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  1. Hi all, I've enjoyed diving in tropical waters (mostly Indonesia) since 2002 and taking photos. Some albums of my snapshots at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bora_horza/albums Cheers!
  2. This is a white-spotted hermit crab (Dardanus megistos) :)
  3. A few from Indonesia! Nudibranch (Miamira sinuata) by Iain Fraser, on Flickr False Stonefish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus) by Iain Fraser, on Flickr Ambon scorpionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis) by Iain Fraser, on Flickr
  4. Hi all, can anyone help me identify this anenome? Picture taken on a night dive at Alor. ID anyone? by Iain Fraser, on Flickr
  5. Thanks very much Leslie (and Gordon). No pic of the central disc, but after reviewing my own photos a little more closely I've answered my question about the yellowish stuff the crab was eating (whoops!) Porcelain crab (Aliaporcellana) by bora_horza, on Flickr
  6. Hi All, Does anyone know the identity of this blue crab species? Spotted living on a big barrel sponge at Alor, Indonesia. Also any info on what the brittlestar (I think?) also seen in the picture might be. In addition, any thoughts on what the crab is eating? It seems to have gathered some yellowish 'stuff', more of which is visable on the rest of the sponge. Maybe only ramdom plankton, or something excreted / secreted / digested from the sponge by the brittlestar? I'm just curious really! Blue crabs on sponge by bora_horza, on Flickr
  7. Hi All, Can anyone help and identify the following critters? Photos taken at Ambon, Indonesia Nudibranch (Unknown) by bora_horza, on Flickr Nudibranch by bora_horza, on Flickr Nudibranch by bora_horza, on Flickr Nudibranch by bora_horza, on Flickr Thanks!
  8. Thanks for the kind comments all! In Tulamben I just turned up, and stayed and dived with Aqua Dive Paradise, they have a few nice clean bungalows / rooms next to the dive shop, which is located almost in front of the Liberty wreck. Great guides who showed me all sorts of things I'd have otherwize missed! For Alor, I stayed at La Petite Kepa, where I had an excellent time diving with Cedric and the crew. He can show you the divesites in Kalabahi Bay where the various rhinopias fishies can be found. Kepa is a wonderful little island to stay on. Traditional thatched bungalows (and a couple of larger, family sized bungalows with sunset views), solar power lighting in the evenings, great communal meals cooked by Bibi Nene using local market produce, and an interesting mix of backpackers and divers staying at this friendly homestay / resort. Highly recomended!
  9. Hey all, Just back from a dive holiday to Indonesia (Tulamben and Alor) where I had an excellent time! Here are some pics taken using a Canon A570 IS in the Canon housing. Happy diving all :-) Rhinophius by bora_horza, on Flickr Mushroom coral pipefish by bora_horza, on Flickr Paddleflap by bora_horza, on Flickr Jackfish, Tulamben by bora_horza, on Flickr Rhinophius by bora_horza, on Flickr Batfish reflection by bora_horza, on Flickr Rhinopius by bora_horza, on Flickr Seastar by bora_horza, on Flickr Moray pair by bora_horza, on Flickr Crabs on sponge by bora_horza, on Flickr
  10. Komodo vs Alor - mmm, same same but different. From my impressions, both great marine diversity hotspots with strong currents, beautiful corals, etc, so in that respect similar. But you do seem to see different critters in each region (or whats common in one area is 'rare' in the other). I did daytrip diving into Komodo, so visited the central & northern part of the park, generally warmer water (28°C or so) and saw mantas, whitetips, etc (which I did'nt see in my visit to Alor). While in Alor I dived both warmer waters and cooler waters (24°C) which had different smaller critters, plus I saw a mola mola, some wobbegongs, and a glimpse of a hammerhead (which are rarely seen in Komodo). Maybe I saw more pelagics and bigger fish around Komodo, but more interesting smaller things around Alor. (Of course, if you're on a liveaboard in Komodo you can also visit the cooler waters in the south of the park, and see the different critters in that area..) I'd say visit both regions, they compliment each other nicely!
  11. Hi everyone, I’ve recently returned from a diving holiday to Indonesia, visiting Alor, Maumere and Komodo. Thought I’d share a few pics I took out there, and a video I put together from the clips I took in Komodo. These were taken using a Canon A570 IS. Diving Indonesia 2010 - flickr I had a lot of fun - just wish I was still out there! Happy diving all
  12. Here's a trip report I put together (with some photos) from when I visited in 2008, staying at Iboih beach, diving with Rubia Tirta Divers - I had a great time with them! Pulau Weh trip report
  13. Another option to consider is Donsol, in the Philippines. But snorkelling only, not scuba, and no flash photography. Anyway, because there's a lot of plankton not using a flash is not a biggie. Some more info here: http://tourism.albay.gov.ph/whale_sharks.html
  14. Well, I've found out a bit more information. From some internet searching it seems the resort owners were treated appallingly when they were evicted from Sangalaki - with very little notice, and much of their property that was left behind looted and stolen. I also recieved the below reply to my query on another forum: If anyone has any further information, that would be good to know.
  15. I've always fancied visiting and diving around the Sangalaki archipelago, and have heard a lot of good things about it. But from some recent discussion on scubaboard.com it sounds like things are not going well there, with resorts being shut by the local government, fishermen moving into the resort and island, and the area is being trashed and bomb fished. See http://www.sangalaki.net/ for some more info. Has anyone been out there recently, who can offer their opinion? Is this just one resort having troubles, or is the area going downhill?
  16. Cheers! No real battery issues normally, at the start of each day I'd load a fresh set of charged NiMH batteries, these would last 2 dives plus looking at my pics, etc. I did encounter one problem at the manta cleaning station though - because I took quite a lot of video footage there (maybe 8-10 minutes worth or something) this resulted in the camera getting pretty hot, and I was gutted to see my lens had fogged as I was surfacing! I did change my batteries after that dive, and that's when I felt the temp of the camera - nice and warm! Something I'll be more careful about in future, LOL!
  17. Hi All, well I’ve recently returned from another trip to Indonesia. I met a friend in Jakarta, and we spent a week on Lombok, chilling, swimming and snorkelling at Sengiggi, Gili Air and Kuta Lombok beach. I then travelled by bus across Sumbawa, and caught the ferry from Sape to Labuanbajo. An interesting journey, but I think I’d fly this leg next time! In Labuanbajo I stayed at Chez Felix hotel, a very pleasant family run place higher up on the hill, and in the evenings I enjoyed some very good meals at Persona restaurant, and a few beers and socialising at Gardena, overlooking the bay. I spent 12 days diving with Reefseekers, great fun and excellent diving! Mostly alternating between the central part of the National Park (Batu Balong, Tatawa Kecil and Besar, Mauan, Siaba, Penga) and the northern part of the National Park (various dive sites around Gili Lawa Laut, including Full Moon, Crystal Rock, Lighthouse, Coral Garden). We also did a trip to the south, to Cannibal Rock which is a really special dive site. And here are a few photos taken during my holiday: I also had fun using the video function on my Canon A570IS camera, and put together this YouTube film from the various clips I took: Happy diving all
  18. Hi, I visited El Nido in 2003, when I'd just qualified as a diver. Very beautiful scenery above water - all those islands and picturesque beaches! And some of the snorkelling was fun. But while the diving was OK it was not that impressive for me - quite a lot of brown / grey corals and few big fish. I only did about 5 dives however, maybe I did'nt see the better sites. Of course to the north of El Nido is Coron / Basuanga, famous for its WW2 Japanese wrecks, if you like wreck diving. If I was to reccomend a land based Diving Vacation to the Philippines, I would say fly into Cebu city, then travel south to visit Apo Island (just off Dumaguete, Negros), or travel to the north tip of Cebu to Malapascua island (another beautiful island with white sand beaches, and some interesting dives, including the possibility of seeing threasher sharks on a dawn dive). Have fun whatever you decide!
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