The paddles of my kayak dipped gently into crystalline turquoise water. I was gliding like a bird through the late afternoon sun. Utterly by myself I deeply enjoyed the luxury of silence.
I chose to make a right hand turn into a cove that was flanked by two large mushroom-like looking mountains, which are the hallmarks of Raja Ampat, a magical water and island kingdom of the Indonesian seas. As I entered into this secret cove, pure brilliant turquoise water embraced me.