Manta Rays don‘t cry

Twilight makes room for silence. In it you can feel loneliness and the breathof harmony. The fishermen in outrigger canoes, life-long friends with thetranquility, complement the feeling. Every night they go out. Later their lamps will illuminate the night to attract prey, like Will-o’-the wisps in thesky. The setting sun lowers itself down for a few moments of magnificent display and islands like the backs of wooded dragons, thrust out of the wateras a backdrop. Batbitim lies ahead, an island somewhere in the nowhere west of Papua New Guinea.

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The last anchorage of the Rubis

If you follow the coastal road to the southwest of Monaco, the vista inland stretches just to the Maritime Alps – the view is phenomenal. The blue of the water, the red rocks at l’Esterel and the lavender fields combine to a panorama which lasts for hours – the Côte d’Azur. There are villages carved in stone from another time and the glamorous health resorts with the rich and famous along the seafront. The sea off the coast retains yet another spectacle: it is a mystical experience to dive down to last anchorage of the Rubis.

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Stone Age

It is like traveling through a picture book. Being part of the story helps you pay more attention to what is happening. You look longer. The coast is lined with sandy beaches in picturesque bays, then the landscape rises and presents an outstanding panorama. Natural forces formed huge cliffs mainly on the Costa Smeralda in the northeast and in the northwest of Cape Caccia, rock formations reaching up to the horizon which then drop abruptly almost 200 meters down to the surf. The water is indigo blue. Below the surface are dozens of hidden caves, a highlight for divers with strong enough lights. In them everybody is an explorer and discoverer.

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Hope for the help of the gods

“Surga ada Disney,” shouts Herdan – “Paradise is here”, and he points ahead. The sea off the coast is home to a third of the world’s coral reefs. This paradise is huge, but the threat of expulsion is real. The country suffers. Borneo’s rain forest is the refuge of rare species; especially the orangutans are faced with extinction. “Forty years ago the loggers came into the country,” says Singa Sinam, chief of a village in Central Kalimantan. “The rivers were clean and swarming with fish. Then the stranger began to chop down our forests and pollute the waters. We still hope for the help of the gods.”

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Lying off Madagascar

If Dirk Fahrenbach cranks the outboard motor up, maybe the boat will cover the distance to Dimakya in time. It is worthwhile to take time for this country, he said. The fact is, we are too slow: The clouds catch up and drench the boat with rain. This flushes away the heat of the body. For 20 years now this German lives in the Philippines. A shower before the rainy season is hardly worth mentioning, he says and afterwards neither. Taking time for this country is Fahrenbach’s life’s work. For decades the fishing grounds were ruined by fishermen with dynamite. The dugongs were almost wiped out.

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