In Bunaken this week, we couldn’t decide where to look – the blue for big stuff or the reef for small creatures. There have been plenty of both, including another Mola-Mola sighting! And just as our dive manager and instructor Dion is off to get to know our Bali and Lombok dive centres better, we’ve been busy teaching PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses.
“TK II” is our featured Lembeh Dive Site of the Month. All black-sand, algae growth and desolate landscape, Teluk Kembahu II is definitely not one of Lembeh’s prettier dive sites. But does that old trick really fool anyone anymore? When we take a closer look at TKII it comes alive; it is absolutely overflowing with some of Lembeh’s coolest critters!
This week in Lembongan… We been seeing lots of manta rays at Manta Point and the water is getting a wee bit cooler. This week has also been really busy with lots of people coming asking about diving at the manta ray dive sites and we have been very lucky with seeing a lot of them at Manta Point.
This week has been fantastic for both large and small marine creatures in Bunaken with a particularly lucky group seeing a pod of ten eagle rays on one single dive! All around the island we’re seeing plenty of ornate ghost pipefish on many of our favourite dives. And there is a new face around as well!
We have had lovely clear, warm water again when diving in North Lombok lately. The Gili’s are famous for the scenery, night life, and surfing. Diving over the past few years has become extremely popular. We may lack the colour from soft coral but the north does attract such an adverse amount of sea life such as one of my favourite’s…bat fish!!
It’s been time for fun and some magic muck diving in Amed, Bali this week. As well as our frequent trips to the USAT Liberty and other places we welcomed returning Two Fish guest Simon for 5 days who wanted to see what all the muck diving fuss was about here. And we delivered in style 🙂
Looking to take an Underwater Photography Course in order to improve your photography skills on your next trip to Lembeh?
Divemaster in Training Tristan Stafford took Scott’s Digital Underwater Photography course this week, with amazing results! Here’s a wonderful account of his experience…
This week, when diving in South Lombok, the pygmy seahorse are all out in force and they seem to be popping up everywhere. Normally here in the south of Lombok we find them on our dive site pygmy point but as I said they have been spotted this week on most of our dive sites.
I am about to finish my time in Bunaken, and again I am not at all ready to say goodbye. Although, I have almost finished checking all the boxes for completing my Divemaster program! With my last two weeks so near, I really have no idea where the time went, and I am not ready for it to end. The past two weeks have been quite action packed, finishing up more specialty courses and assisting with guiding and other courses.
This week in Lembongan… The north coast conditions have been spot on this week and to mix things up with the manta sites, we have been spending a lot of time this week, diving the north coast of Penida and Lembongan. One dive site that has stood out for our guests has been the dive site called Mangrove.
This week in South Lombok, we had a strange visitor to the dive center as he wondered across the road and straight through the gates and we have not been able to work out what he is. We have checked all the fish books we have and have come to the conclusion that he is a shrimp lobster.
It’s been a very lucky week for sighting big stuff in Bunaken with Mola-Molas and Dugongs being seen by our guests. In fact, one lucky open water diver student saw not one, but two Molas right at the end of her very first open water dive! How do you top that?
We have been seeing a fascinating variety of Phyllodesmium Nudibranchs when diving in Lembeh this week. This beautiful and widely varying species of nudibranch is commonly referred to as “Solar-Powered” because of its unique relationship to the algae it ingests.
Technical diving Bali with Two Fish Tech!
Two Fish Tech is expanding into Amed, Bali so we can now offer technical diving in Bali! We will be offering technical diving courses and technical diving from our base in Amed, whilst our Bunaken base will remain available to qualified technical divers for guided decompression diving.
We will be based in the north-east of Bali within Two Fish Divers’ brand-new dive centre in Amed and, although we will not be starting operations until June 2016, we are taking bookings for courses and diving now.
Here are five reasons why you should come diving with our tech team in Amed.
PRESS RELEASE: Discovering Bali at Depth – Two Fish Tech expands technical diving operations in East Bali
For immediate release – Leading Indonesia-based dive operator Two Fish Divers is expanding its technical diving division, Two Fish Tech, to Amed in north east Bali.
What a week it’s been over here on Nusa Lembongan!!! We have had heaps of manta sightings and even a Mola Ramsayi, as well as all the other exciting colourful exotic marine life found in these rich waters. Mixed in with all this, we have had lots of cool people fun diving and completing courses with us too. Well done to all of you for completing courses from scuba diver to rescue diver!!!
Well, the last week of my divemaster course in Lembongan was bittersweet. I was so excited to finally journey to the breathtaking Bunaken I had heard so much about, but could not shake the melancholy I felt for leaving Nusa Lembongan Island. I did however get very lucky, as my last week there was full of guests and scuba diving courses, which meant a lot of daily fun diving for me! I thought eventually I might get tired of the reef walls along the north coast of Nusa Penida, or eventually my wonderment for Mantas might dwindle but I am now quite sure, that is impossible.
Bunaken is home to Asia’s best wall dives, making it easy to marvel at the sheer length and depth of them whilst overlooking the smaller creatures that live underwater in Bunaken – but this week, we’ve been fascinated by a tiny little marine dweller called candy crab or soft coral crab. Hard to spot as they mimic the soft coral they live on almost perfectly, it’s down to our guides’ amazing eyes to find them.
I had the pleasure of doing my Wreck and Night Diver specialities this week. Having not been on a night dive for over 5 years, I was reminded of why I loved it so much. Bunaken night diving is amazing; enormous crabs lurking in the reef, mandarin fish hiding in the corals, and beautiful Pleurobranch displaying their splendid purple colour in the torch light. On the final dive, when I was required to turn my torch off for 3 minutes, I was lucky enough to be diving on a near full moon, and found that my body movements activated the bioluminescence. This made the three minutes rather enjoyable, this also served as entertainment for a student taking her advanced course night dive who commented on the light show she witnessed whilst all was dark.
This week around the North Gilis, Lombok……. Peacock Mantis Shrimp seem to be the highlight of this week. They are all around the 3 North Gili Islands, we pretty much see at least one on every dive. This week however they seem to have taken over. With their beautiful multi-colours, playful characteristic and fast movements from one hole to another it has been a delight to keep bumping into these crazy shrimps.
Our guides and guests have been finding a lot of leaf scorpionfish this week underwater in Amed, and just like Josephs’ coat we’ve been finding them in an amazing technicolour array.
The leaf scorpionfish (Taeniatonus Tricanthus) is an ambush predator, often found sitting on acropora corals or hard bommies with glassfish, waiting for a small fish to accidentally swim in front of it.. then boom! No more small fish, smiling leafy 🙂 In yet another example of natures tricks not only does the leaf scorpionfish look like a leaf, it often sways around in swell or current to enhance the disguise. No wonder it’s small prey are easily fooled.
We have been witness to some very interesting reproductive behavior amongst Cephalopods when diving in Lembeh this week. Both Cuttlefish and Reef Squid have all been putting on quite the show! These two beautiful Crinoid Cuttlefish (distinguished by the spotted pattern on their lower arms) were caught mating beneath the overhangs of a colorful sponge, and were so caught up in the activity at hand that they didn’t seem to notice the gathering crowd of divers.
This week in Lembongan… Generally speaking the titan trigger fish in Lembongan are not an issue, and on the odd occasions where a diver gets a nip on the fin, it is only just a nip and away swims the diver and away swims the trigger fish. We do not get the crazy stories or reactions from trigger fish like they do in places like Koh Tao, Thailand. But in saying that, we are still visitor to their environment and they need to protect their nest.
While things around the resort calmed down a bit after Easter, our instructors Dion and Yvonne have been busy teaching right across the spectrum of PADI courses for the past few days. They’ve been introducing first time divers to the underwater world, explored shipwrecks and worked with our divemaster trainees to perfect their skills both underwater and on land. And they even managed to re-introduce a guest to the underwater world after a 13 year break who was most impressed by the number and size of turtles on our walls (picture by Alex Schade).