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.
Protecting the ocean: what I saw during my travels and dives
Below, a selection of articles published during my dives around the world. Some put forward initiatives to preserve seabed and coral reefs. Others show the wonderful biodiversity still intact sites and marine reserves. Still others are trying alert in the face of disasters caused by overfishing, over-tourism, plastic pollution and climate change ... I hope to provoke, through these reports, these stories and these images, awareness. And encourage behaviors officials in the practice of scuba diving. The ocean produces half of the oxygen in the air we breathe on Earth ... Protect the ocean!
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.
Tara. This is the name of an extraordinary boat, an oceanographic schooner sailing the Pacific Ocean to study coral. I embarked in February 2018 with the scientists for a media report in the Philippines...
Among the islands that I dream to explore when I return to Polynesia, there is Rurutu, in the Austral Islands ... For humpback whales.
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.