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Finally Found a Jellyfish Lake! (South Raja Ampat)

March 28, 2018

jellyfish lake raja ampat

After multiple trips to Raja Ampat, we FINALLY made it down south to Misool.

Don’t get me wrong, the northern region of the remote archipelago Raja Ampat is also mind-blowingly beautiful, but the southern parts of Misool are definitely further and thus less visited by travelers.

 

ALSO, there is a natural phenomenon here that I have been dying to see for years now….

A JELLYFISH LAKE!

Yup. It’s a clear saltwater lake isolated between tall green limestone cliffs in the Indo-Pacific (as if that isn’t cool enough already).

Somewhere in time, jellyfish got trapped in this lake and became isolated from the outside world.

With favorable conditions and no natural predators, they thrived and evolved in this isolated ecosystem for thousands of years.

The end result?

Jellyfish lake

An isolated clear lake with an exploded population of jellyfish bobbing around.

jellyfish lake raja ampat

Did I mention that they are absolutely harmless to us?

jellyfish lake raja ampat

Yup, you can swim and freedive in this unique natural phenomenon whilst colliding with these cute gelatinous blobs.

jellyfish lake raja ampat
Despite them being harmless, Etoile is still freaking out every time she touches one. Just look at how nervous she looks!!
jellyfish lake raja ampat
I must say though, it’s an incredible sensation as their bulbous bodies pulse like beating hearts in an oddly therapeutic dance of the deep…
jellyfish lake raja ampat
Maybe it’s just us, but we found this incredibly EPIC! Definitely recommended for your bucket list!

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