I arrived in Manado, Indonesia the 21st September after a 34h travel from the Seychelles (where I did a Marine Conservation and Research Program before). Therefore it was really late at night when I finally got to Manado, so I had to spend a night there before continuing my travel the next day to Bunaken Island.
This week in Bunaken…. Our divers on Bunaken have been super lucky to spot both a whale shark and a pod of pilot whales during the surface intervals of the two morning dives! The whale shark came very near to the Bethlehem boat on Sunday to show off to our divers while they were de-kitting. Then just this morning there was a large pod of pilot whales swimming just along the front of our boat Sylvia – one pilot whale was so huge and curious, he just hung out next to the boat with our divers looking on!
On September 29th in support of Project Aware’s Debris Month of Action Two Fish Divers Bunaken, Lembeh and Nusa Lembongan all organised a Dive Against Debris triple whammy clean up! Yep, that’s right – We did a coordinated dive against debris in all of our dive centres on the same day hauling in a total of 119 kilos of marine debris!
This week start has of super busy, as I was more familiar with what I should do every day, and also because I started to do the dive center briefing, boat briefing and dive site briefing, I assist Steph on a open water pool class and open water class, I assist Laurent with dsd open water.
What a week of action! Monday morning started by assisting in an Open Water course in the pool. The afternoon we, some of the customers at the dive resort and several staff members, contributed to the Project AWARE. We went to clean the underwater waste from two diving spots by snorkelling. The week continued by assisting in Rescue course. I was playing again the troubled-diver and we stayed mainly on the surface practicing towing and rescue breathing excercises. The sun was burning hot and left some clearly visible marks on us: in the evening our faces were red like big sweet strawberries.