LIFE SE ASIA MAGAZINE

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Most of Raja Ampat’s advertising shows the picture of Wayag Islands. This area is without doubt an excellence choice to be the icon of Raja Ampat (West Papua, Indonesia). Wayag is a cluster of uninhabited small islands. They are stunningly scattered like a maze above the crystal blue seawater. Magnificent view! Wayag is definitely the most beautiful area that we visited during our diving holiday in Raja Ampat.

We spent two nights in Wayag, arriving in late afternoon after heavy storm and waves to reach the islands. Our liveaboard boat had problem with its generator and we did not have electricity and fresh water for half day. It was terrible, however the splendid view of Wayag islands made up for it.

We climbed to the peak of Wayag to see the archipelago up of the hill. It was not easy since the hill formed of rocks inclining almost 90 degree…

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She Walks the World

I have never heard of Pulau Weh until I started diving early this year, when I was told of the beautiful reefs and marine life surrounding the island. So during the monsoon season (Oct-Feb) in South East Asia that usually sees most of the islands on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia close-off to visitors– I wanted to dive, and somehow, Pulau Weh seemed like a very attractive choice. Apart from the diving; it’s relatively unknown, almost untouched by mass tourism, and offers some much needed peace and quiet.

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About Pulau Weh
If you want to travel as far up north of Indonesia as you can go, Pulau Weh is the place to head to. It is situated in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island, and is part of the Acheh province.

The main religion of the province is Islam, and shariah law was applied here…

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Mission Mola-Mola in Nusa Lembongan, Bali

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The Mola-Mola, the giant ocean sunfish in Bahasa Indonesia, is like the ambassador of scuba diving in Bali. Meeting the heaviest bony fish in the world (it can weight up to 1000 kg) is like searching for the Holy Grail for most scuba divers coming from all over the world.

Interesting fact: in English it is a sunfish but in many other Latin languages such like French it is a “moonfish”. Whatever its name, its unique flat round body whose diameter could be up to 3m and its two long vertical caudal fins give it a recognisable look.

Important fact: they are very shy. Meeting them at their cleaning station, where they come from the depths of the ocean to get their skin cleaned by small fish, is the only way to get close interaction. If you are lucky to see them.

Nusa Lembongan: a tiny tropical paradise escape

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She Walks the World

My second time back in Tenggol Island for another round of diving. There were many sites I missed the first time round– so I decided to head back to explore some more! You can read about the island and how to get to it in my previous post:- Scuba Diving in Malaysia’s Pulau Tenggol. I was with a smaller group for this trip, and some of the dives were lead by the resident Dive Master and Instructor from the Tenggol Island Beach Resort Dive Center.

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I was visiting in September, and it can be considered the tail end of the dive season on the East Coast of Malaysia. By the time the fourth quarter of the year kicks in; the monsoon season begins and most of the resorts will close. During my visit, I was surprised to find that the secluded Tenggol Island had quite…

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Apo Island – Diving with Turtles

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Apo Island is a small island located in Negros Oriental province of the Philippines. It is only three km around with hills in the middle of the island. I have read numerous diving reviews mentioning the island offers a world-class diving, an island that should not be missed for scuba diving holiday in the Philippines.

There were four accommodations in the island but we decided to visit the island on daily basis from Dumaguete (Dauin). The boat trip was organized by our dive resort in Dumaguete with the itinerary of three times scuba diving with lunch and snacks. It took 45 minutes to reach Apo Island by a local outrigger boat (with motor engines, not the canoe one). The boat was locally called as “bangka”. It was a spacious boat with roof, toilet and small kitchen. The only downside was the boat has open sides. Imagine what would happened to…

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She Walks the World

After finally obtaining my dive license and getting the dive addiction bug; I was excited to head for my next dives. I wanted to choose an international destination where I would be comfortable at– i.e. somewhere I have been to before. The first island that popped into my mind was Phuket, and after doing my research of dive centers on the island; I booked my dive trip, got on the plane and was there within a week. I couldn’t wait!

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Being a beginner, Phuket was an obvious choice as it is said to be one of the best spots for simple and easy dives. Plus, it offers plenty of sight seeing locations, shopping opportunities, beautiful resorts and nightlife; so that I could explore, party and also relax after completing all my scheduled dives.

Though I stayed on Phuket island itself, there are actually not many beautiful dive…

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Coron, Paradise of Phillipines

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Nov 8 – 14 2014

My first abroad, my first stamp on my passport.
I flew from Jakarta in the middle of the night with the excitement for vacation. Headed to Manila, Philippines, then flew again down to Palawan island, Coron.
When I hit Ninoy Aquino International airport, was trying to call a friend to filled my 6 hours connecting flight. Apparently, he forgot that I was coming and slept during the day. There you go, I got stuck at the airport for 6 hours.  Didn’t want to go anywhere anyway I was afraid I got lost.

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I walked my first step on Coron, Palawan. Breathing a different atmosphere. There was vans waiting to deliver passengers to their destination for 150 pesos. The only ride you can get in the airport. While on the way, I mailed a friend who lived in Coron. His name is…

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Majestic Manta Rays

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In this fourth edition of Marine Life monthly post, I am honored to include beautiful photos of Manta Rays from talented underwater photographers: Andre Philip, Boris Bialek and Chuck Gerlovich. Special thanks to Andre, Boris and Chuck for allowing me to use their amazing photos in this post. Please visit their links to see more of their beautiful photography works!

My diving certifications include a specialty of Manta Ray Diver – thanks to Scuba Schools International (SSI) and Orca Dive Center in Flores (Indonesia) for this interesting and eye opening course. My first encounter with Manta Rays was in Nusa Penida, Bali where I was at 15 meter depth and watched seven manta rays did the manta’s “circle” on the surface. It was beautiful sight. The second encounter was in Komodo, Flores where I had a chance to dive for 70 minutes with more than ten Manta…

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