Indonesia: Raja-ampat Archipelago – 2
Rocky Mountains, crouched by the jungle, protrude from the Emerald Sea: Typical Advertising Landscape about Paradise Life. As it should be, get here is not easy. Two flights from Jakarta — And here we are in Sorong, where we are loaded on the ferry, going on Waygeo, the largest islands of the Raja-ampat archipelago.
Our goal — Reserved Islands of Halie, located at the equator. In addition to the Rangers, who follows the order in the reserve, there are no people. Electricity and communication there are no.
For the night we stayed in a family hotel «PianEm» on the islands of Fam. Houses on stilts in coral lagoon, covered with palm leaves, look very picturesque. Fish and small sharks are swimming in water, which feed food residues. During the low tide in the mangrove jungle, you can meet or — Funny fish, similar to a frog and tasty. They can move on land jumps and even some time do without water. In the lagoon among corals floats a lot of multicolored fish. Really, paradise!
We go on. The boat mooring to the island of the Rangers, we give us a boy in court and good to visit the Reserved Islands. Rangers also feed sharks, and the pier will sink gray shadows. Sharks here are larger than they were in PianEmo: a meter two in length. Eddy Eddy says that they are not dangerous, homemade and enjoying rice, which they give them. But I would not want to climb into the water next to them — what if they fed them badly.
Ahead of the rocky jungle rocks of the islands. The boat slides in the ducts between them, we are looking for a place for camp. Most islands are unsuitable for disembarking: very cool rocks and dense vegetation. But a beautiful sandy beach stretches along one of them. Here and stop!
The beach looks tempting, but during the tide he will hide under water, so it is impossible to leave things in this place, you need to make a deeper in the jungle. After some time, the camp acquires a fully oblivion: tents, tent for equipment, stove, flasks with water and meal boxes. I ask if there are poisonous or dangerous animals on the islands. Esney’s Guide says on land — No, but in the water can meet-tapes and a stone rod, so caution should be taken and enter the water in the shoes.
Humidity and salt — Here are two permanent components of life on the island. After a couple of days, our clothes and hair became tough from salt, so we met the next rain with joy.
The first drops were hardly shouted on the tarpaulin of the tents, and I decided to move to a large awning, where equipment was hidden. As it turned out later, it was the most dry place on the island. After a few minutes, the wall of water collapsed on top, the winds are gusting threatening the trees threateningly. In the tents did not sleep: judging by the faded rays of the lanterns, my friends tried to fight the elements, thickening leaks, but unsuccessfully. And only from the boat came the serene snoring of the captain. A few hours later the rain began to merge, I wrapped in a tarpaulin and fell asleep.
I woke up from the fact that someone touched me for the heel. I was indignant and lit a lantern. From the darkness I watched. Something was articulated, the size of the kitten, with eyes on the stalks and did not go away. It was a crab known as «Palm Thief».
I started remembering everything possible about these crabs. I knew a bit: that this is one of the largest land arthropods that he lives on the islands and climbs on trees. As for the nutrition, I seem to hear that they love coconuts, but whether the crab eats the heels of tourists or just wants to meet, I was not sure. Therefore, I decided to neglect the laws of hospitality and return the night guest in the forest. However, he was against. When trying to catch his crab, began to swing the impressive species with the clashes and the feline. Well, I have no longer suffered and, armed with a rod, exposed the height in darkness. He was upset and no longer returned.
Other inhabitants were on the island. Varana was placed on the smell of canned food from the jungle. They were not so impressive as their fellow from the island of Komodo, — The largest did not exceed the meter in length. They were not completely afraid of us, but at night they made raids on garbage bags.
In the morning after the shower, we began to count the losses. Wet everyone! In general, everyone! Despite the fact that I can tell the teeth and my body at night the awnings that were covered with equipment, they still blurted out, and therefore no one thing left, a backpack or bag that would be dry. Wet and drone. After the first launch, a little flattened — Technique worked fine.
The weather seems to have decided to redeem his guilt over the past night: the day was just wonderful! Sun, small cumulus clouds in the world in the morning and closer in the late afternoon — just a fairy tale for photographers!
A few days on the islands were unnoticed, and it was time to return to civilization. On the way, we met the flocks of bats, a few big sea turtles, and gigantic manta jumped out of the water to greet us. The underwater world of Raja-ampat is very diverse, but, unfortunately, diving and underwater shooting in our plans were not included.