Are you looking for a diving adventure in one of the best places to scuba dive in Indonesia? Then you have something in common with Max Finzi. On his days off you will find the dive manager and part time Indiana Jones in the jungle looking for a historical find. In April I finally made a little discovery – with an amazing story behind it!
One of the most talked about Raja Ampat dive sites in the Dampier Strait is the so-called Mike’s Point, w hich is known for its challenging currents. Likewise, Mike’s Point is adjacent to the island of Kerupiar. According to stories, it was bombed by Allied aircraft in WWII after it was falsely identified as a Japanese ship.
Here Max Finzi made his discovery. More specifically, I found caliber .50 with a 1942 head stamp outside the Biodiversity Eco Resort. These bullets were used in the Browning M2 machine guns, which were the most widely used weapons on American bomber and fighter plans in WWII.
Does this confirm the Mike’s Point myth? Maybe not quite – but it certainly confirms that in the 1940s stormy times prevailed in one of the best dive sites in Indonesia.
Despite the unrest, the reef at Mike’s place has recovered substantially well. Where the chunks of rocks were blown off, magnificent crevices and overhangs were created – perfect for an array of macro subjects. *** Located in the middle of Dampier Street, it is also a popular spot for finding Spanish Mackerel, White Tip Reef and Black Tip Reef Sharks.
In the last half of the dive in the shallows, you can also spot Wobbegong- and Epaulette Sharks, Turtles and even Sea Snakes. With a variety of coral species and countless species of fish, Raja Ampat ranks among the best places to scuba dive in Indonesia.
But not only the underwater world will inspire you, also the view over the water is absolutely worth seeing. So if you like warm waters, sharks, drift dives and everything in between, Raja Ampat is the place where you should spend your scuba diving vacations.
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