the waterline is beautiful, but diving here is very different from places in Indonesia.
At least on the east coast, there are mostly hard coral. The reef does not look as… fluffy as, say, around Halmahera. There are fan corals growing on some walls, but not that many. Lovers of Nudis or Lionfish will be disappointed, both are rarely seen, the latter only at night.
But the visibility is just great. I have never seen such clear, blue waters before.
There are numerous sharks. On most dives we encountered Grey Reef Sharks cruising below, White-Tipped Reef Sharks, and on one occasion during the surface interval we snorkelled with Giant Trevallies and Silky Sharks. We went looking for Hammerheads in the early morning, but apparently they were still asleep somewhere…
Dolphins came visiting the boat sometimes for a short moment.
It was so blue. Really, really blue as this:
And beautiful. Just look:
And let’s not forget the rock overhangs and caves we could dive into, like Thundercliff Dome:
I also had great dive guides and buddies. Celebrating some nice dives with a glass of wine (or two), and great food like Walter’s wonderful Ceviche:
Most days, the dive boat was captained by a baby…