Today I am with Two Fish for 2 months. Time passed by really fast and it seems like I have just arrived. Another exciting week in Lembeh. Lewis and I have placed the pyramid we have made and so extended the creation of the artificial house reef. It was rather difficult as the floating wood wanted to go back to the surface until we finally attached it to the concrete block we have placed on 15 m already the week before. It looks quite nice and some fish already started checking out our new creations. A Goby already made the pipe structure made by Sylvie and Joep his new home. The next day we went down again to measure the site and amend the map of the reef creation.
Having been diving since the age of ten, it has been a passion of mine for a very long time and I’ve always known that I wanted to see my diving education through to the very end. Now, fresh out of A levels and just turned eighteen, I decided to fly to the other side of the world from the (oddly) sunny England to the lovely islands of Indonesia, specifically Bunaken and Lembeh off Sulawesi, to do my Divemaster course.
This was an exciting week with lots of work. I finally know my way around and know what I’m supposed to do (at least most of the time). I was able to join Heskiel one of our staff on his first open water dive, what a treat, he showed me about 3 nudibranches. I went on two or three more dives with him and he does have good eyes, always showing me all kinds of stuff.
Leaving Bunaken after 7 weeks was quite hard, I have to admit, but the warm welcome in Lembeh made up a lot and feeling comfortable is very easy as well.
I arrived in Bunaken after 24 hours of travelling. So very tired but at the same time very excited to be here…
When arriving it was just getting to know all the surroundings and how things work. On the first “real” day here it was just two fun dives and getting to know the procedures.
After three weeks in Bunaken and one week in Lembongan, I am finally a divemaster!
It’s an amazing feeling to have accomplished so much in one short month with the help of my experienced teachers at Two Fish.
Our last dive in the advanced trimix course in Bunaken, Bunaken island to 100m took us almost two hours. Usain Bolt runs 100 meters in less than 10 seconds and could probably run another 100 at the same pace!
Arrived a few days ago, and I’m starting to get into the flow of how the Two Fish resort in Lembongan works.
Being a Divemaster-in-training has been more challenging than I anticipated, but I’m also learning a lot more about different types of diving, dive operations, and teaching divers than I thought I would.
Arriving in Bunaken was like coming home even without having been here before. The early morning landing in Manado made me arrive at the resort at 7am, perfect for having breakfast, getting familiar and doing the first dive at 11 that day. What a great way to start my 6 weeks here in Bunaken.
We are back for a second up-date on our DM adventure that started 2-3 weeks ago. Time is flying by as our days are filled and quite varied, from following guides, to practicing skills in 2 meters of water, to watching the good old Open Water videos (that has been a while…).
Once again Two Fish Divers Lembeh have received a CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE YEAR OF 2013 with a 5 star rating. Thank you to all of our guests for their reviews and contributions to help us receive this award, and also thanks to our staff who helped make this happen. Find out more about…
After spending three wonderful, still very, very busy weeks in Nusa Lembongan, I finally transfered over here to the beautiful island of Bunaken.
The last weeks have all gone under one keyword – planning – despite there being resorts and dive centers on Bunaken and Lembeh the process of getting helium and oxygen in all desired combinations is still quite slow. That in turns means we need to look quite far ahead with our planning (specially for divers wanting to dive deeper on trimix) to have stock of all gases for all dives and all situations.
Ever thought of becoming a DM and dreaming of a dive-center in a location that has tropical beaches and waving palms? We have, actually we have many times… Thinking of places like Maldives, Fiji, Palau and other exotic destinations. You might ask: “how the hell did you end up in the harbor of Bitung”?
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…Mola mola. Our lucky divers were fortunate to see a mola mola yesterday. Great news as the sightings have been getting more regular. Mola season is almost upon us it seems. We have also been to see the mantas and caught sight of a shark or 2. Had some wonderful vis and…
Octopus THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…Blue ring octopus which is a rare and totally cool spot here! Giant frogfish, Bamboo shark, Dolphins, Mantas, Mantis shrimp, baby seasnakes and the odd turtle or two. Also had some friends visiting for some epic diving and a few courses and DSD’s. A great week to be in Lembongan! Thanks…
Open Water Course in Lembongan. Congratulations Ralf on your OW course. Also congratulations on your 3rd wedding anniversary yesterday and passing your OW course today on your instructor Jason’s birthday! time for a beer!
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THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……..we have been having a Seahorse week with both variety and abundance! We have seen Pontohi, Severns and Denise Pygmy Seahorses. We have also seen Candy, Boxer and Orangutang crabs, Leaf Scorpion fish, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Coral Shrimps, Black & White Tip Reef sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Tuna, Barracuda, Giant Moray, Nudis including a…
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…. Pygmy Seahorse thats right one of our dive guides spotted a Bergabanti on a sea fan at about 30mtrs; an unexpected treat indeed. Elsewhere we have had a few Whip coral shrimp, Mantis shrimp, beautiful nudis and on the bigger side of things we have had the usual awesome interactions with…
THIS WEEK IN LEMBEH… Lots of specialty courses on the go and we’re seeing some great critters in the process… Harlequin Shrimp, Mimic Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Giant; Painted and Shaggy Frogfish, Velvet Ghost Pipefish, Hairy Octopus, Coconut Octopus galore, Ambon Scorpionfish, plus Bobbit Worms, Stargazers and Starry Night Octopus on the night dives 🙂 Find…
CONGRATULATIONS to Will who just completed his PADI Nitrox and Deep Specialties in Lembeh with instructor Dani!
Since we are now 100% Project Aware, for both of these specs he will receive the Project Aware Manta Ray card.
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After returning from the wonderful Singapore and ADEX show it was time to get down and dirty, and over the last week we have done lots of sidemount diving in Bunaken.
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Big congratulations to Natalie on becoming a PADI Open Water Diver today with us on Bunaken Island.
Natalie started with the PADI Discover Scuba Diving and liked it so much that she continued with the PADI Open Water, and the adventure is just beginning!
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