One last perfect day on Selayar!

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After a couple of “wet” and cloudy days we were happy to see the sun rise on our last diving day! Some of us were up at 6 AM for an early morning dive.

It was just amazing to see the sun getting gradually higher up in the sky during the dive!! It was definitely the dive where I took most pleasure to shoot wide angle. (Pictures coming soon)

At the end of the dive the sun was up high…

During our whole stay workers were busy building the sunset deck at the end of the jetty. As you face East and witness amazing sunrises, and  jetty enables guests to sunbathe longer in the afternoons and have a refreshing drink in the evenings. There will never be sunsets BUT if you are there on the right moment you can witness a full moon rise over the sea…

So yesterday on our last evening all the guests gathered with their Bintang beer on the half finished sun deck and watched the moon rise .

It was just the perfect last evening…

 

 

Ready for Selayar

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D-3!

On Saturday morning we will board the plane to Amsterdam and then onwards to Jakarta. After a short night we take an early morning flight to Makassar. Almost done then 🙂 . Only 4 more hours by van and 2,5 by speedboat before settling down at the Selayar Dive Resort!  I can hear some of you already say: No way, too long !

Well, let me tell you then …

That this will be our room view for 2weeks…

or well this one on the left hand side…

…and this will be the daily passage

to some amazing wall diving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and an infintiy of tiny jewels

It will also be 2 weeks with no internet nor cell phone network, no radio nor TV!
There will be plenty of time to meet new people, real faces with smiles and wrinkles! No interference with Google, Facebook or Twitter 🙂
Even though I love my “virtual” friends on the web, I’ll be happy to leave you behind…

Selayar – South Sulawesi’s underwater haven

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I’m back home for almost one week and still haven’t get used to the lack of light in Luxembourg during the winter time. One way to forget about it is to work on the photos from the trip. Now it’s time for the first report for those of you longing for the sun like me and of course for all the others as well.

Selayar is a hidden paradise and as most of these places long and almost impossible to get to. A 4 to 5 hour ride by car brings you from Makasar to Bira, a small port south east where a ferry boat leaves daily to Selayar island, 80 km long, thin, covered in thick forest. Most of the people live on the west coast which offers unbelievable sunsets. Benteng the main town lies as well on the sunset side.

Beach at Selayar Dive Resort

The Selayar Dive Resort, on the other hand lies on the east coast at the southern tip of the island admist a lush forest on a beautiful 1 km white sandy beach. No roads bring you there. The fast resort speedboat awaits the guests in Bira and rushes along the hillside eastern coast down to the resort within 2 hours.

beach2

The eight bungalows are well hidden under the trees on the beach so that you can barely see them upon arrival. On the jetty Jochen, the German owner, welcomes you. The stuff deals with your heavy luggage while Ifa in the restaurant is serving a fresh welcome drink.
The traditionnal Indonesian style bungalows are designed by divers for divers. A concrete bassin to wash off the sand from your feet features at every bungalow. Lots of electric plugs for your lamps, computers, photo gear,…but the real luxury in the room are the three large tinted windows filling almost the whole front wall of the bungalow. Through the trees you can enjoy the sunrise over the ocean, even from your bed.

DIVING

Mostly all dives lie within 10 min by speedboat from the resort. The housereef is simply breathtaking. A healthy wall falls down to the endless blue and on the wall you can find anything from pygmy seahorses to colourful nudibranchs, surrounded by all sorts of reef fish, huge lobsters and crabs at night, batfish around the jetty. Don’t forget to have a look in the open blue as the occasional reef shark or eagle ray may pass…

pygmy DENISE

featherstar

saron

Jochen takes his guests out with the speedboat two times a day. Dive times are scheduled by the sun and the moon, the tides bring strong currents at full moon periods and with them big fish.

deep

Depths down to 55m are on daily menu for the deep blue fans to get an even bigger chance to meet hammerheads, grey reef sharks, mantas, eagle rays,tunas, trevallies…Sharkpoint and Carl’s corner are the topspots for the big stuff, as are Opera and Steps.

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elephant ears

Netz is a nice wall dive where you can look for cool critters in an old fishing net hanging on the wall.

the net

The reef top at all dive sites lies in between 9 and 3 m and is the ideal place for your decompression/safety stop. Nudis, morays, turtles, endless reef fish play in the current.

moray eel

anemone fish

reef

Do you want to experiment a “real” night dive at 11pm or an early morning dive, I mean really early before sunrise at 4 am. Just gear up. Walk down the jetty and jump! The housereef is open 24 hours (unguided).

jetty

After a couple of days, we realized that there were no “electric” sounds : no TV, no mobile phones, no music. The only rhythm comes from the sound of the waves, interrupted by the geckos.

gecko

The buzzling sound of the moskitos reminded us that after all it can’t be paradise, but can we get any closer?

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Find out more about the Selayar Dive Resort

You can find all my photos on flickr.
Go and get wet!