Diving around Derawan Island was quite undramatic – a
world of difference to Nabucco Island. The currents were easily manageable
and quite often a fin kick now and then was enough to stay put and have a
The macro stuff and not least the sheer variation were
simply astounding. And we had the time to sneak up on very shy gobies and
jawfish that usually would have fled into their boroughs before you even
We had orang-utan crabs in large tube sponges, stonefish almost fully buried in coral rubble, twospot turkeyfish parading in our torch lights, oriental flying gurnards flying and crocodile fish mating, juvenile dusky batfish, cockatoo waspfish, ribbon morays of all sex and ages, green turtles, Indonesian jawfish and crab-eye goby, lots of different ghost pipefish, and lots and lots of nudibranchs and flatworms in all their colourful splendour. This was indeed Critter Paradise.
On our check dive Samarand had shown
us a stonefish more or less completely buried in the coral rubble. Only its
beaky eyes and sour mouth were visible.
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