Diving in Menjangan Island: Bali coral wonderland

When going diving in Bali, many scuba divers forget to put Menjangan Island on their itinerary. However, the island of the deer (its name in Indonesian), located on Bali north-west shore, is a dream place for snorkelers and scuba divers avid of clear turquoise waters and colourful coral gardens. Indeed, the island is part of one of the oldest national parks in Indonesia: its

Diving in Tulamben: the legend of the Liberty shipwreck

When going diving in Bali, you absolutely need to go to the northeast shore of Bali. At the end of a curvy road, up and down the hills, between the jungle and the rice fields, lies a black pebble beach the village of Tulamben. Without the periodical wrath of Mount Agung, Tulamben would have stayed a tiny village in the middle of nowhere. Due

Diving in Nusa Lembongan: Mission Mola-Mola in Bali

The Mola-Mola, or oceanic sunfish, is certainly the best ambassador of scuba diving in Bali and maybe Indonesia. Meeting the heaviest bony fish in the world (it can weigh up to 1000 kg) is like searching for the Holy Grail for most scuba divers coming from all over the world. Located on Bali south-east shore near Sanur, the island of Nusa Lembongan is the

The 5 reasons I fell in love with Bali

Just before I left Bali for the first time, back in 2012, one of the friends I met there, a talented Javanese manga artist, gave me this drawing with the following caption: “Florine, come back to Bali”. It was a sweet and touching attention that I never forgot. Here I was, totally smitten after 4 weeks of incredible discoveries, underwater and beyond, around Bali.

Diving Scapa Flow: an epic road trip from Edinburgh to Orkney

Scapa… Flow… If you are a passionate wreck diver, you know how much of a legend this scuba diving destination is. If this the first time you hear about this place, let me tell you its story and history, and you’ll understand why you need to put diving Scapa Flow on the top of your scuba diving bucket list in Europe. Chances are you

Diving in the Farne Islands with grey seals

5.00 am. That was the time I put on my alarm clock that morning of early September. My drysuit and my diving equipment were ready in my bag and the 2 filled scuba diving cylinders were waiting for me in the car. At 5.30 am, after a quick coffee, I was on the road, ready to go diving in the Farnes Islands. Even if

A night at the Ocean Film Festival in Edinburgh

I still have goosebumps about it. The 2 hours I spent at the Edinburgh Festival Theater for the only date in Scotland of the UK tour of the Ocean Film Festival were emotional for an ocean lover like me. So I had to write about it, even if it’s quite different from what I normally post on my diving blog. My expectations were to

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Shark diving in Scotland? Meet the basking sharks in the Sound of Mull

It was my second summer in Scotland. Like last year I had just arrived, I decided this year to use the experience I built up and to stay in Scotland the entire summer to explore more of the country underwater and beyond. The two scuba diving weekends I spent in Lochaline, exploring the Sound of Mull, were above all expectations: incredible wildlife to watch,