KM Black Manta Trip Reports

Jan 6, 2015

Happy New Year 2015 from Raja Ampat!


It’s  a time to celebrate and cruising to the new year 2015.We start the 1st day with rainy day but it’s not so bad when we’re in the water.We start in Daram island of Misool area.I love to dive Daram’s divesite.It’s such a beautiful place with the good visibility and the reef and wall full of colorful soft coral and seafan.So good to see we still can save the underwater paradise like this in Raja Ampat.We heading back to dive Boo window and we choose to stay in Yilliet island to set up our new year celebration on the beautiful beach there.We have a bit of firework show for crossing to new year 2015.

It’s  a time to celebrate and cruising to the new year 2015.We start the 1st day with rainy day but it’s not so bad when we’re in the water.We start in Daram island of Misool area.I love to dive Daram’s divesite.It’s such a beautiful place with the good visibility and the reef and wall full of colorful soft coral and seafan.So good to see we still can save the underwater paradise like this in Raja Ampat.We heading back to dive Boo window and we choose to stay in Yilliet island to set up our new year celebration on the beautiful beach there.We have a bit of firework show for crossing to new year 2015.

The next day we move to Babulol island and we dive No contest,Farondi cave.The diving was ok and we go to visit the secret lagoon of Babulol in the sunny sky.We tried to find the Mobula ray action in Wagmab island.And when we jumped just at the corner with the strong current.We saw the baitball of Silverside and not so long about 12 Mobula rays keep circling to feed the baitball.We just hang up on the wall and enjoy the show.Another best moment of the Mobula ray action of this season.

We heading north to Penemu island and dive Melissa’s garden.We lucky to found 1 Warty frogfish in yellow color.Frogfish is quite uncommon to see in Raja Ampat area if you compare to the rest of Indonesia’s area.That’s why we so happy to see this little froggy.Next to the frogfish we found a fat belly Bargibanti pygmy seahorse,Wobbegong shark.Everything like to be in the same spot so easy work for us.Then we dive Batu Rufus with nice swim through and the ridge that full of Fusilier and Big mouth Mackerel.We can’t miss to visit the new viewpoint in Penemu to take the group photo with the view that make your Facebook friend hate you :)

And we move to Manta Sandy on the next day.A great show of Manta keep continue again in this week.Around 8 Manta in cleaning station for the whole dive.We saw many big pregnant female as well.That’s a great news of this majestic ray species.We back to Dampier strait to finish new year cruise.We dive Mioskon to find Pontohi Pygmy seahorse,Hairy shrimp and the giant clam.Last day we tried Blue magic for Oceanic Manta Ray and we saw 1 small Manta passing by.It’s time to say goodbye to Raja Ampat at this time and heading back to Sorong again.It’s such a great way to end the last year and start the new great thing in 2015.

Happy New Year,

Nu Parnupong,

Videographer Black Manta Liveaboard