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Indonesia’s ‘Magic Mountain’ Majesty

It’s no secret that Indonesia beholds some of a diver’s most coveted spectacles. Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is no exception. Raja Ampat is an archipelago of four major islands – Salawati, Batanta, Waigeo, and Misool – off the northwest corner of the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua, Indonesia. The Raja Ampat islands are part of what is referred to as the “Coral Triangle,” which boasts arguably the richest marine biodiversity on the planet. Those...
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Muck Diving at Maluku Divers

Why Much Diving? To most people, muck diving sounds like “muck ado about nothing.” But for divers, it’s getting to the nitty gritty of what makes the ocean so mystifying. It’s said that we’ve only discovered 5 percent of the world’s oceans; much of it is probably lurking beneath, hidden from view in the muck. Muck diving takes place in, well, the muck: a barren, silty or sandy bottom that certain miniscule yet vibrantly colored and patterned creatures call home. Hours...

Beware of the “Overbooking Bait and Switch”

Overbooking Bait and Switch Booking a trip has become a mindless action due to the power of the internet. No matter where you want to go, you’re one click away from your dream vacation. But what happens when the booking site cancels your plans without so much as an excuse of “overbooking?” Most of us would be left infuriated, scratching our heads with confusion because, well, isn’t this why we booked online in the first place: to AVOID overbooking and cement our place as...
Liveaboard in Luxury in Indonesia

Liveaboard in Luxury in Indonesia on the Gaia Love Boat

Liveaboard excursions are some of the most authentic experiences available to trained scuba divers. As the name implies, it’s a boat on which you can live for days or weeks at a time. Liveaboard diving trips encapsulate the ultimate escape. You’ll venture far offshore towards the horizon with just invited guests and crew as company. The extended stay gives us what we’re all in search of: time well spent. You’ll get a chance to truly immerse yourself in the culture and...