Coelecanth is a Devonian lobed fin fish that thrived in the oceans 450-500 million years ago. Its importance lies in the fact that it is considered the “missing link” between fish and animals, ie they were the ones that crawled from the waters to create life on land. It is also an inhabitant of Bunaken Marine Park, and probably one of the most unusual inhabitants at that!
It is common to see dolphins in Bunaken National Park. There are 28 different types of whales and dolphins that have been seen in the park, however they are shy animals and most of the times we see them in the surface rather than diving.
When we do see them then often it is in very large schools of 50-100+ animals, as in the photo on the right.
Here a little bit more information about these amazing animals!
The current craze in diving is rebreather diving!! With a rebreather, all the air you breath out is captured in the unit on your back and the carbon dioxide is removed, and it is returned to you for breathing again. This means that you do not need as much air, therefore the tanks are only 3liters!
Its not new technology. The “thing” that removes the carbon dioxide is called the scrubber, its just a chemical that reacts with the carbon dioxide and therefore removes it, and was first used in submarines in 1885!
Rebreather diving also offers a different type of diving. During the dives you have to monitor the oxygen content of your air, adding more oxygen to your air if the content gets too low. This is the “technical” aspect with rebreathers, but many rebreathers do this automatically so you just need to make sure that the rebreather unit is doing this properly.
Why do it? Its not about deep diving but about getting up close to the underwater life. When you go diving, the bubbles that you produce scare the fish away, if you produce no bubbles then the fish life will allow you to get closer to them. We can personally verify this with the black tip reef sharks on Rons Point where we had an amazing dive surrouned by 5-10 sharks for ages!
How to get started? As part of becoming a PADI TEC center, we purchased some rebreathers and can offer some try-dives. We will also soon be offering the new PADI rebreather courses aimed at recreational divers:
After this, the next steps are the PADI TEC courses aimed at going on deeper/decompression dives, but thats the subject of another blog!
For more info, keep an eye out on our blog and our website tec diving page.
Despite having a face that looks strangely like that of a disgruntled weasel, the Whitetip Reef Shark (Triaenodon obesus) is generally unaggressive toward humans who invade its environment. Although it often rests in caves during daylight hours, this species is probably the most commonly-encountered shark of the tropical Pacific. Indeed, for many divers and snorkellers, the phlegmatic Reef Whitetip is their only ambassador to sharkdom.
We have just been awarded the rating of PADI 5 Star dive Center by PADI. We are the only resort in Lembeh who has this rating and we are proud of it!!
The official description of a PADI Five Star Dive Center from PADI is:
PADI Five Star Dive Center Membership is awarded to progressive PADI Dive Shops that excel in providing scuba divers with a full range of scuba certification programs, scuba gear selection, and scuba experience opportunities. To qualify as PADI Five Star Dive Center, a dive shop must meet elevated service and business standards and both promote and offer only PADI scuba diving lessons as their recreational scuba diver training. These dive shops also actively promote underwater environmental awareness and embrace the PADI System of diver education, with a commitment to providing quality training, products, services and experiences.
Additionally, PADI Five Star Dive Resorts excel in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences, customer satisfaction, scuba diver safety and underwater environmental awareness by providing professional and outstanding service.
In summary, the rating denotes a high level of dive service with respect to:
– good air – regularly maintained tanks and compressor
– good equipment and boats
– experienced dive guides
– dive courses – we have a full-time PADI Instructor on-site, and can offer the full range of PADI courses from intro dives to divemaster courses
– commitment to our environment – all divers are asked to watch the Lembeh Video which describes how to muck dive, and we conduct a number of conservation programs such as our DM/Coral Reef Internship program where our DM candidates help with our coral transplanting and propogation program on our house reef
We want to congratulate our resort manager Danny & our instructor Matt. We think that the rating also denotes a great dive team, and they have done a great job of putting together a great team that works together to provide a great service. Its no accident that we are the #1 Speciality Lodging in the Manado area on TripAdvisor!