This week in Lembongan… Kit has now left after 2 weeks of diving and exploring the Nusa Lembongan area, but he did leave with us some of his amazing photos. Just like this one that captures the colourful coral that is all over our dive sites.
This week in Bunaken… Everywhere around the world people get worried when Friday the 13th comes around, but it takes more than superstition to put divers off from diving! And of course it was smooth sailing with calm seas, sun and clear water as well as great sightings. Among other things the divers got a curious black tip reef shark coming in several times to have a close look before it disappeared in to the blue again.
This Week in Lembeh… Rhinopias have returned! We have been seeing a Paddle Flap Scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri, fairly consistently on one of our dives. These rare scorpionfish are a real treat when found. This one, still a juvenile, is only about 3 inches big was found by Nicole who has been staying with us for about 2 months now! Last time she visited she also found 2 Rhinopias!
This week in Lembongan… Kit has been diving with us for just over 10 days now and had the urge to explore something new. With Google maps open and informed knowledge from experience locals, the adventure was set.
This week in Bunaken… The weather gods have been all over the place this week with stunning sunshine that became pouring rain and back to sun again in just a blink of the eye. This didn’t put off the divers though who were rewarded with great sightings; plenty of reef sharks, sting rays, the usual abundance of friendly turtles as well as large cuttlefish, schools of squid and tunas and giant trevallies hunting small fish. One exciting treat spotted on Tanjung Parigi was a gorgeous little juvenile batfish trying to look like a flatworm. (Photo: Ina Wallin)
This week in Lembeh….Octopus “Rain” the straight. You never know which way to look because octopus have been everywhere, even falling from the sky. We were able to watch a lopsided battle between a crab and a coconut octopus mere inches from the surface. As the octopus floated back down to join us, 8m deep, it clutched it’s prize tightly.
This week in Lembongan… Dive guide Andy is normally the one with all the luck, he may have been the only one on the dive that did not see them but his good luck made sure everyone else did see these dolphin’s flipping flippers.
This week in Bunaken… From having a couple of weeks of big stuff, this week has been one of awesome macro. Candy crab, crinoid shrimp, ornate ghost pipefish, painted frogfish, harlequin shrimp, tiger mantis shrimp and several types of pygmy seahorse (Pontohi, Severn, Bargibanti) just to name a few. The seahorse in the picture is a Pontohi pygmy seahorse which was classified as its own species just seven years ago in 2008! Growing to a maximum size of 17 mm from nose to the tip of the tail we are happy our guides have the eagle eyes required to find them. Thank you Phil Clarke for the great photo!
This week in Lembeh…. We have be deviating from our usual schedule with Dawn dives and Day trips. As per request from guests, diving has been taking a different look than usual. Though the one thing that doesn’t change is the quality of diving and things we see!
This week in Lembongan… This photo was brought to us by one of our guests wanting help to identify it. The guides, who are normally great at identifying these unusual creatures, didn’t know this time. Does anybody know what this creature is?
This week in Bunaken… What an amazing week we’ve had! The afternoon dives have really rocked this week. Michel from Canada was out on a dive on Bunaken Timor II with divemaster Sandy when a gorgeous devil ray cruised by them almost within touching distance! They were so surprised that Michel only had time to take this one photo before it was gone. We rarely see devil rays here, but it also gave us a reminder to keep an eye out in the blue. Who knows what cruises by when we have our heads in the reef looking for small stuff. Maybe rearview mirrors on the mask can be an idea….
This week in Lembongan… Our prays were answered for most of the week and we were able to go to Manta Bay almost every day. Our divers were blessed to be able to see mantas above and sharks below.
This week in Bunaken… Lots of sightings at the moment showing us that big fish is better! Dive guide Fenly and his group got a real treat this week when they had a 2 m marlin swooping past during a dive at Lekuan III. These impressive game fish are a rare sight for divers as they are pelagic and will leave anyone who sees them in awe.
This week in Lembeh …. we have been cleaning up the oceans and leaving happy fish to enjoy cleaner waters. A Dive against debris organized by Georgia, as part of her DMT course, got the whole resort including all guests involved in helping our oceans. It was a great success and we want to thank everyone that participated!
This week in Lembongan… We have been seeing a lot of action from the feather stars that we get in the area. This has made a lot of our divers question are they a plant or a creature.
This week in Bunaken… With the new year still young we got a reminder that it is more important than ever to look after our oceans and the amazing creatures who call it their home. Cara and Tarn from Australia enjoyed a dive with plenty of turtles around as usual here in Bunaken. Cara spotted a big turtle that was just about to take a big bite out of a jelly fish. The only problem was that the jelly fish was a plastic bag floating around in mid-water!
This week in Lembeh… Pygmy Seahorses were just wrecked! Though it would be funny to see a drunk pygmy seahorse, they usually are just high on life but scattered throughout one of our shipwrecks. The Mawali wreck, an old Japanese cargo ship from the Second World War, has Bargibanti seahorses all over the place. That’s just one of many highlights that have got our guests asking to go.
This week in Lembongan… It seems that a lot of people’s new year’s resolutions have been to learn to dive or develop their skills. Our instructors have been full on teaching.
This week in Bunaken… Happy New Year everybody! Here in Bunaken we welcomed the new year with great fireworks on the beach in front of the cafe and the rain that had been on and off all day finally stopped to allow us a great celebration. Plenty of sparkles were passed around and in the photo you can see our tec instructor Dom trying to spell out Two Fish with a sparkle. Unfortunately it was only enough sparkle for “TWO” before it burned out! You get an A for effort though! Thank you Phil Clarke for the photo.
This week in Lembeh we welcomed in the New Year watching a flashy firework display. Likewise the waters have exploded with their own firework display in the form of Nudibranch’s. It’s been a Nudi New Years so far, everything from Pikachu to Malibeh to Warty to Solar, and every color under the sun.
This week in Lembongan… The sea has been clam, the sky has been clear while diving and we have had lots of morays poking their heads out to say hi.
This week in Bunaken… Santa came to see us and brought us lots of great sightings that put smiles on everybody’s faces! With Christmas just around the corner we saw the resort filling up in the beginning of the week and it was great to see lots of new faces, but also some familiar ones.
This week in Lembeh ….. Tigers roam free. Spiny Tiger shrimp have been seen on numerous dives here in the past week. All excited for the Christmas celebrations maybe. We have had some amazing dinners and enjoyed the company of the guests staying here.
This week in Lembongan…. All the team wishes everyone a merry Christmas and hopes everyone enjoys this time with friends and family, just as these happy clown fish do.
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.