Journey to the South Pacific
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In a scene from the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific, young islander Jawi Mayor swims with a whale shark, the world’s largest shark and also its most docile.
View of the islands of West Papua from the top of Mount Pindito, as seen in the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
Manta rays flourish in West Papua as featured in the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
The waters of West Papua and the Coral Triangle are considered the most diverse marine ecosystem in the world, with more 2,000 species including clown fish, as seen in the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
West Papua is a province of Indonesia and is part of the Coral Triangle, considered the global epicenter of marine diversity, and the setting for the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
The IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific features Jawi Mayor (center), a 13-year-old island boy who gets a closer look at his backyard reefs during an inter-island adventure aboard the Kalabia.
The Kalabia, a former illegal fishing vessel, now operates as a floating classroom that travels from village to village in West Papua teaching children about the importance of protecting their reefs, as featured in the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
The IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific follows Jawi’s journey to different islands while aboard the Kalabia, a floating classroom that teaches children about the importance of protecting their local reefs.
The IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific features a wealth of marine life, including manta rays, which can have wingspans of up to 26 feet in length.
Director of underwater photography Howard Hall films manta rays in West Papua for the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific in West Papua for the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
Underwater director of photographer Howard Hall in West Papua with the IMAX camera and underwater housing, which together weigh 250 pounds.
The IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific features the reefs of West Papua, which are more diverse than any other marine ecosystem on Earth. Cleaning stations are places where large animals like manta rays come to have their parasites picked off by smaller reef fish.
The efforts of West Papua’s local islanders to protect their ocean backyards have resulted in reviving populations of many marine animals like the hawksbill turtle, as featured in the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
Director Greg MacGillivray (behind camera) and the MacGillivray Freeman film crew spent two months in West Papua filming the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific.
Director Greg MacGillivray filming the IMAX® film Journey to the South Pacific in West Papua.
Director of underwater photography Howard Hall filming the reefs of West Papua with the IMAX camera, which holds only three minutes of film before it requires reloading.
Set sail on a breathtaking IMAX® adventure to the lush tropical islands of remote West Papua, where life flourishes above and below the sea. Join Jawi, a young island boy, as he leads a journey of discovery to this magical place. Home to more than 2,000 species of sea life, this exotic locale features the most diverse marine ecosystem on Earth, including enormous whale sharks, sea turtles and manta rays. An uplifting story of hope and celebration, Journey to the South Pacific highlights the importance of living in balance with the ocean planet we all call home. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett.
- Escape to a tropical paradise from the comfort of your Dome Theater seat.
- Swim with the world's largest sharks ... without getting wet.
- Follow a baby turtle on its perilous—but successful!—trip to the sea.
- Meet Jawi, a 13-year old Papuan boy, as he travels with other islanders on the colorful Kalabia, a floating classroom that teaches villages how to protect their underwater treasure.
Did You Know … ?
It took four IMAX camera teams on a staggering 65‐hour journey from the U.S. to West Papua—with 25,000 pounds of IMAX equipment in tow—to make this film.
One team set off to explore life topside on the islands while two others honed the intricate art of underwater shooting amidst fast‐moving, unpredictable creatures; a fourth aerial team captured the awe‐inspiring perspectives that only come from high above.
Location, Location, Location
- West Papua is the “wild west” of Indonesia, a country made up of more than 17,500 islands.
- This province at the furthest, eastern‐most end of the vast island string remains one of the last truly isolated places on earth; it is home to 3 million people.
- The region is in the center of the so‐called “Coral Triangle,” an area of such stunning biodiversity that it has been dubbed “the underwater Amazon jungle” and celebrated as the epicenter of all marine evolution.
- In the crystal‐blue surrounding waters exists a kind of mega-library of sea life, including more than 75% of the coral species found on earth, and more than 40% of the world’s array of fish species.
An IMAX Entertainment and MacGillivray Freeman Films presentation, Journey to the South Pacific is directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray (The Living Sea, Dolphins, Everest) and Stephen Judson (Everest, The Alps).
Listen in Spanish while the show plays in English. Ask for a complimentary headset at the Ticket Counter.
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