Diving

Magic Mushroom Island / Lombok , Gili Trawangan

Magic Mushroom Island / Lombok , Gili Trawangan

No, I'm not talking about the mushroom islands of Palau and the magical underwater. It's the sort of mushroom that is said to guarantee a ticket to heaven, or moon, or jail if you get caught with it. It's a tiny ex-hippy island in Bali Sea that I'm talking about, Gili Trawangan. Gili Islands, Air, Meno and Trawangan are located between Lombok and Bali. Trawangan is the most popular of them all. Its permanent population is around 800, most of the workforce comes from Lombok and other islands. Gili Trawangan used to be a back packer haven back in the 80ies with it's cheap accomodation, beautiful...

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East Kalimantan

East Kalimantan

Well after a 2 hours ride on the river and on the open ocean, I have reached Derawan island and checked in to my room. It is a nice resort except that the food could be a little bit better. The diving: The most important thing is the diving here ! This area has some very special dives to offer, which from my point of view as a photographer, are excellent. I do travel quiet frequently, alone mainly, doing hotel inspections for my groups to dive and photograph. When I am alone and I don't have my wife as an underwater model with me, the success rate of good photos is %10. But here, I got some...

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Poseidon Xstream Deep90

Poseidon Xstream Deep90

Back in 2002 , I tought of switching from a regular regulator to something more extreme and reliable .There was big hype going on about Poseidon Regulators , everybody was showing off with them.Comments on how easy they were to breath ,that going deep wasn't a problem , they were reliable , needed less servicing were flying around. Finaly I was convinced and I treated my self with an Xstream Deep 90. Well the first dives or so I was thinking " hmm not that easy to breath actualy " a couple of dives later " ooops where does that water come from now " more dives later " and now it's free flowing"...

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Anti-fog tree

A new mask can be a diver’s nightmare. You may try all the tricks, brush it, scrub it, burn it, spit in it, try all the antifog solutions and you may still end up with a blurry sight the minute you put your head under the water. I had a lovely Aqualung mask, almost completely transparent, with soft silicones and huge, one piece glass. I would have a wide angle of sight if I could manage to complete a dive with it. It would get fog all over a minute later and had to change to my 10 year old, ugly but comfortable mask. We were diving in Bunaken and I asked our dive guide if he had a strong anti-fog...

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A Night Time Visit

A Night Time Visit

I was literally running to the Jetty to get a last photo of the amazing sunset Raja Ampat offered us on our last day as suddenly my friend called me back from the kitchen area of the resort. The ladies at the kitchen were just disposing some organic food waste into the water where the black tip babies, apolet sharks and various other fish feasted on them. However that was not wht he was showing me,  as I came closer to the kitchen I noticed a grey  huge fat  body underneath. For the first second I couldn't categorize it in my head until I realized what it was . A Dugong ! I knew that there...

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