My dear friends !
I HAVE to share that experience with you ! Absolutely magic ! Looking forward soo much to go back there to Sangeang Volcano !!
Let me explain why....
1 - Feels good to sail alone in the sea !
Sangeang Volcano is located on the North East side of Sumbawa Island, or let's say really North West from Komodo National Park.
So it's a bit far yes. So I can enjoy being in the sea and living my destiny of sailing !!
But as it's a bit far, there is nobody there ! We were alone ! No daily boats, no other liveaboards, NO ONE except local fishermen !
Can sail anyhow, nobody would notice (except my Captain of course hehe....)
2 - Adventure every corner
Sangeang is an active volcano.
Pretty active indeed, and not only because of its twin peaks! Just see by yourselves :
- While we were there, we had lots of "AshClouds Blowing".
- While diving my divers have heard several time the explosions ! Nothing was audible at the surface, but I could feel it in my body as well !
- There are Bubbles Underwater !
Peter even decided to check what kind of gas it was, so he trapped it in a jam pot, and made an experience on board with a match, and now we know : this is CO2 !
But beyond the volcanic activity, Sangeang also offers stunning natural environments :
- A pristine tropical forest where lots of wild animals live. Of course "Daddy" couldn't help exploring at night along the dry riverbed... and come back with some new companions !
- Natural hots springs (really hot indeed)
- A not so abandoned lighthouse, which climbing is an adventure itself, as the last ladder is soooo steep !
3 -Master Class Diving !
Well, let's not forget my destiny is to bring humans diving around Indonesia.
It seems like I found a really good place here !!!
As a volcanic islands, the bottom is made of black sandy slopes, and temperature is warm around 28-29c. Which makes it a perfect environment for Macro Life !
You already know Daddy is an talented underwater photographer, but on this trip I was lucky enough to host another good one, Toby, who was so nice to give his pictures ! Here is a selection of them.
Let's begin with our favorites : Nudibranchs and Seaslugs
Check out those weird but beautiful crabs !!
2 new gastropods friends I haven't met before....
And those tiny baby guys trying to hide from my divers ! They've seen you !! ;-)
Unbelievable right ? And this is only a short selection ! Bluffing !!
4 - Minimal Human impact
I sailed all around Sangeang during those 4 days, and it was finally time to go back to Komodo.
Before heading there, I let my guests have a short walk on land, at Bontoh's Village.
Bontoh is not a historical village, as no one leaves on Sangeang Island anymore. But it's a small community of carpenter, boatmen and fishermen, mainly from Sumbawa, staying there for 2 weeks, going home, coming back for 2 weeks and so on.
No electricity except a small genset, no direct water, not a single shop, no school, but a bunch of families staying there on really basic comfort.
Men are working on the Shipyard, women take care of the village, and weave some beautiful Sarong in a traditional loom.
Unique trip for complete experience !
Now I bet you understand why I loved it so much !
Can't wait to go back there !
Check on our schedule to take that chance to join ! :-)
See you soon onboard !!