Celina was diving on one of the reefs on Bunaken when a whale shark was spotted by some other Two Fish guests on the same reef. “I almost cried!” said Celina, since this was a very rare occurance in Bunaken. However, it was just as well she missed it since her two friends, Tomas and Marco, arrived the next day and would have been really upset!
All three friends were on a holiday from their current postings with different French/International aid organsiations in Aceh helping with post-tsunami rebuilding efforts. They really appreciated the slow, relaxing diving with their own dive guide, and liked the friendly atmosphere of the resort and Bunaken Island in general.
They all loved the great visibility and diversity of marine life, as well as the amazing macro life – nudibranchs and mandarin fish were their favourites. Check out Two Fish Critters for an idea of what they did see whilst diving.
Ken is a semi-professional photographer who visited us in Bunaken and Lembeh in Nov 2006. He considers this picture of a pygmy sea horse to be one of his best from his visit, but only of the one’s he has managed to go through so far – he has already posted a number of photos on his web site, but says that after a month’s worth of diving and over 9,000 photos, a lot of work still remains!
He is still trying to catalog his photos, and at the moment has identified 500 different species of sea life from just the one trip in Nov 06. “Absolutely amazing!” he says, and is tentatively planning to return in Nov 07.
Check out his web site on Kilili Photography
Lars and Susanne had a very rare sighting of the Blue Ring Octopus on their morning dive. It was found on one of the sites around Bunaken by their dive guide Maruf, fortunately there was only a small current which meant it was easier to take a photo. It is only 8-10cm long from tip of head to tip of tentacle so is really hard to spot, and they are extremely poisonous.
See more of Lars and Susanne’s holiday photos on Lars and Susanne on Flickr
Neil started his PADI Divemaster course with Two Fish on 7 Feb. He decided to take a relaxed approach which has meant that he has been able to spend more time helping with courses and guests, and therefore getting more experience.
Its 13 March now and he has just about finished, just a 1-day EFR refresher to do so congratulations to him. Whats next for him? He is on an extended trip so is debating whether to continue traveling, or stay another month to get more experience and do his Assistant Instructor course but he needs to check his bar bill first!
Neil has been a great help with guests, and has taken some great photos over the last month. Check out some of these on Neil at Flickr
Fantastic Bunaken in March 2007!!
Lars and Susanne arrived a few days ago and they are enjoying life so far! They are both advanced divers used to diving the cold waters of Sweden, and they are now really in paradise. Some of their favourite critters are nudibranchs, and they have found 8-10 different kinds so far. They also love the tiny seahorse (pontohi) which are very rare but common on the walls of Bunaken.
Check out some of their favourite pics (including the sea horse) by clicking on Lars & Susanne’s pics.