MUCK­ING ABOUT ON KOH TAO

Asian Diver (English) - - Editor’s Note -

Text & Im­ages by Alex Tyrrell

Get away from the crowds on a muck-tas­tic, crit­ter-filled ad­ven­ture in one of the busiest dive des­ti­na­tions in the world!

FOR YEARS, Uluna has been a secret known only to the lo­cals; this is their mag­i­cal, pri­vate swim­ming pool. Chil­dren from the vil­lage would come af­ter school with their friends to swim and en­joy an af­ter­noon of re­lax­ation. It was their amuse­ment park.

Four years ago, while search­ing for my next project, I heard ru­mours that a lo­cal guide used to talk about a lake of clear wa­ter in the moun­tains. My first guess was that he was talk­ing about the Ton­dano Lake, but, to my sur­prise, he wasn’t. Roy Legi dis­cov­ered this beau­ti­ful space and in­vited me to pho­to­graph it. It took four years to get the word out and at­tract the at­ten­tion of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional divers. Was it worth it? Yes.

I al­ways re­mind my­self that it’s never just about the lo­ca­tion or the cam­era; it’s about the idea or about mak­ing some­thing or­di­nary, ex­tra­or­di­nary. Any­body can buy a ticket to a beau­ti­ful place, but not ev­ery­body can change peo­ple’s per­spec­tives.

An hour-and-half’s drive from Manado, a two-tank dive in a wa­ter just three-me­tres deep with a tem­per­a­ture of 25 de­grees Cel­sius and you could be pho­tograph­ing some­thing so unique that it is com­pa­ra­ble to be­ing in the cenotes in Mex­ico.

As you take on the role of an un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­pher with an

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