INDONESIA - Raja Ampat Islands - Sailing at Pulau Pef

In the wilderness of Raja Ampat archipelago, West Papua province, Indonesia. On a small boat exploring a sheltered bay at Pulau Pef (Pef Island).

Copyright: Julien Mordret
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Uploaded: 05/03/2013
Updated: 08/08/2014


Tags: indonesia; beach; island; raja ampat; lagoon
  • Michael E. Lawrence over 1 year ago
    Beautiful! Wish I was the one taking the picture ... lol
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