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To travel before departure, nothing better than a map! Here is a Google Map to navigate to my various articles around the world.

All my articles on a Google Map

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I add below some of my itineraries in South-East Asia drawn "by hand"...

July 2009 - Borneo: from Malaysia to Indonesia

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One-month itinerary in Malaysia and Indonesia: Perhentian Islands, then Sipadan and Mabul, Derawan Archipelago.
One month itinerary in Malaysia and Indonesia: Perhentian Islands, then Sipadan and Mabul, Derawan archipelago.

July 2008 - A month in Bali

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One-month itinerary to Bali: Kuta-Legian-Seminyak> Lovina> Pemuteran> Amed> Nusa Lembongan.
Itinerary of one month in Bali : Kuta-Legian-Seminyak -> Lovina -> Pemuteran -> Amed -> Nusa Lembongan.

January 2008 - Three weeks in the Philippines

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Three weeks in the Visayas archipelago, in the Philippines: Cebu-Leyte-Bohol / Panglao-Siquijor-Negros.
Three weeks in the Visayas Archipelago, Philippines: Cebu-Leyte-Bohol/Panglao-Siquijor-Negros.

July 2007 - Itinerary for a month in Sulawesi

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My one-month itinerary to Sulawesi: Manado-Bunaken-Lembeh-Tomohon-Makassar-Rantepao-Poso-Ampana-Bomba-Luwuk-Manado Lake.
My one-month itinerary in Sulawesi: Manado-Bunaken-Lembeh-Tomohon-Makassar-Rantepao-Lake Poso-Ampana-Bomba-Luwuk-Manado.

July 2006 - One-month itinerary in Malaysia

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One-month itinerary in Malaysia.
One-month itinerary in Malaysia.

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  1. Happy family a little yes ... the excitement before preparing a trip.

    Or the satisfaction coming back to see the path traveled ...

    Thank you for your support of a world map 🙂

  2. Hello Corinne,

    Great blog! A great example for the solo traveler and blogger that I am 😀

    I'm preparing Vietnam and I was hoping to find some good plans, maybe later ... ❓


  3. @Celineuh: Delighted that you like it here! Welcome !
    I went twice to Vietnam, but a long time ago. These two trips go back before the creation of this blog, that's why I do not speak about it here. But you can find pictures on my other site:
    -> Vietnam 1997:
    -> Vietnam 2001:

    As for the "good plans", everything changes so quickly in Asia, that my news of 1997 and 2001 would be fatally very out of date ...

    Good preparations!

  4. Hello!
    I'm your blog for some time, and Asia tempts me more and more !! A small question: what part of Indonesia for a semi-beginner diver? (I am a level 1 diver)

    1. @Vanessa: you can aim Bali (Amed-Tulamben, Pemuteran) or North-Sulawesi (Bunaken, Lembeh). Anyway, wherever you dive, the supervisors generally adapt the exit to the level of the divers ...
      Good bubbles !!!

  5. Hi Corinne,
    Top your photos! Thank you for sharing all this.

    Your itinerary in Sulawesi makes me dream ... It was easy to cross the island? I dream about it. Maybe in two years ...
    In the meantime we wanted to move our level II to South East Asia in August. The pedestrian and road world frightens us as (small) divers ...
    You will have a reco for us? A place, a site, a country, an area, a dive center, what do I know!
    We do not have our gear.

    Thanks to you !

    1. @Yannick: "Simple", yes and no ... I shared a car with driver, with a family of Dutch very nice. But the road there is a poem. The posts for this 2007 trip to Sulawesi are at the end of this link:

      The Manado-Makassar flight, then the Makassar-Rantepao bus ride are told here:

      The car ride from Rantepao to Lake Poso is here:

      And there's a word from the road day, from Lake Poso to Ampana, from where we then take the boat to the Togian Islands here:

      And finally, for the Togian-Ampana-Luwuk return followed by the Luwuk-Manado flight, I'm here, at the end:

      The trips take a little time, in Sulawesi ...

      I returned to Sulawesi in 2010, all items for this second trip are here:

  6. Hello Corinne!
    This blog is great! We learn a lot, thank you!
    I am preparing a 3 week trip to Indonesia and Malaysia with a friend. Basically, we would like to go around Bali, enjoy the beach of Lombok then the hotspots of Malaysia (peninsular) and end with 2 or 3 days on Redang Island for example, all for July 2013. Do you know any agencies on place to dive (semi-beginner) to see manta rays and dolphins?
    Thank you very much! 😀

    1. @Nora: Thanks for the compliments on the blog !!! 🙂

      No, I do not know "agency" on the spot. Simply mark the places you are interested in, then search for local dive centers (Google is your friend) for each location. Contact them to request information if needed. All will be happy to take you to make bubbles, centers adapt to all levels.

      Otherwise, you will be able to find a lot of information and ideas by doing research in the "Asia" section of the forum:

      Finally, for Bali, if you prefer something that is "organized", without having to worry about anything, you can book a "safari" that allows you to visit the island and dive, with one of these two structures (I have not tested them, but they have good comments from many divers): (Skubaskool) (IkanDive - Balimoon)
      They will also surely suggest you tracks in Malaysia.

      In Malaysia, in the Perhentian Islands, not far from Redang, I enjoyed the Watercolours center on Perhentian Besar:
      But they will not arrange a "tour" in Malaysia, I think. They can only make you dive.

      But frankly, in Bali-Lombok as in Malaysia, everything is very easy to organize oneself, even to improvise on the spot. There is no real need for an "agency" or a tour operator, IMHO. But it can also be nice to have nothing to do, of course.

      In any case, that's what I can suggest. Good preparations!

  7. Good evening,
    a 15-day route idea in Malaysia with a 7 year old? and divers level 3 & 1 ????
    Life is expensive for singapore trips, islands to the Thai border, or kuala lumpur ... .. complicated?
    In terms of climate, the month of August is rainy like thailand?
    Thank you for your help !

    1. @Bertrand: with a child of 7, I do not know (I do not travel with children so I can not give you any particular recommendation about it), but rest assured, children are everywhere welcomed in Asia !

      In 15 days, you can choose to go along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia quietly, or couple the peninsula with a stay in the Malaysian part of northern Borneo. I can hardly decide on a route for you ... You will easily find useful information on the interesting places to see in Malaysia, according to your tastes (tea plantations, rice fields, natural parks, cities, islands, etc.) in n ' any kind of Routard or Lonely Planet travel guide.

      For the dives, the sites that I would recommend in Malaysia are: the Perhentian Islands, very nice, and Tioman in Peninsular Malaysia. In Malaysia-North Borneo, to do absolutely: Mabul / Sipadan. But it is less easy to take a child there, once on the island of Mabul, there is not much to do, except for the tour of the village and a little snorkeling, the place is really for divers.

      No, life is not expensive there, but everything depends on your standing and your way of traveling.

      The islands to the Thai border, I guess you're talking about Langkawi: I do not know ... Otherwise, nothing is very complicated in Malaysia, which is a rather modern country, transport and infrastructure issue.

      Finally, the climate is not like Thailand. In July-August, the weather is very nice and very hot on the east coast of the Malay Peninsula. For the west coast, I do not really know. But you should also find this kind of information in any travel guide. For the Malaysian part of Borneo, the weather is OK too, there may be showers from time to time.

  8. Good evening Corinne
    A big thank you for your site that we consult regularly for a few months now.

    Beginners divers, we leave 2 months in Malaysia and Indonesia in July next August, with an arrival in Kuala Lumpur and must validate the two remaining dives for a PADI OWD, after training in France and Japan (Yaeyama).
    But the stay is not easy to organize, without ever being there.

    For the moment we hesitate - for the necessary validation - between a jump to Pulau Weh (very divided opinion, difficult to get an idea) and a center on the Gili Islands (going directly from KL to Lombok).
    We left aside the Tioman Islands because the visibility is not extraordinary on July August according to our readings.

    After that we plan to continue and dive to Komodo / Flores, and if possible go through Sulawesi before returning to Borneo - first Indonesian then Malaysian (with Sipadan?), And return to Kuala Lumpur.

    Do you think it's possible to combine Gili / Flores Komodo / Sulawesi and Borneo on a two-month loop?
    As for Mabul / Sipadan, is it accessible for beginner divers?

    Thanks again


    1. Benoît: delighted that my Petites Bulles d'Ailleurs is a source of inspiration!!! 🙂

      To answer your questions :

      - I think so, the loop is possible in two months. Stay flexible, however, so that you can adapt / modify your itinerary or stay along the way.

      - Yes, Sipadan / Mabul is accessible to beginners. The guides adapt the dives and make groups according to the level of the divers. I highly recommend Sipadan / Mabul, but as you probably know if you have done some research before, this is a place where it is better to organize things in advance because there are a limited number of permits a day to dive to Sipadan itself, so book your license days to be sure to enjoy. On the other hand, the dives in Komodo, since you speak about it, seem to me much more difficult if you are young Open Water. Better to have 50-100 dives of experience, already, the currents there are pretty formidable.

      - Choice between Gili Islands and Pulau Weh: I really like Pulau Weh, which I come back to. The sites are, in my humble opinion, more interesting than the Gili Islands, and the atmosphere is more fun. But the sites are deeper, overall, and if it's about finishing your level, it may be more fun to be in Gili. But you can loop anywhere your level. Maybe it would be worth doing this elsewhere than in the Gili Islands, which are not extraordinary dive sites and very touristy ...

      Good preparations!

    2. Good evening Corinne, and thank you very much for this answer!

      This is very encouraging and helps us a lot to see a little more clearly.

      I think we will probably start with a little tour north of Sumatra and complete the level at Pulau Weh.
      We will avoid the Gili Islands for now, so stay on land in Komodo / Flores to return to Sulawesi and Mabul / Sipadan.

      Thanks again for your tips and this exciting blog!


    3. @ Benoit: it's hard to know what will be best for you ...

      Many people have enjoyed their stay at the Gilis, which are very small, which offer beautiful white sand beaches, and a pleasant relaxing atmosphere under the coconut palms. It seems that you can still see many turtles (but there are also plenty of turtles on the side of Derawan and Sipadan) ... I think we have to choose his island Gili (a shot from Google should help you spot which of the three would best fit your expectations, there is one where there are more backpackers than others, from memory). For my part, I went there only once, a long time ago, but I have not kept an imperishable memory. Very subjective appreciation, and going back to a distant time, so not necessarily very reliable either ... But, it is true that I was not tempted to return for diving.

      As for the beach and coconut trees, this is not what is missing in Indonesia or Malaysia ... I would recommend Bangka Island, in North Sulawesi, as a very nice place, very beautiful and very pretty, to complete a training.

      Finally, I know there are mixed reviews also on Pulau Weh. Personally, I really like the place (I just spent a week there). But you must be aware that as Open Water limited to 18 meters, you will not be able to make the most of all the sites of Pulau Weh, especially the most beautiful, which are within 30-35 meters. But if it's just to finish a training and also discover the other terrestrial aspects of an Indonesian island, why not! The island is large and allows lots of walks.

  9. Hello Corinne, and thank you for these clarifications!
    I can see that we will only see a very small part of what the area has to offer and I am pretty sure that this is the beginning of a series of trips.

    After much procrastination, we will take inspiration from your itineraries and tighten the walk on Sulawesi, which looks very interesting and a little quieter in high season, with a first dive on the Togian islands.

    Something like KL - Flores / Komodo (without diving) - then Makassar.
    A month in Sulawesi, Level and diving and a pinch of beach in the Togian Islands, national parks (Tana Toraja, Tomohon highland), then replouf in Bunaken.

    Then for the other month, move to Borneo, go back to the Malaysian side, re-dive in Mabul / Sipadan then National Park and other jungles in Sabah before returning to KL.