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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