Pulau Moyo is an island in Indonesia’s West Nusa Tenggara province, just off the North coast of Sumbawa Island. It has an area of around 350km2, with a population is around 1000. This is the deserted tropical paradise where we recently visited for a 4 day dive safari, with the newest of Davy Jones Locker dive schools.
We met our other dive buddies in Bali where we were soon to embrace the tiny jetplane over to Sumbawa. Here we stayed one evening, and woke up in the morning to board the Davy Jones Locker dive boat with its owner Evert. A beautiful boat white with orange roof, which has been altered and crafted specifically for diving. There was plenty of room, and the dive boat was perfect for relaxing and soaking up the scenery during our surface intervals, or in between dive sites.
We got straight into the diving with three dives on the way to the island of Moyo – Not wasting any chance we had to indulge in the deep blue sea. The first dive we did has been named Lighthouse – It is a beautiful wall dive which keeps going and going down into the dark depths of the ocean. As soon as we went down, the first thing I noticed was how incredibly clear the water was, with around 70m visibility – before long we had dropped to 40m without hardly noticing. The water all just so clear no matter what depth we were. The amount of coral and stunning sea life just radiating from this tropical haven was magnificent. Already I knew this was going to be a dive trip to remember!
The next two dives on the way back to Moyo, we were blown away by just how many fish there were! Beautiful fan coral everywhere, surrounded by so much life! As a diver it is sad to say, but so many places the coral is already dead, or close to it, but here, the coral was still alive and kicking. Not so much pollution here (yet) to destroy it. We were absolutely blown away.
Arriving at Moyo, a number of barefoot local children waved to us as they were all sitting listening to some hectic EDM music on their Iphones next to the pier. I don’t know why this surprised me, i guess with such a small population, I was giggling at how up to date on music trends they were able to keep! We walked through the small village of Labuan Aji, there was still houses being built along the way, and fences made of beautifully thatched bamboo. We were passing fields full of green with little flowers poking through, and cows with big bells tied around their necks. There were also goats everywhere munching away at the green green grass. A motorbike would occasionally hurl past us at some crazy speed, and before long we arrived at our home for the next 4 days. With the Davy Jones Locker trip, we had the option to stay in cabins or camping. The dive school being only new, is still developing, building some more cabins on site later in the year. Very simple and basic living quarters, but it was exactly what we needed to suit the trip on an island that felt completely undiscovered. We were even lucky enough to have delicious home cooked meals made by Everts Indonesian wife. It was a treat.
Each day we had the option of doing 3-4 dives, including a night dive. Every dive was fascinating and full of so much marine life, and beautiful corals. Some of our favourite dives, we were lucky enough to see bump headed parrot fish, eagle rays, lionfish, moray eels, giant puffer fish as well as some sharks! A lot of the dives were drift dives, so we would just float along with the current, completely still and motionless, while the fish paraded in front of us like a sea of stars. We did not see another diver the entire time. This is how secluded it is, and how very elite we felt. The fish were even looking at us in a very inquisitive way, as if we were the first of our species they had ever seen! It was just amazing.
The afternoons were spent exploring the island. Lush secluded rainforests filled with palms, ferns, and cordylines that just went on for miles. Our favourite trip included a visit to the Mata Jitu waterfall. I had to laugh at myself, as just one week earlier in Bali I had been discussing visiting waterfall’s saying “they are all the same, a big gush of water and way too many tourists.” The one in Bali was exactly that – But once arriving at the Mata Jitu Waterfall , I had to take those words back completely. This has to be the most extraordinary and stunning waterfall in the world. This was phenomonal. A giant gush of water, with tears and tears of clear blue waterfall flowing over limestone cliffs for hundreds of metres, and not a single tourist in sight. We were the only ones there. There is magnificent crystal pools full of sparkling cool water ready for you to bathe in while watching the jungle look down at you over your head, listening to the sounds of the rainforest birds and the trickling water beneath you. This has to be the most spectacular place I have ever seen.
Pulau Moyo is an absolute must do for any diver, or any off-beat traveller who wants to explore somewhere new and undiscovered. So many dive sites still being discovered, completely raw and rare, a place still full of so much marine life, for the real underwater adventurer. And an island full of magnificent rainforest and waterfalls ready to explore. We certainly will not forget our trip to Moyo, and will be hard to stop us from getting on the next plane over there! Thank you Davy Jones Locker it was a great trip!
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