Divemaster trainee Joe about his start in Bunaken…

Divemaster trainee Joe decided on short notice to take his divemaster course, here is a note on his experience… I arrived in Bunaken on July 29th for 4 days of fun diving with a friend, upon my last day of my visit, I sat down with one of Bunaken’s current dive master trainees who got…

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Amazing week in Bunaken with the Dugong

What an amazing week in Bunaken! We had sunshine and calm seas the whole week and one amazing creature after the other was spotted! At Mandolin we saw four Dugongs in the shallows including a baby Dugong! At Fukui we had the nice surprise of a Mola Mola which gently cruised by! And to top…

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Orangutan Crab is a cool sighting in Bunaken

We see Orangutan crab or Achaeus japonicus quite regularly and they are always cool critters when they wave with their little claws. You find them usually in bubble coral or anemone’s. They have relatively longs arms and are reddish or brown and quite often have a bit of debris stuck on their hairy arms. We had a…

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Winged pipefish on Gili Islands

This week, our dive guide Andy was proofing his ability to spot the smallest and most amazing creatures you can find here on the Gili Islands like winged pipefish, hairy shrimps, ghost pipefish and some amazing looking nudibranchs. And of course, the usual encounters with black tip reef sharks, white tip reef sharks and some…

Bunaken DMT Michelle Tells You More About Her Experience

DMT Michelle - PoolMowing the pool

If the pool in the resort would have been the yard, I would have mowed the whole area at that time. One of the Divemaster assignments is to be able to demonstrate the confined water skills and one of them is the BCD removal and replacement. The first time I practiced the skills, I used my pocket weights instead of a weight belt. Well, I will never make THAT mistake again…

Sharing Their Divemaster Course Experience

Lynn gearing up for her divemaster courseDivemaster course is a really hard work to me as it deals with many tanks and equipment every day. Having a petite frame, these hard works can knock me out sometimes, nevertheless, it’s still a great experience. I have reviewed open-water skills in the pool with my instructor and learned some new techniques, such as filling cylinders, managing the boat, and doing my first briefing on the boat.
The environment here is good, the food was yummy, the staffs are friendly, and there are 3 lovely big dogs. Everything is simply just brilliant.  Except if it could rain slightly less but we are in the raining season. Despite the rain, the visibility is good underwater.

Lynn

Divemaster trainee Jason and his experience

Divemaster trainee and his experienceHey folks!
So Here I am in Bunaken Island and after a little over a week and I can tell you I have survived! You can say I have thrown myself into the deep end with this my first days of diving were straight to learning a rescue course then starting on my Divemaster training with Instructor Markus and the other DMT Romana (who is at a similar level of experience to myself).