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Go back to diving in Indonesia... A haunting desire, which has been nagging at me all winter! So, in mid-March, I flew to Halmahera.
My destination: Weda Bay. Good pickaxe, again. The underwater world in Indonesia, it's just... amazing!!!!
Halmahera, North Maluku Islands
Halmahera, archipelago of Moluccas...Indonesia... Names that are already transporting, even before the departure !
To locate, it is there, in the eastern part of the archipelago, between Sulawesi (west) and Papua (east):
Once on site, I admit, I have not moved at all, and therefore not seen much of the island of Halmahera same ...
Just the beautiful road which connects the city of Sofifi on the west coast to the village of Kobe in the east. Then the stretch of coastline mixing beach and mangrove in the Weda cove. And last but not least, the splendid reefs a bit further offshore.
I did not go so far, until Weda Bay, quite at random ... No need to ride an entire expedition, I just booked to Weda Resort, held by Linda and Rob Sinke, who are also the owners of Divers Lodge that I already knew, in the Lembeh Strait in Sulawesi (see my previous trips to Sulawesi, in 2007 and in 2010).
I wanted a week of relaxation, far from everything. Diving every day on untouched reefs in the middle of an exuberant coral. And then I was curious to see what Weda Bay, still little known and little dive, was like, several divers-travelers had told me the greatest good.
Verdict: Superb! I came back enchanted.
Under the sea of Weda
The various sites accessible from the Weda Resort are full of huge gorgonians, huge barrel sponges, huge coral tables. The reefs are teeming with color and life.
Underwater, I usually take my wide-angle lens underwater, Tokina 10-17which is wonderful with such subjects.
Between the play of light and the colors of the coral, I enjoy ...
Diving without stress
In addition, the dives are rather quiet, in the corner, conducive to contemplative walks ...
Unlike other beautiful places where I was able to dive in Indonesia and Malaysia (Komodo, Raja Ampat, Nusa Lembongan or Sipadan, to cite some famous diving spots), Weda Bay offers all its beauty without furious current.
The visibility is remarkable some days. The dives are varied, without stress, ideal to refine your photographic settings without haste. No need to choose between palmer or photograph... In short, I recommend without hesitation the place to beginners divers as well as underwater photographers!
The Weda Resort, where I live for a few days, is the only dive operator in the area. A handful of bungalows between the jungle and the sea. In other words, we are not many under water ...
Especially since there are not only divers: the tourists who push up to here also come for To watch the birds. As for cruise-diving boats, they are still rare to come in the area.
Every dive, we are in a very small committee. Our Indonesian guides are passionate, attentive. We are alone with our bubbles, happy to be there.
To the binomial lottery, I am lucky to be with Michael, a very nice Dutchman, who plunges like me, in peaceful and contemplative mode. No speed race or depth competition ... I appreciate. Admiring the beauty of the reefs is enough for our happiness.
Michael even ends up playing the models for my lens, alternating with our guides Radyal and Jimmy, when I need a little diver silhouette in the background.