All the staff at Two Fish Divers Bunaken would like to say goodbye to Ina who has returned to Sweden. Ina, as well as performing her duties teaching recreational scuba diving courses in Bunaken, has been invaluable in assisting the technical department; in administration, as a support technical diver, and in keeping the technical instructor on the straight and narrow. Whilst at Bunaken, Ina gained experience technical diving both in backmount and sidemount configurations and she has had some interesting conditions to contend with. The currents on our wall dives here range from mild drifts to the bath plug being pulled beneath you; Ina has had her share of bathtimes and has dealt with them well. I can also honestly say that during her training I made sure that she had every possible problem to deal with; I’m not sure whether it has been the conditions here or her dive buddy that has led to a reluctance to go deep that often.
This week in Lembongan… Another busy week on our little island. We have had two full boats going out every day. Temperatures in the south of the island have dropped and our divers were happy that we rent out 5mm full wetsuits to keep them warm and cozy. We all like to wear wetsuits nowadays for diving. But how does a wetsuit really keep you warm?
If you are a group of four fun-divers or four PADI Open Water courses with us in Bali, then we will give away a free nitrox course to one of your members. This includes all the required course material and certification, saving you $100 on the normal price of the course!!!
Congratulations go out to Paula & Oriol and Laurent & Frederic as well as Celine for completing their Open Water course in Bunaken and to Tatsuya for earning his Nitrox certification. This week has seen a return to some pretty unusual currents here at Bunaken; ups, downs and merry go rounds- but the visibility has been great and for those venturing out we have had sightings to suit all tastes. The past couple of days has seen groups of up to 6 eagle rays at a time playing in the currents; coming really close to the divers, they always seem much more relaxed in a current than in calm water. There has been plenty of shark action too, with a bit of a thermocline down deep getting the blacktips on the go!
On the other end of the scale we are finding ghost pipefish all over the place; ornates in the shallows, the elusive Halimeda has been spotted on a couple of sites and the guides have recently started spotting some slender ghost pipefish. Oke, one of our guides has even been turning up some juvenile frogfish; quite a feat when there is so much life on the reef for them to blend into. I really need to start following the guides more.
This week in Lembeh…. We get Freaky. Like something horror movies were made from, The famed Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) is some divers dream to see. Seen during the night, these creepy critters can grow to a length of 3m, waiting to snatch their pray and drag them down into the earth. Victoria has been wanting and waiting to see one for as long as she can remember. Since the first time she saw one featured in a magazine, this has been her prize. She was lucky enough to see one on her first night dive and was dancing for the next few days.