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

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  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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 Unpublished mixture of terrestrial and underwater life.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. In a few meters of water are mixed forms of life that are rarely seen side by side: marine coral and tree roots.

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 islands 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.

We can see corals and gorgonians developing, close 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 is a delight for snorkelers (swimmers in fins-mask-snorkel).

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 in 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 place for "mid-air half-water" photos. But I admit, I had trouble: I'm not good at all in snorkeling.

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 as well :

→ All my dives in Raja Ampat since 2012

→ Raja Ampat: practical information to organize your trip

  Indonesia: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012

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