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08 Jun / 2010
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May has come to an end and we have to say if has been an awesome month  for diving in Lembeh! The month did start off a little bit rainy and grey but the diving was anything but sad and gloomy – it has been a great month for Frogfish sightings, DSC00659octopus encounters, cool Nudis, rare Rhinopias…all the lovely Lembeh Critters!! 

We ran our first day trip to Bangka Island, which was a great success. The strong  currents brought in lots of pelagics for our group – tuna, trevally and large stingrays!

We have also been trying out some new sites in more southern end of The Straits and come up with a couple of gems in particular one near the monument which was is a Mecca for different types of ghost pipefish!

Work has started in earnest on our artificial reef with a couple of structures in place – we are going to check on them tomorrow and see what has moved in!!

Scubi is now fully settled in as our new resort dog and is busy charming all the guests with his cuteness and annoying Chocolate with his boundless energy!

Over the last couple few days in particular our dive guides ( Opo, Franz and Steven & Helen has been moonlighting as a guide!) have been on top form and pleasing our guests with sightings of Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Wonderpus, Mimic & Blue-Ringed Octopus, Pygmy and Pontohi Seahorses, all different kinds of Ghost Pipefish and so many Frogfish -  from Warty to Painted and from Giant to Hairy – we literally have seen them all!!  It has been hard to log the dives as we are seeing so much on the dives we are forgetting what we have seen and it like a competition at the dinner table who has seen the coolest critters!!

Lets hope that June is just as good!!

07 Jun / 2010
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Builiding Fish Homes! 5-15-2010 2-45-39 PM 5-15-2010 2-46-06 PM

So after the successful ‘planting’ of the cleaning stations, we started on the next phase of our artificial reef – building of fish houses.  We chose a nice sunny day and grabbed our mound of bricks and started to design the ‘main’ fish house. We use traditional batako ( bricks) for the bottom and top layer of the house – this gives the house a decent weight so that it stays in position in the water. By using the ‘holey bricks’, we have created hide-outs for shrimps and little fish to live in.

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As you can see from the photos Gizmo and Opo worked hard cementing all the bricks together and after just an hour or so (and a couple of disagreements!) you could really see the house starting to take shape.

 

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Finally after a bit more hard graft and then a few days of allow the cement to fully dry,  the finished article ( below) is ready to go into the water. Once the structure is in place we are also going to attached rope with small floats onto the houses to add extra height and also provide more surface area for algae, sponge and coral to attach onto and grow on. Keep an eye out for the next blog detailing the hard work of getting this structure into the water – that will definitely be a team effort!!

 

 

 

 

07 Jun / 2010
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Lovenia ElongataThis week in Bunaken something we haven’t seen here before was found. Luckily one of our divers, Sebastien from Brussels, had his camera with him. Coming from the Sea Urchin family, Sebastien found a Lovenia Elongata (long-spined heart urchin). It just goes to show that even our local dive guides who have been diving the walls of Bunaken for years, can still be surprised and see something new.

Sebastien was kind enough to share some of his other favourite photos with us, including a picture perfect Moorish Idol who are normally difficult to catch on camera, for the critter lovers a Halgerda Batangas Nudibranch, and a favourite for everyone of an Ornate Ghost Pipefish.

Thank you for your stay with us and come again soon for some more discoveries.

05 Jun / 2010
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Tec briefing

Tec entry

In mid-May we welcomed back Brendon, our Course Director, for another high season in Bunaken. He is conducting a couple if IDC’s and leading our effort to discover the depths of Bunaken with Tec diving.

The Tec Diving season kicked off with 2 guests completing their PADI Tec Diver course last week. Thijs & Daan are two instructors from Lanta Divers, Koh lanta, Thailand who decided to celebrate the end of their work season with a Tec course and Tec fun-dives to explore the walls of Bunaken to 50m+.

Following the re-development of PADI’s Tec courses, we now offer three Tec courses – Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. Each of these are 3 day/4 dive courses that introduce divers to advanced diving techniques to 40m, 45m and 50m, and Bunaken is perfect for this with spectacular scenery, 40m viz and more sharks at depths!

Find our more about Tec fun-diving on Bunaken and Tec Diving courses, and watch our for more Tec blogs as we explore more of what Bunaken can offer at the deeper depths.

05 Jun / 2010
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Tec briefing

Tec entry

In mid-May we welcomed back Brendon, our Course Director, for another high season in Bunaken. He is conducting a couple if IDC’s and leading our effort to discover the depths of Bunaken with Tec diving.

The Tec Diving season kicked off with 2 guests completing their PADI Tec Diver course last week. Thijs & Daan are two instructors from Lanta Divers, Koh lanta, Thailand who decided to celebrate the end of their work season with a Tec course and Tec fun-dives to explore the walls of Bunaken to 50m+.

Following the re-development of PADI’s Tec courses, we now offer three Tec courses – Tec 40, Tec 45 and Tec 50. Each of these are 3 day/4 dive courses that introduce divers to advanced diving techniques to 40m, 45m and 50m, and Bunaken is perfect for this with spectacular scenery, 40m viz and more sharks at depths!

Watch our for more Tec blogs as we explore more of what Bunaken can offer at the deeper depths.


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