Diving during the solar eclipse – this week in Bunaken

Solar Eclipse in IndonesiaThis week in Bunaken we had the unique opportunity to dive during the full solar eclipse. And, as a double treat, senior dive guide Fenly picked a rarely visited site which usually offers a good chance for larger marine life. But that’s not what happened on this magical dive…

To witness a full solar eclipse, you really have to be in the right place at the right time. Turns out, Bunaken was the place to be this week as we had a chance to see a 98% solar eclipse just before 9 am. Some of our guests opted to dive later, but a few hardy ones wanted to know what it might be like to dive when the sun disappears.

Brooding Shrimp in Lembeh

Brooding Shrimp in LembehThis week’s fascination with brooding shrimp in Lembeh caused us to look a bit more closely into shrimp relationships. It all started with one simple question from a guest: are female shrimp bigger than the males? According to our Tropical Pacific Reef Creature Identification guide (Humann and Deloach), you can often times distinguish the gender of a shrimp based on its living arrangement, but not necessarily by its size. For example, if you happen upon a single set of shrimp, such as the beautiful Coleman’s Shrimp pictured above, you can assume that the larger of the two shrimp is the female.

Eanna – Busy Weeks of Divemaster Course in Lembongan

Eanna – Busy Weeks of Divemaster Course in LembonganWeek three and four passed with the blink of an eye.

These weeks I have been, assisting on open water courses, advanced open water courses, scuba refreshers and servicing equipment, every morning in the ocean was immediately followed by hours under the glaring sun in the pool or sheltered in our maintenance room tinkering with the devices one needs for the survival of the gill-less underwater. Following on from days like this, its been nose to paper (not difficult for a nose of my calibre) completing knowledge reviews from PADI’s dive master manual, studying the ocean mechanics and the history of diving in PADI’s Diving Encyclopaedia. The amount of information taken on in such a short amount of time has been a bit tricky at times, but its been the most fun I’ve ever had in terms of learning before.

The Hairy Frogfish comes in all hair lengths in Lembeh

The Hairy Frogfish comes in all hair lengths in LembehGo on: take a guess! What type of Frogfish do you think this is?
Surprisingly, it is an Antennarius striatus, or what is commonly referred to as a Hairy Frogfish. As it turns out the Hairy Frogfish comes in all hair lengths in Lembeh, including extremely short hair! Since this is a little known fact amongst our guests, this cool little critter caused a bit of a stir when it was spotted as a mated couple to a long-haired Hairy Frogfish. The guests were sure they were witnessing “inter-species” coupling!

Great Conditions at Manta Bay Lembongan

Great Conditions at Manta Bay LembonganThis week in Lembongan… The condition around the islands has been very still, allowing us many trips to the manta dive sites. While Eanna was practicing his guiding at Manta Bay, they were finishing up their safety stops, when instructor Rowan, spotted in the distance, one manta ray approaching. This was quickly followed by another and another, with a total of 7 manta rays passing by to feed.

The Hidden Creatures of Lembongan

The Hidden Creatures of LembonganAfter seeing loads of the big creatures of Lembongan last week, our dive guides have been more focused on the reef this week. The healthy colourful reef makes it hard for most of us to spot the crazy creatures, who use the coral as camouflage, but our dive guides have been trained in Lembeh, so they are extremely talented at finding the smallest critters hiding in the reef.

Eanna – Starting Divemaster Course in Lembongan

Eanna - Starting Divemaster Course in LembonganSo there I was, my first day after arriving in Nusa Lembongan, sweating, thirsty and in need of an ice cold coconut to rehydrate the never ending perspiration that comes with living in Indonesia, i was ready to start what can only be described as a life altering course.

I had been her for 5 weeks prior to this, travelling, surfing and the inevitable dose of party thrown in the mix. Deciding to do my Rescue course, and further than that, my DMT with Two fish in Lembongan was a decision I had been weighing up for almost two months and now it was to become my reality.

The Usual Suspects and New Friends In Lembongan

The Usual Suspects and New Friends In LembonganThis week in Lembongan…. What an amazing week we’ve had over here in Lembongan. Not only have we had multiple visits from the usual suspects, our friends the bantas, but we were graced with multiple visits from the Mola’s too. Both underwater and breaching on our surface intervals, which is always a shock!

The molas were so close to our groups that amazing videos were shot by our customers, on a very clear day of diving. Adding to all of this we were lucky enough to have a close up encounter with the largest fish in the ocean, the Whale Shark, which can grow to over 12m in length, ours was a mere teenager coming in at an approximate 5m. We are still waiting to here back from www.whaleshark.org for identification of the little chap.

This week in Bunaken we’re starting our first PADI IDC of the year

PADI instructor course in BunakenWe’ve been hitting the books in Bunaken this week as our first PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) of the year is getting underway.

Two of our five instructor candidates are Two Fish’s own: Yayan, Divemaster in Lembongan is taking a step up and Simon from England has come back to become an instructor two years after completing his Divemaster course here. Together with Fred from Belgium, Roya from the U.S. and Prema from Southern France they are being looked after by Course Director Marie-Lise Roux who is based on Koh Tao, Thailand, but travels across Asia to teach IDCs.