Postcard: Magical Voyage to Paradise - 2017 Indonesia
Indonesia is one of our all-time favourite places on the planet. Thomas and Robin and ten Wild Earth Explorers have just returned from an exceptional 3-week adventure through the remote islands of Eastern Indonesia to the heart of the coral triangle.
Next October we are repeating this incredible expedition and have just 1 Last Room/Cabin Available. Take this opportunity to be the one to grab this last space.
AREAS WE VISITED
Komodo, Ubud, West Papua through the remote islands of Raja Ampat, Misool, Ceram, Gorong, through the Banda Sea to the Spice Islands and Ambon
SOME OF WHAT WE SAW
Komodo Dragons, Red Bird of Paradise doing Mating dance, fruit bats, fresh water eels, Manta rays, schools of Jacks, Bat fish, Barracudas and Sweet lips, Turtles, Napoleon wrasse, reef sharks, Mandarin fish doing nighty mating ritual, guitar shark on night snorkel, Flamboyant cuttlefish, frog fish, pygmy Sea horses, Harlequin Ghost Pipefish, octopus, eels, crabs and spectacularly colored nudibranches, rare purple Weedy Scorpion fish, jawfish carrying its live brood of hundreds of babies in it’s mouth and a 25-30m Blue Whale!
We were privileged to see the rare Red Bird of Paradise doing it’s mating dance, had close encounters with very active Komodo Dragons, climbed hills with panoramic views over idyllic islands and lagoons, spent time in the river with large water eels swirling around our feet, enjoyed boat cruises amongst lime stone islands and saw tens of thousands of fruit bats fill the sky against the backdrop of seemingly endless sunsets.
Onboard our luxurious yacht and in our wonderful beachfront bungalows we were spoilt with mouth-watering food, tantalizing massages, outstanding service and great lectures from our fabulous marine biologist Robin.
Our private Balinese Villa in Ubud was something straight out of the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”, with scenic rice terraces and temples. We got shown the ‘secrets’ of Balinese cooking and watched a Balinese dance performance as we ate our traditional meal under the stars.
With glassy seas and the water temperature a perfect balmy 30C, the snorkeling and diving was simply breathtaking. Spectacular coral pinnacles; channels filled with the largest Gorgonian fans; wonderful shallow coral gardens with an abundance of colorful fish life; and drift dives with an abundance of Reef & Pelagic life.
One of our explorers got a very unique birthday gift as she witnessed a 25-30m Blue Whale breaching the surface as the sun started to set in open sea. Thomas had the incredible great fortune to come face to face with this magnificent Whale in the water, an exhilarating experience and “Bucket-list dream” come true.
It was an exceptional voyage with a wonderful group of Wild Earth Explorers.
PHOTO CREDIT © Thomas Baechtold, Gina Covington