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The Bay of Maumere, in the east of the Indonesian island of Flores, is full of beautiful underwater sites. My favorite dive site is called Fish Soup. Here the fish soup is in the sea, to be enjoyed underwater!
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".
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's an abundance of nudis here... I've even discovered two or three species I've never seen before!
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.
A nice little hotel: a handful of bungalows facing the sea, a dive-shop, a restaurant, and fabulous sunsets every evening. Lazing around and diving... I savour 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 did a good job of making a reservation... They are sold out until the end of 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 accurate website about diving in Asia-Pacific, made by Teresa, a Swiss-German woman I already met twice, by chance during my previous trips to Indonesia!
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 ...