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 Seas dive trip in January, we visited one beach as hatchling turtles were being released into the sea.
We also saw many turtles across the reefs of Raja Ampat during our dives, with hawksbills and greens spotted.
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.