Papua New Guinea - back in 2002 I had my first "big animal" encounter at the manta ray cleaning station just off the beach at Gonu Bara Bara island at the bottom of the China Straits in Milne Bay. To be in the water so close to these magnificent creatures had an incredible impact on me and kind of drives me to this day... On the recent trip to Milne Bay on Chertan we spent three days at the island and as everybody else was a "nudibrancista" I had the mantas all to myself!
Papua New Guinea - Milne Bay: Got back to Bali last night after a great trip on the Chertan. Mainly dived the sites in the south around the China Strait, including the island of Kwato where there is a new jetty which the local kids use a diving platform after school. They took great delight in acting as underwater models and were soooo happy when I showed them the images later that day!
Two very interesting days at the annual Baliem Valley festival. This guy is from the Dani tribe and his name translates roughly in to "Bones" for fairly obvious reasons. A real character who seemed to relish the opportunity provided by the festival to strut his stuff and he spent a lot of time running round brandishing his axe - which is clearly not for display purposes only! Note the rather interesting Koteka ...
East Timor - the view of Dili from Cape Fatucama. It's a beautiful country with some great diving! Check out: http://www.indopacificimages.com/index.php/timor-leste/diving-timor-leste-location-overview-history/