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"Where are you going this time? " To put it simply, I answer: "In Indonesia. " In fact, I'm leaving the end of Indonesia: in West Papua! I am going to dive in the archipelago bearing the beautiful name of Raja Ampat, "the four kings".
Raja Ampat is one of the most famous diving spots in South East Asia. It's been a long time since I dreamed ... And the dream is about to materialize. Eh yes ! I'm going to make bubbles at Papuans! ! !
The Wikipedia page about Raja Ampat will enlighten you a little, on this destination at the end of the world ... As for those of you who followed the 2011 season game show reality TV Koh Lanta on TF1they already have an idea of the fabulous landscapes that I will soon discover.
Well, I'm not quite there yet. Papua is at the very end of the Indonesian archipelago, to the east, on the island of New Guinea. We are already in Oceania, or almost! On the other side of the border, which divides the island in two, is Papua New Guinea. (I'm sparing you for now the history of the conflict between Papuans and Indonesians.)
In short, the Indonesians of Bali and Sulawesi open their eyes when I tell them that I am going to Papua. "Papua? " Even for them, it's very far ...
Yes, I am already in Indonesia! I write this post from Makassar (also called Ujung Pandang), capital of Sulawesi Island (Celebes Island). I'm in transit, halfway through my goal ...
Makassar is pretty ugly, I've already been there several times, especially to go to the Toraja country, in previous trips, in 2007 and in 2010. Not much interest in hanging out in this city. What's more, in this season, it is a terrible wetness. Tonight, the sky is low, heavy clouds stuffed with lukewarm rain. I love as much, for the few hours that I have to spend here, enjoy the comfort of my hotel room, the air conditioning, the internet ... (Not a fighter for two sous, today!)
I came from France by Bali, taking advantage of Ultimate Air Asia X flights. I left Bali this morning and go to Makassar only one night, very short, between two planes. Earlier, at dawn, I fly to Sorong, capital of West Papua!
Ten days away from everything ...
Once in Sorong, I will embark on a cruise ship for divers. We will sail from island to island, in Raja Ampat. Then I will extend the stay in a resort, on an island of the archipelago.
In short, ten days away from everything. I'll have to disconnect ... Hard.
I am a little longer suspense, I do not tell you more. But I'll come back to tell you all about it, with photos, on land and underwater, as soon as I can connect to the internet again ...