Παρασκευή, 14 Μαρτίου 2008

SECRET BAY







Start early in the morning at 6am from my villa Kumpul-kumpul inn at Seminyak (the famous Bali resort area) and driving for 3 and a half hours you arrive at Secret Bay an odd little backwash near Gilimanuk opposite to the ferry landing from Java. The depth ranges from 0.6m to 12m and has some of the strangest creatures in the tropical sea. My mendor TAKAMASA TONOZUKA (owner of “dives & dive” well-organized company) one of Bali’s most knowledgeable marine expert and underwater photographer, has discovered this dive site. The normally calm, shallow and clear water is a delight for anyone interested in learning about marine life .The bay’s rare and abundant creatures make it the best place for professional undewater macrophotographers. The water is crystal clear at high tide in the morning. The cold current that feeds this bay seems to play a large part in attracting these creatures. The walk-in shore entry is easy, and the visual treats start almost immedialtely upon submersion. Clumps of seagrass host camouflaged pippefish, fire urchins, tassled filefish, and cardinal fish. It seems that every fin kick brings something new into view. Seahorses blend in with plant life, while small cuttlefish hug the bottom.
LOG-WORTHY: my dive guide Daesuke of “papasdive.com” is highly recommended for his trained eyes which can pick out hard-to-see creatures like delicate ghost pipefish, which most divers swim right by, mistaking the fish for a piece of seaweed. From Secret bay (at Gilimanuk) heading all the way across Bali are Tulamben and Amed Bali’s main attraction for all levels of divers. Many thanks to my Mendor Takasama Tonozuka.

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Erimos είπε...

Far from being a rather stale tropical idyll, Bali boasts every conceivable form of marine life in its surrounding waters. For the underwater photographer it offers walls, drifts, wrecks, reefs and muck dives. The subject diversity in these waters equals those found in other less accessible locations and where else can you peel off your wetsuit, flop onto a sun lounger and get a post dive massage for the same price as a beer at home.

Undoubtedly, during the past year, Bali has fallen victim to an image problem. However, take one look at a glossy coffee table book of underwater photos and nine times out of ten it will include several shots taken in Bali.

Little wonder then that top
underwater photographers have
continued to make their annual
pilgrimage here.

The best way to experience
Bali’s variety is via a land based round island safari visiting all the top locations