WWe had been preparing for this trip for over a year, and we were almost there. This was the first dive trip where Rick and I would be enjoying it as a full holiday, it was not a working or training trip and it seemed kind of eerie. How do you relax while letting others plan your daily diving?
We would be traveling to Raja Ampat, Indonesia, with 12 of our regular dive buddies from Dive Centre Bondi, spending 8 days on a liveaboard. Our expectations were to be able to shoot as much wide angle as possible and hopefully get in some big pelagics.
Once we had packed almost 100 kilos worth of camera and diving gear, we were ready for our three flight trip. Nothing could stop us, aside from an active volcano that was just about to erupt in Bali. A few days before the trip we were told that we might need a plan B to get to our destination as one of our flights landed in Bali and part of the island had already been evacuated.
On October 3rd, with contained enthusiasm we headed to Sydney's airport and had the greatest news, the flights were going ahead! We had decided to allow for one extra day on arrival, after working on the liveaboard industry in Egypt and having seen so many people miss their flights or not have their luggage arrive on time, we wanted to make sure everything ran smoothly, and it did!