Monday, June 1, 2015

Bunaken Island, Indonesia

Way back at the beginning of the year, we planned an R&R trip to Indonesia. We wanted to make it a dive trip, and picked out a beautiful little guest house on an island - KTM to Jakarta to Manado, then an hour drive, and an hour boat ride. We had everything set, the domestic plane tickets booked, the guest house reserved - and then the earthquake hit. We didn't know if we were going to be allowed to go. Fortunately, we got permission. And it was a MUCH needed break in early May.

It was pouring rain when we arrive, and we landed late into Manado because of the storm. The drive to the pier took longer than expected because of flooded roads, and the little, rickety boat was waiting for us at the dock. It was getting dark, and we set out in the storm. I did not feel that great about the whole thing, but kept reminding myself that I was a good swimmer if I needed to be...

We finally made it to Bunaken Island in the northeast part of the country (and far from the main tourist tracks), surround by a huge marine reserve that is often called the best diving in the world. The next morning, the sun came out and stayed out the entire week - not even a drop of rain. I guess our timing coming in was perfect. Five fantastic days of diving, lionfish, moray eels, sea turtles, millions of fish, and SHARK! The diving was amazing, the best I have ever done. Because these islands are volcanic, there is no shelf, and the reef drops from 3 meters to 2300 meters in seconds. The wall diving was incredible, and the visibility was outstanding. Would definitely recommend this area!

We spent a night in the jungle, and wandered into the forest to find tarsiers. It was the perfect, most relaxing weekend away from home. I look forward to my next trip to Indonesia, for the diving, mountains, and to explore more of the huge country.

Bunaken Seagarden Resort, Bunaken Island, Indonesia

The obligatory underwater selfie

A vine growing over the tree

Crazy weird bulbous underwater world


  1. Holy Cow am I ever in AWE of you, Sweetie Pie!!!! I can't tell you how PROUD I am of you...and your zest for life. I recognized it when you were a mere Yellow Bird at Play School. That's when I fell in love with you. Bravo for you, Miss Molly...Miss Amelia...Mrs. World Explorer-Photographer-Anthropologist-Savior (as far as clean water and healthy hygiene go) and documentarian. You Go Girl!

    1. Thank you, Louise! I am always amazed by this beautiful, chaotic and wonderful world we live in. And I love sharing my photos and experiences with you!