Some Molas are Still Around in Lembongan

Some Molas are Still Around in Lembongan - Mola seasonThis week in Lembongan… The mola season may officially be over and it was not what we were all expecting but we have had a surprise turn of events this week, with our divers spotting 2 molas on 2 different dives through and another dive centre spotting 4 molas together on 1 dive. This is not to say that the mola season is coming late, but great to see that some are still around. 

Goatfish in Lembongan

Goat Fish in LembonganThis week in Lembongan… The common goatfish is often overlooked by experienced divers as they glide their eyes over the reef and through the coral looking for a crazy small creatures or that next colourful nudibranch. But often while we are working with students and one of these somewhat normal looking fish, starts combing through the rubble looking for food with their barbels, is when the divers start to point.  

The rise of the Giant Frogfish in North Lombok

Giant FrogfishThis week here on the Gili’s, North Lombok we have been seeing a rise in Giant Frogfish. The first spot we had was a few weeks ago at Hans Reef and then nothing, but then this week we had a spot of this black variation at Gili Meno slope followed by a Red variation at the Home Reef Gili Air! All of these being a fairly big size hiding with feather stars or sponges and on artificial reefs.

Part 4 DMT Tram: Bare feet and bare all

Part 4 divemaster trainee Tram: Bare feet and bare allMy last and final week of the divemaster trainee was in Lembongan, a small island across from Bali. The switch was a little unnatural at first but turned out to be an invaluable learning experience. Guiding guests diving in current, higher guests turn around, completely different conditions and aquatic life. Indeed, on our dive yesterday we saw TWELVE manta rays! Freaking amazing!!!

The Seemingly Strange Sea Cucumbers

The Seemingly Strange Sea CucumbersThis week in Lembongan… An often over looked sea creature by experienced divers and a creature that our guides rarely point out. But very often while teaching PADI Open Water courses or diving with first time divers we get the full finger point and a shrug of the shoulders when passing by these strange sea cucumbers. Sea cucumbers come in many different colors, shapes and sizes, some very plain and others that look like something out of an alien movie.

Thanks to the DMTs in Lembongan

divemaster traineeThis week in Lembongan… Was the end of our 3 Divemaster trainee’s time in Lembongan. Ben and Nicole were with us for just over 6 weeks. Ben came already certified as a Rescue diver and Nicole still needed to complete her Advance course and Rescue. After 2 weeks of training for Nicole and some fun diving for Ben, the two of them jumped into their Divemaster course. Scott was with us for just over 4 weeks and was also already Rescue certified. Once here, the 3 of them worked together very well through their Divemaster program and were a great help to the dive centre!

Part III: Tram road to become a divemaster

Tram road to become a divemasterToday, I celebrated my 100th dive and the 3rd week of my divemaster training. Yeepee! Waking up at 5am to go to a dawn dive! That’s when you know you are really a diver. It was well worth it. The sunrise was bathing the sky in a soft pink color while the remnant of last night’s full moon was fading over the palm tree tops.mean, seriously, what more can you ask for your 100th dive? (apart for a shark and an eagle ray)

DMT Tram “The Business of Diving”

Week 2 of divemaster trainee Tram! “The Business of Diving”Divemaster trainee Tram – Week 2 with The Business of Diving

Chapter 7 of the divemaster manual has this sentence: “Being a PADI divemaster trainee, you are in the transformation business”. Hahaha, it couldn’t ring a louder bell to me. Here I thought I was special, not doing the divemaster to start a career in diving, but in the end PADI knows best. LOL, it’s all about the love of diving and personal transformation.

DMT Scott and the Divemaster Course Work Began

DMT Scott - And the Course Work BeganOn September 20 we left Auckland, New Zealand to begin our adventure with Two Fish, Nusa Lembongan.  Our flight was an hour late into Denpasar and we already had a tight schedule for catching the last ferry to Nusa Lembongan without the delay.  We cleared customs and immigration ready to book a hotel for the night ourselves and contact Bryce. We had been informed that the driver would need to leave by 1630 so we did not think anyone would still be waiting an hour later. Sure enough, Two Fish had a driver waiting for us and had even booked a room for the night for us in Sanur. A taxi was arranged for the next morning to the ferry and we transferred by ferry to Lembogan.  We checked into our room early that morning and stopped by Two Fish.

Turtles in Nusa Lembongan

Turtles in Nusa LembonganThis week in Nusa Lembongan… Even though the mola season has not been a crazy busy one, are divers have still had the chance to swim along with some friendly underwater creatures. Divemaster trainee Nicole, while helping with the group of 16 people we had from Denmark, saw 3 different turtles in one dive on the north coast of Nusa Penida. We get two different types of turtles in Nusa Lembongan, the Green Turtle and the Hawksbill Turtle.

The story of divemaster trainee Tram

divemaster traineeThis has been a week since I arrived at Two Fish Divers as a Divemaster trainee. I first spent 4 days in Lembeh, a small island off the coast off north Sulawesi (another bigger island of Indonesia). It effectively means that I am at the EDGE of the world. It “only” took me 50 hours to get there. But man, it’s well worth it. It’s heaven. Here’s a cheesy sunset picture as teaser … but let’s backtrack a little bit…

The rare Engagement Ring Fish in Lembeh

engagement ring fish lembehThe rare Engagement Ring Fish was spotted in Lembeh this week after Will arranged for a beautiful underwater proposal to Jo. The ring was placed in a Giant Clamshell and left for Jo to discover. After she check-marked “YES” on a provided slate, they received underwater congratulations from 15 fellow Two Fish divers. It was an unforgettable proposal to everyone present, and one guest admitted to even tearing up a bit in her mask… Two Fish sends a huge congratulations to Will, Jo and their families on their beautiful engagement!