We have had pretty strong wind which equals to big waves in Senggigi!! Even so we tried out a new dive site down to the south of Senggigi which we call “Temple Wall.” It is so named due to the landmarks above water. The wall was built around 10 years ago for breaking the waves during the wet season and protecting the small local shops along the coast line. It is a pretty wall and looks a lot older than it is.
The dive site is a shallow dive of a maximum depth of 15 meters. There is a plateau as you descend of a big area and as you swim out to the south west it starts to slope down with big boulders full of coral. We saw an awful lot of sea creatures ranging from scorpion fish, lionfish, flat worms, bat fish, nudibranchs, squat shrimps, crabs but best of all was the ribbon eel. A beautiful blue colour with the yellow stripe going down its back. Ribbon eel’s are fairly friendly and if you hover your tank banger over it and slowly move it away the eel will follow for some time giving us divers the chance to see just how long they get.
On the boat we were joined by the owners of the hotel “The Candi”. A couple from Germany who moved here back 6 years ago. With them was Martine, myself, Zul (our transport staff) and kuss the Instructor/Guide.
A pleasant day but not for those who get a little sea sick. :-/ Luckily that was none of us 😉
This week, our guests Steven and Karen decided to venture a little further off the beaten track from Bunaken and headed to the northern islands of the Bunaken Marine National Park. The rewards were schooling Barracuda, eagle rays and much more.
Seventh and Ninth-time return guests to the region were excited by their first Cryptic Shrimp sighting in Lembeh this week! These cool little critters so perfectly resemble the sponge they inhabit that they are nearly impossible to differentiate from their background. The Cryptic Shrimp’s innate ability to perfectly blend in with its surroundings is a type of crypsis camouflage: an animal’s natural-born ability to visually blend in with its habitat in order to avoid predation.
This week’s diving in Bunaken had something for both macro fans and lovers of big marine life – our guests saw Pontohi Pygmy Seahorses as well as increasing numbers of Spotted Eagle Rays.
Thanks to our eagle-eyed dive guides Frankli and Fenly, Mads from Denmark managed to get the fabulous shot for this blog. These miniature seahorses are fairly rare and we don’t have a lot of information about them. They’ve been spotted in (eastern) Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.