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There are several trips that I have not mentioned yet on the blog (I'm really late in my stories) but for which I will post articles soon:
JULY 2019. INDONESIA: BANGKA (NORTH-SULAWESI) + RAO (HALMAHERA) + RAJA AMPAT (WESTERN PAPUA). Trip dive about a month, in three stages. 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 a dozen of days to Raja Ampat which I never tire of, on the island of Kri.
FEBRUARY-MARCH 2019. PHILIPPINES: VISAYAS (CABILAO + PANGLAO-BOHOL). Relaxation and diving stay of 2 weeks. On the program & #160 ;: Cabilao (one week), then Balicasag and various sites around Panglao (one week). Posts to come & #8230;
DECEMBER 2018. INDONESIA: RAJA AMPAT (WESTERN PAPUA). Stay 2 weeks on the island of Kri. On the program: daily dives on the magnificent sites of the Strait of Dampier, which I do not get tired ... No specific post on this trip yet, but for Raja Ampat, you can always read this article of reference that I put in day regularly every year when I go back → Raja Ampat : tips and information to plan your trip
MARCH 2018. INDONESIA: PULAU WEH (SUMATRA). Stay 2 weeks. On the program: mainly apnea, to pass the certification Aïda 2 and a little scuba diving ... No post on this trip in particular, but I had already talked about my beginnings in apnea (it was in 2014) in Pulau Weh, already, and also in Hyères, see here → Free diving, free diving. 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
Articles already published
Find below, the list of trips (since 2006, so) on which I have posted quite a lot of articles on the blog. Click on the images or links to access the posts:
INDONESIA → Alor + Halmahera + Sumbawa DURATION OF THE TRIP: 1 month ALOR. A stay marked by an extraordinary encounter with a dugong and the exploration of splendid coral reefs. SALI KECIL [HALMAHERA]. A dive destination still under explored, in the south-west of the island of Halmahera. Beautiful reefs full of life, swept by impressive currents. EAST SUMBAWA. In front of the Komodo Park, near the Sangeang Volcano Island, is a variety of exceptional dives, mantas with nudibranchs, far from the usual tourist routes.
PHILIPPINES → Cruise Tubbataha + dives in Panglao and Balicasag (Visayas) DURATION OF THE TRIP: 2 weeks TUBBATAHA. A week-long diving cruise to discover the magnificent Tubbataha Marine Park, between Palawan and Negros, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. PANGLAO & BALICASAG. From Panglao (peninsula in the extension of Bohol), a few days of idleness and diving, to discover the surrounding reefs and the beautiful Balicasag island just opposite.
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 8 days JOURNALIST ASSIGNMENT ABOARD TARA. A week aboard the oceanographic sailboat Tara, during the Tara Pacific expedition on the coral, for Ouest-France and the magazine Dive! Reportage at Pangatalan Island near Palawan, Philippines. Then crossing the South China Sea to Nha Trang, Vietnam... A great scientific and human adventure...
DURATION OF THE TRAVEL → 1 week ST. JOHN'S CRUISE REEF. One week in the South of the Red Sea aboard the Exocet for a "St. John's Reef" itinerary. On the program: diving, underwater photography and apnea.
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 1 month KAMPANAR. This tranquil village on the central peninsula of Sulawesi-Center is the perfect base for exploring, right in front, some of the best known dive spots away from the crowds. LEMBEH. In North Sulawesi, a week of underwater macro-photography, dedicated to the strange little creatures that populate the Lembeh Strait. Another world, absolutely fascinating. I have not posted an article specifically about this trip, but I have been to Lembeh several times, you can find the articles here → Diving in Lembeh RAJA AMPAT. I find West Papua and the beautiful little island of Kri in the heart of the Dampier Strait for spectacular and spectacular dives in the heart of the Coral Triangle.
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 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.
DURATION OF THE TRAVEL → 1 week NORTH & BROTHERS. One week cruising-diving in Egyptian waters, in the Red Sea aboard theExocet. Spectacular wrecks and an unforgettable encounter with the impressive Longimane shark ...
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 1 month KOMODO. A week-long cruising-dive on a traditional Indonesian boat, meeting the manta rays and the famous Komodo dragons. RAJA AMPAT. Two weeks of idleness and diving on the island of Kri, in this remote 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.
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 2 weeks TRITON BAY. Stay 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 Triton Bay.
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 2 weeks LIVEABOARD. "Secrets of Seram" itinerary aboard Waow. Departure from Ambon (Moluccas), arrival at Sorong (Raja Ampat), through the seas of Banda and Seram.
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.
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 2 WEEKS KRI. Trip to the Raja Ampat Archipelago, West Papua. An extraordinary stay in the middle of the Straits of Dampier, on the island of Kri, in one of the most rich places of marine biodiversity in the world.
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.
DURATION OF THE STAY → 1 WEEK HYÈRES. Snorkeling course with Blue Addiction and a small scuba diving exploration trip Discovery of the peninsula of Giens, Port-Cros and Porquerolles. Visit of the villa Noailles. MONACO. Express visit of the Rock and the oceanographic museum.
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 strolling in the village or on the east coast. Nice dive 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. Old colonial town in the interior of Yucatan. Superb and very nice. Perfect for exploring nearby Mayan sites: Cobá and Chichen Itzá. ISLA MUJERES. Pretty little island, provided you move out of the "village" tourist north. Ideal starting point for whale shark excursions in July-August.
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 1 WEEK GAPANG BEACH. I had already been to Pulau Weh four years earlier, in 2010. It is the most westerly island in the Indonesian archipelago off Banda Aceh in Sumatra. Gapang Beach and Lumba Lumba Dive Center will again be my starting point for a break week. Peaceful and authentic atmosphere, fantastic dives. And then a new experience, really fascinating: I learn to apnea.
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 2 WEEKS MALÉ AND HULUMALÉ. The capital island and its artificial neighbor, extension of the airport island. A world apart, at the water's edge. It is from here that leave and arrive all the tourists. 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.
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 archipelago of Pulau Gaya, where you can dive. KUCHING. In the Malaysian state of Sarawak, a beautiful city crossed by a peaceful river, starting point for visitors to Bako National Park. KUALA LUMPUR. Ultimate urban stage in Peninsular Malaysia, at the foot of the Petronas Towers.
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 little piece of paradise, off Manado in North Sulawesi. A beautiful and not very famous island, not far from Bunaken and the Lembeh Strait. The dives are superb, the islanders very nice, the nature still preserved. The inhabitants are trying to prevent a Chinese mining project.
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.
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 Strait of Dampier, splendid islands and seabed, still preserved. An exceptional destination for diving!
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 1 WEEK MANHATTAN. Immersion in the crazy energy of Manhattan. A week of unforgettable urban discoveries, in the city that never sleeps ... All the classics of a first visit to New York City: Central Park, Rockfeller Center, Empire State Building, High Line, Chinatown, Staten Island, Brooklyn Bridge, Lower East Side ...
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 3 WEEKS RAJA AMPAT. Diving and relaxing in this fabulous archipelago of West Papua, still wild and preserved, rich in exceptional biodiversity, underwater and on land. BALI. A few days in Tulamben, to enjoy the beautiful wreck of Liberty. Always a pleasure. The site remained full of life despite the influx of divers during the day.
DURATION OF THE JOURNEY → 1 WEEK HAMATA. One week stay, totally dedicated to underwater photography, in the south of Egypt, on the banks of the Red Sea, at Wadi Lahami Resort. I'm with a group of other divers-photographers from Photo Forum sub. This is my first trip dedicated to diving in Egypt. On the program: coral reefs, wrecks, dolphins ... unforgettable!
DURATION OF THE TRIP → 1 month FLORES. Crossing from east to west of the island: dives to Maumere, Mount Kelimutu to Moni, traditional villages of Bajawa, spider web rice fields in the Ruteng area, blue pebble beach near Ende, then 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. Diving in Tulamben, on the wreck of Liberty. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2011 - Cambodia + Thailand
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. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2010 - Indonesia: return to Sulawesi
July - 3 weeks BANGKA. A little known island of the sea of Celebes, for exceptional dives on preserved sites. 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. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2010 - Indonesia: Pulau Weh (Sumatra)
March - 2 weeks PULAU WEH. I just bought my Canon Eos 7D SLR and underwater body. I decide to spend two weeks on Pulau Weh, to calmly tame the beast under the water. This small, peaceful island is located on the northern tip of Sumatra, in the Banda Aceh region (which was devastated by the December 26, 2004 tsunami). It is the northernmost island in the Indonesian archipelago. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2009 - Canada: urban pleasures in Montreal
November - 1 week MONTREAL. An urban week full of encounters and discoveries, in this great Canadian and French-speaking city of Quebec, but so American ... LAURENTIAN. Autumn is spectacular here. A day getaway in the heart of glowing forests. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2009 - Malaysia + Indonesia to Borneo
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. Indonesian side, treasures to discover in this archipelago of East Kalimantan, in Borneo: turtles, manta rays and an incredible lake with jellyfish. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2009 - Thailand: the Southern Islands
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. At the edge of the Malay border, to the south, a tiny island with beautiful beaches. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2009 - Dominican Republic [press trip]
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. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2008 - Indonesia: Bali
June-July - 1 month KUTA-LEGIAN-Seminyak. Nice halts, to and from, on this immense and splendid beach, but very touristy. LOVINA BEACH. The "beach with dolphins", invaded by street vendors, alas lack of atmosphere. 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. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2008 - Philippines: the Visayas
January-February - 3 weeks LEYTE. Diving in Sogod Bay, near Padre Burgos. Funds of great beauty, but the whale sharks hoped for are not at the rendezvous. 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. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2007 - Indonesia: Sulawesi
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. A tropical paradise far from everything. Diving and walks from Bomba, on the island of Batu Daka. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2007 - Thailand: Koh Phi Phi & Lanta
January - 2 weeks KOH PHI PHI. Back to the pearl of the Andaman Sea, south of Phuket. The island has become very (too?) Touristy, 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. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2006 - Malaysia: the east coast & Borneo
July - 1 month KOH TAO. Thai step to start smoothly. Then travel by train south to the Malay 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! The most beautiful of all my dives in Asia. → VIEW ALL ARTICLES FOR THIS TRIP
2006 is the year I started blogging... My trips before 2006 (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Greece, Portugal, Netherlands, Czech Republic, for the most important ones) are therefore not included 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)