We just wanted to share with you the great dives we had yesterday! How much fun we had and what incredible things we saw!
Our first dive we went to one of the most famous dive sites in Bunaken: Fukui.
Fukui is a sloping dive, completely covered with hard corals. You will see a dense foliose of branching hard corals and big hard coral colonies grouped together in areas. For marine life we have lots of fishes: Many schooling fishes: spade fishes, black snappers, blackfin barracuda, trevallys, sweetlips, large triggerfishes and garden eels. As for invertebrates we can find here: the main attraction to Fukui is the incredible Giant Clams!! They are incredible to see and nothing like you have ever seen! Please look below to the photos! Also, you will see here incredibly big barrel sponges.
Possible encounters in Fukui include: Great barracudas, giant sweetlips, Napoleon wrasse, bumphead
parrotfish. Eagle rays, mota mola, thresher shark and manta rays have been seen.
Yesterday at Fukui we had a very special dive: we saw a slowly passing spotted eagle ray! how nice was to see this gentile and graceful animal passing bye so slowly! It really gave us time to enjoy its beauty! Also, we saw the resident school of bat fish, with as many as 50 fish hanging out in the shallow water! Then, as we kept swimming in the shallow, we saw a really big Napoleon wrasse! What a beautiful animal this is!
For our second dive, we went to Likuan I, this is another of the “big hitters” here in Bunaken. It is another really famous dive with great beauty and impressive underwater topography. It consists of vertical, winding walls. Cracks & canyons. Often strong currents. Yesterday we had strong currents!! It is a dive sheltered from waves. Things that we can see here, fishes: Many huge schools of plankton-feeders: fusiliers, pyramid
butterfly fishes, banner fishes, and damsel fishes. In the invertebrates area: Giant barrel sponges, black coral, ascidians and gorgonians. The most spectacular thing about this site is the great number of Green turtles and hawksbill, whitetitp reef sharks, seasnakest groupers, large emperors, bumphead parrotfish, Napoleon wrasse, and trevallys.
Yesterday, we saw THREE EAGLE RAYS in formation, swimming very slowly and we had all the time to enjoy their graceful beauty! At the end of our dive we saw TWO REALLY BIG NAPOLEON WRASSE!! how big they were!!
Here are some photos, thanks for reading us and visiting our blog!!