Mermaid I and II in Ambon and Raja Ampat

Dear Fellow Diver, The latest “best diving in the world” seems to be Raja Ampat, Indonesia.  The greatest marine biodiversity is in the Coral Triangle (Indonesia, Philippines and PNG). No less than the Nature Conservancy has crowned Raja Ampat (RA) the heart of this area and is actively involved in helping form numerous Marine Protected … Read more

Taking a Stand

We receive a lot of messages asking us to support various causes, usually marine related. I love it that people are concerned and want to do something to save animals and their environment.  As scuba divers and tourists, we are beginning to learn that our tourism dollars have clout – clout that we can use … Read more

Conservation in Raja Ampat and the Greater Birds Head Seascape

Since 2004 Raja Ampat and the surrounding areas of the wider Birds Head Seascape  (BHS) have been the focus of comprehensive, long-term conservation initiatives.  The area’s priority in the world of marine conservation is justified, considering that the Birds Head is home to more marine species than any other area its size on the planet.  … Read more

In the Name of Science

We just returned from two dive trips where the focus was on soft science.  In Lembeh we hosted a nudibranch workshop with David Behrens.  Our group identified over 200 species in 10 days.  Dr. Mark Erdmann and Dr. Gerry Allen accompanied our trip to Cenderawasih Bay. In just nine days they discovered three new fish … Read more

Not Guilty as Charged

A few weeks ago someone sent us a link to an online article on the UK’s Guardian website. Here is the tagline above the slideshow of images:  A new book, Reef Fishes of the East Indies, is the culmination of a combined 60 years’ work to document the biodiversity of the hugely diverse coastal waters … Read more