Our guests have been having a top time this week and seeing a tonne of
weird and wonderfully different fish and critters, big and small.
We had our first day trip of 2010 to Bangka this week, leaving at 7am,
doing 2 morning dives, a tasty lunch on the boat, followed by a great
afternoon dive at Paradise jetty on route home and returning in time
for tea. We saw amongst other things, some giant frog fish and
crocodile fish, clown frog fish, thorny seahorses and many ornate
ghost pipe fish. On the journey home, the boat was given a dolphin
escort for part of the way.
On two amazing dives at Pangalingan and Sachiko, the guests got up
close with no less than nine black tip and white tip sharks, as well
as plenty of giant trevally and barracuda.
Our visit to The Wreck didn’t disappoint either… the schoal of
friendly bat fish came out to play, there were nudibranchs galore and
the slope after the wreck was dotted with mantis shrimps, ribbon and
garden eels, a white mouth moray, a sea snake and a very impressive
octopus. The second dive on the house reef delivered a cute but
camera-shy pigmy seahorse.
Today’s highlights were definitely the HUGE green turtle and the
miniscule hippocampus seahorse at Tanjung.
Who knows what tomorrow may bring but it’s going to have to be
something extra special to top that lot!
A big thank you to our lovely guest Johan from Holland for giving us
these photos to share with you.
As we enter into May the resort has quieted down a little bit, so we are taking advantage of this and going out on some fun dives together! Of course we are also constantly trying spot some cool critters for our guests but our great guides do not need too much help in that department!
As we headed out this morning, it started to drizzle but it didn’t dampen our spirits – we are going to get wet anyway!! We dropped in at Makawide Island and headed off to the dark depths but found some a couple of Thorny Seahorses alongside loads of beautiful nudibranchs. Franz , the guide out diving today spotted a gorgeous Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) and so the group enjoyed passing the time on their safety stop watching him amble along the rubble!!
After a quick boat ride, we dropped in at our next site – I’m being secretive so the other resorts don’t find out what we found there!! About 15 minutes into our dive, Franz patiently tapped on his tank to get everyone’s attention. I was the first on the scene and was greeted with the amazing sight of this guy!! We see many Hairy Frogfish (Antennarius striatus) here in Lembeh but this was the first time any of us had seen one that was matching the orange sponge that he was sitting next to! He was really acting for us – wriggling his lure like crazy trying to attract some prey!
Frogfish lures their prey actively to where it can strike. Its lure mimics food such as worms or small fish. The prey approaches to catch the lure and then is engulfed by the waiting frogfish. This is known as aggressive mimicry.
Thanks to Gizmo for being on hand with his camera to get a couple of great shots of these amazing fish.
Perhaps the cheapest route to Manado is via Air Asia, one of Asia’s largest budget airlines. The direct flight between KL and Manado was cancelled in Feb 2010, but its still possible to get AA flights to cities in Indonesia followed by internal flights to Manado (MDO) with Lion Air with very little transit time as follows:
DEP KL 0700, ARR JKT 0805 (AA)
DEP JKT 1330, ARR MDO 1740 (LionAir)
DEP KL 0950, ARR JKT 1050 (AA)
DEP JKT 1330 ARR MDO 1740 (LionAir)
DEP KL 1315, ARR JKT 1415 (AA)
DEP JKT 1830, ARR MDO 2215 (LionAir)
via Denpasar (Bali):
DEP KL 0925, ARR DPS 1230 (AA)
DEP DPS 1830, ARR MDO 2215 (LionAir)
DEP KL 1055, ARR DPS 1355 (AA)
DEP DPS 1830, ARR MDO 2215 (LionAir)
via Ujang Pandang (city in South of Sulawesi):
DEP KL 1340, ARR UPG 1705 (AA)
DEP UPG 2030, ARR MDO 2215 (LionAir)
Lion Air is the largest budget airline in Indonesia, and typical prices would be JKT-MDO US$65-100, DPS-MDO US$80-100, UPG-MDO US$40-60. We can buy the Lion Air flights to Manado for you and get the cheaper internal prices, the tickets issued will be eTickets that we can email to you.
Check out all the different flight options for getting to and from Manado.
After the previous post about sending us your photos, we received some from Tom Prideaux, who stayed with us here in Lembeh for nearly two weeks at the end of March. This was his and his wife’s second stay with us and we believe that they are probably already planning their next visit to Two Fish!!
The Spiny Devilfish ( Inimicus didactylus) is often referred to as the Devil Stinger. This species belongs to the ‘stonefishes’ family Synanceiidae which have extremely venomous dorsal fin spines that cause immense pain if touched. They camouflage themselves well in Lembeh by burying themselves in the sand! You can occasionally see them ‘walking’ on their pelvic ‘fingers.
The Painted Frogfish (Antennarius pictus) can be found in a variety of habitats ranging from sandy bottoms to camouflaging themselves with the mooring lines! They can vary greatly in colour from black to pink. There is a great chance of seeing them with us at many of the sites here in the Lembeh Straits!
Another common but very beautiful inhabitant of The Straits is the Ornate Ghost Pipefish ( Solenostomus Paradoxus). These pipefish tend to remain in a fairly restricted area ( we still have one living on our house reef!) and are more often encountered in a male/female pair.
Thank you so much Tom for sending these through, we look forward to seeing some of Karen’s videos!!!
If any one has videos that they would like to post, please contact us with the link and then we can blog it for you so that everyone can see your good work!! firstname.lastname@example.org
A non-fishy blog for once!! We wanted to let everyone meet the new addition to the Two Fish family here in Lembeh!! His name is Scubi Bintang and when he is a little bit bigger we’ll start training him to help round the resort – his main area of expertise will be Security but at the moment it is looking very cute and waking Helen and Gizmo up during the night!!