Raja Ampat from the Air: Aerial Photos of Indonesia’s Amazing Islands

Raja Ampat is world-reknowned as one of the best scuba diving destinations on the planet, but the islands of the Bird's Head Peninsula are also some of the most beautiful in the entire Indonesian archipelago. In between diving the amazing reefs, I was able to get out with my DJI Mavic and shoot some of the beauty of the islands from the air. From the stunning karst limestone landscapes of Misool and Waigeo Islands to the almost endless scattering of tiny deserted islands with beautiful white sand beaches, this gallery includes my favorite photos from the air around Raja Ampat. You can also see some aerial video in the short highlight video I put together from our footage in 'R4'. During one afternoon of filming and shooting, an eagle actually attacked the drone as it flew past a towering limestone cliff. I never saw the bird circling the Mavic, it attacked from above and nearly knocked it out of the sky with the impact. I only saw the display suddenly skew sideways, and then in the corner of the frame, the eagle flew past. Lucky break - it would have been a huge bummer to lose the drone on day two of our trip! Check out the gallery below to see the photo highlights, or see the all the photo galleries from our Raja Ampat liveaboard dive trip - from scuba diving, to aerial photos, to freediving, to the incredible wildlife and local people living in this amazing place. You can also see galleries from other Seven Seas liveaboard dive trips - my absolute favorite way to explore the awesome natural beauty and unique cultures of Indonesia.

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Tommy Schultz

Photographer, Writer, & Film Maker

Tommy spent years capturing stories from around the world with his camera. He was inspired by the ocean, working with creative people, and sharing what he had learned along the way. If you're curious how / why he made the switch to being a full-time photographer, just click here.