In Bunaken this week, we couldn’t decide where to look – the blue for big stuff or the reef for small creatures. There have been plenty of both, including another Mola-Mola sighting! And just as our dive manager and instructor Dion is off to get to know our Bali and Lombok dive centres better, we’ve been busy teaching PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses.
This week has been fantastic for both large and small marine creatures in Bunaken with a particularly lucky group seeing a pod of ten eagle rays on one single dive! All around the island we’re seeing plenty of ornate ghost pipefish on many of our favourite dives. And there is a new face around as well!
Looking to improve your photography skills on your next trip to Lembeh? Divemaster in Training Tristan Stafford took Scott’s Digital Underwater Photography course this week, with amazing results! Here’s a wonderful account of his experience…
“The first time I came to Lembeh was nearly six years ago. I was mind blown even in the early days of my diving experience at the wealth and variety of creatures that inhabit the area. Diving for me has always felt like a journey to another world – Lembeh is another world! Ironically, what appears to be the bleakest dive site is more often than not the most interesting – TK being the perfect example of this. Cruising over the black sand, no reef, no wall, and no coral, the occasional fish, you find yourself questioning why you choose to dive in what appears to be a site devoid of life. Then the little shakes and bangs from the exceptionally talented dive guides begin. It is a prelude to the performance. You know the show is about to begin and your mind is about to blown away by the weird and wonderful.
I am about to finish my time in Bunaken, and again I am not at all ready to say goodbye. Although, I have almost finished checking all the boxes for completing my Divemaster program! With my last two weeks so near, I really have no idea where the time went, and I am not ready for it to end. The past two weeks have been quite action packed, finishing up more specialty courses and assisting with guiding and other courses.
This week in South Lombok, we had a strange visitor to the dive center as he wondered across the road and straight through the gates and we have not been able to work out what he is. We have checked all the fish books we have and have come to the conclusion that he is a shrimp lobster.