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Raja Ampat Central and North

Raja Ampat Central and North

After motoring all night, we’ve left Misool and are now in the Pyanemo (central) region of Raja Ampat, and this is our first dive in the area. You'd think no dive pioneer would name an unsightly reef after his own daughter, and indeed, this reef is home to some of the most beautiful hard corals we’ve yet seen. Small fishes darted in and out of the staghorns, and a school of spadefish lazed about a cleaning station, unperturbed by our approach.

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Bali Part I

Bali Part I

A little late in the season, but it's a few days after full moon and our guides thought this was our best chance to see some pelagics. We were going on the big boat!

Just outside the embrace of the bay, three tiny prominences make up the Gili (islands) Mimpang and Tekepong. While we moored the boat and donned our gear, divemaster Chris briefed us on the capricious currents that can pull unwary divers into a terrifying downdraft. We were counseled to stay low and close together, and conserve our air for as long of a deep dive as possible.

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SZX to HKT: All aboard!

SZX to HKT: All aboard!

We've arrived in Phuket, Thailand, on a first visit to Southeast Asia proper for both of us, and were welcomed by the unmistakable heat and humidity of the sub-tropics. It’s 2am but we were not quite finished traveling yet. At the airport exit we scanned for someone holding up a sign for our names, and after a nail-biting hour, our anxiety growing as waves of travelers arrived and left, finally espied our driver. We hopped on and sped towards our bungalow in Khao Lak.

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