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Dream diving: Pemuteran and Menjangan

  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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I arrived on Tuesday at Pemuteran, a village on the north coast, just west of Bali. In this area of arid mountains, bordered by black sand beaches, all the activity of the village is turned towards the protection of the coral reef.

Welcome to Pemuteran

The mountainous region of Pemuteran, seen from the sea. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008)
The mountainous region of Pemuteran, seen from the sea. (Bali, Indonesia, July 2008)

I stay at the diving center Reef SeenThe project is led by Chris Brown, an Australian who has lived here for 17 years and has done much to preserve the local seabed. He has, among other things, created a turtle nursery... But I'll tell you more about Pemuteran's various "eco-friendly" initiatives in a future article.

The article is online here → Pemuteran: baby turtles, underwater temple and electric coral

The funds are so beautiful that I dive every day, either on the sites near the beach or Menjangan Island, an hour away by boat.

A captivating underwater atmosphere

The island of Menjangan is especially worthy of its underwater atmosphere, bewitching. The reef on the south side of the island is a wall lined with a forest of huge gorgonians and a profusion of soft corals. The place is teeming with life. A life-size aquarium!

The visibility is excellent, and when you look up to the surface, the delicate branches of the sea fans are shaded in Chinese shadows on the blue. Super show.

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Few meetings really new for me, except a flat worm striped yellow-orange-black that I had never seen before.

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In addition to the usual tropical fauna, which is particularly rich here, I did come across a good number of interesting critters: beautiful photogenic nudibranches, a ghostly white stonefish, two white-tip sharks, a crocodile fish...

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And the profusion of pygmy seahorses (already three since Tuesday) fills me up... Come on, I'll give you a small one for the road!

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  Indonesia: Bali - July 2008

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