Wherever we lived for longer, we are called to capture some impressions, ideally a part of the spirit of each location. What do you see?


We love Indonesia – above and below the water.
Enjoy our series of underwater videos edited in 2020. Indonesia's "Sulawesi Splendour" introduces you to some of the stunning reefs and marine life of the warm tropical waters surrounding the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Being the 4th largest island in the Indonesian archipelago, Sulawesi has a rich cultural background and incredible biodiversity, both on land as well as underwater. Travel underwater from Lembeh (arguably the „Muck Diving Capital“ of the world) in the North to the beautiful coral atolls of Wakatobi in the South, also many places in between offer great diving opportunities.

Dive into the underwater wonderland of Sulawesi, and watch mesmerising reefs in wide-angle and marine macro life from nudibranchs via pygmy seahorses to cuttlefish and moray eels - just to name a few!

Visayas, the Philippines

The Philippines are a tropical paradise, consisting of more than 7000 islands. More importantly, as part of the Coral Triangle, the Philippines offer some great diving. This particular trilogy of UW clips from 2015 will introduce you to the incredible diversity of marine life that calls the Visayan reefs their home. Be prepared for lots of weird and wacky critters, as well as some of the usual suspects and seasonal visitors. Enjoy the kaleidoscope of shapes and colours that make the oceans such an interesting and fantastic place to be!

The Philippines, a tropical paradise consisting of more than 7000 islands and one area of islands is known as the Visayas. As part of the Coral Triangle, the Philippines offers some great diving. In these videos, we'll introduce you to some of the lesser-known creatures of the sea as well as the usual suspects from the Philippines. The kaleidoscope of shapes and colours together with all the weird and wacky critters make the oceans such an interesting and fantastic place to be!

Long Island, The Andamans, India

A gorgeous island, far off the beaten track, in the middle of the remote Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. A place that time seems to have forgotten about. The islands offer extensive rainforests with unique flora and fauna, great scuba diving, spectacular remote beaches, friendly people, and even several indigenous tribes, some of which still refuse contact with the outside world. Blue Planet is the only resort/dive operator on Long Island, and although it feels like you've travelled to the end of the world, their friendly and kind staff will make you feel right at home! Back to basics. Even though we would have loved to explore and film so much more underwater the three clips give you an idea of this hidden paradise.

We would have loved to explore and film so much more of the Andaman Islands. Nevertheless, these three clips give you an idea of the natural underwater beauties of the Middle Andamans as well as the natural and cultural experience awaiting you on Long Island (India).
Side note: It's all filmed in 2014. Yoeri had a completely different camera setup back then.

St. Eustatius/Caribbean Netherlands

This playlist shows the beauty and diversity of Statia, short for St. Eustatius one of the islands of the Caribbean Netherlands. Discover a different side of the Caribbean: Dive, eat, sleep - or: Hike, eat, sleep. In any case: Enjoy.

We produced the first three clips for STENAPA (St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation) in 2015. Explore Statia on land, uncover its underwater treasures and watch staff, volunteers and scientists of the marine park at work. Interesting? STENAPA offers internships and voluntary work to maintain the island's treasures.

Since we came back to this Caribbean paradise in 2021, we keep adding short films of various formats to this list.

Sea turtle conservation, St. Eustatius, Caribbean: Beach clean-up by STENAPA and Diergaarde Blijdorp
The volcanic island of St. Eustatius, a.k.a. Statia, a jewel in the Dutch Caribbean, holds a special place in the hearts of nature lovers and marine biologists. On the shores of Zeelandia Beach, a timeless drama unfolds – the nesting and hatching of sea turtles. These magnificent creatures, survivors from the age of dinosaurs, weave a tale of resilience and wonder.

Statia boasts three main visitors to its nesting grounds: the green turtle, the hawksbill, and the occasional leatherback. Green turtles, named for the green colour of their fat, are the most frequent guests. Their graceful forms emerge from the ocean depths, drawn by an invisible tether to lay their eggs on the very beach where they hatched decades ago. Hawksbills, with their captivating patterned shells, arrive to deposit their clutches as well. Less frequent, are the leatherbacks – the largest sea turtles on Earth – their leathery carapaces a testament to their deep-sea journeys.

Under the starry Caribbean sky, a gravid female hauls herself onto the beach, a prehistoric ballet guided by an ancient map in her DNA. With powerful forelimbs, she excavates a nest in the cool sand, a safe haven for the clutch of leathery eggs she carries within. Each egg holds the promise of new life, a tiny spark waiting to ignite. After meticulously camouflaging the nest, she retreats to the sea, leaving her precious cargo behind.

Weeks to months later the magic unfolds. The eggs, warmed by the sun's rays, begin to stir. Tiny hatchlings, driven by an unyielding instinct, erupt from the sand in a flurry of activity. Their flippers paddle furiously as they surge towards the beckoning waves. This seemingly short journey is fraught with danger. Ghost crabs scuttle along the beach, snatching at vulnerable hatchlings. Hungry birds circle overhead, waiting for an opportunity to pounce. Yet, with unwavering determination, the hatchlings press on, their tiny bodies a testament to the enduring power of life.
Reaching the water's edge presents a new set of challenges. Strong currents can sweep them far from suitable habitats, and predatory fish lurk beneath the surface. Only a tiny fraction will survive to adulthood, a stark reminder of the delicate balance of life in the ocean.

On the Caribbean island of St. Eustatius, dedicated efforts are underway to tip the scales in favour of these vulnerable creatures. The St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA) plays a vital role. Nightly patrols monitor nesting beaches, deterring predators and relocating nests threatened by erosion. Educational programs raise awareness among locals and tourists, fostering a sense of responsibility towards these gentle giants. The nesting season varies per species. The sea turtle coordinator of STENAPA patrols the beaches, records turtle activities and coordinates the volunteers and conservation efforts from June to December.

One of these activities took place at the end of 2022: Beach clean-up and get-together at the office of STENAPA (St. Eustatius National Parks). The marine park manager, Eleanor Butler, explains why they chose the Atlantic side of the island for this sea turtle conservation event and the threats plastic poses for nesting turtles not only in the Caribbean.

„Zeelandia is one of our prime nesting beaches for our sea turtles and we have both hawksbills and green turtles that come to nest here. So the reason that we want to clean up the beach today is because ocean plastic can cause a lot of problems for nesting sea turtles.

One of the reasons for this is that the sea turtle hatchlings can get entangled in the plastic on their way down to the ocean. It can also cause a blockage for them when they're trying to run down to the Sea.

Also microplastic which breaks down in the sunlight can find its way into the sea turtle nests and absorb the energy and the heat from the sun. This heats up the sea turtle nest causing high mortality rates for the baby turtles.

This beach cleanup has been organized by STENAPA with funding from Zoo Rotterdam / Diergaarde Blijdorp and their visitors. The visitors have chosen their donations to be allocated towards sea turtle conservation on Statia.“

More than 200 kg of plastic, including lots of microplastic, was collected by 54 volunteers. After hours on the beach and the surrounding bushland, STENAPA thanked all participants with a BBQ at their office.

More information:

Diergaarde Blijdorp: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=795880782139990

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