First Full Day On Board At sunrise, the sky and sea are a muted blue-grey with vague touches of yellow peeking through. I’ve decided to rise for every sunrise onboard, optimistic I’ll catch a magnificent show of colors at first light.It feels good to be up early and I still have Internet service on my phone, so it’s a good chance to catch up with some work before we lose service for a few days in the northern region of the park. The Internet is available in Sorong and in a few limited areas in the park near the larger villages, although if your boat does not provide satellite Internet, it’s best to give up on the idea of having Internet for the duration of the charter.After a light breakfast of avocado on toast, the three divers in our group get ready for our first check dive. On every safety compliant charter, the onboard PADI Divemaster or Instructor is required to conduct a check dive to ensure that all guests are capable of diving in a variety of conditions. This step must be taken before embarking on more challenging dives.Tiger Blue has a western Instructor and an Indonesian Divemaster on board; the ratio is three divers to two underwater guides.It’s clear why Mioskon is a popular spot for check dives. The easy dive conditions are suitable for all levels whilst the gorgeous reef offers an excellent first impression of to expect in the rest of Raja Ampat.After returning to the boat, the crew raises the anchor and starts a 1.5 hour cruise to our next anchorage in the bay at Mansour Island.I’m the only one who wants to dive the reef in front of Yenbuba Island, so Dolvi, the Indonesian Divemaster, and I go for a quick dive, just the two of us. We see a wobbegong shark, two reef sharks, yellow sweetlips, groupers and a mantis shrimp.Back on board, I peer into the kitchen to see chefs Fauzi and Rada happily at work with pop music playing in the background. They’re chatting and visibly enjoying their work together. The galley is on the main deck with open door and windows, so it’s well ventilated and more spacious than I’ve seen on other boats this size. Recalling the previous day’s meals, I see that the good vibes in the kitchen clearly translate to what’s served on the table.Lunch is an artful display of Italian antipasto followed by a heavenly seafood risotto. One of the British passengers who works for an event catering company in London proclaims it’s the best risotto she’s ever had.After a brief rest, the divers get on the dinghy for a short ride to Cape Kri, one of Raja Ampat’s most notorious dive sites, still on our first full day onboard.Cape Kri is most famous for a world record spotting of 374 different fish species on the same one-tank dive in 2012 by renowned expert Dr. Gerry Allen. The very definition of biodiversity, Cape Kri’s currents attract schools of barracuda, manta rays, sharks, turtles, all amidst gorgeous coral gardens and sea fans.After Cape Kri, we return to Tiger Blue and get ready for dinner as the sun sets in the distance. We are spending the night at this anchorage and leaving in the morning.