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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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Third Day at Barracuda Point

Third Day at Barracuda Point

It shouldn’t be a surprise to you now that we were at Barracuda Point again on our third day at Sipadan.  We actually made two of the three dives to the same spot. When we passed that favorite corner of ours at 15 meters and slowly ascend through the valley, we saw lots of turtles gathered around a pinnacle. At first sight, we thought that this was the red light district for turtles. I even felt sorry for one of the guys that got kicked out by three other turtles. We were waiting for some action, but apparently that was a spa rather than a red light zone. It was a cleaning station and the turtles...

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Second Day at Barracuda Point

Second Day at Barracuda Point

After that mind blowing experience the other day, we really didn’t want to dive at any other Dive Sites at Sipadan. We wanted to spend all our dives in Baraccuda Point. Actually, if they could keep sending us full tanks and food, I wouldn’t mind spending the whole day in that corner at 15 meters, just watching the open blue. On our second day at Sipadan, guess where we wanted to go? Yes, Baraccuda Point, well guessed J And it was the best choice ever again. When we made our entry, the group started heading down whereas I stayed at 5 meters and approached the huge shadows I’d seen from...

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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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