Its official: North Sulawesi has more diversity than Komodo & West Thailand!

In September 2012, Dr Mark Erdmann and Dr Gerry Allen were visiting Manado as Guest Lecturers for a biology workshop. At the same time they conducted a survey of fish species to measure the marine biodiversity in North Sulawesi, and it threw up some most absolutely amazing unexpected results. Namely that North Sulawesi has more marine diversity than Komodo and West Thailand, so now you can dive some of the best marine diversity on the planet with us!

How did this reach this conclusion? To begin with, they recorded 967 species from 329 genera and 84 families, and they said that they were “nowhere near reaching a plateau with every day adding 25-40 new records to the list!”.

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!