What Did Lena Have To Say About Her Time On The Raja Ampat Diving Project?

What Did Lena Have To Say About Her Time On The Raja Ampat Diving Project?

Posted by Connor Whelan on Feb 21, 2017

Back in January of this year, Lena headed over to one of our most breathtakingly beautiful projects, and during her time in Raja Ampat she managed to see some spectacular sights. From the Manta Rays swimming in the crystal clear waters through to the children she helped to teach, Lena loved her time here and took home some lifelong memories, so check out what she has to say!

What was it like the moment you first ventured beneath the waves?

Clownfish

When I first got into the water it was obvious that this reef was had so much life left in it. The colours of the coral and the fish were insane. It was out of this world I didn't believe these kinds of reefs even exist.

Which interesting animals did you spot on your time at the project?

Manta Ray Raja Ampat

There were many interesting animals that I got to see. My favourites were the tasseled wobbegongs and the different nudi branches. The manta were obviously also incredible.

How was the experience of working with the local communities?

Raja Ampat School Children

I loved the idea of working with the local communities. Teaching at the schools was so fun and you really felt that you were helping the kids English improve. I also enjoyed just getting to know the people on Arborek Island, and learning how they live was so special.

What tips do you have for future potential volunteers?

Raja Ampat Island

As for tips I would say...bring lots of sun cream and mosquito spray! Also maybe vitamin tablets and a good quality first aid kit.

What was the best moment on the trip?

Raja Amapt Islands

The best moments were either sitting on the jetty in the evenings with everyone under the stars enjoying a cold beer, or just getting to dive in the most amazing reefs every day and not having another care in the world. Every day you wake up with pure joy and excitement.

Why should other people volunteer on the Raja Ampat Diving Project?

Raja Amapt Children

This place needs people like us, conservationists, to protect and educate others on its importance. If you love the ocean and marine life then make a difference and help preserve this delicate ecosystem. If you also want to see an area that is truly untouched and unspoilt by mankind, then this is your chance.

Note: this review was written before the incident in Raja Ampat, during which a British cruise vessel ran aground in shallow waters, causing damage to the reefs. Raja Ampat is made up of thousands of hectors of reefs, and fortunately the areas discussed in this particular blog do remain intact, but in light of the incident, our conservation efforts are more necessary than ever before. If you want to learn more about Raja Ampat and all that it has to offer as a conservation project, then check out the project page or ask us any questions you may have on info@thegreatprojects.com and a member of the travel team will be more than happy to help you.


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