Fish soup ! (Maldives, February 2014)
Fish soup ! (Maldives, February 2014)

Diving trip : all my adventures

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Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Egypt, French Polynesia, Mexico... All the trips and dives I've reported on the blog since 2006 are here.

It's already a nice little list to pick up ideas, if you are looking for inspiration or information for a future diving trip. Or simply to get away behind the screen...

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Current or upcoming articles

I still have a lot of dive trips to tell about... Here are the ones that are not yet on the blog, but on which I will surely post some articles one of these days:

  • PHILIPPINES 2020 → Sogod Bay (Leyte) + Moalboal (Cebu) + Pangatalan (Palawan). SEASON: March - DURATION: 2 weeks. A diving trip in three stages, to explore marine protected areas, where ocean lovers are working to protect the seabed and restore coral reefs (with Divers of the World, Green Inc. and Sogod Bay Scuba Resort in Leyte, Dolphin House Eco Resort & Spa Moalboal in Cebu, the Sulubaai Foundation in Palawan). My very last diving trip, just before the borders closed because of the Covid-19 pandemic...
  • EGYPT 2019 → Red Sea. SEASON: November - DURATION: one week. From Hurghada, northern cruise "Longitude 34" (Ras Mohamed, Shaab El Erg, wrecks of Abu Nahas, etc.) aboard theExocet (Diving Attitude).
  • INDONESIA 2019 → Bangka (North Sulawesi) + Rao (Halmahera) + Raja Ampat (West Papua). SEASON: July - DURATION: 1 month. On the program: Bangka, my favorite island in the north of Sulawesi (one week); then the discovery of the funds of the small island of Rao, opposite Morotai, in the north of Halmahera (one week); and finally ten days at Raja Ampat which I never tire of, on the island of Kri.
  • INDONESIA 2018 → Raja Ampat (West Papua). SEASON: December - DURATION: 2 weeks. Stay on the island of Kri and dives every day on the magnificent sites of the Strait of Dampier… No specific post on this trip, but for Raja Ampat, you can always consult this reference article which I update regularly every year when i go back → Raja Ampat: Tips To Plan Your Trip
  • INDONESIA 2018 → Pulau Weh (Sumatra). SEASON: March - DURATION: 2 weeks. On the program: mainly freediving, to pass the Aïda 2 certification and a little scuba diving… No post on this trip in particular yet, but I had already talked about my beginnings in freediving (it was in 2014) in Pulau Weh, already, and also in Hyères, see here → Free diving means freedom underwater. My very first stay in Pulau Weh dates back to 2010, you can find all my articles already published on this island located on the western tip of Sumatra (this is the westernmost point of Indonesia) at the end of this link → Pulau Weh.

Diving trip : my previous articles

Find below, the list of trips (since 2006, therefore) on which I already posted a lot of articles... Click on the blue images or links to access the posts corresponding to each dive trip:

PHILIPPINES 2019

→ Visayas (Cabilao + Panglao-Bohol)

For this second trip to Balicasag, visibility is good and allows you to take a step back to photograph the school of trevallies. (Philippines, Balicasag, March 2019)

February-March 2019 (2 weeks)

CABILAO. A small quiet island with, underwater, magnificent drop offs, coral in great shape (giant sea fans, huge colonies of acropora) and full of turtles.

BALICASAG. A marine protected area, where you can admire the spectacular whirlwind of a school of trevallies, off Panglao-Bohol and the very touristy Alona Beach.

PANGLAO. Other interesting dive sites, including the superb Doljo (post to come)…

INDONESIA 2018

→ Alor + Halmahera + Sumbawa

Snorkeling for the surface interval, in a sheltered Sangeang Cove. (Sumbawa, Indonesia, July 2018)

July 2018 (1 month)

ALOR. A diving trip marked by an extraordinary encounter with a dugong and exploring splendid coral reefs.

SALI KECIL [HALMAHERA]. A scarcely explored diving destination in the southwest of Halmahera Island. Magnificent reefs full of life, swept by impressive currents.

EAST SUMBAWA. Opposite Komodo Park, near Sangeang volcano island, an exceptional variety of dives, mantas to nudibranchs, far from the usual tourist routes.

PHILIPPINES 2018

→ Tubbataha cruise + dives in Panglao and Balicasag (Visayas)

This whale shark must have been 5 to 6 meters long. He was probably still quite young. The largest can reach a dozen meters. (Tubbataha Reefs, Philippines, May 2018)

May 2018 (2 weeks)

TUBBATAHA. A week-long diving cruise to discover the magnificent Tubbataha Marine Park, between Palawan and Negros, listed as World Heritage by Unesco. Unforgettable meeting with whale sharks

PANGLAO & BALICASAG. Departing from Panglao (peninsula extending from Bohol), a few days of idleness and diving, discovering the surrounding reefs and the Balicasag Island reserve just opposite.

PHILIPPINES 2018

→ Tara Pacific Expedition: from Pangatalan (Palawan) to Vietnam

Tara at anchor at Palawan. (Philippines, February 2018)

February 2018 (10 days)

PANGATALAN (PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES). Report on board the oceanographic sailboat Tara, for Ouest-France and the magazine Dive! during the "Tara Pacific" expedition on the coral. Stopover at Pangatalan Island near Palawan, to find out about biodiversity restoration projects launched by the Sulubaaï Foundation.

FROM PANGATALAN (PHILIPPINES) TO NHA TRANG (VIETNAM). Four days of crossing the South China Sea to Nha Trang, in Vietnam, sharing the daily life of the sailors and scientists on board.

EGYPT 2017

→ Red Sea: St-John's Reef diving cruise

There, no doubt, it's me he comes to see! (Red Sea, Egypt, November 2017)

November 2017 (1 week)

ST-JOHN'S REEF ROUTE. After testing the formula last year, I repeat on boardExocet (Diving Attitude), for a brilliant “three-in-one” cruise in the Red Sea, bringing together bottle divers, freedivers and underwater photographers on the same boat… “Saint-John's Reef” itinerary, marked in particular by the a striking encounter with a longiman shark that I was able to film very closely.

INDONESIA 2017

→ Sulawesi & Raja Ampat

Opo the hero poses with the survivor rescued from the waters ... (Ondoliang Beach, Center-Sulawesi, Indonesia, July 2017)

July 2017 (1 month)

KAMPANAR. This quiet village on the eastern peninsula of Central Sulawesi is the ideal base for exploring the beautiful and little-known dive spots just across the beach, away from the crowds.

LEMBEH. In North Sulawesi, a week of underwater macro-photography, devoted to the strange little creatures that inhabit the Lembeh Strait. Another world, absolutely fascinating. I did not post an article specifically on this stay, but I have already been to Lembeh several times, you can find the articles here → Diving in Lembeh

RAJA AMPAT. I find West Papua and the magnificent little island of Kri, in the heart of the Dampier Strait, for sumptuous dives, in the heart of the Coral Triangle

PHILIPPINES 2017

→ Anilao & Romblon

Here he is standing up and seems to take off, raising his funny face. (Romblon, Philippines, March 2017)

March 2016 (2 weeks)

ANILAO. The Mecca of Macro Photography in the Philippines, 3 hours drive south of Manila, near Batangas. On the menu: rare nudibranchs, shrimps, tiny crabs, mini cuttlefish ...

ROMBLON. The island, south of Batangas, is the capital of marble in the Philippines. And the paradise of divers bitten by "super-macro". A paradise of biodiversity for the tiny underwater fauna. 

EGYPT 2016

→ Red Sea: North & Brothers diving cruise

The bow of Giannis D, huge. (Abu Nuhas, Red Sea, Egypt)

October 2016 (1 week)

NORTH & BROTHERS ROUTE. A one-week diving trip in Egyptian waters, in the Red Sea, on board theExocet (Diving Attitude) for a “three in one” cruise, combining scuba diving, snorkeling and underwater photography. On the menu: magnificent bottoms and spectacular wrecks (Thistlegorm, Giannis D, CarnaticNumidia), as well as my first meeting with the impressive and magnificent longiman shark… 

INDONESIA 2016

Komodo & Raja Ampat

Masta flies reveal stains on their belly and scars ... (Komodo, Indonesia, July 2016)

July 2016 (1 month)

KOMODO. A week of diving cruise on a traditional Indonesian boat, meeting manta rays and the famous Komodo dragons.

RAJA AMPAT. Two weeks of idleness and diving on the island of Kri, in this distant archipelago of West Papua, one of the richest in biodiversity.

BALI. Luxury, calm and pleasure on the island of the gods, in Ubud and Seminyak, for a few days of rest between two planes. 

Diving trip to Triton Bay, Papua, Indonesia. March 2016.
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 2 weeks
TRITON BAY. A journey immersed in the middle of nature in West Papua, on the beautiful island of Aiduma, in the heart of a "hot spot" of underwater biodiversity: the fascinating bay of Triton. 

Diving Cruise aboard the Waow - Oct-Nov 2015
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 2 weeks
LIVEABOARD. "Secrets of Seram" itinerary aboard the Waow. Departure from Ambon (Moluccas), arrival in Sorong (Raja Ampat), across the seas of Banda and Seram. 

Indonesia Travel 2015
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 1 MONTH
LOMBOK. Diving in Sekotong Bay, departing from peaceful Gili Asahan, then off Belongas Bay in the southwest of the island.
BALI. Return to Tulamben, in the north-east of the island of the Gods, to dive on the always beautiful wreck of the Liberty.
BANGKA. Cape on North Sulawesi, to reach the charming island of Bangka and its splendid seabed. 

Travel Indonesia: Raja Ampat - January 2015
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 2 WEEKS
KRI. Diving trip in the Raja Ampat archipelago in West Papua. An extraordinary stay in the middle of the Dampier Strait, on the island of Kri, in one of the richest places in the world in marine biodiversity. 

Travel to Indonesia: Aceh [Sumatra] - December 2014
LENGTH OF STAY → 4 DAYS
BANDA ACEH. Press trip organized by the NGO Plan International, for the 10th anniversary of the tsunami of December 26, 2004. I realized several reports for Ouest-France

Apnea training with Blue Addiction in Hyères - July 2014
DURATION OF THE STAY → 1 WEEK
HYÈRES. Apnea course with Blue Addiction and small excursion of scuba-diving exploration Discovery of the peninsula of Giens, Port-Cros and Porquerolles. Visit of the villa Noailles.
MONACO. Express visit to the Rock and the oceanographic museum. 

Travel Mexico: July 2014
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 3 WEEKS
PLAYA DEL CARMEN.
 Seaside resort very touristy. But it's a good base to dive into the cenotes around, these incredible caves filled with fresh water in the jungle.
COZUMEL. The island is large and you can escape the tourist pressure by walking in the village or on the east coast. Nice dives on the reef explored by Cousteau in his time.
TULUM. Beautiful beaches, Mayan temple perched on the cliff facing the sea. For a break of a day.
VALLADOLID. Former colonial town in the interior of Yucatán. Superb and very pleasant. Perfect for exploring the nearby Mayan sites: Cobá and Chichen Itzá.
ISLA MUJERES. Pretty little island, on the condition of settling outside the tourist "village" of the north. Ideal starting point for whale shark excursions in July-August. 

Travel Indonesia: Pulau Weh [Sumatra] - May 2014
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 1 WEEK 
GAPANG BEACH. I had already come to Pulau Weh four years earlier, in 2010. It is the westernmost island of the Indonesian archipelago, off Banda Aceh, in Sumatra. Gapang beach and the Lumba Lumba diving center will once again be my base for a week's break. Peaceful and authentic atmosphere, fantastic dives. And then a new experience, really fascinating: I am initiated to freediving. 

Travel to Maldives: February 2014
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 2 WEEKS 
MALÉ AND HULUMALÉ. The capital island and its artificial neighbour, an extension of the airport island. A world apart, at the water's edge. It's from here that all the tourists arrive and leave on a diving trip.
HANIMAADHOO. Stay in a guesthouse on a "local" island as they say there, in other words an inhabited island, not an island-hotel for tourists. We live in the village, with the Maldivians. Unique atmosphere.
LIVEABOARD. From Male to Ari Atoll aboardOcean Divine, my first discovery of dives in the Maldives. Fabulous shark passes and sites full of surprises. 

Travel to Indonesia and Malaysia: Borneo - July 2013
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 1 MONTH
DERAWAN. This is my second visit to the Derawan archipelago, on the Indonesian east coast of Borneo. Diving in Maratua, Kakaban, Sangalaki.
MABUL / SIPADAN. One of the most famous diving spots in Southeast Asia, on the Malaysian side of Borneo. Sharks and turtles everywhere, whirlwinds of barracudas and trevallies ...
KOTA KINABALU. The big city on the northern coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah. Opposite, the Pulau Gaya archipelago, where you can dive.
KUCHING. In the Malaysian state of Sarawak, a beautiful city crossed by a peaceful river, the starting point for visitors to Bako National Park.
KUALA LUMPUR. Ultimate urban stage in Peninsular Malaysia, at the foot of the Petronas Towers. 

Travel to Indonesia: Weda and Bangka - March 2013
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 2 WEEKS
WEDA BAY. My base for a few days on the big island of Halmahera, in the Moluccas. Diving and lazing between the jungle and the sea, far from everything. Reefs of exceptional beauty.
BANGKA ISLAND. A small corner of paradise, for the second part of this diving trip, off the coast of Manado in North Sulawesi. Bangka is a beautiful and not very well known island, not far from Bunaken and Lembeh Strait. The dives are superb, the islanders very nice, the nature still preserved. The inhabitants are trying to prevent a Chinese mining project. 

Trip to Polynesia - October 2012
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 2 WEEKS
TAHITI. I only had a brief glimpse of the capital, Papeete.
MAUPITI. Neighbor of Bora Bora, a beautiful little island, authentic and preserved. Mantas in season in the lagoon, whales on the ocean side.
RANGIROA. This huge atoll has two passes that are world famous diving spots. On the program: dolphins and sharks. Spectacular.
MOOREA. Located in front of Tahiti, the island is perfect for a few days of idleness, in the middle of stunning landscapes of beauty. 

Travel Indonesia: Alor and Raja Ampat - July 2012
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 3 WEEKS 
ALOR. Gorgeous but sometimes sporty dives in this remote archipelago of the Lesser Sunda Islands.
RAJA AMPAT. In the Dampier Strait, there are islands and splendid underwater bottoms, still preserved. An exceptional destination for a diving trip! 

Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat + Bali - March 2012
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 3 WEEKS
RAJA AMPAT. A journey immersed in this fabulous archipelago of West Papua, still wild and preserved, rich of an exceptional biodiversity, underwater and on land.
BALI. A few days in Tulamben, to enjoy the splendid wreck of the Liberty. Always a pleasure. The site remained full of life despite the influx of divers during the day. 

Red Sea Travel - November 2011
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 1 WEEK
HAMATA. A one week diving trip, totally dedicated to underwater photography, in the south of Egypt, on the shores of the Red Sea, at the Wadi Lahami Resort. I'm with a group of other divers from the Photo Forum sub. This is my first trip dedicated to diving in Egypt. On the program: coral reefs, wrecks, dolphins ... unforgettable! 

INDONESIA 2011

→ Flores + Komodo + Bali

Photo pose in front of the Kelimutu craters. (Flores, Indonesia, July 2011)

July 2011 (1 month)

FLORES. Crossing from east to west of the island from Maumere to Labuan Bajo. The diving trip starts with a week in Maumere; then direction Moni to discover the three craters of Mount Kelimutu; then the traditional villages of Bajawa; walk in the spider web rice fields around Ruteng; stop on the blue pebble beach near Ende; then arrival in Labuan Bajo.

KOMODO. Boarding Labuan Bajo to dive into the mythical archipelago of Komodo, where live the "dragons" of the same name. Spectacular reefs and encounters with manta rays.

BALI. Heading for Tulamben, to conclude this diving trip with the magnificent wreck of the Liberty.

Cambodia + Thailand 2011

Bayon, Angkor, Cambodia

February - 3 weeks
SIEM REAP. This is my third visit to these places, to visit, again, the fabulous temples of the site of Angkor.
KRABI. Relax at Railay and Phra Nang Beach, the "Princess Beach".
KOH PHI PHI. An island very (too) touristy, but so beautiful despite everything!
SIMILAN ISLANDS. Cruise-diving on the most beautiful spots of Thailand, including the magnificent Richelieu Rock.

Indonesia 2010: return to Sulawesi

Murex resort beach. Bangka Island. Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

July - 3 weeks
BANGKA. A little-known island in the Sulawesi Sea, perfect to start this diving trip, with unspoiled sites far from the tourist crowds.
TANA TORAJA. Trips from Rantepao in the rice paddies and mountains of Toraja country, in central Sulawesi. Funeral Ceremony in Bori, visit of Lemo, Londa, Ket'e Kesu, Batutumonga.
LEMBEH. Return to North Sulawesi, for dives in the Lembeh Strait, to meet amazing underwater monsters.  

2010 - Indonesia: Pulau Weh (Sumatra)

Pulau Weh (Sumatra) 2010

March - 2 weeks
PULAU WEH. I have just acquired my Canon Eos 7D reflex and its underwater housing. I decide to dedicate this diving trip to Pulau Weh, to tame quietly the beast underwater. This small peaceful island is located on the northern tip of Sumatra, in the region of Banda Aceh (which had been devastated by the tsunami of December 26, 2004). It is the northernmost island of the Indonesian archipelago.

2009 - Malaysia + Indonesia to Borneo

The children of Derawan. Borneo, Indonesia. July 2009.

July - 1 month
PERHENTIAN BESAR. Dream beaches and peaceful dives, Penisular Malaysia, for an arrival while "idleness".
MABUL / SIPADAN. Malaysian side, the most spectacular dive sites in Borneo. Turtles, sharks and barracudas galore!
DERAWAN / SANGALAKI / KAKABAN. On the Indonesian side, treasures to be discovered in this archipelago of East Kalimantan, in Borneo to conclude this diving trip: turtles, manta rays and an incredible jellyfish lake.

2009 - Thailand: the Southern Islands

Long-tail boat ride in Phang Nga Bay. (Thailand, February 2009)

February-March - 3 weeks
KOH YAO NOI. A peaceful and unknown island in the heart of Phang Nga Bay.
SIMILAN ISLANDS. Cruise-diving in a splendid archipelago, renowned for the beauty of its seabed and sandy beaches.
KOH LIPE. I end this trip on the edge of the Malaysian border, at the very south, a tiny island with superb beaches.
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2009 - Dominican Republic [press trip]

The little guys make the pitches and show off their biscotos for the photo.

January - 1 week
PUNTA CANA. Beach and idleness.
SAMANA. Transfer by plane for a superb flight over the island, Los Haitises National Park, horseback riding at the waterfall El Limón buried in the jungle, quad rides along the beaches.
SANTO DOMINGO. Visit of the colonial district of the capital.
BAYAHIBE. Relaxing under the coconut palms of the island of Saona, excursion on the Chavon river.

2008 - Indonesia: Bali

Ceremony

June-July - 1 month
KUTA-LEGIAN-Seminyak. Nice halts, to and from, on this immense and splendid beach, but very touristy.
LOVINA BEACH. The "dolphin beach", overrun with street vendors, is sorely lacking in atmosphere. To flee for a diving trip...
PEMUTERAN / MENJANGAN ISLAND. Warm welcome and superb dives. An entire village mobilized for the protection of the underwater environment.
AMED / TULAMBEN. A superb region, dominated by the volcano Agung, where one comes to dive on the wreck of Liberty.
NUSA LEMBONGAN. To the south-east of Bali, an island that I loved, with its seaweed fishermen and moonfish. Authentic atmosphere, wild coast and sports dives.

2008 - Philippines: the Visayas

Alona Beach is much more beautiful from the sea ... (Visayas, Philippines, February 2008)

January-February - 3 weeks
LEYTE. This diving trip starts in Sogod Bay, near Padre Burgos. Beautiful bottoms, but the whale sharks expected are not there.
PANGLAO (BOHOL). Short day trip to Alona Beach, crowded.
SIQUIJOR. Idleness, walks and bubbles on this quiet island, off the beaten track ... my favorite Visayas!
NEGROS. Excursion in the hinterland of Dumaguete and splendid dives in Dauin and Apo Island.
CEBU. Overnight in Cebu City for the return flight.

2007 - Indonesia: Sulawesi

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July - 1 month

NORTH SULAWESI. Arrival in Manado. Rice fields, villages, lakes and volcanoes in the hinterland, around Tomohon. Diving in Bunaken and Lembeh.
TANA TORAJA. Walks from Rantepao to rice fields and traditional villages. Visit the sites of Lemo, Ke'te Kesu, Londa, Tilonga and Batutumonga. Funeral ceremony in Rembon.
LAKE POSO. Swimming in Siuri Beach and junglesque trip to the Saluopa waterfall.
TOGIAN ISLANDS. The diving trip continues in this small tropical paradise far from everything, starting from Bomba, on the island of Batu Daka.
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2007 - Thailand: Koh Phi Phi & Lanta

Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.

January - 2 weeks
KOH PHI PHI. Back to the pearl of the Andaman Sea, south of Phuket for this new diving trip. The island has become very (too?) touristic again, a year and a half after the tsunami.
KOH LANTA. Extension of idleness on the neighboring island, still a little further south. Beach, walks and diving.
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2006 - Malaysia: the east coast & Borneo

The pontoon of Mabul. (Borneo, Malaysia. July 2006)

July - 1 month

KOH TAO. Thai stage to start this diving trip smoothly. Then travel south by train to the Malaysian border.
KOTA BAHRU. Small stop in the very Muslim capital of the state of Kelantan.
PERHENTIAN / REDANG. Cute islands, ideal for relaxation and diving.
TIOMAN. Head south to discover this vast and wild island, with beaches still peaceful. Relaxation, walks and bubbles.
JOHOR BAHRU. Step to the border town facing Singapore, before the flight to Borneo.
SANDAKAN. Visit the center of the orangutans of Sepilok.
SEMPORNA / SIPADAN / MABUL. Sharks, turtles and barracudas everywhere! Among the most beautiful of all my dives in Asia.
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Before 2006

2006 is the year I started blogging about diving trips... My trips before 2006 (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Greece, Portugal, Netherlands, Czech Republic, for the most outstanding ones) are therefore not listed on Bubbles Underwater & Beyond. But I had posted some images of Asia online (including "photo film" scans for the oldest ones from 1997 and 1999), on my very first website:
Carnets d'Asie du Sud-Est (South-East Asian Diaries)

  Between Two Journeys

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