2012 Trips

Observations on the Journey to Raja Ampat

Observations on the Journey to Raja Ampat

Observations: I flew DPS Bali – UPG Makassar – SOQ Sorong with Garuda Indonesia Airlines  today. * (starred) observations are only for that route. ** I may have observations for travel from Jakarta later in a separate post. *I checked two bags with Garuda, just under 23kg each. No excess was charged. Be sure to […]

Posted in: Dive Trip Oct 19
The Journey & First Day in Bali

The Journey & First Day in Bali

  The Journey Liz and I arranged to meet in Bali this year for a few days shopping before heading off to Sorong to meet the ship for our Raja Ampat trip(s). Neither of us had any problem during our journey from Hawaii or Texas.  However I’ve decided that IAH (Houston)  is the most confusing […]

Posted in: Dive Trip Oct 19
Packing for the Dive Trips

Packing for the Dive Trips

Packing for the dive trips. As usual the house is complete chaos with dive gear, camera equipment, warm weather clothing, files, and electronic bits everywhere. So much to be done before spending almost 2 months in Indonesia! The video housing has been tested.  Dive skin set aside to repair the zipper tomorrow.  Batteries checked and […]

Pre-trip Planning for Raja Ampat Islands

Pre-trip Planning for Raja Ampat Islands

  Trip Planning & Organization About 2 years in advance of a trip  I select dates for the liveaboard charters based on the best conditions for diving and photography. Since there are so many good dive sites scattered around Raja Ampat I would never consider a trip less than 11 days.  A 14 days liveaboard […]

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Raja Ampat Check Out Dives 2011!

Raja Ampat Check Out Dives 2011!

  Although technically our normal check out dive site is not in Raja Ampat, it is still one of my favorite critter spots (semi muck dive). In 2011, Ethel found this crazy BRO (Blue Ring Octopus) for Marla and I at the end of our first dive. We board the ship at 9AM on departure […]

Posted in: Dive Trip Oct 19