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This week, I am pleased to introduce you all to Indah Susanti, who blogs over at Indahs. She’s am Indonesian girl enjoying life in Rotterdam – and she has three big passions: travel, photography and diving. Indah shares her wonderful diving trip to the Philippines and as you can see, she’s pretty good behind that camera.

Over to you, Indah…
What do you look for in a holiday?

I am into a bit of everything. I love beaches in tropical countries, good food, interesting cultural events, and water activities like scuba diving. Over the past five years, my holidays have been mainly  scuba diving. I fell in love with underwater life, but I always tried to combine it with  visiting local sights and landmarks.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhere did you go?
My last trip was to the Philippines and Singapore over Christmas and New Year.

Why did you choose the Philippines?
Simply because I love the marine life. It is very similar to Indonesia and the people are friendly, there is great food (as long as you know what dishes to eat!) and it’s not too expensive. We went to Singapore  because we fancied a city trip, as well as visiting our friends there.

Who went?
My dive buddy, Dutchie, and I.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhere did you stay?
For scuba diving, we stayed in dive resorts and I find these by looking at other scuba divers’ reviews on diving forums. Three important factors are: good and safe dive centres attached to the dive resort, friendly staff, and cleanliness. In the Philippines, we stayed in  Moalboal (Cebu) and Dauin (Dumaguete/Negros Island). The dive resorts offered packages that includes the diving, which is what we opted for.

During our stay in Singapore we chose a centrally located hotel in the China town area.

Your most memorable moment/s of the trip?
Snorkeling with the whale sharks and seeing a candy crab for the first time.Whale Sharks by Indah SusantiAny sights, activities you want to shout about?
Try scuba diving once in your life – 70% of our planet is water not land after all!

Your top tip/s for the area?
In the Philippines, I love Dauin for diving –  and I really want to return! Meanwhile, in Singapore – China town is a really nice place to stay – lots of restaurants and nice cafés and is close to Marina Bay Sands.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhich photo is your favorite and why?
I love my underwater images, especially the clownfish. Just because they remind me of how beautiful our ocean is.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat are the five holiday essentials you couldn’t live without?
• Camera
• My laptop (to edit pictures)
• Batteries Chargers
• An ATM card
• This may be a weird one, but I need to drink my favorite tea once in a while so  I have to take my favorite Indonesian tea – Sosro Jasmine Tea – and I like to share it with the locals, too!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat is your most favorite place in the whole world and why?
Oh, this is so difficult! This time I can say Raja Ampat (West Papua – Indonesia). It is a truly remarkable area. Papua in general is an interesting place and not many travellers have visited the island. The experience in seeing unspoilt nature, amazing marine life, and being in remote area for 10 days was unforgettable. Raja Ampat is the best diving area we have ever been to. Dutchie and I would love to visit Raja Ampat again. But sigh, it is very far from Europe…

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