This week in Gili Air, North Lombok we have been cracking on with our free try dives in the swimming pool at Villa Karang, Gili Air. We have been in the water all week with beginners, as well as offering refreshers for divers that have been out of diving for a year or two.
Bali has once again shown its amazing diversity this week as our guests have seen everything from Thresher Sharks to Mimic Octopus when diving in Amed. With our new boat we are able to get to places that other centres cannot reach and it paid off for guest Barry and guide Bayu at one of the reef corners between here and Tulamben – while hanging out at 25m Bayu looked up and was pleasantly surprised to see a large Thresher Shark (Alopius Vulpinus) cruising slowly by – of course he immediately pointed it out to guest Barry who had Thresher Shark high up his bucket list. Tick!! Threshers are known for often being seen in deep water, so you can imagine the feelings of our technical diving manager who was at 50m on the same dive site at the same time but didn’t see it!
Hatching Flamboyant Cuttlefish, one of the famous critters in Lembeh, greeted eighteenth-time repeat guest Nicole this week! She says she keeps coming back to Lembeh time and again because there is always something new to see! The tiny, squirmy, Flamboyant Cuttlefish were encased in eggs that had been laid in an overturned coconut husk. The white eggs turned nearly clear when the baby Flamboyants were ready to hatch. The 8mm juveniles instantly took on their full Flamboyant coloration as they squirmed free of their eggs and began hunting for food in the sand.
It has been another epic month here when diving in Nusa Lembongan, the oceans have been gifting us with all sorts of wonders. Over at Manta Point there have been so many manta’s coming in to feed and be cleaned giving all the divers amazing close encounters 20 plus with each visit! At the north end of Nusa Penida we have also been very lucky with sightings of the magnificent Mola Ramsiay cruising along the reef only at 20m deep but we have also been treated to a very very rare sighting of a Thresher Shark, which is typically a very deep water shark only occasionally coming up to the shallow waters to be cleaned!!
Bunaken Dive Site “Muka Kampung”, the turtle city!
Everybody loves turtles and at here we see them all over the shop and they certainly are not of the shy sort! If you get hit on the head by something it might not be your buddy struggling with his buoyancy, it could also well be a turtle pushing you out of the way to settle on its favourite spot on the reef!
This week here in North Lombok we have been noticing the colour and beauty coming back to our reefs. The North Gilis have not been famous for their colourful, pristine coral reefs due to dynamite fishing so many years ago but indeed the beautiful colour is coming back. There are so many dive sites up here which truly do blow me away. The amount of hard corals that cover our reefs is incredible ranging from massive table corals, blue corals, brain coral, plate coral, stag horn coral and fleshy coral. These corals create shelter and safety for creatures/fish such as pipe fish, lionfish, moray eels, ribbon eels, juvenile bat fish, turtles, octopus, shrimps and many more.
It was an exciting week in Lembeh as Martin, a first time visitor to Lembeh, asked his girlfriend, Carola to marry him! He hired Two Fish Lembeh’s transport boat to take the two of them to a beautiful, private white-sand beach where they went for a long, romantic walk before asking the Big Question. She said “Yes”, of course, which makes Lembeh a very memorable place for the both of them! A huge congratulations to Martin and Carola from the whole Two Fish Divers crew.
The Manta Rays in Lembongan…. The underwater action at Manta Point has continued throughout the week, with sightings of schooling manta rays, matting trains, mantas cleaning and some feeding action. The Manta Rays presence at Manta Point over the last 3 weeks has been outstanding and we have almost had a 100% success rate in sightings.