The last two weeks of my PADI divemaster training in Lembongan has been truly amazing. I have barely seen such a variety of dive sites that can be explored all from just one dive center!
One day the boat could be heading north to one of the sites with beautiful corals, an abundance of reef fish as well as the occasional turtle and on the next day the boat may head south to find the mantas, the seahorse at crystal bay and if lucky also a mola mola.
This week in Lembongan… The island has become very busy with everyday we have had full boats. Havard from Norway who is visiting us for the third time already was been lucky enough to see eagle rays, marble rays, bamboo sharks, turtles, scorpion fish and because the water is getting colder he has been lucky to see two Mola.
Last week I tried some technical diving in the pool and the “tech-fever” caught me. So I decided to take some technical courses with Dom. I started with the TDI Advanced Nitrox course. The theory is really interesting. I also planned my first dive to 40m with a stage cylinder. During this dive I saw some big tunas and a black tip shark. Dom also practized a lot of tech-drills with me. I am looking forward to the next course which will be TDI Deco Procedures.
This week in Bunaken… Judith from the UK and dive guide Opel got a very pleasant surprise when they came across a mama dugong and her baby during a dive at Ron’s Point! Judith and Opel had been to Fukui, where the rest of the divers on the boat were diving, the day before so they chose to go to Ron’s Point instead which is right next to Fukui.
This week in Belongas … we have an outstanding amount of Redtooth trigger fish, sea cobras, nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks and eagle rays but this week its been the mobula rays that have made diving special as they have been counted on every dive. The school’s have been up to 60 rays and at minimum 35. Mobula rays look extremely similar to manta rays but the difference is in their mouths and cephalic fins (head fins). Mobula rays cephalic fins are just a flap whereas mantas fins unravel to form a much larger paddle like structure.