I spent a couple of weeks in Indonesia in May of 2011. We spent a few days on the island of Bali and then flew to the Wakatobi resort about 600 miles to the east. Indonesia is a huge country with incrediby diverse people, cultures and wildlife; you could spend a liftime exploring it. We only scratched the surface...

All photos were taken with a Nikon D300 digital SLR camera, Nikon 105mm, 16mm and 18-200mm lenses in a Sea & Sea housing. Underwater light was provided by two Sea & Sea YS-120 strobes.

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Map of Indonesia Hindu statue Hindu temple Lakeside Hindu temple Terraced rice fields
Terraced rice fields Early morning fisherman

Wakatobi Resort

Wakatobi at dusk Local kids at the resort Local kids at the resort Dive-flag toenails are de rigueur! Coral close-up
Two Skunk Anemonefish Almost-tranparent Bubble Coral Shrimp Tiny cowrie shell in a sea fan Art Koch photographing an anemone Clown Triggerfish and cleaning wrasse
Blue Ribbon Eel Art & Sara and a Sea Fan Diver and large Cabbage Coral Art Koch photographing an anemone Dive guide Dollar and a Lionfish
Diver and large Sea Fan False Clown Anemonefish Pink Anemonefish and Anemone Art, Sara, Pooh and Sharon after a dive Anemone Shrimp with eggs
Pyjama Cardinalfish Sharon and Dollar photographing an anemone School of Sennet Barracuda Anemone Shrimp, about an inch long Diver and sponges
Pooh, a Sea Fan and a Trumpet Fish Brittle Stars on a Sea Whip coral Spinecheek Anemonefish Heading back after a dive Tunicate close-up
Hawksbill Turtle False Clown Anemonefish Art and a Whip Coral Tiny Damslefish and a Table Coral Large Map Pufferfish, about 3 feet long
Porcelain Crab in anemone Resort at sunset Sunrise

Some of the most colorful sea creatures anywhere are nudibranchs. They're often overlooked by divers because of their size;
they're usually anywhere from 1/2 to 2 inches long. Nudibranchs are sea slugs, just snails with no shells. They are usually
very toxic (don't try to eat them!) and their bright coloration is thought to be a warning to predators that bright, pretty things
don't taste good. There are hundreds of different types of nudibranchs in Indonesia. On your next dive slow down, take your
time, look carefully and you'll probably see some.

Nudibranch Nudibranch Nudibranch Nudibranch Nudibranch
Nudibranch Nudibranch

Sea fans are home to the pygmy seahorse, the smallest seahorse species in the world. These creatures are not much
larger than a grain of rice and are almost impossible to see as they have the same color and texture as the fan
they live on.

Bumpy seahorse Denise's Pygmy Seahorse Bumpy seahorse closeup

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