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.
Well, the last week of my divemaster course in Lembongan was bittersweet. I was so excited to finally journey to the breathtaking Bunaken I had heard so much about, but could not shake the melancholy I felt for leaving Nusa Lembongan Island. I did however get very lucky, as my last week there was full of guests and scuba diving courses, which meant a lot of daily fun diving for me! I thought eventually I might get tired of the reef walls along the north coast of Nusa Penida, or eventually my wonderment for Mantas might dwindle but I am now quite sure, that is impossible.
Bunaken is home to Asia’s best wall dives, making it easy to marvel at the sheer length and depth of them whilst overlooking the smaller creatures that live underwater in Bunaken – but this week, we’ve been fascinated by a tiny little marine dweller called candy crab or soft coral crab. Hard to spot as they mimic the soft coral they live on almost perfectly, it’s down to our guides’ amazing eyes to find them.