Between charters recently, the Dunia Baru crew got the chance to experience something that so many guests enjoy when they spend time with us: they went diving at Wayag in Raja Ampat. For some, it was the very first time they’d donned a mask and fins and experienced what life is like under the surface of the ocean that they, basically, live on.
“It is very important to us that our crew understand that diving and enjoying the reefs of Indonesia is something that can be enjoyed by everyone, not just guests or visitors,” says cruise director Leah Sindel. “We took crew on this try-dive as an introduction to a program which will soon begin, whereby we will offer dive certification to all crew who wish to take it. When people experience the amazing diving here, they have a greater understanding of why our clients come from all over the world just to see it, and have a greater understand of why we all have a responsibility to protect the world’s oceans and reefs.”
The dives were conducted as PADI Discover Scuba Dive courses, and almost all of the crew went down to 11 metres. Below are some images shot by Dunia Baru’s other cruise director, Chris Hamilton, during the dives… the enthusiasm and happiness in these pictures is contagious!
“All the crew thoroughly enjoyed their dives, but by far the most rewarding first-time dive student that I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with was Arman [pictured above],” says Leah. “He was extremely nervous, but once he was under water that vanished in an instant and he turned to me with eyes wide as saucers, grinning enormously and made a sound which, even through a regulator, could be perceived as “WHOOOOAAA!”. He spent the rest of the dive darting from coral to fish to sea-fan, gesticulating wildly, smiling and laughing. He was ecstatic when he finally surfaced at the end of the dive, and is my most enthusiastic student for the upcoming Open Water course!”
Dunia Baru’s master carpenter and deckhand Arman has lived all his life in the small seaside village of Ara, in south Sulawesi, which is where Dunia Baru is currently based for routine maintenance. Arman comes from generations of master shipbuilders and people who have the ocean in their blood – but this dive was the first time he had ever really been able to see what it looks like beneath the surface of the ocean.
In the images below are second officer Raflis, chief engineer Ronal, deckhand Gebe Laba, second engineer Purwadi, boat driver and deckhand Osama, master carpenter and deckhand Man, chief steward Wayan, and master carpenter and deckhand Arman,