Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

The blue mangrove of Raja Ampat

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic translation made from a post originally written in French. My apologies for any strange sentences and funny mistakes that may have been generated during the process. If you are reading French, click on the French flag below to access the original and correct text: 


In Indonesia, in the Papuan archipelago of Raja Ampat, coral grows at the foot of mangroves. Unpublished mixture of terrestrial and underwater life.

Blue water mangrove

It is called "blue water mangrove" or "blue mangrove"the blue mangrove swamp. In a few meters of water, life forms that are rarely seen side by side, such as marine coral and tree roots, mingle.

The roots of trees plunge into salt water. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
The roots of trees plunge into salt water. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
We admire the corals, in less than 2 meters of water, in palms-mask-tuba. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
We admire the corals, in less than 2 meters of water, in palms-mask-tuba. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Under the surface, trees and coral meet ... (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

Mangroves are usually grown on land-covered, often very muddy, sediments in coastal areas or near the mouths of rivers. The water is usually very cloudy.

But the labyrinths formed by the karst islets of Raja Ampat, in Indonesian Papua, offer a different type of mangrove: the water remains clear and the bottom is sandy, more maritime than terrestrial.

Corals and gorgonians can be seen developing there, right next to the trees!

Dead leaves and roots mingle with coral. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Dead leaves and roots mingle with coral. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
An imposing orange gorgon has developed just under the vegetation. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
An imposing orange gorgon has developed just under the vegetation. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

To discover in snorkeling

Underwater, the atmosphere is truly magical! Little current, shallow depth: it's an enchantment for snorkelers (swimmers in flippers and tuba masks).

When one raises one's head, one realizes that one is under the foliage of the trees, a kind of mangroves, whose roots plunge under salt water.

All in the water to explore the blue mangrove! (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
All to the water to explore the blue mangrove! (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A world at once aquatic and vegetal. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A world at once aquatic and vegetal. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Coral is proliferating in the shade of mangroves. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
Coral is proliferating in the shade of mangroves. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A dead trunk lies beneath the surface next to a coral potato. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)
A dead trunk lies beneath the surface next to a coral potato. (Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, March 2012)

For me, it was the perfect place for "half air half water" photos. But I admit, I had a hard time: I'm not good at snorkeling at all.

I find it easier to photograph in scuba diving, submerged under water, well weighted and stabilized with the sinkers and the BCD (inflatable vest). On the surface, we are tossed by the swell, even weak ... Not always easy to fit well and adjust its settings when triggering.

But these few images are still pretty good, I think, the magic of the place, unique in its kind.

????

Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

See also :

→ All my dives in Raja Ampat since 2012

→ Raja Ampat: practical information to organize your trip

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

  1. We want to dive with you! Thank you for these beautiful pictures taken on the spot. Yesterday, I saw an exciting docu 'about the life of a coral reef "classic" on TV and I must admit that we learn every day :-). And how beautiful! See you soon, good Sunday

    1. @ Détours du monde: happy to have transported you, Sabrina !!! I also watched this show last night, it was Planète Bleue, France 5 ... The years go by and I'm still fascinated by the beauty of the underwater world. I do not get enough!!!
      🙄

    1. 😀 😀 Well, then, I prefer to stay close to the surface in a lagoon, without mangrove or crocodile, with a few stingrays on my feet. It can make nice pictures half air half water, I think.

    2. @The other girl: I'll try to make some nice half-air half-water pictures with stingrays on my feet, but you'll have to be a cooperative model... 😆

  2. Who would have thought it ... A mangrove so clear! Beautiful photos ... It's hard to believe that you are not comfortable snorkeling! (Besides, I can not believe it)

    Congratulations again for everything 8)

    1. @Nouchka Nouchka: thank you !!!! It's not that I'm not comfortable snorkeling, it's just that I'm much more comfortable diving. It's more comfortable in terms of stability and a lot less physically tiring, especially when you take pictures ...
      🙄

  3. I also like this style of photo, mid air and water. It changes. The first and the last are pretty great at the level of geometry (the curve of the water in photo 1).

    1. @Bruno: I had my first pictures "mid-air half-water" in Egypt, in November 2011, because I was shooting my special wide-angle dome (without this dome that is placed in front of the lens, and which offers much more surface than a flat porthole, it's almost impossible to make this kind of photos):
      https://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/egypte-hamata-plongee-mer-rouge-20111205/
      The mangrove, where the water is calm and the bottom nearby, lends itself well to this kind of images. But getting a little wiggle a little "graphic" to give a more dynamic side to the photo is not easy, I must say ... It must shooter, shooter, re-shoot, until you get the desired effect.
      😉

  4. Hum Hum Egypt november 2011, it tells me something ... really nice your photos, thank you Corinne!

  5. great pictures, this mangrove really does not look like the ones I visited, so much clearer and with so many corals it's very pretty!

    1. Quite rare are the dive sites where you are in the middle of the sea with nothing around. There must be a shoal somewhere, a reef almost level with the surface. So, in general, we are near a coast, an island, or at least a piece of rock that protrudes from the surface ...

  6. Raja Ampat? Like in Koh lanta! 😆

    "For me, it was the place for" mid-air half-water "pictures. But I admit, I had trouble: I'm not good at all in snorkeling. "

    Personally, I found your photos very successful!

    1. @Pascal: yes, a season of the TV game "Koh Lanta" was shot in the Raja Ampat archipelago.
      Thanks for the compliment, but for the snorkeling, I mean it's not as comfortable as scuba diving, to take pictures... 😉

  7. Thank you for this little moment of escape 🙄 !
    Mangroves are magical and damn necessary for other reef ecosystems. Unfortunately they are so threatened everywhere on our planet ... Your beautiful images are a credit to their wealth.
    Gaylord

190 Shares
Share163
Tweet11
Pine13
Share3