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|Newsletter December 2014|
The Forgotten Islands, November 2014
Trip Report by Elaine Brown
When I started thinking about a return dive trip to Indonesia (last visited in 2009), I wanted a unique experience: beautiful diving, comfortable accommodations, healthy and delicious food, some land excursions/interaction with the local people in a place far and away from cities, traffic congestion, highrises and noise. After doing some research and reading very positive reviews on the Seven Seas, I opted for this 14 night Forgotten Islands itinerary.
I was intrigued by this itinerary: East Nusa Tenggara and the South-eastern Moluccas. We would begin our adventure in Kupang (Timor Island) and it would conclude in Saumlaki (Yamdena Island). This stretch of islands from the Savu Sea to the Banda Sea is remote and sparsely populated. But would this adventure live up to my high expectations?
(...) The dive sites were simply outstanding. We enjoyed fabulous walls bursting with colourful corals and marine life.
We drifted over amazing fields of pristine coral, stretching far and away. Telang Island was unlike anything I had ever seen or experienced. Pulau Limtutu was rich and dense with corals. The consensus among the divers in our tender was that this indeed was an incredibly special place.
We enjoyed melon-headed whales, spinner dolphins and Frasier dolphins as they surfed the bow wake. From a distance, we could see water buffalo on the shore. One morning, we spotted the carcass of a water buffalo - perhaps the result of a mishap in transit. Pods of pilot whales were viewed on several days.
At the end of one particularly stellar dive, we spotted two blue whales cruising the waters. Our tenders followed them as they zig-zagged through the water, leaving their massive footprint at the surface. I thought it ironic that our dive ended with the spotting of a pygmy seahorse (thanks to Susan, a sharp-eyed guest) on the reef in shallow water. Once in the tender, we were tracking two giants of the sea. From pygmy seahorses to blue whales - our amazing adventure continues.
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