New Gallery – Banda Sea, Indonesia

I have been very delinquent in regularly blogging over the past while.  The weather has been wonderful here in Vancouver, and to escape the maddening mess of a seemingly neverending kitchen renovation, I have been making busy in the garden – starting the Fall tidy up, and staining mucho cedar so it is protected for what is sure to be a long and wet winter ahead.

I have been working for quite some time on the linked gallery from our fantastic trip aboard the Arenui live aboard dive boat in the Banda Sea, Indonesia – a trip that we took last December!  With a new adventure close on the horizon, I thought it was time to giddyup and get ‘er done.

I have pored over the Tropical Pacific Critter identification books to try to put a name to all of the weird and wonderful stuff we saw in this trip.  Despite several previous journeys to Indonesia (including our first trip to the Banda Sea, that time aboard the now defunct Archipelago Adventurer II with an awesome group of buddies), there were many, many new sightings for me.

One of these days I should get around to writing something up about the Arenui – it is a first class boat and crew, and will be a hard act to follow for future live aboard adventures. They certainly don’t need me to promote them – despite being on the high end of cost, the boat is extremely popular, and sold out for months in advance.

So here is the link to the gallery —> Banda Sea December 2011. Also from that trip is another gallery dedicated to the incredible muck diving we did in Ambon Harbour. It’s dirty diving, but someone’s gotta do it ;^)

About Judy G Diver

Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. But for many years, I stayed on the surface, afraid of what lurked down deep. When I was in my early 30's, with three young children (aka the P's), my husband (aka Mr G) signed us up for a SCUBA certification course, as a surprise. Although I had my fears, my stubbornness prevailed, and somehow I made it through four murky, frigid, cold water dives in Vancouver to successfully pass the course. Soon after we went diving off the west coast of Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez, where my eyes were opened to the beauty and other-worldliness of the life down under. And the rest, as they say, is history. I currently have well over 2000 dives under the belt, and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Asia, Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Costa Rica, California, the Caribbean, Mexico and here in British Columbia. After shooting hefty DSLRs for many years, I just switched over to a groovy Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, in a Nauticam housing, with dual Sea & Sea strobes and a bag full of lenses. In addition to this blog and my personal website (, which is linked at the top of the blog, my stuff has been widely published in a variety of magazines and websites, including an ongoing regular monthly feature on All links to this work can be found in this blog.
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