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Yenbuba night dive in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

At times there were so many small fish that you felt as if you were in a snow globe; Raja Ampat means four kings which comes from local mythology where each large island had a king

At times there were so many small fish that you felt as if you were in a snow globe; Raja Ampat means four kings which comes from local mythology where each large island had a king

The first recorded sighting and landing by Europeans of the Ampat Islands was by the Portuguese navigator Jorge de Menezes and his crew in 1526

The first recorded sighting and landing by Europeans of the Ampat Islands was by the Portuguese navigator Jorge de Menezes and his crew in 1526

Green turtle; these animals eat sea grass, allowing new shoots to flourish; without turtles to trim the sea grass it would become overgrown and prone to disease

Green turtle; these animals eat sea grass, allowing new shoots to flourish; without turtles to trim the sea grass it would become overgrown and prone to disease

We usually did our night dives just after sunset; we each carried a flashlight which became necessary about halfway through the dive; trying to manage the flashlight and a camera was quite a challenge

We usually did our night dives just after sunset; we each carried a flashlight which became necessary about halfway through the dive; trying to manage the flashlight and a camera was quite a challenge

Crocodilefish; though well-camouflaged, you can see the snout and beady eyes of this guy; I had never seen this species before this trip

Crocodilefish; though well-camouflaged, you can see the snout and beady eyes of this guy; I had never seen this species before this trip

When diving I try to periodically look in all directions so I'm less likely to miss something; often in Raja Ampat you would look up to just see a huge cloud of fish

When diving I try to periodically look in all directions so I'm less likely to miss something; often in Raja Ampat you would look up to just see a huge cloud of fish

These cabins looked pretty nice and even had a sandy beach; Raja Ampat is generally recommended only for advanced divers due to strong currents but we only experienced them a couple of times and they were very manageable

These cabins looked pretty nice and even had a sandy beach; Raja Ampat is generally recommended only for advanced divers due to strong currents but we only experienced them a couple of times and they were very manageable

Bluespotted ribbontail ray; fortunately for both of us, this ray saw me descending close to him and moved out of the way

Bluespotted ribbontail ray; fortunately for both of us, this ray saw me descending close to him and moved out of the way

Just as with the species of fish, the varieties of corals and sponges was vast; you could spot so many unique animals in a relatively small area so sometimes kicking wasn't required

Just as with the species of fish, the varieties of corals and sponges was vast; you could spot so many unique animals in a relatively small area so sometimes kicking wasn't required

Anemone closed for the day; all divers are required to buy a Raja Ampat park permit which is good for one year and costs roughly $70

Anemone closed for the day; all divers are required to buy a Raja Ampat park permit which is good for one year and costs roughly $70

Some islands had fairly primitive cabins for tourists but then how do you get air tanks and transport to the dive sites?; you could snorkel I suppose but most dive sites weren't within swimming distance of land

Some islands had fairly primitive cabins for tourists but then how do you get air tanks and transport to the dive sites?; you could snorkel I suppose but most dive sites weren't within swimming distance of land

Posted by VagabondCowboy 02:19

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