Indonesia's Raja Ampat islands have become one of the most famous places to go diving in all of Asia thanks to the area's pristine coral reefs and incredible diversity of marine life. In February 2008 I went on the MSY Seahorse's 11 day diving liveaboard from Raja Ampat to Triton Bay, exploring the amazing underwater world of western Papua.
Here's a rundown of what it's like on the MSY Seahorse, followed by pictures and descriptions of the scuba diving through our liveaboard trip from Raja Ampat to Triton Bay.
MSY Seahorse Quick Facts: The Boat: MSY Seahorse - beautiful wooden hulled Indonesian pinisi-class schooner that's been well-equipped for diving. Maximum of 16 guests. Big sundeck, large table area for cameras at front of boat, comfortable air conditioned mess area for taking meals. Back deck as well if you want to get away from everyone else for a while.
Dive Routine: 4 dives a day. Wake Up / Light Breakfast / Dive 1 / Breakfast / Dive 2 / Lunch + siesta / Dive 3 / Snack / Night Dive / Dinner / Bed. Divers split into two groups and are taken to dive sites in small tenders. Backroll entry. Divers buddy up and stick with the guide for critter hunting or do their own thing.
Free Nitrox! Nitrox and air compressors on board
The dive routine is quite relaxed. Divers can stay down as long as they like - 75 minutes is the average bottom time. This tends to make the dive schedule flexible, with some of the last day dives turning into dusk dives.
Departs From: Sorong
Ends In: Kaimana
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