ThThTh in Indonesia

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Gdog » Sat Mar 16, 2019 11:32 am

Wow love those pics!! The ones with all the kids... So love that.

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby RoxnDox » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:51 am

What an awesome trip! You guys all with those ear to ear grins is great to see...
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby ScubaJess » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:09 pm

A few more on land snaps
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Valerie is a super hero! :)
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Donut one of the local Indonesian cats
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The chefs
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One of the 8 flights
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Vjw » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:16 pm

Gdog, you asked for more above water pics. Here’s a few. Will take awhile on below water footage ...
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby H20doctor » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:55 pm

Nice... !!
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Vjw » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:07 pm

Kudos Scuba Jess and YellowEye!! Amazing photos and trip report!! Wow, if I could capture half the colors and beauty you do in your photos, I'd be pleased.
What an epic adventure! Hard to summarize quickly but here goes - 2 days of travel, 2 canceled flights, arrived and fought through the surge to the boat and dove and dove and dove. Eye-watering reefs with all types of coral, sponge, sea squirts, and crinoids with schools and schools of the most phenomenal variety of fish. Coleman shrimp on vibrant purple and yellow urchins and pygmy seahorse on resident sea fans with polyps open! Night dives with blue ring octopus, eels, mantis shrimp, the most colorful weird looking nudibranch I've ever seen, emperor shrimp, seahorses, stingrays, squid, 2 playful cuttlefish, frog fish, hairy frog fish and a beautiful view of the Milky Way greeted us after the night dives! So fortunate to get to see all of this and share with all of you!
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Vjw » Tue Mar 12, 2019 8:38 pm

Gdog wrote:Blue Ringed Octopus...Pssshawww. Those dont really exist, otherwise I would have seen one. Great photos!


Really Gdog!!?? :smt064 You coulda snorkeled down 20 ft in Anilao to see one on the reef!! But no, you stayed on the boat!!
But don't fret, my friend! We'll have other opportunities to see them again! I want to show you one!!

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Gdog » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:53 am

Blue Ringed Octopus...Pssshawww. Those dont really exist, otherwise I would have seen one. Great photos!

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby stphnmartin » Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:33 pm

Great report Eric and Jess. You guys are fast! What an awesome trip! I'm still not adjusted to the time change. It will probably be a couple months for me to finish the video edit. But, I'm making progress. Thanks for coming along on the adventure and helping to make great memories.
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Scubie Doo » Mon Mar 11, 2019 9:03 pm

Nice photos you two, great job.

What a great trip. I’m about one third through my photos. I’ll post when I get everything finalized :)

Can’t wait to see the video team’s footage. Very exciting.


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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby YellowEye » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:36 pm

GearHead wrote:Great trip reports! What a treat to be able to enjoy warm water and even warmer weather. The sea life reminds me of the better spots I’ve been to in the Philippines.
I just wish tropical destinations would keep a few HP 100s on hand for those of us who like to go a little deeper and stay down longer.


Thanks James!

They did have 100's, but no nitrox!! :eek: :eek: :angry:

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby GearHead » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:33 pm

Great trip reports! What a treat to be able to enjoy warm water and even warmer weather. The sea life reminds me of the better spots I’ve been to in the Philippines.
I just wish tropical destinations would keep a few HP 100s on hand for those of us who like to go a little deeper and stay down longer.

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby KeithBoll » Mon Mar 11, 2019 1:02 pm

Great pictures!
Thanks for sharing about your trip.
Love the blue ringed octo picture!

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby derekcs » Sun Mar 10, 2019 9:43 pm

Keep the pictures coming. You didn't miss much here. The weather sucked.
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Tangfish » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:46 pm

Glad you all made it back in one piece. That sounds like it was grueling getting there. Great pics guys. Can’t wait to hear more in person!

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Postby oldsalt » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:19 pm

Friends: Yelloweye insinuated you just scratched the surface with your report. Jan Kocian has been feeding us reports on his Fiji trip in installments. I would enjoy reading and seeing more.
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby ScubaJess » Sun Mar 10, 2019 1:45 pm

Fantastic report Yellow Eye! I love your pics!!! The colors are fantastic! I love your Nemo picture!!! It was sooooo fantastic diving with you guys!

That was the most amazing warm water Away Mission to date! So many adventures! I made contact a lot of beautiful sea creatures!!! I was soooo cool to see sea horses & cuttle fish!!! And my first swimming shark!!!! Also the staff at the dive resort were spectacular!! Such nice people! :luv: :eric: My away team was top notch! I love you guys!!!

Here are some of my snaps! :popcorn:

P.S. warm water diving is crazy tricky!!! Those tropical fish don't want their pictures taken.
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Stormy days = big waves, tricky to get to the dive boat. The staff was amazing they saved me from the waves several times
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The beautiful beach
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The juice guy!!!
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Me and the amazing dive staff at Tompotika Dive Lodge
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby RoxnDox » Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:52 am

Amazing!
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Tom Nic » Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:49 am

What an adventure! Sounds like it wasn't all wine, roses, and mimosas... Anxious to hear more, thanks for sharing!
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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby Gdog » Sat Mar 09, 2019 11:23 pm

Great report, and awesome shots YE!

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Re: ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby orcasc205 » Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:25 pm

Sounds like a fabulous trip! The pics are amazing. I can't wait to see more from you and your travel companions.

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ThThTh in Indonesia

Postby YellowEye » Sat Mar 09, 2019 9:12 pm

Howdy folks!

ScubaJess, StphnMartin, VJW, Zack (lurker), ScubieDoo and I just came back from a great trip to the east side of Sulawesi, Indonesia

We stayed at Tompotika Dive Lodge, a beautiful dive resort that holds up to about 10 divers, running off 3 small boats.

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It took 4 plane rides and a 3 hour van ride to get to the destination. Two of the flights were cancelled, so it ended up taking us a grueling 52 hours to get there! Yikes! The 3 hour drive took us out thru partially paved roads into rural Indonesia. Near the airport there were hordes of motorbikes on the road, as well as some trucks and vans. Most of the scooter riders weren't wearing helmets, many were just wearing sandals. To what we're accustomed to, there was a lot of close and aggressive passing of cars/scooters. We saw up to 4 people on one scooter. Quite the ride! Shacks lined the road.

The resort at our destination was beautiful. Beautiful grounds, modern private rooms, and a great common area -- right in front of the beach. We would soon find out that the resort was somewhat at the mercy of the unreliable power in the area. But luckily the resort had a backup generator they could kick on most of the time. It made for some challenge charging some times.

As for the diving... We got to see amazing creatures like cuttlefish, frogfish, blacktip sharks, rays, walking sharks, mantis shrimp, sea horses, clown shrimp, flying fish, blue ring octopus, intricate corals, puffer fish, clownfish, and fantastically colored nudibranchs. So much good stuff!

The diving here was surprisingly very challenging. There was a lot of waves, surge, currents. The boats were small and often rocked in the waves making gear prep tricky. But the diving was worth it!

The night dives were really cool. I'm sure some of the more experience tropical divers will provide some great detail of the creatures found there.

Here were some of the snaps:
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Beautiful sea fans lined the reef

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The reefs here were filled with spectacularly colored feather stars (Crinoids). Quite a different locale than our local ones.

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I got to see my first cuttle fish! Seeing one of these has been on my bucket list since I first heard about them as a teenager. They’re so cool, with shifting colors, and their bizarre form of locomotion. This one seemed very curious about our presence. He was about a foot long.
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Like a chock-full aquarium!
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Beautiful sea squirts were a common sight on the reef
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The sun behind a coral head
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These clownfish eggs were barely larger than grains of sand! Baby Nemos!
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My awesome dive buddies go to extreme lengths to get the perfect shot or video clip!
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Anemone fish on plate coral
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Our dive guides found frogfish and many other fabulous creatures
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I got to see my first sea horses. We saw several of these 5" sea horses on a muck dive, as well as the famous tiny pygmy sea horses on sea fans.


The scenery topside was equally beautiful with sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs and green jungle.

The reefs were looking healthy, except an occasional bare spot from dynamite fishing. There was also some plastic floating around, but not as bad as other place in Indonesia, from what I hear.

After each dive, we were treated to a delicious juice or tea. These were great. One of the juices was even made from some special fruits found in the local jungle.

Meals were served between dives, and were quite good. We were fed lot of rice, eggs, soy, chicken, crepes, and fried foods. Lemon grass was a common flavor element.

It was my first trip to the south pacific, so it was quite the treat!

Thank you to StphnMartin for planning this whole trip and giving great guidance for us more inexperienced tropical divers! And thanks to other board members like lologrande, vjw, tallmike and derekcs who gave us some loaners!

Many great memories were made along the way. This report only covers a fraction of the good times had. I'm sure we'll be talking about this trip for years to come.
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