Instructor Course (IDC) and PADI Instructor Exam (IE) in Bunaken

IDC in Bunaken Sept 2012Our final IDC of the year was recently held 26 Sept-7 Oct IDC. We only had 2 candidates, and they were therefore lucky to have the Course Director all to themselves. Congratulations Arto and Jimmy for successfully finishing your IDC!

Whats great about doing the IDC with us in Bunaken is that the diving is so good, and after the IDC both of them had a well deserved rest and went diving. Arto decided to take it a step further and had a try-dive on a CCR rebreather, another advantage of doing your IDC with a center that is also a PADI TECRec Center!

Dive Against Debris – Triple whammy clean-up!

Triple whammy results from Bunaken, Lembeh and LembonganOn September 28th, for the first time ever, all three of our resorts combined to do a simultaneous Dive Against Debris in support of Project Aware’s Debris Month of Action. This is what we are calling our Dive Against Debris – Triple whammy clean-up!

All of our joint efforts managed to bring in an amazing  677 kilos of marine debris, collected from sites in Bunaken, Lembeh and Nusa Lembongan.

Diving trip to the famous Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben

liberty wreck in tulambenHadrian is our current Divemaster Trainee, and he joined our first trip to Tulamben. Here is his account:

On the speedboat the small group of 8 divers from all over the world share their excitation for this dive site that is world reknown. Is it because of the outstanding visibility and the rich exotic marine life, or because of the historical story of the shipwreck? Whatever the reason, everyone has smiles on their faces!

Helen’s Diary of her PADI Divemaster course in Bunaken and Lembeh

We just had one of our Divemaster interns leave, Helen from Australia. She spent 4weeks with us in both Bunaken and Lembeh, and this is her diary.

Helen divemaster course in Bunaken and Lembeh

Week 1
First day of Divemaster Course and I’m amped!
Wake up to 2 fun dives – awesome!
That afternoon I sat down with my instructor and was given my Divemaster Pack, my eyes popped out of my head. I asked “will I finish all this in 4 weeks?” Answer – Yes. With a confident instructor and a well laid out timetable, its possible

Join us for some Exploration Diving in Lembeh in November 2012!

Cuttlefish from east LembehKaren & Tom will be joining us in Lembeh for their 5th trip 4-11 November. Although they are keen muck-divers, they are dead keen to do some exploration diving as well. We are therefore opening an invitation to anyone else who also wants to join us!

We will be running normal diving during this time, but as Karen & Tom want to do as much exploration as possible, we will also be be running exploration trips almost every day!

New swimming pool in Bunaken at Two Fish

Swimming Pool in Bunaken ready for swimmingWe are really please to announce that our new swimming pool in Bunaken is now complete and ready for use!

We started it in Jan with the digging and transport of materials, and it was finally finished on 27 July. We had an official opening by the local village head and community leaders such as the village priest, and we invited all the workers to come and have a swim! Soon after this it was open to guests.

Lots of Blue-ring octopus in Lembeh but what are they?

Blue ring octopus
We have been seeing loads of Blue Ring Octopus recently in Lembeh so we thought we would tell you a bit about them!

Ecology
There are possibly 10 different species of blue-ringed octopus but only 4 have been formally names and all are inhabitants of asian-pacific waters:

  • Greater Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata)
  • Lesser Blue-ringed Octopus or Southern Blue-ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena maculosa)
  • Blue-lined Octopus (Hapalochlaena fasciata)
  • Hapalochlaena nierstraszi

Introducing the Incredible Mandarin Fish!

The mandarin fish is one of the most beautiful fish in the ocean and their special mating display can be seen right here in both Bunaken and Lembeh waters!

Scientific Name: Synchiropus Splendidus
Found: Indo-Pacific Ocean (Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia)
Size: 1 -2 Inches
Diet: Carnivore – feed on small worms, protozoans and small crustaceans
Habitat: Broken coral rubble beds or under dead coral
Depth: 1 – 18 metres

Currently lots of Ghostpipefish in Lembeh but what is a ghost pipefish?

We are seeing alot of Robust ghost pipefish in Lembeh at the moment so we thought that we would tell you what they are.

Family Solenostomidae
Ghost pipefish belong to the family Solenostomidae. They are closely related to Seahorses and Pipefish, are from the same order and share the long tube like snout. They live in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate waters from Indian to Western Pacific oceans.

Spending most of its time in a head down position, they tend to make their homes in shallow areas or close to coastal reefs that are current swept and therefore have a steady stream of food. In many regions Ghostpipefish are only seasonal visitors, settling on the reef for only a few months each year to breed.