I wonder if any of you here also have interest or hobby in (scuba) diving, as I do.
I first took my diving courses (PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors) ten years ago and has taken certificates in Open Water, Advanced, and rescue licenses.
I wasn't really interested in diving until I traveled all over Indonesia which gave me the chance to do some snorkeling here and there in these vast archipelago. Even snorkeling, i could see how beautiful the underwater life was, and it really entranced me.
Since I get my first diving license, I have dived in the world's top diving destinations in Indonesia (Bunaken, Sabang, Komodo Island, and many other sites), the great barrier reef in Australia, Ko Tao and ko phiphi in Thailand. I wish one day to be able to dive in Macronesia, Palau, Maldives, and Costa Rica and Belize. I have encountered smaller whales, sharks, sting rays, dolphins, pelagic fish, almost all varieties of turtles (leatherback, green, hawksbill, etc), countless types of coral fishes - shy, playful or downright dangerous, to the tiny super vibrant colorful nudibranch (sea snails).
While diving down below looking at the amazing corals and beautiful fish I always get this kind of spiritual experience, one is because it's so calm so peaceful down there and second because it hits home hard how Great The Creator of all these creatures must be, and makes me so grateful of everything that Allah SWT has provided. The underwater nature in tropical seas is so beautiful and alien it feels like we are visiting other planets.
These pictures below are some that I took during my last diving trip (a couple of months ago) in Donggala area in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sulawesi is the island shaped like the letter "K" in the middle of this Indonesia map. The diving sites I went to is close to the city of Palu in the middle of the Sulawesi island.
the name truly describes this corals.
Multicolored snea snaill which are only few inches long
the spines of this fish is quite toxic
a cousin of scorpion fish, but with much more deadly toxic on its spines. Blend with the bcakground. Can you see it?
This guy was quite shy, he swam away when I tried to get close.
Orang utan crab:
named because it has "fur" like orang utan. He is netling on transparent bubbles corals.
In the movie "finding nemo" he was called "jacques"
Popularly known as "clown fish", in the film finding Nemo, he was "nemo" and his dad "marlin"
the master at blending with the background, he was blinking red when I was chasing after him
And these are just really small sample of what I saw down there.