Wakatobi 2008

 

We did this trip in October 2008. It was just fantastic. Wakatobi is a dive resort in the Banda Sea, near Sulawesi, Indonesia. To get there you take a two hour private charter flight from Bali. So, we spent a week in Bali and a few days in Singapore on the way home. Wakatobi is about best known for Macro photography. It certainly was a challenge to get some pictures using an older Olympus 5050 digital camera. However, I was real happy with the results. Judge for yourself. Probably the most unusual sight was the blue ribbon eel coming out of it's hole. amazing. The staff at the resort were also very professional and a lot of fun.


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Starfish

 

Cuttlefish

 

Freckled Hawkfish

 

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Green Turtle

 

Leaf Scorpionfish

 

Lionfish

 

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Black Blotched Porcupinefish

 

Humphead Parrotfish

 

Pufferfish
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Nudibranch

 

Nudibranch

 

Nudibranch

 

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Pygmy Seahorse

 

Banded Sea Krait

 

Clownfish

 

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Fire Dartfish

 

Flatworm

 

Lauri

 

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Green Moray Eel

 

Nudibranch

 

Nudibranch

 

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Orang Utan Crab

 

Blue Ribbon Eel

 

Blue Ribbon Eel

 

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Peacock Mantis Shrimp Fish

 

Nudibranch

 

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Whip coral

 

Whip coral goby

 

Crocodile fish

 

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Midnight Snapper

 

Lizardfish

 

Nudibranch

 

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Robust Pipe Ghostfish

 

Scorpionfish

 

Clown Triggerfish

 

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Clownfish

 

School of Goatfish

 

Hermit Crab

 

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Lobster

 

Picasso Triggerfish

 

Scorpionfish

 

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Triggerfish in Potato Coral

 

Triggerfish

 

Blue Spotted Stingray

 

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Butterflyfish

 

Clown Triggerfish

 

Goby

 

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Juvenile Sweetlips

 

Sweetlips

 

Porcupine Fish

 

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Scorpionfish

 

Sea Pen

 

Fish

 

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Fish

 

Frogfish

 

Leaf Scorpionfish

 

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Blue ribbon Eel

 

Nudibranch

 

Pufferfish

 

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Stonefish

 

Fire Dartfish

 

Sea Squirt

 

 

 

 

Of course, the best part of any dive trip is meeting some wonderful people and making new friends

 

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Wakatobi Bungalow 10

 

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Wakatobi Resort

 

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Wakatobi Resort

 

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Wakatobi Resort

 

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Wakatobi -  Mike & Ruth

 

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Wakatobi -  Ruth & Denis
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Wakatobi -Ruth
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Wakatobi Ruth & Denis
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Wakatobi Village

 

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Wakatobi Village
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Wakatobi Village
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Wakatobi Village

 

 

 

After all the diving in wakatobi, we went to Bali and stayed at Tulamben.
This is also know as a dive location.
Only thing is the area is volcanic, so the beach and the sand are black.
Here are some pictures from there.

 

 

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Carrying scuba gear

 

Clownfish

 

Flounder

 

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Blue ribbon Eel Rebar "Airplane"

 

Crab

 

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Jukung

 

Nudibranch

 

Ornate ghost Pipefish

 

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Shrimp Lauri on USAT Liberty USAT LIberty Wreck

 

 

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