In every group there is always that one friend who does’t dive and for this one person we are going to be offering a free PADI confined discover scuba diving session worth $65.
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?
Congratulations go out to Paula & Oriol and Laurent & Frederic as well as Celine for completing their Open Water course in Bunaken and to Tatsuya for earning his Nitrox certification. This week has seen a return to some pretty unusual currents here at Bunaken; ups, downs and merry go rounds- but the visibility has…
This week in Lembeh…. We get Freaky. Like something horror movies were made from, The famed Bobbit worm (Eunice aphroditois) is some divers dream to see. Seen during the night, these creepy critters can grow to a length of 3m, waiting to snatch their pray and drag them down into the earth. Victoria has been wanting and waiting to see one for as long as she can remember. Since the first time she saw one featured in a magazine, this has been her prize. She was lucky enough to see one on her first night dive and was dancing for the next few days.
This week in Belongas South Lombok we have been especially lucky with Hammerheads, Barracuda, Tuna, White tip reef sharks, eagle rays, Banded sea snakes and hundreds of Mobula rays. Every day we have had two boats going out and coming back with extremely happy divers.
This week in South Lombok, Peacock mantis shrimps have been everywhere and extremely active! Gili Ringgit our most popular island of the 3 to dive around is full of corals, colourful reef fish and now the mantis shrimps.
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 diving in Bunaken… A nice school of barracudas was seen during a day trip to Mantehage island. Unfortunately only one group of divers saw them which proves again that you just need to be at the right place at the right time. However, luckily there were plenty of large game fish such as tunas and trevallies, as well as quite a few sharks to keep all the divers happy.
In Belongas, South Lombok…. Eagle Rays have been especially playful this week. We see them in “The Magnet” almost every time, usually 2 but sometimes it goes up to 5. They tend to hang out at around 20-30 meters but recently they have been rising up to 15. Luckily for our divers they got a fantastic welcoming for most of their dive. As we start at 30 meters and slowly make our way up the ray’s arranged themselves to the same profile.
This Week in Lembeh…. There is a Cold Bonanza! Waters have been slowly chilling the last past weeks in the strait, dropping to a much cooler 24deg. Where as this may not sound pleasant, life is exploding all over the place. We are getting more sightings of Cephalopods, Nudibranchs, Shrimps, Crabs, the water is really alive. Night dive’s have been going out on a daily basis with Bobtailed squid, long arm octopus, squids, congregating sea hares, and many more critters being highlights.
Grey giant frogfish or commerson’s frogfish at the south gilis. This beauty can grow up to 38 cm and can change their coloration in a few. But he is not alone we found on top at our dive site “gili ringit east”another green one. This week in Lombok we saw also: white leaffish; orang utan crap; hairy spider crap; pygmy seahorse; turtle and many more!
We had Hilde and Marcel diving with us. They saw a frogfish for the first time. They liked our grey friend and said: “Breathtaking and amazing what the sea is creating…”
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 Bunaken… Dive guide Rolly really made the day for his divers, Magnus and Jonas from Denmark, when he found this stunning pair of halimeda ghost pipefish on the dive site Alung Banua. Halimeda ghost pipefish are very rare and sought after by many macro enthusiasts so we are super excited to have them here. Seeing that this is a pair we are hoping that they are going to hang around for a while! (Thank you Jonas for the photo!)
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: