|Ben and Erin making their way onto Palau Sepa.|
|Tim and Bubbles Dive Master Yewan walking the pier.|
|Front desk at the resort.|
After a jarring one and a half hour boat ride north from Jakarta's port, we arrived at Pulau Sepa, a sunny little island with some cabins, a dive center and a main eating area/bandstand. Kinda like the setting for Dirty Dancing, but in the middle of Indonesia and with more giant lizards and bad (laughably terrible) cover songs sung by a live band during meals.
Our second dive was off the boat, at a reef just off nearby Pulau Matahari (Sun Island), which housed a bankrupt/abandoned resort not dissimilar from the one where we stayed. Or as Ben called it, a Scooby Doo island. Lots of cool purple anenome and coral on this dive.
|Sittin' on the dock of the bay.|
|Cool clouds. Thousands of tiny islands.|
|Storm in the distance.|
After the sun set, we did some night snorkeling off the dock, searching for seahorses and crabs, but mostly finding fluorescent coral and a couple crabs. Night snorkeling is very trippy... dark and mysterious.
|Eh? What's that there?|
|I wish we hadn't had that 4th beer before snorkeling... Snorkel? More like horkel!|
The next day was much sunnier. We headed out early for dives three and four while Tim completed his skills testing. During dive three, at Tongkeng, we saw about 6 starfish right off the bat... electric blue, blue spotted, and near the end of the dive, a giant crown of thorns starfish (spikey, blue, a zillion legs). Dive four was a relaxing jaunt off the pier back at Sepa, but we also got to tool around under the pier a little bit, which was cool, as the reef was basically taking over the pier's pillars under water- they were covered in coral and clams.
|Sunny day for a dive!|
|Our pier and dive jump-off point.|
|Please excuse the post-dive mask marks and the giant mosquito bite on my forehead (although forehead bugbites seem to be my M.O. on tropical trips [see Costa Rica, October 2010]).|