moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD
Having been lucky enough to dive some of the top places in the world, I thought I should write something on Raja Ampat. It is by far the best place I have ever dived (This includes Sipadan and when I dived Sipadan there were only 6 people staying on the island and not the crowds that now visit). Raja Ampat has a reputation for having the greatest coral diversity left on planet earth and there is no doubt that this is correct. Max Ammer the founder of Papua diving thinks that after 20 years of diving in Raja Ampat he has only just scratched the surface of the wonders on offer. Lack of time meant that I had just 17 dives there in November 2009 and every dive was fantastic ... but there's more ... Although every dive is world class at Raja Ampat there are some dives that are now fused onto my memory for as long as I remain vaguely sane. Three in particular stood out as follows:
It is extremely rare that orangutans give birth to twins but in October 2009 an orangutan at Camp Leakey in the Tanjung Puting national park did give birth to twins and as far I know this is the first time that this has been documented. One baby did die but below is a photo I took of the mother and surviving baby at just 5 days old.
To see a photo of mother and baby please click the "read more" bit.
The following is a list of links to various projects working in the field of orangutan conservation:www.orangutan.org.uk UK Orangutan Foundationwww.orangutans-sos.org Sumatran Orangutan Societywww.savetheorangutan.co.uk Borneo orangutan survival UKwww.orangutan.org.au Australian orangutan foundationwww.orangutan.org International orangutan foundation (USA)
This is a question faced by many people who are planning a journey to areas where there is a risk of Malaria. The following information is my personal thoughts on this matter based on my travel experiences over the last 20 years. I have to stress here that if you are booked on one of my orangutan trips to Tanjung Puting national park Borneo I still recommend that you consult your doctor/travel clinic and consider their advice.