Raja Ampat SEA Centre

We have just completed a short Showcase Film for the Raja Ampat SEA Centre that covers all the FANTASTIC work they have done to date and will hopefully assist with fund raising and sponsorship for the mammoth task ahead of them.

The Raja Ampat SEA Centre, is based at the stunning Papua Explorers Dive Resort, in the midst of the Dampier Strait, in West Papua, Indonesia, which places them slap bang in the heart of the Coral Triangle.

During the late 1990's and early 2000, Raja Ampat was the scene of many illegal and destructive fishing methods like dynamite fishing, cyanide fishing and Shark finning. In 2000, Conservation International, along with the Indonesian Government and local communities, managed to put an end to these practices, by establishing marine parks and protected areas, but the long term damage to the coral reef structures had already been done.

For the past 2 years, the SEA Centre team have been working hard, researching and developing methods for reef stabilization and restoration. At the same time, the local community have been eagerly participating in training to be Coral Gardeners and building, positioning and populating the test site with over 5000 coral fragments. All of this has been undertaken with the support of Conservation International, KEHATI Indonesian Biodiversity Conservation Trust and Kabupaten Raja Ampat Regional Council.

24 months down the line and over 500m2 of coral reef, in the waters directly in front of the resort, have been successfully restored.

What Now?

Work has just started on replicating this successful pilot project, in front of the village of Arborek, where the villagers themselves will be doing the majority of the rehabilitation. This restoration will take place over the next 24 months or so.

What then?

Well, would you believe that the Raja Ampat SEA Centre's long term goal is to restore a 500 hectare portion of reef over the next 5 to 10 years. Looking at what they have achieved so fer, we feel that this is well within their ability, should funding become available.

Do take a look at this short Showcase Film and let us or them know what you think.

Check out the amazing work being done on reef restoration buy the Raja Ampat SEA Centre Team.


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Returning to Lembongan and Blue Corner Dive with family and friends was such a special trip. The Stock footage we wanted was of the Mola Alexandrini (Mola Ramsayi) which we had not managed to obtain on our previous trip in 2015. 

(These images are frame grabs from our 4K film Stock shot during this trip)

A huge thanks to Andrew, Cody, Steph and all the staff of Blue Corner for a great diving holiday. We are thrilled that our friends who furthered their dive training at the same time and we can highly recommend anyone who wants to learn to dive to get qualified with Blue corner dive.  The dive guides are professional, attentive and friendly.

The food at Blue Corner Bar was great. The menu is a great selection of meat and vegetarian dishes with a Mexican flair and even with our 3 week stay, we did not get bored of the yummy food. Do read our Blue Corner and other TripAdvisor reports for other eateries that we tried. Bali Eco Deli, Green Garden Warung, Bunga Bungalo and Blue Corner Bar and Restaurant.


Thank you to the The Coral Triangle Center, Wira Sanjaya and Andrew Taylor for allowing us to join them and film the installation of an acoustic receiver for their Mola protection project. We were not able to film any tagging and hope to return for that. We wish them all the very best in their inspiring conservation efforts. 

We were lucky to have three sunrise dives as well, looking for Mola and regardless of the water conditions and natural light availability, our trusted Keldan Flux cinema lights did a fantastic job once again. Whether we need fill in light for filming during the day or primary light for night dive filming, these Keldan beasts, now with over 300 dives under their belts, are powerful and reliable. Many thanks Daniel for your superior products and fantastic after sales service.

Diving with our favourite Dive Guide, Made p was fabulous. Yes, YAY!, we did get RAW 4K stock footage of  Mola Alexandrini (Mola Ramsayi)!  Not to mention the lovely encounters and stock we got of the Reef Mantas. Some of our dive party even saw a Whale shark. 

(These images are frame grabs from our 4K film Stock shot during this trip)

Thank you for a grand diving trip.


Tips and recommendations :

1. Stay and dive with Blue corner. 

2. If you are looking for a taxi in Lembongan we had a super island tour with Deko on +6281239377391.

3. If you are looking for a taxi in  Bali we had a great day trip with Tut Dita Sudita +62 812-3648-195 of Bali Walker Tour.

4. Use Rocky Fast Cruises for your return transfers from Bali to Lembongan. They will pick you up and return you to the Airport or most Hotels.

5. Nitrox is available on request at Blue corner.

6. A visit to the Mangrove is worth while. Arrange this at Blue Corner reception for the best deals.

7. Our visit to Devils tear was stunning.

We will return again...............................................

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