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"So, you went diving again?", I've been asked since my return... Yes! I even realized a dream, combining in one trip two famous spots: Komodo and Raja Ampat.
Of all the spectacles that nature has to offer, underwater life is the one that fascinates me the most. Diving, discovering what is hidden under the surface always gives me the exhilarating feeling of exploring another world... Immersing oneself in the blue is magical! The proof...
Above, one of the sequences I brought back from the aptly named Blue Magic site, in Raja Ampat (some of you have already seen it, since I first posted it as an appetizer, on the Facebook page).
Below, another magical moment during a dive in Komodo: the moving face to face encounter between a snorkeler and a manta ray, at Karang Makassar.
It is for these moments, so exciting, that I multiply the diving trips, preferably where there are clear, warm and rather fishy waters...
So in this month of July 2016, I flew to Indonesia (again). This huge archipelago, between Indian and Pacific Oceans, is a fantastic destination for underwater photography! And I decided to hit hard, combining in one trip the two most beautiful diving spots I know in this part of the world: Komodo and then Raja Ampat.
Komodo AND Raja Ampat
KomodoI had already been there in 2011. As for Raja AmpatThis is my 5th visit there since my first stay in 2012!
I've quickly made a little Google Map below so you can see at a glance what it looks like, in terms of travel in Indonesia. In red, the airports of Jakarta, Bali, Labuan Bajo, Makassar and Sorong through which I passed. In blue, the archipelagos of Komodo (in the Small Islands of Sunda, near Flores) and Raja Ampat (in West Papua, in the far east).
The good thing about diving is that you can stay and explore the same sites during the same trip, or come back to them from one year to the next, without ever getting bored. Each new dive is different, because the conditions are constantly changing (weather, tides, moon phases, time of day), the underwater encounters are full of surprises and the coral landscapes vary endlessly.
Some pictures are better than a long speech...
I'm sorting out my pictures and it's taking a little while. This time I brought back more than 6,000 images (land and underwater)... 😯 But I'll be back very soon in a future post to tell you the details of this new Indonesian escapade! On the menu: bubbles (champagne) in the air(air) bubbles underwater, a new princess boat, Balinese rice fields, a blue hole in the middle of the coral (with the pontoon that goes well) and above all lots of very fresh and wriggling fish...