First impressions

The tour schedule includes many Cryptocorynes and of course the endemic Bucephalandra species.

But to start with, we first took a look at the mudskippers and their cohabitants the fiddler crabs. We were particularly taken with the blue variant. We were able to identify at least eight species of crabs in a small area.

Next we went to the Gunung Gading National Park, which is around 70 minutes away.

The main attraction of this park is of course the wonderful and bizarre flower of Rafflesia arnoldi. On the journey back to our hotel, we made a brief stop at a large river. Here we were able to catch several shrimp species, most of which were quite colourless. At another stop Michael also showed us the first Cryptocorynes. This was a species which grows to be quite large and is often found in brackish water.