

Everybody had a great time as this dive site offers so many different habitats: numerous gobies and some very pretty and rare nudibranches populate the vast sand flats, as fusiliers stream around the current-swept rock bommies in the shallows, and jacks swam up from the depth along the vertical sheer wall.

27-March: Black Forest

An easy afternoon dive, shallow and almost no current, yet so many things to see! We found an abundance of nudis and gobies; silver sweetlips standing still under black coral bushes; groupers hiding under coral bommies; and, batfish, yellow-spotted trevally and large red snappers criss-crossing the water just below the surface.

25-March: The Hospital

Once again there was an unbelievable abundance of fish schooling over this reef. The schools of fusiliers and surgeonfish were at times so dense that it was difficult to see the rest of the group of divers.

22-March: Candy Store

We had great visibility and lots of fish life this morning on Candy Store. Thanks to a very mild current, we managed to make it around the entire dive site, taking in the pinnacle, canyons, and rocks lush with soft coral on the plateau.

10-December: Ancient Reef

This dive will remain unforgettable ... As we entered there was only a light current and not much fish. We finned a little across the ridge against whatever current there was, as a large oceanic manta swept in and past us. Needless to say, everybody followed the manta … and the manta kept circling back and forth atop one of the dive guides … it was very clear that he was looking for help: a large fishing hook was stuck in his belly! After an estimated 20 attempts by one of the guides to get under his belly and pull out the hook, the manta started going deeper, and it appeared he was giving up. Then he took a long, deep circle, came back up a little shallower, and stood still vertically in front of another diver: he let the diver approach him, hold on to the hook, and remained in place for the 10-15 seconds it took the diver to remove the hook (which as it turned out had a counterhook complicating matters) from his his belly. Upon which the diver let loose and swam away, while the manta took off, very slowly and gracefully. We were all very happy and satisfied that we could have helped this beautiful, large animal - and at the same time amazed at how smart he was to seek out help from a human!

12-December: Lighthouse

It had been pouring down all morning from grey skies, yet we were lucky: just as we turned the corner where the slope turns into a steep wall, a giant grouper came right up to us from the depth. As we were looking down the path he had taken, we observed the school of eight eagle rays, standing still in the current off the wall, gracefully moving their wings! They did not notice us and where still standing in the same place when our dive co computer already alarted us that it was time for us to go shallower.

15-December: Balbulol Pinnacle

This site is slowly but surely becoming one of our favorites in Southern Raja Ampat. With only a light current running, the canyon separating the rock islands from the pinnacle was filled with fish; one literally had to push the fish aside in order to swim through! Fusiliers were streaming vertically up and down the steep wallface, as large schools of three different types of trevallies chased past in short intervals!

21-March: Iridescence

Iridescence being known a great night dive site, we were almost expecting the line-up of bobtail squids, rare nudibranches, crabs and shrimps, but this time around, the largest Triton walking shark we have ever seen topped it off. And he was not shy, did not shelter but lay out fully exposed in the open, and even started walking on his fins while our guests were taking his pictures!

17-March: Outer Ridge

Once again perfect conditions at one of our favorite sites on this itin. Great visibility allowed for panoramic views at the end of the ridge: floating a little offshore at around 20m depth gave a clear look at enormous napoleon wrasses a a large blacktip reef shark doing their circles in the depth, while the top of the ridge was alive with two schools of jacks, barracuda, and myriads of sweetlips and soldierfish sheltering near a large field of cabbage corals.

14-March: Magic Mountain

Yet another out-of-this world dive at Magic Mountain! Almost crystal clear water and incredible numbers of fish – jacks, yellowtail barracuda, chevron barracuda, batfish everywhere, and more giant trevallies than ever. The white tip reef sharks and the manta sweeping through were just the icing on the cake!

12-March: Balbulol Pinnacle

We were very fortunate with the timing, enjoying both great viz and only a very gentle current, both things one learns to appreciate around Balbulol ... Still, the side of the pinnacle faving the gentle current was packed with balls of baitfish, in turn being chased by large schools of blue trevally and yellow trevally. Around the other side, we took in the superbly covered upper parts of the pinnacle and the adjacent littel valley – everywhere large gorgonian sea fans, dark green tubbastrea, red and purple soft coral, and the occasional black coral bush.