I went scuba diving in Raja Ampat for a week on the dive boat Sea Safari 8, a fine ship with a good crew. Raja Ampat is located on the western end of Papua New Guinea, known as West Papua, Indonesia. I particularly loved the dives at Misool Islands, Boo, and at Airborei, Manta Ridge where we saw the majestic winged creatures. The area was filled with such amazing natural pristine beauty. There were underwater caverns the size of cathedrals. Sunlight streamed down from some gaps in the limestone bathing the caverns in a blue surreal glow. We even saw dolphins but they were shy and kept their distance.
I love diving here - it was so beautiful and pristine. I'd say its better than the dive at Komodo. The visibility however was not so good, perhaps caused by the storms in the area. I think June/July might be clearer.
Our Indonesian / West Papua dive guides were fantastic and brought us to all the right locations.
I love the sea here. It gave me great pleasure and joy to sit on the bridge or the crow's nest and gaze at the magnificent salt water wilderness. I could imagine myself an ancient mariner sailing across unchartered waters and seeing dolphins, whales, and all manner of amazing sea creatures frolicking in the waters. Now I see mainly the massive clouds sitting past the horizon - making it seem that our sea was a thin slender table - measurable. Sail past that point and you'll fall over the side.
I was using a brand new camera for this trip, the Olympus XZ-1.