We are now back from our latest adventure on True North, which was up there with one of the best adventures yet.
The destination was epic, the crew were awesome and the passenger mix was superb and we all got along like we had kn own each other for years.
Below is a link to a bit of a slide show I did of the trip.
I was going through a few of my Bizmark Sea shots from True North recently for a project I am working on and I came across this little gem.
These kids swam out about 500m to where True North was anchored and were totally comfortable with the swim, all the while playing around and volleying for position.
On one of the village visits in West Papua recently, I came across this little cutie who was only too happy to do a few poses for me.
Mikie Mike Fletcher had spotted these God rays coming through the slats thanks to some coals burning down in the background which made for a nice backdrop.
It is pleasing to see a generation of people so happy with the simple life and not constantly wanting for things and so happy in their own space.
I think we could all learn some lessons from their lifestyle!
Here is another angle of Gav’s falls.
A stunning waterfall Gav found in West Papua near Cendrawashi Bay.
2 image stitch, focus stacked.
A couple of aerial shots from West Papua from my Phantom 4.
You can see our adventurers interacting with the Whale Sharks on the top image and the Bagan’s that are used to net up the bait.
This has become a viable industry for the region and at night time you can see a number of the Bagan’s all lit up attracting the small fish they then on sell for bait etc, as you will see in the bottom image.
The beauty of this industry is that they are now focused on the bait industry rather than hunting the Whale Sharks and in this area the Sharks are protected, so a good story all round really.
On the best dive we did with the Whale Sharks of West Papua a few weeks ago on True North, the water was clear and we had a heap of playful sharks swimming around and most of the divers donned their scuba gear and had a fat time giving the Whale Sharks a bubbly ‘spa’ experience with their buddy reg.
The sharks love just lying in the bubbles and definitely keep coming back for more bubbles when ever they can.
I chose to free dive on this occasion and was very happy with the mobility that decision gave me and the various perspectives I could adopt quickly.
Here are another couple of ‘mermaid’ shots with the whale sharks…the lovely Nat, wife of Captain Gav and a past valued crew member of True North.
Great to see you on board again Natty! 🙂
Here is a shot of one of our cruise directors, Hanna, interacting with a whale shark.