Pearls of Borneo

Pearls of Borneo

Sangalaki, Derawan, Maratua, Kakaban, Samama

Cette croisière aller-retour de 11 nuits à partir de Tarakan, au Nord de Bornéo, nous fait découvrir des îles et des récifs tout droit sortis des profondeurs du détroit de Macassar. En quittant la côte de Bornéo, la mer devient profonde très rapidement. Cependant, en continuant un peu au large, on rencontre une série de grands récifs de coraux et d’îles émergeant des profondeurs. Ces récifs sont balayés par de forts courants, dans lesquels on peut voir de gros poissons de fond qui surgissent à la surface, pour une chasse effrénée des poissons de récifs.

Chaque île a ses propres spécificités : A Sangalaki, observez les raies Manta qui viennent ici pour se nourrir de plancton. Plongez en compagnie des tortues et découvrez les nombreux animaux sous-marins cachés dans les eaux riches autour de Derawan. A voir aussi les barracudas, les requins et les raies Manta près de l'île de Maratua. Plongez dans le lac salé rempli de méduses non-urtiquantes, dans le centre de l'île de Kakaban - ou plongez encore sur les tombants spectaculaires qui entourent l'île. Scrutez les eaux environnantes de Samama pour y trouver une foultitude de vies marines.

Sur notre chemin, nous passerons près d'autres îles du groupe, pour y effectuer quelques plongées d'exploration, le long des récifs qui bordent les côtes de Bornéo, un vaste espace dans lequel nous seront probablement les seuls à plonger !

Notre point de départ et d’arrivée, Tarakan, est bien connecté avec le reste du monde – en direction de Singapour via Balikpapan, ainsi que de Bali et Jakarta. .

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Dive Blog – Pearls of Borneo

Check out our dive blog and read up on some spectacular dives we had on this cruise itin!

27-Jul-13: Current City III
A cold upwelling during our dive on Current City III provided for crystal clear waters and lots of fish. We passed multiple, large schools of surgeonfish; each school appeared to take a keen interest in us and follow us for a couple of minutes, circling around the divers, and by the time they let loose, the next school was already approaching. Two eagle rays flew past, and we saw two large marbled stingrays from very close up.

26-Jul-13: Deep South
During our long drift dive along the Deep South reef, we ran again into ‘Simi’, our friendly leopard shark; a school of full size red snappers; two giant trevally; and, schooling rainbow runners that swam up to us from way down the vertical wall. Later in the dive as the current changed direction, the barracudas swooped past, and large schools of fusiliers and surgeonfish were moving past swiftly in an effort to reposition themselves for the falling tide.

24-Jul-13: Big Fish Country
Once again a world class dive! We had excellent conditions with a rather moderate current and excellent visibility. We spent the first half of the dive taking in the two enormous schools of barracuda right in the channel, prior to moving a little further South to watch the large schools of jacks, surgeonfish and snappers, and the occasional giant trevally chasing right through the middle of the action.

17-Jul-13: Resort Jetty
In addition to nudibranches, octopus, tiny scorpionfish, and turtles everywhere, the giant frogfish was the star of this dive!

15-Jul-13 & 16-Jul-13: Barracuda Point
Not only the barracuda, but also eagle rays, a large (apparently pregnant) whitetip reef shark and a fully grown out grey reefshark were the clear highlights of our dives at Barracuda Point.

12-Jul-13 & 13-Jul-13: Deep South
We did two drift dives on this beautiful hard coral ridge, and were pleased to find out that the school of barracuda once again showed up, and that the school of oversize red snappers was still circling around where the ridge drops off into the depth. On one dives we found a leopard shark resting down below on a sandy bottom, and some of the guests saw (and photographed!) two hammerhead sharks.

09-Jul-13 & 10-Jul-2013: Big Fish Country
We had two terrific dives in the Maratua channel on these days. On both dives, there were three separate batteries of barracuda: the first one hung over us for a while like a dark cloud in the sky, with the grey barracuda so dense that it was just impossible to see through, and then there were two smaller groups of yellowtail barracuda later in the same dives. An enormous group of jacks as well as schools of emperors, black snappers, and giant trevally also stood in the current, and an eagle ray swooped past!