All posts by: Tommy

Gerry Lopez in Bali – 50 Best Surf Photos from Uluwatu

Gerry Lopez first glimpsed Indonesia’s mythical Uluwatu surf break in a surf magazine in the early 1970’s – back then not many surfers were exploring the waves of Bali, Java, and beyond. With the debut of ‘Morning of the Earth’in 1971, Alby Falzon and David Elfick’s definitive surf film about the dawn of modern surfing […] read more

Best of Komodo with Valerie Taylor on the Seven Seas

Valerie and Ron Taylor first visited Komodo National Park in the 1970’s. They discovered a paradise seen by only a few adventurous divers. One of the highlights was the discovery of ‘Valerie’s Rock’, a tiny outcrop of an island that is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs in the world. In 2018, […] read more

Raja Ampat Dive Trip: Best Photos & Video from Seven Seas

Raja Ampat has been on my list of dream dive destinations ever since I began learning about the Coral Triangle when I was in the Peace Corps in the Philippines. So when the chance came up to join friends Jos and Lida on their boat the Seven Seas in January 2018, I cleared the schedule […] read more

The Best of Raja Ampat – Seven Seas Liveaboard Dive Trip [Video]

Twelve days of diving on the Seven Seas were like a dream – the world’s best diving on one of the most incredible liveaboard boats anywhere on earth. Highlights included diving with bottlenose dolphins, mantas, wobbegong sharks, reef sharks, sea turtles, and exploring some of the most beautiful islands in the entire Coral Triangle. This […] read more

Sharks of Raja Ampat: Underwater Photo Gallery

Shark species in Raja Ampat range from the ultra-rare tasselled wobbegong to lightning-quick schools of baby black tip reef sharks crusing the reefs in search of an easy meal. The presence of these apex predators is an indication that the conservation efforts across the Bird’s Head Seascape – an enormous marine reserve that includes Raja […] read more

Clown Fish in Raja Ampat: Underwater Photo Gallery

Raja Ampat is full of clown fish. Technically, it’s full of all sorts of fish, but I think we saw at least one anemone fish on every dive during twelve days of exploring Raja Ampat with the Seven Seas. Some underwater photographers might have grown bored of photographing clown fish, but even after shooting them […] read more

Diving with Dolphins in Raja Ampat: The Best Dive of My Life

I never expected to see a dolphin underwater while scuba diving. I have seen them many times at the surface, playing in the wake of boats in the Philippines and Indonesia, but as soon as you might try to get into the water with them, they disappear into the blue. We were diving a seamount […] read more

Sea Turtles in Raja Ampat: Underwater Photo Gallery

The white sand beaches of Raja Ampat’s islands are an important nesting habitat for several species of sea turtles. Adult green, hawksbill, and leatherback turtles appear on the beaches during the full moon to lay their eggs. Conservation programs to protect these species have created protected nesting beaches, and on one afternoon during our Seven […] read more