North Raja Ampat 2015 by Tim Rock
The BHS site administrator and old friend, Burt Jones, has been asking me about my trips this summer on Tambora to North Raja. I am a bit mired in a book project now but can give you all a short synopsis. The first trip was from late June into July, ending on July 3. The game plan was to get to Wayag, in far north Raja Ampat, but we wound up being hindered by large swells that messed with not only our itinerary but a few other ship’s as well. Finally, through a stroke of luck, in late August, we were able to once again join Tambora for another try at Wayag. This time the (hoped for) baitfish were gone but the seas were smooth and we finally made it to this North Raja signature location. Stunning! I have been all over Raja but this was my first time there. Jaw-dropping. Our dives were very fishy (lots of BIG bumpheads) and we saw sharks and Napoleon wrasses at many spots, which was encouraging.
To view Tim’s incredible Wayag images click here, North Raja Ampat 2015
For 30 years TIM ROCK has been an author and photographer who specializes in the marine world. He presently lives and owns a photo gallery on Guam. The majority of his career has been spent in the Western and Indo Pacific reporting on environmental and conservation issues. His work has won numerous prestigious awards and his TV show was an ACE award finalist. He is also author and contributor to a dozen Lonely Planet/Pisces series guides. To view more to Tim’s images click here, timrock.photoshelter.com