White tip shark at Maumere. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
White tip shark at Maumere. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)

Fish soup

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  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

The bay of Maumere, in the east of the Indonesian island of Flores, is full of beautiful underwater sites. My favorite dive site is Fish Soup. Here, the fish soup is at sea, to be savored under water!

Sites full of life

In 1992, a violent earthquake hit the Maumere region. A tsunami has razed whole villages. The deadly wave destroyed 18,000 homes and killed nearly 1,700 people.

The seabed has been damaged too. As a result, Maumere Bay has ceased to attract divers, who prefer the spectacular backdrop of the Komodo archipelago, 500km west of Maumere, at the other end of the island of Flores.

But today, nearly twenty years after the earthquake, the coral reefs of Maumere have regenerated. The bay offers sites full of life, rich in wildlife, both for the "big" and the "small".

Diving in Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Diving in Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.

Photos under the water

I was really surprised at the quality of the dives here. My favorite site, the aptly named Fish Soup, is gorgeous, teeming with life. I dive three times, and each time, white-tip sharks appeared from the fall. There are also regular turtles. And I even had the chance to meet there the graceful flight of a bench of rays-eagles ...

The internet connection I have here is not powerful enough to upload videos. I will put online later my little shark movies made at Fish Soup.

In the meantime, here are already some subaquatic images. I did not include nudibranchs, these little sea slugs that I love, I will devote a separate post. There are plenty of nudis here ... I even discovered two-three species that I had never seen before!

White tip shark at Maumere. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
White tip shark at Maumere. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Boxfish. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Boxfish. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Lionfish. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Lionfish. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Pygmy Seahorse Denise. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Pygmy Seahorse Denise. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Hippocampus. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Hippocampus. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Pipe-fish. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Pipe-fish. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Pipe-fish. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Pipe-fish. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Moray tape. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Moray tape. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Diodon. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Diodon. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Moray. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Moray. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Clown fish. Maumere, Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Clown fish. (Maumere, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)

Ankermi Happy Dive

I dipped these days from the beach of Watu Mita, where the resort is located Ankermi Happy Dive. It is about fifty kilometers west of Maumere.

Ankermi Happy Dive. Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.A nice little hotel: a handful of bungalows facing the sea, a dive-shop, a restaurant, and fabulous sunsets every night. Idleness and diving ... I savor my happiness.

We are warmly welcomed by Claudia and Kermi, a Swiss-Indonesian couple. They are absolutely charming both.

I found the address on the internet. And I was awfully good to book ... They are full until late August!

Really, I love this place. Comfort is simple, the atmosphere is peaceful. Ideal to start my stay on Flores.

For more information on diving in Maumere, I invite you to visit the page Flores of the site Starfish.ch. A very complete and very accurate website on diving in Asia-Pacific, directed by Teresa, a Swiss-German that I have already had the opportunity to meet twice, randomly from my previous trips to Indonesia!

Ankermi Happy Dive. Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Ankermi Happy Dive. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Sunset at Watu Mita Beach, Ankermi Happy Dive. Flores, Indonesia. July 2011.
Sunset at Watu Mita Beach, at Ankermi Happy Dive. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)
Map of Flores. Ankermi Happy Dive. © Starfish.ch
Map of Flores. © Starfish.ch

It's been a week since I'm here ... Tomorrow, I leave Ankermi Happy Dive for a crossing of Flores by road, from east to west, to Labuan Bajo. I'll come back to tell you that in a few days ...

😎

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

  1. Congratulations Corinne, your photos are superb !!! The scorpion fish really has an incredible head ... It makes me want to go diving there.

    See you soon for the rest of your adventures ...

    🙂

  2. @Thib: Thank you ! I would have stayed a little longer, I must say ... But hey, the Kelimutu lakes are waiting for me!
    🙂

    @Philippe: So how are you interested in fish now? And do you even play aquatic word games?
    😆

  3. certainly Lake Geneva is perhaps not as beautiful as that of Kelimutu, but in the evening when all the banks are illuminated, it has the look, and the weather is splendid!

  4. @Fabrice: Thank you !!! I will be until the end of July in Indonesia ... The, I'm going through Flores. I'm taking a break in a Warnet in Bajawa.
    🙂

    @Marithe: In Kelimutu, there are three lakes at the bottom of the craters, and they only light up with the sunrise ... A fantastic show. Same, I was lucky to have great weather, which is better, otherwise you do not see anything when everything is in the fog.
    8)

    @Laurence: As soon as I can connect to the internet correctly, I will transfer new images of nudibranchs ...
    🙄

    @Piotr: Your "snake" is not one. It's a murene ribbon. There is also black or yellow color.
    😀

  5. Hi Corinne,

    Happy to see that you have also fallen under the spell of Fish Soup ... and that you contribute to restore its nobility to the bay of Maumere! I am waiting with impatience your comments on the crossing of Flores. We have just returned from Alor. To register absolutely on your next Indonesian list, it is really the absolute dream of the diver. Looking forward to see you in the area, good bubbles! Amelie and Greg

  6. @Ye Lili: Thank you so much ! 😀

    @Piotr: Enjoy! 🙂

    @Melojak: How nice to hear from you! Maumere really worth a visit, I would recommend the area (although it might be better not to do too much pub, so that it remains quiet). Otherwise, Alor is obviously on my "to-do-list". Everyone is telling me about it here again at Labuan Bajo ... I'm resting quietly today, I'm embarking tomorrow for six days of dives in Komodo Park. It should not be bad either. Welcome back !
    8)

  7. Hi Corinne,
    Chez nous aussi, il y a plein de nudibranches, nous avons fait une plongée hier en Manche et sur le site nous avons observé 6 espèces différentes ❗ Peut-être qu’un jour tu viendra tremper tes palmes en eau fraîche pour les voir?? 😀

  8. Hello Corinne!
    We wanted to tell you that your articles on Flores really marked us and tipped the scales towards this destination when looking for a route off the beaten track last year. Thanks again for your stories and sharing your travel experiences. We were really touched by the island, its landscapes and especially its inhabitants. In Maumere we stayed at Lena House, not far from Ankermit. We also say hello to Claudia. We then crossed the entire island independently, over the TransFlores.
    We compile our stories and advice on this great destination on our travel blog.
    See you soon for new adventures 😉

    1. @Richard: thank you for your little message. It's always a pleasure to learn that my Little Bubbles have been a source of inspiration! Looking forward to reading your impressions, I'll go see this on your blog.
      8)

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