This week in Belongas, South Lombok we are thrilled to announce the launch of our second boat for the famous dive sites down here in South Lombok. The boat is from Vidar the owner of Pangang Villas situated in Pangang bay at the very south tip of south Lombok. In this location are 3 self-catering villas, plenty of space, magnificent views of the Indian Ocean and the two Dive sites that everyone comes here to see “The Magnet” and “Gili Sarang”. Our first customers are a group of 5 from Singapore setting out for exploration tomorrow morning!!
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 Lembeh….. Harlequin Shrimp Shine. For those that enjoy shrimp, Lembeh is a fantastic place to see more than just a few species. Our lucky divers can agree with these Harlequin Shrimp as part of the proof. Our guides found these two ready to chow down on top of a blue sea star. Other types being seen have been Tiger shrimp, Hairy Shrimp, Mantis Shrimp, Skeleton Shrimp, and the list goes on.
This week in Lombok we saw all kinds of colourful nudibranch; crocodilefish; leaf scorpionfish; turtle; huge swarm of sardines; crustaceans and critters; orang utan crap; hairy spider crap; harlekin shrimp; cuttlefish; octopuss; giant frogfish and many more!
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 Bunaken… PADI Open Water students Katharina and Johannes from Germany got an exceptional treat during their open water dive 3 when a large thresher shark came cruising up from the depths to have a closer look at them! Thresher sharks are deep water sharks that sometimes come up to shallow cleaning stations to get parasites and dead skin removed by cleaner fish.
South Lombok, Belongas….We seem to have a community of white tip reef sharks. At out famous dive site “The Magnet” which is a pinnacle that peaks out the surface with a lighthouse on it, slopes down to 65 meters at one point and has a hangover stretching around 10-15 meters long and 6 meters deep.
This week in Lembeh… Ghost Pipefish get Pink. A lesser known and seen ghost pipefish has been spotted early this week. The rarer Velvet Ghost Pipefish was seen buy our lucky guests, posing for photos. It can come in a white, pink, or red color variation which along side their body shape, help it to blend in with the coral.
Last week in Lombok south gili we saw lionfish; white and pink pygmy seahorse; frogfish; different kind of nudibranch ; orang utan crap; swarm of sardines; turtle, whitetip reefshark; marble ray; blue spotted stingray; and many more!
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 Bunaken… Dive guide Oke learned that attitude sometimes comes in small packages and that you should not pick fights with boxer crabs. During a dive Oke found a very pretty boxer crab that he pointed out to his divers. Normally boxer crabs are quite elusive and shy, but not this guy! He raised his little pom-poms (which actually are anemones held in their claws) and rushed towards Oke’s finger! Anyone ever been stung by an anemone know to stay clear of them and Oke quickly withdrew his finger. His divers got a good laugh, cause how can anyone be scared of a crab with pom-poms, right!? Thank you Phil Clarke for the great photo!
An interesting fact about sharks is that they do not have a single bone in their bodies! Their skeleton is completely made of cartilage and it is the same for rays!
This week in Lembe….. A Paddle Flap Immerges! Our first Rhinopia encounter this year was with what we think is known as a “False Rhinopia” or “Hipposcorpaena Filamentosa”. This time a Paddle-flap Scorpionfish or “Rhinopias Eschmeyeri” has popped up to say hello. These are a popular find in the photography world so lets hope it stays around.
Marbled shrimp or broken-back Shrimp occur worldwide in almost every habitat, from sea water to fresh water and can be found all over the reef. They are generally respected by other creatures, often sharing burrows and holes and working as housekeepers. They will wave their antennae around to attract customers, they then proceed to clean outside and inside the creatures mouths and gills.
The last two weeks of my PADI divemaster training in Lembongan has been truly amazing. I have barely seen such a variety of dive sites that can be explored all from just one dive center!
One day the boat could be heading north to one of the sites with beautiful corals, an abundance of reef fish as well as the occasional turtle and on the next day the boat may head south to find the mantas, the seahorse at crystal bay and if lucky also a mola mola.
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 Bunaken… Judith from the UK and dive guide Opel got a very pleasant surprise when they came across a mama dugong and her baby during a dive at Ron’s Point! Judith and Opel had been to Fukui, where the rest of the divers on the boat were diving, the day before so they chose to go to Ron’s Point instead which is right next to Fukui.
This week in Belongas … we have an outstanding amount of Redtooth trigger fish, sea cobras, nudibranchs, white tip reef sharks and eagle rays but this week its been the mobula rays that have made diving special as they have been counted on every dive. The school’s have been up to 60 rays and at minimum 35. Mobula rays look extremely similar to manta rays but the difference is in their mouths and cephalic fins (head fins). Mobula rays cephalic fins are just a flap whereas mantas fins unravel to form a much larger paddle like structure.
This week in Bali we’ve been out to our regular sites at Tulamben, Padang Bai and Nusa Pendia and we got a seahorse surprise! We saw the common Seahorse in Crystal Bay, Nusa Pendia – a site usually famed for the larger residents – Mola-Mola! And at Tulamben we saw the Denise Pygmy seahorse (hippocampus denise).
This Week in Lembeh…… we have had Hairy Mania! One tends to wonder, why must there be a hairy version of everything? Well…. Why not? Like the minute Hairy Shrimp, usually too small to see features with the naked eye, this version of shrimp is a great challenge for the macro photographer. Often looking like nothing more than a tiny piece of fluff, our guides have a special knack for picking out these odd little critters. To join these guys we have also been seeing hairy frogfish, hairy octopus, hairy gobies, and hairy ghostpipefish.
The Life at the south gilis is blooming. Fish derive many benefits from shoaling behavior including defense against predators enhanced foraging success, and higher success in finding a mate.
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 Bunaken… We did a small contribution to protecting the coral reefs around Bunaken this week with some underwater gardening – we were building coral reefs! In a joint project with the Indonesian Navy, the Two Fish staff as well as staff from another Bunaken dive centre, spent a day building large artificial reefs.