Home to one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth, the underwater world of Raja Ampat is a dream for snorkelers and divers alike. Below you can find some pictures of the incredible marine life we spotted while snorkeling off the island of Batanta.
Read on for a poem by Kate:
we’ve been out
for an hour.
We push up
one more look.
Gear back in place,
we duck under.
Is my mask fogged?
A parade of parrot
fish stretches across
the reef’s drop-off, crunching coral.
They weave in and out
of one another, grazing,
creating clouds of sand that drift
up to shore creating
with swaying palms and birdsong.
We gaze at the school, mesmerized
by their elephantine mass, while
their colorful cousins
the size of our
The stampede swims out to the depths
as we turn to swim inland.
5 thoughts on “Raja Ampat – Underwater”
I continue to marvel at your adventures and narratives!
I, too, love the beauty of our underwater world ~
So glad you recovered your photos!!
Thanks Julie! We’re glad you read and follow our travels. We enjoy sharing our experiences with everyone. Our next destination will be Tibet and then, what for you should be a very familiar place: Iowa!
Lovely write-up. Please give my blog a read too. I am a travel blogger from India.
Hi Jasodhara! Thanks for reading! I checked out your blog today and got lots of great ideas for places to visit in a part of the world I have never been to before.
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Thank you so much. 🙂