This week in Bunaken… “I saw parrot fish!” This might not be the first thing we mention when we come up from a dive as it is easy to get spoiled with always seeing these pretty and very colourful fish. But it is for sure something special to see a school of bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) descend on the reef to feed.
This week in Bunaken … It doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned diver or taking your first breaths under water, it is always a great treat to come across a turtle during a dive. Here in Bunaken we are properly spoiled as we see turtles on a daily basis.
This week in Bunaken … We have had some great dives here in Bunaken over the last week but the most amazing sighting was the capture of ten sargassum frogfish in a large ball of tangled rope, plastic, fishing net, fishing line and seaweed!
This week in Bunaken … Several day trips to Mantehage Island was organised and they both had two things in common, many schooling barracuda and calm sunny weather.
This Week in Bunaken…. Spoting Porcelain crabs during a dive. These brightly coloured and patternated elusive crustaceans measuring upto 2cm can usually be found seeking shelter between the tentacles or the underside of sea anemones. Like the clown fish that live among the anemones the porcelain crab employs the same method to avoid being stung, coating itself in the anemone mucus tricking it into thinking its is part of itself.
This week in Bunaken… Devils, scorpions and ghosts! After Halloween it seems only natural that we should spot scary creatures this week. On Lekuan 3 an ornate ghost pipefish and several leaf scorpion fish, found and photographed by one of our returning guest Lisa.
This week in Bunaken… We have been overrun with sharks on all of our dives this week, making it seem like we’re in the cheesy horror film of Sharknado (google this and you’ll see what we’re talking about). In one overhang section of Lekuan II, local guide Rolly and repeater guests Bob and Sandra from the States found three white tip sharks circling around. As well, there were many dawn dives on Sachiko, all with sightings of sharks on each dive.
This week in Bunaken… The next time you pick up an empty shell on the beach and pocket it to take home, just think of all the hermit crabs that would have loved to move into such a nice home. That’s right, with more and more shells going as souvenirs to be placed on bookshelves, our dearly loved hermit crabs are experiencing the worst ever real estate crash here on Bunaken. Here’s a picture of a local hermit crab who still has his home (although a bit shabby looking). The photo was taken by our repeater guests from Germany – Mendy & Andreas.
This week on Bunaken…. Some of the tiniest creatures known as skeleton shrimp are ready for Halloween here on Bunaken. Our guides are famous for finding the tiniest things underwater and there is no exception for this one. The skeleton shrimp is only millimetres long and completely transparent – they hang around on pieces of soft coral in a sort of praying mantis like way. The picture here is taken by our repeater guest Keith from New Zealand on one of his dives with Rolly. Nice job focusing on such a tiny and clear creature!
This week in Bunaken…. dive guides have been showing off to our divers Bunaken’s little wonders underwater, including ornate ghost pipe fish, Potoh’s pygmy seahorse and the usual range of candy & orang-utan crabs, skeleton shrimps and whatever else is smaller than the normal eye can see. Pictured here is the ornate ghost pipe fish (black & yellow variation) hanging upside-down next to a feather star.
This week in Bunaken…. Our divers on Bunaken have been super lucky to spot both a whale shark and a pod of pilot whales during the surface intervals of the two morning dives! The whale shark came very near to the Bethlehem boat on Sunday to show off to our divers while they were de-kitting. Then just this morning there was a large pod of pilot whales swimming just along the front of our boat Sylvia – one pilot whale was so huge and curious, he just hung out next to the boat with our divers looking on!
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN… the ShipWreck dive was really nice with great viz and almost no current, so it was good dive for all the divers. This shipwreck has lot of life growing on it and supports many fish, such as a super cool Mappa Pufferfish sitting on the deck and greeting divers. Even after a few photo’s were taken of him he still did not move away, instead giving just a little waving to say hi. On the reef side of the wreck also had lot of cool little encounters like juvenile sweetlip, mantis shrimp, ornate ghost pipefish and scorpion fish.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN…. Fun divers are having turtle week and it seems like every dive site is turning into a turtle town around Bunaken. Everybody is commenting that many BIG turtles are swimming around and passing really close to the divers. They are certainly not afraid of cameras, which is the good thing for the people who like to take underwater photos. Thanks Geby & Hajo for the nice Turtle photo!
This week in Bunake…Our favourite photo from our many-time repeater guest, Dymphna, is of a candy crabs at Sachiko, but our guests are actually experiencing their very own shark week in Bunaken!
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN….we spotted three Tiger cowry shells together, just like our three dive centers in Bunaken, Lembeh & Lembongan! With great weather we have been seeing lots of other stuff, with particular mention of blacktip sharks, Baracuda’s, Doogtooth tuna, Eaglerays, Sea horses, Boxer crabs, and Sponge crabs.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN…. WOW, a MANTA RAY was spotted on a dive, just goes to show that you can see anything around Bunaken!!
THIS WEEK IN BUANKEN…have you ever had a dive where you saw both a big fish and macro at the same time? A couple of our guests, John and James, had one of those moments as they turned around after looking at a nice pygmy seahorse to immediately see a reef shark. Although they have been visiting Bunaken over the past ten years, this was their first double-take of finding something so small and then be immediately confronted with something so big!
This week in Bunaken… we have had a feast of colourful nudibranchs, starting with this great photo of a chromodoris reticular that was take by Annette who has returned for another visit but with a working strobe this time! Other colourful Nudibranchs that we found included Nembrotha Rutilans, Nembrotha Christata, Glossodoris and Janolos.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN …..we have been seen a tornado, but in this case it was of Big Eyed Jacks! Thanks Sandy for this shot.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN….the Pontohi pygmy Seahorses are hanging out in pairs. Thanks Reto for sharing this photo and it was great to see you back.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……… we found a clown frogfish in Bunaken, who says they are only in Lembeh! The weather has been really good and we have had visibility of 25m and more, maybe this is why we have been seeing lots of bigger things like Napoleon wrasse, Baracuda, Whitetip and Blacktip reef sharks, Eagle rays, Yellowfin & Dog-tooth Tuna, and schools of Big-eye Trevaly and Batfish.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN…….the turtles have been out in force again with 10 turtles in one dive in Bunaken! Bunaken is generally quieter this week with uncrowded dive sites. The seas are still flat, but the rain is back for a shower around lunchtime and drying up before the afternoon dive.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……a pod of Pilot whales came to hang out with the dive boat, with some whales passing under the boat giving the divers a great view. A dugong also popped his head up to take a look around, but didn’t stay. These experiences combined with sunny weather and calm seas have made for a very enjoyable week.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……..we have been having a Seahorse week with both variety and abundance! We have seen Pontohi, Severns and Denise Pygmy Seahorses. We have also seen Candy, Boxer and Orangutang crabs, Leaf Scorpion fish, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Coral Shrimps, Black & White Tip Reef sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Tuna, Barracuda, Giant Moray, Nudis including a…