Diving Around Maumere

Maumere had enough known dive sites to keep me busy for the week, from great wall dives all around Babi (Pig) Island, to healthy soft and hard reef dives to wrecks and of course macro.Report this adOn one dive in front of the beach of Babi Island, I saw countless gorgonian fans, that were as big as cars, the biggest I’ve ever seen, and then table coral/elk horns that were also giants. The underwater photography opportunities were endless, anywhere.

Babi Island was one of the islands that got the worst of the tsunami in 1992, killing a lot of people. Since then the government made it illegal to live on the island, so only a few day-shacks are on the beach, where the occasional fisherman will spend the day drying fish.

Some people also let their goats loose on the small island, to feed on the grass. So for a surface interval in between dives, this is an amazing place to chill. You won’t find much shade, but I was lounging n the white sand beach, void of the sounds of cities and humans, with great views of volcanos on the horizons.

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