Gaterins at Crystal Rock. Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011.
Gaterins at Crystal Rock. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)

Underwater happiness in Komodo

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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October. Already. Indonesia and Komodo are far away. And my underwater photos have been sleeping at the bottom of the hard drive for three months! I'm rediscovering them these days with new, astonished eyes. I can't believe it! Did I see all this? It's crazy.

Hop, in the water!

You remember my princess boaton which I took that fantastic dive cruise last July to Komodo National Park? I have already shown you, in videos, some of the critters that frequent the place: some manta rays,, napoleons...Ah! And then I got some shark mess, too, on video. I just have to find time to edit my little sequences... I will! 😉

In short, what is crazy about Komodo is the profusion and the infinite variety of wildlife under water. Corals explode in color, gorgonians are giant bushes, barrel sponges can hold a man, and the banks of gaterini, so photogenic, are everywhere.

Gaterins at Crystal Rock. Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011.
Gaterins at Crystal Rock. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
The reefs sport giant gorgonians with bright colors. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
The reefs sport giant gorgonians with bright colors. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
A barrel sponge. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
A barrel sponge. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
Gaterins at Crystal Rock. Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011.
Gaterins at Crystal Rock. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)

I've been diving in Asia for a long time, and Indonesia is by far my favourite destination. This huge string of islands seems inexhaustible. Impossible to be jaded!

And Komodo, where I had never soaked my fins before last summer, has now gone to the top of my little personal top asian dive sites ...

The Komodo National Marine Park is located in what are called the Small Islands of Sunda (it's all the way to the east, near Flores, after Bali, Lombok and Sumbawa). It is further and less accessible than Bali. Diving is not as cheap as in Thailand. There can be currents of madness. But it's really worth it.

I keep a dazzled memory, really. I love going back to the surface, amazed, like a kid, forgetting everything. This happiness, that happiness, seemed to me more intense in Komodo than elsewhere.

Komodo on land and underwater

Three months after this fabulous trip, caught again by the daily, I aspire to find these sensations both exhilarating and soothing that give me diving and photography under water.

But when I talk about this Indonesian journey to my friends or my entourage, it's the part that interests them the least. As they do not dive, it does not tell them anything, it does not stir anything in them. What I conceive pretty well. By the way, I now avoid giving them my pigeon pics when I return ... ????

Nevertheless, diving has become, over the years, my various trips in Asia, something important, essential, which brings me a lot. It's more than just a leisure activity, more than a pleasant tourist activity.

The more I explore it, the more the underwater world fascinates me. The more I feel comfortable there too. To those of you who dive, do you feel the same way?

For the divers, I still deliver below some underwater pictures of Komodo... 😉 And for the others, I promise: in the next article, I will come back on land, on the island of Rinca exactly, to present you the famous Komodo dragons!

Hi Nemo! An adorable clownfish in his anenome ... (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
Hello Nemo! An adorable clownfish in its anemome... (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
The majestic manta rays are here too! (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
The majestic manta rays are here too! (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)
Komodo, Flores, Indonesia, July 2011.
A profusion of life on the reefs ... (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2011)

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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