Long Tales, Tall Shadows

Long Tales, Tall Shadows

Explore the Northern route from Ternate via Morotai into Raja Ampat

Dive Blog – Long Tales, Tall Shadows

Check out our dive blog and read up on some spectacular dives we had on this cruise itin!

05-Oct-14: Blue Magic
A phantastic dive in crystal clear water, with no current, and a sheer unbelievable quantity of fish!

28-Jul-14: Kumo Wall
Everybody enjoyed diving along this vertical wall with its many overhangs, crevices, mini-caves and chimneys. A profusion of soft coral grows along the entire length of the wall, all the way from the drop-off to the sandy bottom, while the reeftop and reefcrest are predominantely covered in hard coral and sponges.

28-Sep-14: Underwater Volcano
The three small craters of this unique dive site are entirely covered with life: soft coral, black coral, hard coral and sponges, which stands in a stark contrast to the area surrounding the craters, where hard coral, sand and rubble dominate. Around the warm water vents deep at the bottom of the craters, visibility was much reduced, while higher up along the crater slopes, the divers felt more like in a sauna thanks to the constant change between warm and cold streams!

25-Sep-14: Batu Bolong
With only a light current running, we could explore all subsections of this diverse dive site. Where we entered, low-growing sponges did a rather poor job of covering the black, rocky substrate, which appeared to absorb most of the remaining afternoon sunlight and hence left this section with an eery feeling to it. Next came a vast field of cauliflower corals, four-colored: light pink, yellow, green and off-white, as we know it in this since only from two other dive sites in all of Indonesia. And the last section consists is made of large rocks and boulders, forming canyons and mini-walls that are beautifully covered in soft corals.

24-Sep-14: NHR 6
As we backrolled from our tenders for the late morning dive, a reef beautifully covered in hard coral and sponges greeted us. Fusiliers and surgeonfish were present in large numbers, especially on the current-facing sides of the little ridges extending out from the main reef. Here, we also saw a few blacktip reefsharks and a school of batfish, while the guides were busy finding Lembeh sea dragon and spider crabs for us.