It has been an elasmobranch week at Bunaken. In particular our deep divers Danny and Rachel were lucky enough to have sharks and rays on almost every dive this past week. Danny even lucked out and had an encounter with a scalloped hammerhead at 50m.
All the action wasn’t happening down deep though, we had an unusual visit from a brown banded bamboo shark, which had found a nice hole to hide out in on Lekuan Dua. Also the usual suspects of white tips, black tips, eagle rays and the abundant blue spotted ribbon tail rays kept everyone happy.
Its hammer time at Bunaken! I have been very lucky with sightings this past year at Bunaken. A huge Mola Mola in the shallows at Fukui, thresher sharks both deep at Muka and during an open water course at Lekuan Tiga, dolphins at Tanjung Parigi, and surface and snorkel sightings of Manta, Pilot Whales, Black Marlin and Sailfish: but it was still a thrill to be checked out by a stocky Scalloped Hammerhead shark. The shark did a slow cautious swim by at 50m then edged off into the gloom. That was great! Myself and Danny were very chuffed, but felt a little bit bad for Rachel who had chosen that morning to take off, ouch! Then I hear an excited shout from Danny, the shark had circled around us and was waiting for us on the reef, between the two of us making sure each other had seen it and both of us grabbing for cameras it is no wonder the poor shark got a fright. Boom, off like a rocket into the gloom again!
Belongas, South Lombok this week we have once again had a successful advanced course.
Andrew from Canada but living in Bangkok was so eager to see some outstanding pelagic fish that he enrolled himself and chose Peak Performance Buoyancy, Drift Dive and Boat Dive.
In the picture is our PPB dive. Conditions were good, a little difficult at times for some skills but all in all it was a success!
Time has come for me to move to Bunaken (North Sulawesi), which is the next location of my Divemaster internship. I actually chose to do my Divemaster internship with TwoFish Divers because of the fact that it can be done in several fantastic locations in Indonesia. Another clear benefit of this multi location approach is that it also allows the trainee to interact with, and profit from the experience of, a larger pool of instructors, as well as to experience the day-to-day activities of dive centres with different characteristics. Therefore, after my first two weeks in Lombok, I will continue now my training in Bunaken. My third, and last, training location will be Lembeh!