This week in Lembongan… Our guests have had some pretty amazing encounters with these special creatures. Annie who spent 5 days diving with us, saw a mola every day and on some dives she saw up to 5 molas, swimming, cleaning and even jumping. One of the most special moments of the week was with Annie’s son, Neils. Neils is only 8 so he is yet to become a scuba diver like his mum, but that did not stop him from getting the chance to see a mola!
This week in Lembongan… The waves have picked up in the south, so the manta sites have been unreachable but this means we have spent the week drifting over the colourful soft corals of the slopping reefs on the north coast of Nusa Penida. Although the south coast does bask in the glory of the manta rays, the south is mainly covered with sponge coral that does not hold the bright colours like soft coral does. This is due to the changing wave conditions that effect the coral spore moment, meaning soft coral find it hard to grow. This is quite different on the north coast, it seems with the magic of nature, the slopping fringing reefs provide the perfect environment for coral spores to settle and process the beautiful colours that cover these slopes.
This week in Lembongan. It’s that time of year again. On the fourth full moon of the Balinese calendar Nyepi Laut is celebrated on the islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. This year this day falls on September 29th. On this day the inhabitants of the three islands pay homage to the Dewa Baruna who is the ruler of the seas. This ritual has been performed in the region of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan since 1600 during the reign of Dalem Waturenggong. The ritual practice of that day includes meditation and quiet contemplation on the importance of the watery environment that surrounds and sustains the islands.
This week in Lembongan, The North Coast of Nusa Penida offers a lot of great dive sites and our dive at Mangrove this week was completely stunning!! The visibility was amazing and the fun divers pointed some big moray eels, scorpion fish and crocodile fish. Guy and Emily who were doing their Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dive found a lot of species that they didn’t know and enjoyed learning more about plants and corals.
This week in Lembongan… On many of our dive sites around Penida and Lembongan we have Bali dive centers that take the journey across Badung Strait to bring their guests to dive our reefs. So we thought maybe we should do the opposite and head over to Bali to check out the diving there. For this trip we we loaded our boat Freedom with many tanks and a lunch and drinks and left Lembongan at 7.30am for a day trip to explore the famous Liberty wreck.
We often get emails from people who are planning dive trips to Indonesia and want to know where the best places for diving are, and what we can suggest for a 8-10 day stay. This is actually very hard to provide, its like asking to give suggestions for a 8-10 day stay for skiing in europe!
However, we can provide some of the considerations that you need to take into account when you are planning dive trips to Indonesia, and we can provide some recommendations based on this.
So what exactly is a boxfish?
Besides being the cuties fish ever, the boxfish are small fish that mainly swim in the shallow areas of the warmer parts of the world’s oceans, like coral reefs. They spend their lives passively pruning algae and small invertebrates like crustaceans, worms, and sponges off rocks and coral with their tiny, cute mouths. Their body is rigid with hexagonal bony plates fused together to form a hard shell that encircles their interior, “real” skeletal framework. It has as well rounded corners that makes the animal distinctly rectangular in overall shape. Their shell is so amazing that it has been used as a bionic inspiration for automobile design!
How cool is that?!
This week in Lembongan… Our waters seem to be full of crazy and amazing creatures. Not only have we seen molas on most of our dives, some of our divers have been lucky enough to see a mola with a thresher shark swimming right past it. Wow what a rare sight!
This week in Lembongan… Another busy week on our little island. We have had two full boats going out every day. Temperatures in the south of the island have dropped and our divers were happy that we rent out 5mm full wetsuits to keep them warm and cozy. We all like to wear wetsuits nowadays for diving. But how does a wetsuit really keep you warm?
This week in Lembongan. Calm seas have allowed us to visit the Mantas quite frequently and our divers enjoyed a lot of time with this beautiful creatures. Some of them were lucky enough to even see Mantas and Molas on the same day and to top that off they spotted dolphins on the surface just a few meters from our boat. So we had a lot of happy faces from our guests at lunch.
This week in Lembongan… we are proud to welcome five new members in the worldwide diving community. Anneloes, Giel, Cyrielle, Aurélien and Edouard just finished their Open Water Course. We had a lot of fun trying to do bubble ring in the water, watching mantas dancing around and looking in the blue to find molas molas!
This Week in Bali, it seems like the cleaning station at Manta point has a lot of dirty Mantas coming in for a clean.
It almost feels like being in a manta soup when you have 7-8 manta rays circling around the cleaning station at Nusa Penida, all of them coming in to get rid of their little parasites that make a great meal for the hungry little cleaner wrasse that call the cleaning station at Manta Point their home.
This week in Lembongan…. We have many return guests again. Nadine and Flavia, who did their Open Water Course with Karoline in March, just came back. Flavia is back now to do her PADI Advance, while Nadine is completing her PADI Rescue course. As an instructor it is great to see that people enjoy this sport as much as we do and want to progress and become better divers.
The first fortnight of my DM training as come to a close, along with my time on Nusa Lembongan. It’s with mixed feelings that I head to Two Fish on Bunaken to continue the course: excitement at experiencing new dive sites and working with different instructors yet a sadness in saying goodbye to the fantastic team here, just as I had begun to settle in and get to know everyone and how things work.
This week in Lembongan… After a nice day out diving in Crystal Bay, JP came back and tried to find out what kind of fish he saw. His description was very precise: tail like a sweetlips with a white finishing at the end of the tail, the fish was blueish, swimming off the reef out in the blue, body a bit like a grouper and about 70 cm long. Ok, fish books out and start searching. Even Tina, who was here from Bunaken, was getting involved in solving the mystery. This is what we came up with:
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.
This week in Lembongan… The molas have ventured from the deep to entertain are divers but not just at one dive site and not just the divers from one boat. 2 dive boats, 2 different ends of the island, 2 different dives and 3 molas in total.
This week in Lembongan… A resident cuttlefish has been spotted on every dive that we have done at Crystal Bay. This stunning creature must think that it’s camouflage is pretty good because it hasn’t moved much over the last week.
This week in Lembongan… The big waves that were predicted for the weekend didn’t affect us as much as we had thought. Of course we were not able to go visit the mantas, but we were able to do many wonderful dives on the north coast of Nusa Penida.
This week in Lembongan… It’s been a week of spotting many small creatures. Well, that is if you don’t count the 20+ mantas we’ve been seeing regularly at Manta Point. Our guides have eyes like hawks, at least that’s how Tom (who stayed with us for over a week) explained it.
This week in Lembongan… Big fish, round fish, long fish, thin fish, many fish, small fish, ugly fish, colourful fish and two or more fish… We’ve seen it all. But on one of our last safety stops at SD on the north coast of Nusa Penida a Humphead Wrasse decided to hang out with the divers for most of the three minutes.
This week in Lembongan… Crazy manta encounters in Manta Point. The sea has gotten a bit murky on the south side of Nusa Penida where we have a popular cleaning station for the mantas. This made diving a bit surprising when the mantas came out of the muck.