Our arrival in Mioskon awakens hundreds of bats hidden in the trees. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, July 2012)
Our arrival in Mioskon awakens hundreds of bats hidden in the trees. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, July 2012)

Mioskon, the island with bats

  Indonesia: Alor + Raja Ampat - July 2012

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The Indonesian archipelago of Raja Ampat sometimes has an air of Jurassic Park. The pretty little island of Mioskon is home to thousands of bats.

A swarm of bats

It is believed to arrive on a small desert island of dream, paradise, with its white sand beach and its mini-jungle in the background ...

Surprise! The island of Mioskon is actually a bat's lair.

We hear a kind of strident hiss when we approach... It's the swarm of bats... ???? They come out of their diurnal lethargy as we approach, awakened by the noise of the boat's engine. 

Our arrival in Mioskon awakens hundreds of bats hidden in the trees. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, July 2012)
Our arrival in Mioskon awakens hundreds of bats hidden in the trees. (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, July 2012)

It's a stunning sight. But I realize afterwards that we would have been better off approaching in silence, with the engine reduced or turned off. Our noisy arrival disturbs the colony of bats. Soon after, they disappear, returning to their interrupted nap under the trees...

Mioskon: the photos

Aside from bats, Mioskon has everything to please. It is located not far of Kri Island and Sorido Bay Resort, where I spent a few days, in July 2012.

Mioskon Island. Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. July 2012.

The only other guests at the resort, during my stay, are a Dutch family on vacation - the parents and a little girl of about 8 years old. They only snorkel (fins, mask, snorkel).

Next, Sarah, a young scientist who came to take surveys for Manta Trust, an English NGO that works to protect mantas rays. She dives like me with her camera. We are therefore perfectly synchronous as binomials under water.

I'm lucky, as often, when my solo trips... I will do almost "private" diving for most of my stay!

I'm happy to meet Nathan, my favorite guide, with whom I had already dived in March. Jimmy or Julia, managers of the resort at the time, who have become friends, also come diving with us as soon as they can. A dream line-up, for me, the underwater photographer...

Nathan, my underwater guide to Raja Ampat. Papua, Indonesia, July 2012.
Nathan's watching the horizon...
Mioskon Island. Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. July 2012.

Short. That day, we land the family of Dutch on the beach of Mioskon, after the show of bats, who returned to their trees.

They will go to discover the corals on their side, with one of the Papuan guides of the resort, while we, the bottle divers, will be busy making bubbles a few meters lower...

Because under the surface, the astonishing Mioskon is also worth seeing ... On the program: giant clams.

  Indonesia: Alor + Raja Ampat - July 2012

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