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Underwater Photo Location: Derawan island

Underwater Photo Location: Derawan island

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Hard to get to and expensive to dive but well worth the effort. At the moment there are only two divecentres on the island. Diving is organised off speedboats or from shore. The reefs are nice but for me the best dives are under and in between the numerous jetties. Lots of green turtles can be found munching the seagrass and excellent macro stuff under the jetties. You can easily take some great pics while snorkling at low tide in 20-30cm of water.
Vis is generally around 15m and water temp 28C

Facts about Derawan island
  • It is in Indonesia
  • Derawan island is in the Celebes Sea.
  • The typical depth is 0-10 Metres 0-30 Feet.
  • The typical visibility is 10-30 Metres 30-100 Feet.
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by Erika Antoniazzo
Seagrass pipefish with eggs under its belly. Picture taken while snorkling in 30cm of water at one of the jetties in Derawan island. I used a Canon EOS 350D with 70mm lens in an Ikelite housing with 2x 125 strobes

by Yves Antoniazzo
Cute puffer fish for me today D200/ 60mm

by Erika Antoniazzo
This curious green turtle came to have a closer look at my domeport :)

by Yves Antoniazzo
Catch me you if you can !!!>....... D200/60mm

by Yves Antoniazzo
Hello there look closer, I'm inside the clam D200/60mm

by Yves Antoniazzo
Red wrasse hiding inside a green and yellow featherstar photo taken in Derawan Island 350D/70mm

by Alberto D'este

by Jackson Wong
Jawfish with eggs

by Lee Findlay
chromodoris leoparda shot at Derawan pier with an Oly 5060 and Inon D80 strobe

by Eunice Effendi
Thor amboinensis taken at Derawan islands, east borneo. No cropping. Canon 7D, 100 mmL f2.8 macro lens. INON Z240 strobes Nauticam Housing

by Eunice Effendi
Blue Ring Octopus Found in Derawan Jetty

by Qunyi Zhang
A running rabbit. A nudibranch facing against the current. At derawan island, Indonesia. Shot by Sony 6500 with Zeiss 50mm macro optic.
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