Because this is a last second trip taken on airline miles, the flights are…interesting.
To get to Jakarta, I will go O’Hare – Beijing – Bangkok – Jakarta on three different airlines and then I’ll go home through Tokyo on yet another airline. From Jakarta, I will cross Indonesia on local airlines to reach Sorong. The logistics are daunting…there’s basically a week of travel time in the itinerary.
But the destination will be worth it…Raja Ampat, the richest, most diverse tropical marine environment on earth. The heart of the “coral triangle”, this area encompasses an area the size of Kansas in the north west corner of the island of New Guinea.
The trip will consist of three stages:
- Resort-based diving at Raja4Divers.
- 3 days of jungle trekking and bird photography in West Papua.
- Liveaboard diving from the Dewi Nusantara (formerly known as the Paradise Dancer) between Sorong and Ambon.
The resort has “broadband” satellite internet, so I will try to post photos and update the blog on a daily basis through that stage and after the jungle trek. Once I’m on the boat, I’ll go radio silent for about 12 days.