Field Trip

Field Trip

Fri Feb 23 11:21 2018 NZDT
Run: 18nm (32.6km)
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We arrived back to Sarah's favorite spot here in Triton. We did a good dive in the afternoon - Bo's Rainbow, and will be doing a couple of dives this weekend with the resort before we head back to Tual for visa renewals. Sarah and I were saying this morning just how amazing the weather has been the past three weeks. While we can always use rain, we've only had one day that was cloudy most of the day with some rain. Otherwise, it has been very much like the western side of Fiji, sunny days, light breeze and just beautiful.

Thu Feb 22 11:00 2018 NZDT
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are underway heading about 20NM farther SE back towards Triton Bay Divers. There are some more dives we want to do, and a couple with TBD that are far away and hard to dive with the dinghy. The weather continues to be outstanding, and has been now for over three weeks. I'm not sure if this is normal, but if it is, this is really a great place to spend a lot of time. Sunny every day, and cool at night with the mountain breeze coming off from the east at night.

Wed Feb 21 14:24 2018 NZDT
Run: 12.6nm (22.8km)
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

WOW. We just finished swimming with three whale sharks and a pod of dolphins here in Triton Bay. This was our second time swimming with whale sharks here in Indonesia, and by far the best experience as we had relatively clear water and three sharks, one very large (about 10m+) with dolphins that were literally swarming around us as they at the fish being dropped in by the bagans. The dive shop that is about 20 miles south of here came up after we were there for about 30 min and dropped off seven divers who were also thrilled. It was a lot of fun and we were glad to be there alone initially without all the scuba bubbles.

Mon Feb 19 20:30 2018 NZDT
Run: 31.6nm (57.2km)
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1007.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We've missed several days due to a busy and frustrating time. We are now in Kaimana as we picked a good window to get up here and motored overnight. The frustrating part is my underwater camera leaked when elizabeth did a drive with the resort for the flasher wrasses. So, we presently have two cameras that bit the dust. I was able to sort our a replacement camera being express shipped from Bali to Kaimana. It should be here in several days and that will be a major relief as I thought there for a while I was going to be without any uderwater camera for the next couple of months. The amazing part is the price was very good, they gave me an additional 20% off on the camera and the express air shipping was only $6 USD to Kaimana. So, I'm relieved and happy.... :)

Wed Feb 14 11:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 2.2nm (4km)
Weather: 30% cloud, 276C, 1006.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We've been here at Triton Bay Divers for two nights, and are having a great time getting to know the people at the resort. We had dinner last night ashore and made some new friends. There is a group here from the BBC that shot the BBC series The Blue Planet and several other BBC series. It was fun talking to them about how they found the locations and shot the footage. I was surprised to find out that most of the footage was shot with 100% natural lighting and the primary videographer had a specially built setup that he made himself to electronically adjust the colors on the fly underwater for each lighting situation, as they did very little post production color editing. No small feat and why I supposed they were saying he was the best underwater videographer in the world. Fascinating people with amazing stories to tell.

Mon Feb 12 10:42 2018 NZDT
Weather: 250% cloud, 27C, 1006.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are going to move over to Triton Bay Divers this afternoon after school. We'll spend a couple of days there at the resort. The weather continues to be beautiful, with a shower or two at night.

Sat Feb 10 11:30 2018 NZDT
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

Sarah has declared this is her favorite anchorage in Indonesia. We are completely in the lee, and the water is 4m deep at low tide with a sandy bottom. The kids love swimming here and the diving is easily accesible. We'll be here for a bit longer before we start to explore other areas. We have abbreviated school today and then we'll try to log a couple of dives since we know we'll be leaving this area soon.

Fri Feb 9 10:48 2018 NZDT
Weather: 40% cloud, 27C, 1006.8 baro, 0-5kts W wind

The weather continues to be very good. The birds here are abundant and we had dinner last night outside watching lots of hornbills fly over the boat along with parrots. We have found the people here to be very nice and they remind us of PNG and the Solomons. In this area virtually all the people are native Papuan vs. Indonesian so it has a similar feel to the Melanesian culture we've been living in for the past 18 months. We also did our first family scuba dive and it was fun to have all four of us diving. Michael is doing great on the scuba and he is almost ready for more advanced dives, but we still need to work on his buoyancy control a bit.

Thu Feb 8 11:18 2018 NZDT
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.5 baro, 5kts W wind

We moved into the bay that was 2m deep at mid tide and put Field Trip on the hard for a day. We got the bottom cleaned and dried out for a day before moving back here for the evening. Today we'll do some diving and enjoy this weather.

Wed Feb 7 11:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0 aknts
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.5 baro, 5kts W wind

We've been lucky as the weather has been outstanding. Nice breeze in the afternoon and sunny days. We actually need some rain, but will be content with the sun. We did two dives yesterday. Sarah and I dove Aquarium and it was just 'OK'. I am sure it was partly due to the water vis not being that great so we will keep trying during different tide cycles. It was the first day I had both kids diving on scuba yesterday. Michael is still learning so we are doing shallow dives but the both had a blast. We'll beach Field Trip this morning for cleaning the bottom. All is well.

Tue Feb 6 10:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 40% cloud, 27C, 1006.2 baro, 5kts W wind

It was a beautiful day and our first formal lesson with Michale went great for diving. Another cat showed up from Australia. They've been cruising for 20 years and are heading back to Cains from the Phillipines. A nice family and they seemed very passionate about sailing with kids as they raised their three kids aboard from a very early age. We plan on beaching FT today so we can do a good job on cleaning the bottom of the boat and let it dry out a bit. Seems to help the coppercoat if we can get it out of the water a year or two. All well.

Mon Feb 5 13:06 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 152.9nm (276.7km)
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1006.7 baro, 5kts W wind

We had a great sail to Triton Bay. It's been nice to sail to places vs. motor. No doubt the winds have kicked in full force from the W, NW monsoon so it will make some of our travels tricky as we work our way towards Bali in another month or two. Our anchorage here in Triton is dead calm and beautiful. There is a lot of diving in this area, and we plan on getting started this afternoon. Michael is going to get full lessons from me and begin doing some of his first scuba dives here. He's excited.

Thu Feb 1 11:39 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 127.2nm (230.2km)
Weather: 10% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts NW wind

I just realized we never logged our arrival in YIT. We arrived safely to Tual, and really enjoy this town. It's clean, the people are great and immigration was very easy. It's been windy here until today, but overall nice weather. We'll be here for another day, and then leave tomorrow for Triton Bay. There is one other boat here - s/v Adamaster, friends of ours that crossed the pacific at the same time we did in 2014. It's been fun to catch up with them while we were here.

Fri Jan 26 14:39 2018 NZDT
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 103.5nm (187.3km)
Avg: 6knts
24hr: 144.4nm
Weather: 60% cloud, 26.5C, 1003.3 baro, 26-30kts NW wind, 2m+ following seas

Wow. We just went from 12-14kts of wind to 40kts of wind in about an instant. What is odd is we have partly cloudy skies, and no squalls anywhere with no majore pressure drop and we just hit a wall of wind...and still have high 20's low 30's almost an hour after the 40kts. I'll have to read more about the weather patterns to figure this one out as we had no visual indication from the clouds, etc that this was on the way. Fortunately Sarah was calm and collected (I was taking a nap) and we were only running our Genoa since it was almost a dead run and we are not in a rush to arrive tomorrow. She was able to start reefing as I came running up on deck to help get the sail triple reefed. No harm no damage, just a quick rise in adrenaline for sure. We plan on arriving early AM tomorrow to Tual.

Hmmm. Glad Gulf Harbour Radio does not cover this area. Sounds like you are still having an incredible journey. Patricia and David with a big hi to you all. We are having an incredibly wonderful summer . Long overdue.
Thu Jan 25 21:27 2018 NZDT
Speed: 5.8knts
Run: 54.9nm (99.4km)
Avg: 5.1knts
24hr: 121.4nm
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1001 baro, 10-13kts NW wind, .5-1m following seas

We've been having a great sail today, and I wanted to update our position. We have mostly sunny skies, and just outstanding weather. It's rare for us to have this kind of wind so we took the window and headed out for Tual. We plan on arriving early morning on Saturday with about 200 miles to sail.

Thu Jan 25 10:36 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

It's a sad day toady for Field Trip. We are leaving Raja Ampat after almost three months of exploring and diving this outstanding area. Of all of our travels over the past six years, this has been our favorite location for diving and raw beauty. We did our last dive yesterday on another beautiful site, and will be leaving here for our 270NM sail around 8am. The weather should be good for a sail almost the entire way assuming forecasts are correct.

Mon Jan 22 12:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 0.3nm (0.5km)
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

Our nice spot was vacated for an even nicer spot around the corner. This is a GREAT location, dead calm flat in the prevailing westerlies, no current and beautiful. We'll be here we think until late this week when we head out for a direct 'sail' to Tual. All is well, and we hope to log a dive or two today.

Sun Jan 21 12:24 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 9.2nm (16.7km)
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We found a fairly nice spot to tie up on port and sb side of the boat to rock walls. We are in 45m of water with 80m of width between islands and reefs so it is tight. However, it's a lot more comfortable than the previous spot. We are surrounded by more dive sites and will start exploring those for the next 4-5 days as we wait in this area for wind to head SE to Tual. The big news is we had our high pressure valve fail in the Bauer. Fortunately our friend Daryl in Brisbane who we purchased the unit from included a rebuild kit for this valve, and I was able to rebuilt today and it's working great. If we didn't have a kit, we turn into snorkelers for the next 3 months...UGH!.... :-) :-)

Sat Jan 20 11:36 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 20% cloud, 27C, 1005 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are leaving today for another location here in Misool. Our dive yesterday was perhaps the best dive yet. It was just outstanding with excellent wide angle photography. Some of my best shots yet. Sad to be leaving here for another location but we must continue to move as we have to be in Tual in a week for immigration. Hard to believe we've been almost three months in Raja Ampat!

Thu Jan 18 11:21 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 60% cloud, 28C, 1005.5 baro, 0-5kts W wind

The diving continues to be excellent. We did two dives in the morning at Boo Windows and Boo Point. Both were excellent. We are going to be here for another couple of days and then start working our way south(ish) towards Tual and then Triton Bay.

Tue Jan 16 11:27 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 80% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We logged our first dives here at Whale Rock. Let's just say it was the best single wide angle dive we've ever done. We got some amazing photos and the fish AND sharks are abundant...which is rare in Indonesia. We'll be here until this weekend at least, and will then start moving around some more in Misool. No joke, the diving is 'that' good!

Mon Jan 15 11:12 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 15.9nm (28.8km)
Weather: 30% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We are in the land of Misool Eco Resort Reserve, which basically means this area is a 'No Take' zone, and preserved for diving. It's supposed to be spectacular, and we are eager to get diving today. Kids are still a little sick, Sarah has a bit of a cold, and hopefully they will all get better soon. Elizabeth was in tears thinking she may not be able to dive some of these areas. We assured he we would stay in the area until she gets better to dive some of the premier sites here. We are tied up between two rock walls, as the area is 50m deep...so not possible to anchor. We've gotten used to tying up to rock walls the past couple of weeks as this seems to be the best method to secure vessels in these bays. It takes a lot more work than anchoring for sure, and you don't always swing into the wind, but it's the only answer to be able to dive in some of the areas and not anchor in 50m+!

Fri Jan 12 10:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 80% cloud, 28C, 1006.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

I was finally able to get back in the water and do a couple of dives. The dives are OK, but not as good as the diving north of here near Martha's Garden. We are looking forward to further exploring the area, and will leave in the next day or two. Both kids are sick with a cold and mild fever. Not fun, and we hope they will get better soon.

Thu Jan 11 11:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 20% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

The day was beautiful. We unfortunately have three sick people onboard with colds, so Sarah was the only diver today. We hope to be able to get rid of the colds soon as this is the first time we had a sick boat since NZ. Today I'll get in the water and try to dive. We'll be here for another couple of days before heading over to our next spot. We have three more weeks left in Misool before we have to head to Tual. All is well.

Wed Jan 10 10:18 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 20% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

It was a bit rainy yesterday, and I was still a little sick. Sarah was able to get in another couple of dives and Elizabeth went as well. Hopefully today I'll be able to jump in and get in a dive or two. It looks like a beautiful day, and I'm excited to get into the water. There are three dive boats that arrived this morning, so this must be a busy dive location for the diveboats.

Tue Jan 9 12:00 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Weather: 100% cloud, 29C, 1006.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We had a good day diving. Sarah logged two dives, but I was not able to do much with my cold, so I'll have to wait another day before diving. We had a strong storm last night that really slammed us with rain, lighting and wind. We are in a sheltered area, but we still had 17-20kts on the beam and that put a lot of strain on the lines we have run on bow and stern. No issues, but still kept us awake just in case something went amiss. Today looks a little dark, the rainiest we've seen in weeks, so we'll have to see how it pans out for diving today.

Mon Jan 8 13:54 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 107.1nm (193.9km)
Weather: 30% cloud, 209C, 1007.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We finally made it to Misool, Raja Ampat. We are here in a beautiful location tied bow and stern to shore. It is 45m deep, so we can't feasibly anchor when the bay is only 100m across. I've been fighting a cold and small fever that last couple of days so I won't be able to do any diving for another day or two. Sarah is diving with our friends on Perry who are here with us. The weather has been just fantastic the past week.

Tue Jan 2 13:30 2018 NZDT
Speed: 0knts
Run: 8.2nm (14.8km)
Weather: 30% cloud, 28C, 1005.3 baro, 0-5kts W wind

We left the marina after one night so we can get back in the water with some diving and snorkeling. Sarah and I went for a snokel after arrving to the anchorage to find ourselves swimming with a dugong! The dugong was not skittish and stayed with us for about 15min. It was a beautiful creature and we've never swam with one before. We are going to dive today with our new gear that santa delivered from Bali, and hope to see the dugong again. All is well.

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