Diving Racha Noi – Earth Touch Wild Oceans. This week’s episode of Wild Oceans is from a little known island south of Phuket called Racha Noi. Special thanks to Blue World Safaris of Phuket for making the trip possible. Phuket Web Media film weekly episodes for Earth Touch series “Wild Oceans” Last month we were in the Philippines and this month sees us exploring the waters closer to home – with trips to Koh Phi Phi National Marine Reserve and the clear waters of Koh Racha Noi. Stay tuned next month as we head out to the far east of Indonesia to a new diving destination on Rote near Timor.
This year I was invited along on the Raya Divers end of season expedition. Every year they head to a new and exciting dive destination and this year it was to the Sogod Bay in Southern Leyte in the Philippines. We dived with Pete’s Dive Resort in Padre Burgos and kudos to those guys for looking after us so well. Especially for letting me dive wherever the hell I pleased for as long as I wanted every dive.
I was filming with my new Nauticam Rig, housing a Panasonic GH4 with 12 – 35mm F2.8 glass. I shot the whole trip in 4K just for fun. The underwater portions of the filming will be shown on Earth Touch Wild Oceans later this month, but for now here’s a quick intro to the trip.
Earth Touch bring you news and stories from around the world about wildlife conservation, illegal wildlife trafficking and anything and everything related to the conservation and preservation of the world around us. Phuket Web Media provide regular content to Earth Touch’s web series – Wild Oceans, Little Adventures – Big Planet, and Insiders.
Recent filming projects include a trip to Wakatobi in South East Sulawesi to film the spectacular reefs there and meet the amazing Bajau people who have lived for generations at sea.
A trip to Chitwan National Park in the lowlands of Nepal near the North India border to search for and film the Greater One Horned Rhino.
A story of the Gibbon trade here in Thailand and how the Gibbon Rehabilitation Centre here in Phuket is helping rescue gibbons from the streets where they are used as photo props or sold as pets.
The interesting though rather gruesome story of a dolphin necropsy performed at the Phuket Marine Biology Centre to determinate cause of death of a dolphin that was found washed up on one of Trang’s beaches in the South of Thailand.
Stewart Whitfield – co-founder of Phuket Web Media is Earth Touch’s S.E. Asia correspondent and provides underwater footage for Wild Oceans on a regular basis. Check out his profile at Earth Touch here.