Divers meet a barracudas bench at the Blue Magic site in Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Divers meet a barracudas bench at the Blue Magic site in Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)

Go diving (again) in Komodo and Raja Ampat

  Indonesia: Komodo + Raja Ampat - July 2016

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"So, you went diving again? ", people have been asking me since my return... That' s right! I even realized a dream, which was to combine two famous spots in one trip: Komodo and Raja Ampat.

Magic Blue

Of all the shows nature has to offer, underwater life is the one that fascinates me the most. Scuba diving, discovering what lies beneath the surface always gives me the somewhat exhilarating feeling of exploring another world... Immersion in the blue is a magical experience! Here is the proof...

Above, one of the sequences that I brought from the aptly named Blue Magic site, to Raja Ampat (some of you have already seen it, since I first posted it, as a in mouth, on the Facebook page).

Below, another magical moment during a dive in Komodo: the moving face of an apneist and a manta ray at the Karang Makassar site.

In Karang Makassar, the "manta point" of Komodo, we should rather rename "Manta Express" as these large majestic lines are many to scroll. (Indonesia, July 2016.)
Fascinating meeting at Karang Makassar, the "manta point" of Komodo. Site that should instead be renamed "Manta Highway" as these large rays majestic are many to scroll. (Indonesia, July 2016.)

It is for these moments, so exhilarating, that I multiply the diving-trips, preferably where there are clear waters, warm and rather full of fish ...

In this month of July 2016, I flew to Indonesia (again). This huge archipelago, between Indian Ocean and Pacific, 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 region of the world: Komodo and Raja Ampat.

Komodo AND Raja Ampat

Komodo, I had already been there in 2011. As for Raja AmpatThis is my fifth visit there since my first stay in 2012!

See also → All my trips

I quickly made a small Google Map below for you to see at a glance what it gives, question on-site trips to Indonesia. In red, the airports of JakartaBali, 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, all to the east).

Read also → Raja Ampat: practical information to organize your trip

The good thing about diving is that you can stay exploring the same sites during the same trip, or come back from one year to the next, never tired. Each new immersion is different because the conditions change constantly (weather, tides, phases of the Moon, time), the meetings under the water reserve their lot of surprises and the coral landscapes vary to infinity.

Some pictures are better than a long speech ...

Clouds of anthias wriggle over Batu Bolong's coral. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Clouds of anthias wriggle over Batu Bolong's coral. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
School of snappers at the Mioskon site in Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
School of snappers at the Mioskon site in Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
The exuberance of coral in Raja Ampat is always spectacular. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
The exuberance of coral in Raja Ampat is always spectacular. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
A school of squirrel fish in the shade of a coral potato, Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
A school of squirrel fish in the shade of a coral potato, Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Hello, turtle! (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Hello, turtle! (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Clownfish in their closed anemone, which reveals the bright pink color of its corolla. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Clown fishes in their closed anemone, which reveals the mauve shades of its corolla. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
The spots on the belly-mantas are unique for each individual, much like our fingerprints. It is their "identity card", which allows marine biologists to follow and recognize them. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
The spots on the belly-mantas are unique for each individual, much like our fingerprints. It's sort of their "identity card", which allows marine biologists to recognize them. (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Divers meet a barracudas bench at the Blue Magic site in Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)
Divers meet a barracuda school at the Blue Magic site in Raja Ampat. (West Papua, Indonesia, July 2016.)

I'm sorting through my photos and it's taking a little time. This time I brought back more than 6,000 pictures (land and underwater)... 😯 But I'll come back very soon in a next post to tell you the details of this new Indonesian escapade ! On the menu : bubbles (champagne) in the air, bubbles (air) underwater, a new princess boat, Balinese rice paddies, a blue hole in the middle of the coral (with the pontoon that goes well) and especially full of very fresh fish and wriggling ...

  Indonesia: Komodo + Raja Ampat - July 2016

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