Swimming with Sharks in Raja Ampat

Check out this sweet video of Autumn and I swimming with reef sharks around the jetty at Wayag Island, Raja Ampat, Indonesia. The sharks, which ranged from 2-3m/5-8ft and lived around this jetty, seemed harmless enough to make risking a swim in the shallows worthwhile. Giant clams, pristine coral reefs, and TONS of sharks made this snorkeling adventure one of the highlights of our trip around Raja Ampat.

2010 Roatan Marine Park Photo Contest

Free Diving in Pirate’s Cove

Suspended eighty feet underwater, I have a few seconds to take in my surroundings. My heartbeat—the only sound I can hear—marks the time. My lungs are now less than a third the volume they were twenty seconds ago. Abdominal muscles clenched, I restrain the spasms of my diaphragm, willing myself to ignore the steady toxic accumulation of carbon dioxide in my body. Mere minutes from drowning, I am relaxed. The crack in which I am suspended is visible from the surface. Minutes earlier, as I floated on the surface deliberately slowing my breathing in anticipation of the dive, I studied the contour of this particularly severe crack in the reef, noting its abyssal blue hue atypical of most sand chutes. » read more «