This time last year we joined the Shakti Liveaboard for a remarkable 10 days of free diving, scuba, swimming, paddle boarding, boating, hiking and beaching in one of the most beautiful, untouched places I have ever had the great privilege of visiting - Raja Ampat. (See that boat in the middle of the picture above? That's us!) A few days into the trip I told Jambu I was ruined. I told him that I would never have an experience more breathtaking than this and that the rest of my life would be a let down in comparison. I fell in love with the world a little bit more on that trip.
Towards the end of the trip we stopped for a few dives near a pearl farm on one of the Raja Ampat Islands. I joked to Jambu that if he ever wanted to get back into pearling I would be OK with him getting a job here.
12 months later...
This is our new home.
And this is our view.
And this is our neighbours jetty.
And these are the neighbours.
So, where exactly are we?
Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is located off the northwest tip of Birds Head Peninsula. It is on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia's West Papua. Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising over 1500 small islands, cays and shoals surrounding four main islands; Misool, Salawati, Batana and Waigeo.
This is us, the blue heart.
We are pretty remote. There will be no dinner outings or trips to the cinema. There is no phone and no pub down the road. Supplies come in on a boat every week, and we sometimes trade with the local villagers. People keep telling us that it's going to be hard, and I admit, I don't think the life is for everyone.
But we have nature at our doorstep, our best friend, the ocean, to entertain us during the day and lull us to sleep every night, a big porch to do yoga on in the mornings and to watch the sunset from in the evenings, and we get to "get off the island" every 3 months. I don't think it's for everyone, but I think it could be for us.
And it will be, at least for a little while.