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09 Sep / 2010
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Manado IE successYesterday all four of the Two Fish candidates that attended the Sept 2010 Instructor Exam in Manado passed!

Last night they had a party in our beach cafe to celebrate, the picture here is early on as they are still standing up!

Joining them in the celebration was Philippa who just passed her Divemaster!

(In picture are Philippa, Luke, Sam, Dion, Meagan and Course Director Brendon).

Congratulations to the four new instructors and new divemaster!

08 Sep / 2010
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clown fish Had a great couple of dives last Sunday morning, lots of nudibranchs, anemone fish and small corals.

Robin just finished his open water course and I decided to tag along on a couple of fun dives he did with one of our dive guides – thanks Robin for being my buddy!

Cheers – Nigel



06 Sep / 2010
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Bunaken IDC Sept 2010 Our Sept 2010 Instructor Development Course (IDC) finished on Sunday 5 Sept, and all the students passed with flying colours.

Pictured here are Luke, Meagan, Dion, Brendon (Course Director) & Sam. They are currently attending the Instructor Exam in Manado on Tuesday 7 Sept, we wish them good luck!

06 Sep / 2010
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A favourite part of our job is sitting with the guests and looking over their photos and talking about what they have seen during their day (or night) of diving.

lizardfish 2Ricardo landed on our shores in July and was really looking forward to getting into the water and taking some shots of the lovely marine life we have residing in the Straits.

In order to get ‘The Shot’ you need to often be in the right place at the right time and Ricardo’s photo of the Lizardfish devouring his lunch is one of those such photos! This is one of my favourite guest photos ever!

  The Coconut octopus (Octopus marginatus) are often seen in the Lembeh Straits coconut octopusand cause much amusement to divers as they make use of anything they can find to ‘hide’ in!  This one stuck to a couple of shells he found on the bottom! You usually find them in in shallow water in areas of sand, mud and rubble. It is active during the night.  It typically has a dark colour pattern when exposed, contrasting with its snow-white suckers as you can see here!

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Bobtail Squid (Euprymna berryi) are the real cuties! We often find them at night half buried in the sand or rubble bottoms of the Straits. It uses its triangular fins to bury itself into the substrate and its arms to cover itself with sand grains.


Thank you again to Ricardo for these pictures and we hope you come back soon to take some more!!


30 Aug / 2010
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What better way to spend your days off than learning to dive??! That is what Elodie did when she was given a few days leave from her project work here in North Sulawesi!

Elodie took to diving like a professional and breezed through the classroom sessions, confined skills and also all the open water dives. She was lucky enough to see some of the rare Lembeh Critters on her dives including the Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Pegasus Sea Moth and a Blue-Ringed Octopus. One of the coolest things we saw on the course was snake ell enjoying his lunch of Lizardfish! It was an amazing sight to see as he came about a metre out of his hole to capture his prey!

It was an absolute pleasure (and we had lots of laughs!) to teach Elodie and we hope to see her back on Lembeh soon!

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