Mioskon Island: our arrival wakes up thousands of bats hidden in the trees. Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. July 2012.

Mioskon, the island with bats

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  Indonesia: Alor + Raja Ampat - July 2012

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.

Mioskon: the video

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 haunt for bats.

The strident whistling sound we hear at the beginning of the video below comes from the bat-bats ... They come out of their daytime lethargy at our approach, awakened by the sound of the boat's engine. Our Indonesian guides add, screaming, hitting the seats.

The show is striking.

Direct link to Vimeo video: Mioskon - Raja Ampat

Mioskon: the photos

Apart from bats, Mioskon has it all. 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 to dive with us as soon as they can. A group of dreams, for me, the photographer sub ...

Nathan, my underwater guide to Raja Ampat. 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 discover the corals on their side, in palms-mask-snorkel, with one of the Papuan guides of the resort, while we, the scuba-divers, will be busy to make bubbles a few meters lower ...

Mioskon Island: our arrival wakes up thousands of bats hidden in the trees. Raja Ampat. West Papua, Indonesia. July 2012.

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

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

 ;-)

Travel Indonesia: Alor and Raja Ampat - July 2012

  Indonesia: Alor + Raja Ampat - July 2012

  1. MERRY CHRISTMAS! !
    AND ALL MY WISHES OF EXTRAODINARY TRAVEL FOR 2013 AND,
    HAPPINESS WILL BRILL IN YOUR EYES ... ..

    GOOD IT IS I GO FOR THE 5TH TIME ON BALI AND COME TO BLOCK 7 DAYS ON KRI ... ..
    J AI PRIS UN PACKAGE DE 15 DIVES SUR UNE SEMAINE C’ EST RAISONNABLE POUR UN PAPY DIVER… JE PRENDRAI MES BILLETS INTERIEURS MOI MEME ET PASSERAI 2J A MACASSAR UJP ET 1J ASORONG AVANT ET APRES JE VOIS QUE NOUS AVONS VISTES BEAUCOUP DE SITES:
    FLORES KOMODO,ET SES RAIES MANTAS ET AUTRES DRAGONS AVEC REEF SEEKERS KATE&ERNST ,
    GILI TRAWAGAN BOF POUR DIVING….
    TULAMBEN ,AMED,CANDI DASA, LOVINA PERMUTERAN « TEMPLE GARDEN »
    RANTEPAO MARKET ET FOIRE AUX BUFFLES ET COCHONS …..
    AND MANADO WELL ON BUNAKEN WITH FROGGIES FOR ME DIVIDED A LITTLE POOR,
    BUT HOME VERY WARM BENNY ...
    ET BIEN SUR LEMBONGAN 2 FOIS BONNE ADRESSE BUNDA 7 200 000 SOLO WITH BRkF
    AND RIES MANTA
    AND I PASS 5 WEEKS ON BALI TO KUMALA LEGIAN AND ME RESTORED EVERY DAY
    AU WARUNG SOBAT 1 ET2 SUR BTUBELIG JL LIMITE KEROBOKAN THE BEST OF BALI, SINON ,HANA RESTAURANT SUR SEMINIAK EN FACE MADES WARUNG ( TOUT PETIT RESTAU JAPONAIS TRES FIN & TRES FRAIS VOILA L’ESSENTIEL DE MES ADRESSES FAVORITES ………..

    AND THANKS FOR EVERYTHING
    NB HOW HAS YOU TAKEN TO LESS THAN 15 KG WITH YOUR BCD + REG = +++ ???

    CHRISTIAN

    1. @Christian: Sorry to have a little slow to answer ... All my wishes (with lots of bubbles and trips in) for this new year 2013.

      I see that your program looks attractive! 🙂

      Pour répondre à ta question : non, je ne voyage pas avec moins de 15kg, hélas… Avant de me mettre sérieusement à la photo sous l’eau, j’arrivais à tourner autour de 20-23 kg. Mais depuis que je fais de la photo sous l’eau avec mon reflex, en trimballant également mon matos de plongée, mon bagage en soute atteint… 27-28 kg !!! 😯

      I'm talking about it here:
      -> http://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/dans-mon-sac/
      -> http://petitesbullesdailleurs.fr/2010/03/07/le-sac/

      In fact, what weighs the most in my bag in the hold, in addition to the diving gear, are the accessories for the picture under water: platinum for the box, arm for the flash, flash and battery for the flash, charger for flash, etc.

      My cabin bag also weighs its small weight, since I put a lot of fragile things that I do not want to leave in the hold: Ikelite box, dome and porthole for the box, cameras (SLR + compact), lenses, dive computer, laptop, hard drive, etc.

      For the plane to Asia, I now opt for the company Emirates Airline, which allows up to 30 kg in free hold eco class, or I inquire with other companies to know if they allow overweight for divers.

      For domestic routes in Asia, in general, I pay my extra pounds, but the rates are quite reasonable, and often, as I make sure to be kind and smiling, the gentleman or lady of the counter is nice and me makes a rebate. It even happened once or twice that they do not charge me this extra baggage ...
      🙄

    2. hello corinne

      I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT YOU HAVE REPLIED ME THANK YOU !!!
      IT IS WHAT I HAD INTUITED FOR THE INNER FLIGHTS FOR MY TRIP ON KRI .......... IN MARCH

      GOOD TRAVEL IN INDONESIA BANDA ?? TIMOR ??? KALIMANTAN ???
      CORDIALLY CHRISTIAN

  2. merry christmas Corinne
    you put the water in your mouth, we are waiting for underwater photos impatiently !!
    The only time I saw big bats (nearly 1m) was in Mauritius.
    In 2013 I go to Koh TAO (I had to give up Mabul because the plane tickets have increased by 25% overnight: - (()

    1. @Laurence: Hello Laurence, and all my wishes for this new year 2013 !!!
      I should have some time to myself this weekend, and manage to post photos of Mioskon underwater.

      I have not seen these bats closely, only from afar, and I think that's fine with me ... 😉

      Too bad for Mabul / Sipadan, it's always annoying to see the air tickets fluctuate the wrong way ... Grrrr ... Tell you it's only part of the discount. Monitors rates regularly for next year ...

      Koh Tao is not as spectacular under water, but the island is pretty like everything. The last time I went there was in 2006 ... It must have changed since then. From memory, there were three dive sites really out there, Chumphon Pinnacle, South-West Pinnacle, and Sail Rock.

      Bonnes bulles thaïlandaises !!! 8)

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