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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

One never knows what chance sightings will arise on any given snorkel or dive so it’s a treasure hunt every time you jump in the water. A particularly memorable sighting is now emblazoned on my brain from a snorkel in August over “The Crack”.

Big John to the Rescue!

Big John to the Rescue!

Us few snorkelers had our own reward in a bittersweet way. Seeing a small manta (1.5-2 m) with a strange series of white lines marking its back, I free dived down and noticed deep cuts in the left wing. The second dive down I found a long monofilament fishing line trailing behind it.

“WHAAALES!!”

“WHAAALES!!”

From laying on the ocean floor and looking up to see giant trevallies passing by at fish bowl, to snorkeling with manta rays up close, to going on my first night dive – these are memories I’ll cherish forever.

Amazing Komodo

Amazing Komodo

The diving in Komodo is beyond amazing. Each time you enter the water, it is a new experience, however my favourite underwater experience was snorkelling with the mantas.

Komodo Magic

Komodo Magic

I can’t believe we are still finding new mind blowing sites in Komodo. And there is something spiritual about having a glimpse every now and then, of the many secrets that mother Komodo still holds.

A Surprise Encounter with a Heavily Pregnant Manta

A Surprise Encounter with a Heavily Pregnant Manta

Snorkeling and diving with mantas at Manta Alley are always very rewarding and I always do both. Diving gets us down to the cleaning station where, if one is careful and patient, the huge mantas will come in close and hover as they are stripped of parasites by a host of fishes.

16-28 March 2020: Whale Sharks & Oceanic Mantas

16-28 March 2020: Whale Sharks & Oceanic Mantas

Ahoy shipmates! I just wanted let you all know that after our recent success with Whale sharks and Oceanic mantas during our February and March trips to the southern Bird’s Head earlier this year we are planning an expedition totally dedicated to exploring Triton Bay and the south west coast of West Papua, including Momon and the Fak Fak region.

Fishing boats in Indonesia

Fishing boats in Indonesia

Some of you may like to learn a bit more about what happens around Indonesia’s vast marine areas. Lida will share some short info stories each month, we hope you like them. This one is about Indonesian fishing boats.

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