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|Newsletter Christmas 2014|
The Forgotten Islands, Gallery by Christian Hörl
Take a look at Christian Hörl's excellent photo gallery from our Forgotten Islands cruise in November/December.
We are offering two expeditions to the Forgotten Islands each year in November/December. There are still spaces for 2016 and 2017 but 2015 is already sold out. Contact us if you are interested.
Komodo: The Underwater Laboratory
By Janice Nigro, janikiInk
Volcanic gas bubbles were percolating from the sandy bottom below me. Yellow particles of sulfur that had precipitated out of these gases from Sangeang Volcano, dusted the perfectly black sand, and the sand was warm to the touch. I thought, it is a good thing that I have my underwater "safety goggles" on, as it was my first sense that in the sea in Komodo a delicate (or perhaps explosive) experiment was still in progress. There in front of me I felt like I had an eyewitness view below the surface of the ocean to the basic ingredients necessary to cook-up life.
Komodo lies in Indonesia within the Coral Triangle, where the richest biodiversity in marine life resides. However, Komodo probably made an unforgettable first impression on me, like most kids growing up in the Midwest, through the images of a land animal, the Komodo dragon. I could not have imagined then, mesmerized in front of the TV, that it would be through scuba diving that I would get there.
As a dive destination, Komodo is known for its swift currents and cool thermoclines. Based on these characteristics, I was somewhat reluctant to dive Komodo. Furthermore, reading about diver mishaps in Komodo, which is easy to do because of the Internet, did not settle the issue. A culmination of a diver's worst nightmare in Komodo was actually a true story: divers had been both swept away and had to fight off Komodo dragons after finding refuge on an island. I am not in for that much adventure (or effort), but what I discovered, is that divers in Komodo who are most vulnerable to these incidents are the ones from liveaboards without dedicated boat tenders. I decided then that for my Komodo experience, I would take the Seven Seas, a big boat, with an attentive crew, that is well known for establishing underwater exploration of the area as a dive destination.
Old Prices in the New Year
Last chance to book a trip in 2015 at old prices. Limited availability on the following cruises only:
» Contact us for for information and bookings.
The Seven Seas - Grahalia Tiying Gading 18, Suite 1 - Jl Tukad Pancoran
Panjer Denpasar 80225 - Bali - Indonesia