Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia- Sailing SV Delos Ep. 34


Previously on Delos The crew invades Raja Ampat Dive Lodge Gets the guests and staff drunk on Delos moonshine And does some more awesome diving It was time to say goodbye to the dive lodge So we untied the mooring lines and pointed the bow west. After just a few moments underway we ran in to some serious trouble with the main diesel and had current pushing us dangerously close to some reefs! “Oh man, so the engine just over-heated, it must have a coolant leak, I filled it up on the way here, but it must have just leaked out while we were at the at the resort, and unfortunately there is about 1 knot of wind, so we can’t really sail and there’s a lot of current, so when the engine quit, we were getting pushed towards one of these reefs, you can see, we’re kind of just in amongst all these reefs right here, and we were getting pushed into this shallow spot a little bit uncomfortably and we can’t really run the main, cos it’s real hot so we ended up tying the dingy off to the side just kinda make at least a knot or 2 and ah, get us away from the shallow water until we can get the main sorted out “Go Maggie!”
“COME ON MAGGIE!” “Trying to avoid that reef over there” “Sketchy” “Sup man”
“When the engine over-heated it f*cked our oil and when we got the engine cooled off, and filled her back up with coolant, we started getting the oil alarm which we’ve never had before so.. shut it down, did an emergency oil change I think the heat probably f*cked the oil, so we have low oil pressure or something but.. oil change at sea and we just started it up, and so far no alarm so.. hopefully this is all we need to do!” hopefully this is all we need to do!” “Good thing we have a dingy with 25 horse power!”
“Yeah!” “Good thing Maggie can pull a 20 ton boat!”
“That’s amazing!” It was way too deep to anchor so I don’t know what we would have done without Maggie but we moved Delos just enough to get us out of danger! Fortunately the wind picked up and we had an amazing sail to the Fam islands. Approaching Fam we spotted a beautiful white beach and decided, that this was definitely the place to set the hook for a few days! We where all more than ready to relax after our eventful visit at the dive lodge “What’s up?” “How ya going mate?”
“Oh mate, good , good, sitting on a.. beautiful beach!”
“Yeah, we had a really sweet sail here 15 miles or something”
“Just sailing along the water, was… yeah, it’s really hard to describe the feeling, it’s beautiful really really cool! Even though I felt a little bit slightly sea sick!” (laughs)
“All easy, it was really good” “We’re about to have a little BBQ on the beach with a fire going” “we’re gonna grill up some chicken with some cous cous” “Cous cous!”
“And we’re drinking boxed wine and it’s FANTASTIC”
“What’s going on?”
“Cous cous dance!” “Boxed wine and cous cous dance!” “Hey Brady! Get the other sauce!” “Nice couple days!”
“Fantastic” “Goon!” We spent a few amazing days at this beach BBQing, swimming and watching the magical sunset But we where ready for some more diving, and had heard about some great dive spots on Penemu which happened to be the next island over. “So we’re just leaving Fam Island We had a really beautiful couple of days there and now we are off to Penemu which is 6 or so miles just north of Fam island and hopefully there’s a little lagoon up there that we can bring Delos into, but we’re not sure we’ve heard that you can, and we’ve heard that you can’t, so we’re gonna go check it out for ourselves Oh yeah” With the engine still acting up we were sailing as much as possible, even off the anchor in the light winds After a few hours sailing we arrived at Penemu island and spotted something we hadn’t seen in months! Another boat! Strange! And it wasn’t a local boat either, but a massive power yacht! This was a very exciting turn of events. We spent the evening bottling beer, and taste testing, just in case our neighbors liked homebrew! “WOAH!”
“It’s set!”
“Look at that bottle!” (whistles)
“I’m perfecting it mate” “Get all the sugar out of the bottom there”
“Why?!” “Cos it carbonates it.. and .”
“Picking your undies out of your bum” (Brady mimics) “Because it carbonates it mate!”
(laughing) “That’s sanitotary”
“Hey!” “Oh nice hairs bro!”
(laughing)
“Yeah Brady!” “Hey, what are you doing?! Mate.” “There it is! Get it” ♪ Taylor Swift ♪ “Why can’t you seeeeee!”
(laughing) “You belong to me!!” “Hello, good mornings!”
“Good morning” “It’s time to go diving in Raja Ampat coral epicentre zone” “I wanna go to the bullseye”
“The Bullseye!”
“Let’s go!” “The coral triangle! Are you ready for it?!” “OH YEAH!” “Morning Phibbizles, it’s time to go diving!”
(yawns)
(says seriously) “Are you ready?” “Yeah I’m ready”
“What time is it? (laughing)
“Time to go diving” “Rrrrrrraja Ampat Divers.. are you ready?”
“Yes! Just putting some sunblock on my nose” We loaded up Maggie and made a pit stop at our new neighbors to say hello! It turns out these guys are leading a marine conservation program in the area and were totally cool! Without them the coral triangle would be over fished in no time. Dynamite, syanide and nets would immediately destroy the underwater sites that exist here today! They told us all about the best dives in the area and gave us the coordinates for a secret entrance in to a small lagoon that led up to their lookout tower. Sweet!!! We were really keen to get underwater and see it for our selves! So we anchored Maggie on a small sandy spot and plunged in, the water was crystal clear and teaming with fish. “OH YEAAAAHH!!!” “Love it! So beautiful!” “That last part is so cool!” “WOOO!!”
“TOTALLY AWESOME!” “I just wanna stay there forever! I didn’t want it to end!”
“Same!” “Indescribable man, there’s just so much stuff down there!” “And everythings so alive and so cool!” “It’s like …”
“it’s just hard to describe!”
(laughing) “Yeah!”
“Have to see it to believe it” “I don’t wanna leave!” “Oh man, that was a beautiful dive!”
“Yeah! Now in this beautiful lagoon” “We’re about to go walk up to the top and check out the look out point! That sea sanctuaries have built. Lets go!” “We just made it to the top! It’s pretty epic view. Smack bang in the middle of everything!” “The centre of the bullseye of the bullseye of the coral triangle so everything that’s going on, with species of coral and fish, it’s like centred right here, and really important that this outpost is being built they’re gonna have a massive light up here and they’re watch out for illegal fisherman coming in from other countries that are dynamiting and net fishing and just killing the marine. But it’s a really superb view and really cool” “Exciting” We where absolutely blown away by the scenery both above and below water! Its amazing to know that conservation programs are here doing everything they can to protect this part of the world. Apart from sharing their golden dive spots and hidden bays with us Steve, Simon, Steph and Dr. Matt also invited us over to hang Tuah that night for some drinks. Which we felt very excited and slightly “nervous” about. We hadn’t socialized with others in quite some time! “So we met some new friends today on a nearby research vessel they just took us on a sweet dive, or showed us where to dive at least and in true cruiser fashion, we’ve baked some chocolate cake!”
“Ahhhh!” (laughing)
“We’re gonna take em over some home brew”
“Some home brew moonshine!” “Some bourbon, some scotch and some home made beer!”
“Mmmmmm!”
“See how that goes!” “Yeah we don’t really know how to… interact with other people!” “So it’s gonna be interesting!”
“A bit awkward!”
(laughing) It turns out these guys were totally cool, and we shared a lot of common interests. We got into the homebrew and made plans for a little hike the next morning. “Hey!”
“Good morning brother!” “Oh, good morning!” “Just loading up on water.. cos I’ve got a headache” “Why do you have a headache?”
“I don’t know man”
“Drink too many whiskeys last night?” “I think I’m about to get my period”
(laughs) “Did you have fun last night?”
“Yeah it was really cool! Really cool hanging out with some people just fellow friends.. ”
“White fellas!” “White fellas, dem white fellas over der in da big boat” “You guys pumped to go on a walk!” “Oh yeah!”
“I’m pretty stoked it’s only 10 minutes, other than 2 hours!” “That’s a pleasant surprise!” “Boooooeeeeeeecccckkk”
(laughs) “Do you remember the one off Fitzroy island?” “Yeah” “It’s a good walk! We’re climbing of Penemu, just north of Fam island Raja Ampat. What a beautiful bay! It’s called hidden bay.. or secret bay” The view from up here was spectacular but it was crazy hot so we didn’t stay to long before retreating to the water This was our last anchorage in Raja ampat and definitely a favorite of mine! We experienced some outstanding diving, clear blue water, incredible scenery and met some awesome new friends. But our visas were running out so it was time to move on. Back on Delos we began the mission to take up our 30m of road + 70meters of chain we had out. “It’s going good! Coming up!” With the anchor finally out of the water we set sail for Ternate, our last stop in Indonesia. Up Next! The crew leaves Raja Ampat and sets sail for the island of Ternate. We have an equator crossing ceremony and go for a naked swim in the deep blue. (laughing) “So we just got done a beautiful dive, on what we name bullseye ridge, just on the east, the eastern side of Batu Rufus Island, we came in to the lagoon, and we’re gonna go check out the look out that sea sanctuaries that has set up to protect the area, they’re gonna get the locals involved and do patrols, spot out big dynamite ships and netting fish lets go!”
“And netting fish?!”
(laughing) “dynamite ships?!”
(laughing)

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100 thoughts on “Scuba Diving in Raja Ampat, Indonesia- Sailing SV Delos Ep. 34

  1. If you wana dive on nice spot in indonesie try to gilli island on the west side of lombok.
    Another nice spot called manta point famous for its manta`s its on the west side of nusa penida smal island between lombok and bali.
    If dive there and it was really good lots off fish and marine life.

  2. Thanks to you all for the great video.  I just read ALL the comments, so there really isn't anything else to say, except thanks so much.  Best wishes to you all. Vicariously "being with you,"  lifts my spirits.  It is such a great gift to share the adventures as well as the quieter times a little bit.

  3. Took me a short while to find this hidden bay. However, Brian did you guys notice the "other hidden bay" at approximately Lat 0°33'51.46"S, Lon 130°17'4.11"E. A small island (3400" feet or so) just NE of Penemu island with a completely hidden bay accessible from its east side. That little bay is literally only 500 feet by 150 feet and the entrance is just barely 25 feet wide, if that. I doubt Delos would make it into it though, but Maggie sure would have..  lol

  4. You guys know I'm a huge fan, Thank you so much for sharing these very special places as you travel, is there a link available so we might help Sea Saviors', who knew someone would toss explosives or poison such a beautiful place for fish. Also wanted to complement Phoebe on her music. I know you are in Hollywood, Fl. for a while one of my favorite places, wife & I had looked at moving there last year. Be safe guys    

  5. A wonderful and magical video, thank you for sharing.  As always, your music is blissful and leaves me with a sense of wonder.  I was also thinking that some aerial video would have been nice, does your drone still work?  Cheers, Rocky

  6. As always, love every video you guys put out – great job….you guys are our inspiration to untie the lines.  Just a quick question:  will Brady be joining you when you guys get back to the boat?  (although your videos show him on board, people that keep up know he's been off the boat for quite some time now) – my whole crew/family thinks he's the star of your videos and hope he and Josje are back on board soon.  Keep up the great work….and please stop bleeping the "F" word….I love that word!!

  7. Again…..such a great entertaining video of your travels…the underwater footage is stunning and what an amazingly beautiful place……….keep them coming…we all love you guys!

  8. I watched most of your videos over the last week, thanks for responding to my other question. I'm feeling inspired to say the least. Any chance you could tell me roughly what you guys had saved up, not counting the boat, to do a trip like this?  You can PM me if you'd rather. It looks like you might be a software engineer….due to the SCRUM board. Thats actually what I do.

  9. Hey Brian. Amazing videos & journey. As a life long sailor, my compliments to you and your exceptional crew. I do have a question. Have you ever experienced any issues with the in mast furling? I was a bit suprised to see that on an ocean going vessel. Thanks for the great videos and I wish you, crew and S/V Delos fairwinds and follwing seas. 

  10. Brian and Crew – truly enjoy keeping tabs on you and experiencing life through your eyes. I agree with the other comments regarding your rich mix of sailing, diving, boat life, personalities, etc. Please keep up the good work and know that your adventures help us landlocked sailors bridge the gap between sailing trips. -Tresovrnines

  11. Brian, the videos keep getting better and better, great job! Looking forward to the next one! Please stop blurring Josje's body parts,she's so cute! Haha!

  12. Hello Brian! and all of you!Awsome video as always just letting you know its about 5 degrees here in Sweden Gothenburg raining wind is blowing and youre video is making me soooo jelous u cant even imagine dive spot looked so awsome say Hej till Karin! Från Sverige! :)!

  13. Love your videos!   Your mellow, good-natured enthusiasm for life is contagious!  Please keep treating one another well, and please keep showing the rest of  us how we should be living our lives!  It was a real pleasure to make a little donation to your cause.

  14. You guys have got to be some of the Luckiest people in the world. To be able to do what your doing….I envy you!! Love the videos!

  15. It happened again!   I started watching your video adventures and 3 hours later…  I told myself I would only watch one or two.  Awesome stuff.  Keep it up!  From "Mr. Not Sailing in San Francisco".

  16. Incredible sunsets filmed from that white sand beach. Love the time-lapse. Thanks so much for including that. 

  17. Great video guys. Thanks for sharing it and wish you come back again to Indonesia, and make some more video footage on the other islands in Papua… Good luck…

  18. Hey Delos!
    I love your videos! I have been watching all of them on repeat for the last year and loved them all. You have inspired me to plan a sail around the globe for myself. Just graduated college and am going to save up for a year or so and embark on my own journey. Thank you all for the inspiration and I hope you guys keep sailing no matter what!

  19. Cool video. Nice to see you having fun on and off the boat. Oh, did I tell you how cool you all are to share your journey ? And the video / editing is good too.

  20. Thank you for taking us with you all. We have watched all of your videos. We work every day and come home to watch the videos. It is our escape from the work that we do every day.We are 51 and 56. We want to get a sailboat and get off the grid. Love seeing you all enjoy traveling like we do! Still young at heart! Keep going to you all!

  21. Nooooes, im almost at the end of the vids … i bench watched the whole thing 😛 Thnx for the entertainment u guys 😀

  22. just beginning this episode never saw it in the past just thinking out loud maybe you cooked your oil, once it overheats it's no good I have discovered that this is true with many different types of fluids, brake fluids included

  23. You all are some amazing humans… I just bought a boat and cant stop watching these… The boat I got is a power boat so I would need a lot of gas to do this. But since we are like best friends now, im just going to come with you guys! lol great videos

  24. Delos, I am feeling so homesick watching you guys sailing. Watching you guys sailing bring me back home to the Philippines. That beautiful feelings when approaching the islands with white sand and looking down on clear blue water with beautiful colors of corals and fish. Oh God! take me back home to Dinagat Island, Bohol, Cebu and anywhere in Asia.

  25. Delos crew:
    I think this video and the comentary is my favorite so far….the underwater footage is phenomenally clear, outstanding native fish views, wonderful surface photography, and a chemistry of the crew that just doesn't quit! I was amazed how cool you seemed to your diesel engine problems!
    Question: why do you run Maggie with the engine covered? I would think it might encourage overheating? Your ingenuity problem solving is enviable. Wish I could join some of those parties, but I'm sure my old bones would not hold up like yours do! Keep creating my dreams!
    Jim

  26. You let the engine run hot enough and for long enough to ruin the OIL?? That doesn't make a lot of sense on more than one level.

  27. I am so missing the ocean. I want to join you guys! What an amazing trip!!!! Going diving in Panama next week so I'll get a little of what you do every day 🙂

  28. Hey guys, you all are such an inspiration. You work hard to sail and navigate the world and its like a dream. By the way, how the heck do you get "Maggie" I think that's the name of your dingy, on the boat. Could you video that? Happy trails everyone!

  29. Why did it become a racial issue at 17:18? Wow. Eveen in the 21st century, people are not as color blind as they may seem.

  30. I've been watching the videos from the start after I saw a few random videos I had to know the start to the finish. I've noticed everybody is of such good character. It make it enjoyable to watch, for me, be.

  31. Just caught a random episode here in UK, I thought it was a lovely way to spend your lives, thought it was a bit strange that you fuzzed over the naked bits ? Didn't understand that, but maybe UK a bit more used to nakedness. Ended up watching for about 6 hrs. loved it thank-you 🙂 xx

  32. Maggie saved the day when the engine conked out. The engine on my old Cat always seemed to have a problem too.What wonderful diving footage in that clear emerald water of the hidden spot near lookout point. I'm so happy an organization is looking after the coral. An enjoyable video.

  33. adorable place 🙂 we love Indonesia
    please check it out my latest vlog to Raja Ampat "SNORKELING WITH SHARKS – EXPLORE RAJA AMPAT". Thanks
    https://youtu.be/uOqMMQ6kMKA

  34. I love the FIlms, i love your journey guys,…. You are the BEST!!!! Right now in Raja Ampat specially Piaynemo there is a bridge from the wood…

  35. You had to have a few exploding homebrew bottles. You've got to leave compression room ! Even glass explodes !

  36. Watching these Indonesia videos again. I think these are my favorite dive videos. Thanks again for sharing this with the world.

  37. fantastic videos – specially like the intro and the way its made with postcards and animations – HOW PLEASE,? – what software have you used – thanks for good spirits and fair wind ahead

  38. YouTube showed me this video just after your newest vid on 2018/10/26. YouTube you are so cruel…… I missed these people so much.

  39. Brady's hair. Like mine some days. You peeps are so lucky to have had the natural talent on board that you did. The entertainment never stops. I really love these videos of your adventures in the past. Thank you.

  40. I thought I had seen every Delos video from day 1. I had not. Many videos are popping up I haven't seen. Woohoo!! ❤⛵🌊 is jojsie and phoebe twins?

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