I'll take you back to Sogod Bay, nicknamed "the bay of whale sharks", in the south of the island of Leyte, in the Philippines... On my first trip there in 2008, I missed them. Twelve years later, I was luckier!
Protecting the ocean: what I have seen while travelling and diving
Below is a selection of stories published during my dives around the world. Some of them highlight initiatives to protect the underwater world and the coral reefs. Others show the wonderful biodiversity of still pristine locations and marine sanctuaries. And others try to warn of disasters caused by over-fishing, over-tourism, plastic pollution and climate change... Through these reports, stories and pictures, I hope to raise awareness. And to promote responsible behaviour in the practice of scuba diving. The ocean produces half of the oxygen in the air we breathe on Earth... Let's protect the ocean!
In lack of salt water, I'm nostalgically looking back these days to my last underwater images brought back from the Philippines... It was a year ago, early 2020. Before the Covid-19 pandemic and border closures.
It's hard to make diving travel plans with the Covid-19 pandemic. In the world before the coronavirus, I used to go diving in the Philippines or Indonesia... In the world after, I dive in Brittany in green and cold waters.
In the Philippines, Balicasag Island is a popular dive site. You can observe a huge silvery school of trevallies, spinning near the reef. A fascinating sight...
Making bubbles along coral drop-offs overflowing with life and colour, what a delight! In the Philippines, Cabilao Island is a real little underwater gem.
Fancy Indonesia? I will take you diving in the waters of Sali Kecil, a remote little island on the west coast of Halmahera. Magnificent!
In the Philippines, it is THE mythical encounter that all divers dream of: the whale shark, the biggest fish in the world.
They are beautiful, long-legged sharks! I loved watching and photographing them in the Red Sea. But I admit, they are also a little scared ...
In the Indonesian archipelago of Derawan in Borneo, the islands of Sangalaki and Maratua are no longer the fabulous diving spots they were in 2013.
March 2013. Bangka Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. My new home, for a few days, is called Coral Eye. What a beautiful name!
Diving at Raja Ampat... A dream. But beware, a trip to Raja Ampat requires that you behave as a responsible visitor. Tourism, which is booming in this archipelago, is threatening one of the most magnificent reservoirs of biodiversity on the planet.
I have been in Pemuteran, a small village in western Bali, since Tuesday. I love it! Here, the entire population is focused on the conservation of the coral reef.
Did you see the movie The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio and Virginie Ledoyen? Yes, it's there ... Maya Beach, on Koh Phi Phi Leh, in the south of Thailand.