Our Last Day In Raja Ampat was the Most Colorful Yet!

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A huge, giant clam…it looks like the starry sky inside!

Any diver will tell you that the last few dives of a dive trip tend to be among the best of the entire journey! Our last day was the most colorful. I’m not sure why that is, perhaps the ocean and its creatures want to make sure we will come back to see them. Whatever the reason, here is a photoblog of day 10 in Raja Ampat, on the luxurious Arenui Boutique Liveaboard, with Andrea Marshall and Ray of Hope Expeditions! Enjoy the colors of the sea!

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Giant Clams are a work of art, they are beautiful, fascinating, and mesmerizing!

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And yes, they are huge! I am 5’7″ if that gives you some perspective!

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Another colorful Giant Clam!

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These “Big Eyes” are beautiful, aren’t they?

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A beautiful spadefish.

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I confess to an absolute love of Spadefish, but especially the juvenile Golden Spades. Aren’t they amazing?

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I relished the opportunities to see shoals of juvenile Golden Spadefish, if you look closely you can see cleaner fish among them.

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I know, I know, but I do love them. And they come right up to you! So curious!

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Lobsters are everywhere, and everywhere they are different colors and different species!

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Moray eels are all so alike, and yet so different. Every ocean has their own variations!

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Beautiful Feather Stars. Remember, each “feather” is a separate animal!

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This red Feather Star sits among fluid, moving tunicates.

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A very large Hawksbill Turtle, sleeping peacefully under a ledge.

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Who doesn’t love the tiny Nudibranchs?

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It is always a thrill to find a pipefish, relative of the sea horse. This is a Banded Pipefish.

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Lionfish are always gorgeous.

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Here is a chance to see something completely insane! This is a Decorator Crab, check out the claws bottom right. Decorators dress up to blend in, and this one is pretending to be an anemone! Decorators are hard to spot, but this one was moving, so I caught it in my lens!

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Here’s another view. And they are small, 2 or 3 inches.

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The Royal Regal Angelfish

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Very cool reef scene.

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Blue Spotted Stingrays are so pretty.

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My friends were always beside me!

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Can you see the Wobbegone shark? The fish were so thick I couldn’t get a clear shot!

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Always surrounded by fish!

 

 

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. Bildo says:

    Holy crap, these are beautiful! My father was a diver and my husband a photographer, so on behalf of them both, I thoroughly enjoyed your post. I’ll be showing these to them! Well done!

  2. unbelievable pictures, I loved them!!

  3. I know that jealousy is the thief of joy, and as happy for you as I am (and I truly am) I am jealous of these trips and dives you go on. How remarkable. How beautiful. How lovely. Wow, those photos are gorgeous and pure heaven.

    • Tam Warner says:

      How I would love to take you! Water is so healing, and the ocean soothes pain. When I am diving, my chronic back pain is gone. Then of course, I go back to gravity, but there is nothing like floating to still the pain.

  4. I love the picture with you and the giant clam. You look like you’re having so much fun.
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  5. Rossana says:

    Wow, what an amazing experience. I never realize that they were that big so many incredible things to see under the water.

  6. Wow, your photos are really cool! What kind of camera did you take them with? Are they stills from a GoPro film or do you have an underwater camera? My favourite is the blue spotted stingray.
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  7. Claire says:

    Your pictures are absolutely amazing! I’ve only recently got in to diving so this has me very excited to go again 🙂
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  8. Wow these are the most gorgeous picks! I have never seen or heard of Nudibranchs, so adorable! And green lobsters. And wow on those massive clams!

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