The fishermen of Raja Ampat

The Giant Trevallies are quick as arrows. The hunters are shooting through the water – too fast to spot them catching prey among the neon-coloured Fusiliers, who form instantly into a ball. It’s protecting the individual within it. One can hear the dynamic. As suddenly as the hunt started, it’s over. Quietness returns to the Magic Mountain. Mantas glide gracefully in. It’s a magical moment in breathless silence.

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The secret peace of Busuanga Island

The Philippines: Of 7107 islands, only a few are inhabited. This inspires a picture of them as secluded islands in the midst of virginal tranquillity surrounded by sparkling lagoons. Busuanga is situated on the edge. You find a few villages there and the small town of Coron. And the nature to be found there is simply fantastic – above and under water.

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Unequal Sisters

Exploring a country by boat which consists of 99 percent water, changes your perspective. The horizon expands endlessly. Sometimes you just gaze – as if you stare dreamily into the flames of a campfire. The brisk wind blows up spume and salty flavours and the feeling of being an adventurer and a pioneer. In such moments you are alone on the Maldives. The Lhaviyani Atoll lies ahead.

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Endless Water – Endless Sky

Dream destination French Polynesia: it is said that the islands there are the last places to find paradise. The archipelagos at the edge of the world map stand out of the sea between the 150th and 160th longitude, far away from any tourist destinations, which are usually considered paradisaic. The coast of Peru in the east is 8000 km away. Australia in the west 6000 km. Starting point Europe: to bridge the distance inspires the imagination and expectation.

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Every Little Helps

When the others raved about “muck-diving” as the greatest thing, it was a mystery to me for a long time. I could find nothing in looking for ‘critters’ on a muddy sea bed, those little and smallest of sea creatures, cranky to bizarre in colour, shape and movement. And if you are far-sighted, everything close to you gets blurred. The macro world remained hidden from me. A far better travelled friend sharpened my eye for that. He raved about Lembeh Street and the animal oddities that lived in it – and gave me a magnifying glass.

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Adelaar

The old ship’s fate seemed to be sealed. The Adelaar, built in the Netherlands during the imperial era, was rusting out in a harbor at the Baltic coast. No one cared about the barge, which had seen better days. Its time as a coaster was over. Then he was spotted by Bernd Pfeiffer, who was actually only looking for an anchor. He found him – attached to the Adelaar. Over many years he carefully restored the brig. Today it is a comfortable charter vessel, most of the time in Indonesia on its way to the most spectacular diving spots in the world. Recently the sailing trip started from Bali – heading for the Komodo National Park.

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Madagaskar

Ages ago in the southeast of Africa a piece of land broke off and drifted towards the sea. It is now a day journey by ship away from Mosambique. Madagaskar is the fourth biggest isle in the world. Being isolated since 150 million years, a unique nature has developed with rare species of plants and animals. The locals in the land of lemurs and chameleons, of perfume and vanilla are extremely poor. It is however a paradise, full of natural wonders and shaped by an old culture. Nosy Be, nominal the Big Island, is the paradise outpost with a diameter of about 20 km. The sea outside contains a fantastic underwater world.

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At the edge of the world

The Fidjis – if you try to spot them on the world map you will find them on the right-hand edge just to search again on the left. This is because of the 180° meridian that marks “the end of the world“ on both sides. “There are not many places on our planet as beautiful as this” says Jean-Michael Cousteau. “The diversity of the underwater life is overwhelming.” The documentary film-maker is carrying his father’s legend in his name. This causes a strong attraction. The islands are approaching as a destination.

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The Hotel

There are many stories about diving. Only some will keep in mind because they talk about a hotel. Lady Di has been there, also Mick Jagger. The story is again about a far-flung island world; Vasco da Gama discovered it 500 years ago for Portugal. Later on the dutch came. The Moluccas has been exploited as Spice Islands – the nutmeg-trees characterize the landscape even till today. It’s unique, also under water. The small island Banda Naira is situated in the south-east. It is a dive centre there and the hotel Maulana, constructed in colonil style near the small harbour.

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No fear of the big shark

„That’s our life, man.“ Onas, the fishermen, laughs. He points to the sea where the sun begins to set. A brown pelican sails above the water; the small waves are reflecting its rays in all directions. Reggae-rhythms are drifting over from the jukebox in Rosie’s restaurant. The jetty, reaching far out into the sea, is the first landmark or the last – depending on how one looks at it. The water is gurgling underneath the fisherboats and those for the tourists, who sometimes head out to go fishing. „And then we’ve got the insanes“, says Onas. They attend Erich Ritters “sharkschool” who is a famous shark-researcher.

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