Scuba Adventures

Ternate at night

Photo Friday : Metropolis

May 19, 2013

Sometimes a SCUBA expedition affords us a chance to explore more than the underwater world. At one time, Ternate and its neighboring island, Tidore, were the only source of cloves in the world, making them rich and powerful centers of trade. This is also where our hero, Alfred Russel Wallace wrote “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type”, his theory of evolution that rocked Darwin’s world. The above photo was taken as we approached the … Read more

Waigeo Indonesia

Photo Friday: Temperature

May 3, 2013

Warm air, warm water – that’s what I daydream about when we’re not diving. At the suggestion of our cruise director, we skipped a dive to take a ride through the steep walls of Waigeo, Indonesia to visit a small bay populated by jellyfish. Our tenders skimmed over a shallow sand bank and through a narrow passage to reveal hundreds of pulsing jellyfish – I think they are Mastigias papua, a short-lived species that inhabits tropical waters throughout the Indo-Pacific.

Photo Friday: Natural Light

April 17, 2013

Looking at the distant Laha Jetty in the lovely light of the morning sun, it is hard to believe it is one of the muckiest and most trash-strewn places we’ve ever dived. It was worth it – the combination of volcanic rock and nutrient rich, fresh water run-off in Ambon Harbor, Indonesia seems to attract some of the most exotic marine life creatures in the world.

My Bermuda Bottle Collection

March 9, 2013

Above are bottles from my first bottle collecting trip ever (October 2012). I know I picked up a thousand Amstel and Heineken bottles  for every “keeper” so while this collection wouldn’t excite more seasoned experts, I was stoked. Since then, I’ve spent many hours in old bookstores and on the net where one place, the Antique Bottles Forum, has been especially helpful. Two months later, equipped with a more discerning eye plus the help of local experts, I fared a … Read more

Photo Friday: Machines

March 8, 2013

I never thought of our fins as machines until I saw a review in that talks about how swim fins convert our “kicking energy into forward motion” and likening the movement of water over the surface to that of air over an airplane wing:

Birdwatching in Paradise

Photo Friday: Mornings

March 5, 2013

I’ve started participating in something fun: Photo Friday over at This is my entry for this week’s challenge: Mornings. On a cruise through the Raja Ampat region of Indonesia, the chance to see exotic birds like hornbills and cockatoos got us out of our bunks every day at dawn. Indulging in a little birdwatching before the day’s scuba diving began made for magical mornings.

Bats Anna DeLoach

Blenny, Beans & Bats

January 30, 2013

October 2012 ~  Here are a few more observations from our most recent trip to Raja Ampat, Indonesia. Batanta, one of four main islands, is located just a few cruising hours from the port of Sorong and is usually the first and last stops on our itineraries. That has never been enough for me so for this most recent trip aboard the Dewi Nusantara, we planned an all-Batanta itinerary. The heavily forested island has been my favorite for beachcombing, birdwatching and … Read more

Bermuda Bottles Anna DeLoach

Bermuda Bottle Hunting

October 28, 2012

Bermuda, October 2012 ~ During a dive at Nonsuch Island three years ago, I found an intact marble bottle.  I wasn’t hunting for bottles; I was supposed to be counting fish, but the tiniest hint of aqua glass caught my eye and I started digging. It took about five minutes to free the sediment-filled bottle from the soft sand bottom but I was hooked at the last tug. Before I continue, I need to do some record straightening. A few … Read more

Flying fish from Bermuda by Ned DeLoach -

Bermuda Flying Fish

October 15, 2012

October 2012 ~ Bermuda – an island where we ran wild with our obsessions! While I prepared to spend the morning bottle hunting with Tammy and Ken Marks, Chris Flook pulled up to our dive boat in his launch and rescued Ned, whisking him off to explore the Sargassum. An easterly wind had conveniently blown rafts of the seaweed into a nearby bay, giving Ned all the excuse he needed to jump ship. They came roaring back three hours later with a … Read more

Broadbarred Coral Goby Ned DeLoach Blenny Watcher Blog

Lembeh Fish & Critter Hunt – Week Two

June 22, 2012

June 2012 ~ Earlier this week I posted photos from the first week of our Lembeh Fish & Critter Hunt with Eco Divers Resort Lembeh. We sadly said goodbye to our friends from the Octopus Army and greeted a new crowd for Week 2 and wow, another super adventure! The group embraced the hit list of 30 animals with gusto and with the help of our superb dive guides, most had checked off the entire list by mid-week. One of … Read more