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Swimming with Manta Rays - Learning By Doing Ep76

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I set off for a 15 days Solo passage to Indonesia from Kavieng, PNG.
I have some great sailing, hit the usual squalls that give me a pounding but also cool me down and catch a few fish on route to a stop-over at Hermit Islands. I anchor right at the head of Manta Pass, aptly named indeed! I swim each day off my boat and get my mind blown by the huge graceful Mantas circling underneath. One of my most memorable experiences to date. Enjoy!


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Re: Swimming with Manta Rays - Learning By Doing Ep76

Such majestic sea creatures. Just swam with some Mantas in the Maldives a few weeks ago. Unfortunately the camera with the video went kaplunk over the side a few days later. So glad to relive it a bit via your video.

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Re: Swimming with Manta Rays - Learning By Doing Ep76

Pretty cool. I haven't seen a manta since I left the Pacific. They certainly were wonderful creatures.

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Love the drone footage at sea. How the hell do you land it??

Loved the squall footage. poor lil noddy. was it ok and fly off after the squall?

Surprised the 2 png fishermen could speak that good English.

You asked question how will the villagers treat me now I am solo, what difference... but you didnt answer the question.

Great video

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that is unbelievable. Very jealous!
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Re: Swimming with Manta Rays - Learning By Doing Ep76

Thank for the comments and constructive criticism, appreciate it.

I'll have to do a video about droning at sea as I get heaps of questions on that topic. I fly alongside the boat and just grab it. Obviously way more to it than that but I'll show that in the video.
Noddy survived, I wrapped it in a towel and left it inside overnight then released it the next day. She flew off fine. I filmed that but couldn't find the footage.
In the solomons pretty much no-one speaks english but in PNG the kids learn in school so the level is much higher.
You're right I didn't answer that question. Fact is I didn't really find out as where I anchored there was just Bob and his family. I didn't visit a village at all.

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Love the drone footage at sea. How the hell do you land it??

Loved the squall footage. poor lil noddy. was it ok and fly off after the squall?

Surprised the 2 png fishermen could speak that good English.

You asked question how will the villagers treat me now I am solo, what difference... but you didnt answer the question.

Great video

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