This week I’ve been learning the art of guiding, much to the amusement of my instructors. There have been underwater fights, lost equipment, and some very bad buoyancy!
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.
For a couple of weeks already we have been feeling the temperature of the water drop in Lembeh, but don’t panic because cooler waters means lots of cool critters too!
Lembeh’s variety of critters never fails to disappoint, but this week the hype has been all about the nocturnal magic of the amazing night dives.
This Week in Lembongan…. With the super moon that featured during this week we have had some crazy tides, these crazy tides have brought some crazy currents. But this just adds to the fun in Lembongan. These crazy currents make crazy shapes underwater.
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 Lembongan…. The cold currents are starting to flow but this is not all bad, with these cold currents, creatures from the deep come up to greet our divers. Today at Crystal Bay, Open Water and Advance students and fun divers were all blessed with a Mola Mola swimming around. Laurent’s Mola Mola dance may have brought the Mola, but he was the only one who did not see.
This week in Lembeh our attention has been somewhat diverted on a couple of occasions away from the tiny critters hiding in the muck… With a juvenile Whale Shark and a Guitar Shark both being seen you could say it’s been a week of unexpected creatures!
This week in Lembongan… As Divemaster Trainie, Yayan started his U-Pattern for his search and recovery dive, all of a sudden, out of the blue, emerges two buggy eyes and an white oval mouth. Instructor Bryce grabs Yayan’s arm, who is engrossed in his compass, to point out the Mola Mola coming over to have a look at what the humans are doing. Bryce could almost hear Yayan say, ‘Move over Mola Mola I am trying to do my search pattern’
Yeah, I passed all my swim tests 🙂 800m snorkeling, 400m swimming , 100m tired diver tow, 15 minute floating and last but not least the equipment exchange! Now I am super tired from all the hard work!
We can find Ghost Pipefish year-round in Lembeh but we do seem to experience seemingly random periods of high numbers of certain species. This week in Lembeh the Ornate Ghost Pipefish are popping up everywhere!
Can’t believe I only have one week left on the island. I have done a lot, but still have a busy week ahead of me to get the last things done for my DM certification. Hopefully it will go pretty smoothly….
Wow time flies! Another busy week has passed. I have already learned a whole lot but I did realize that there is so much more that I have to learn…
This week in Lembongan… it has been a full family affair with Commander Laurent bringing nephew Coco under his wing and showing him the ways of Jacques Cousteau. Coco was able to finish his PADI Advance Open Water course thanks to Laurent’s knowledge.
Things are starting to get serious on this little tropical island. With only two weeks to go, I have to be able to handle more and more of the things that are needed from a DM to keep a dive center running.
This week in Lembeh we have some first time muck divers and some familiar faces from previous visits, who say that Lembeh diving is better than ever! On the first day diving alone they spotted Blue Ringed Octopus, Wunderpus, Lembeh Sea Dragons, Frogfish and Seahorses!
Unbelievable… I’ve only been here one week and it already feels like home. The description about the DM Course on the Two Fish website really helped me make a decision on which dive center to choose.
This week in Lembongan…. . Still with a month before the start of the so called Mola Mola season, the Mola Molas prematurely tease their presents. Two sightings, two different dive sites, on the same day!
Three weeks done, three to go. Time flies when you are diving and studying all day, every day. That’s a good thing I guess, it means I’m having fun. But it’s also a bit sad, since it means that I’m going home soon.
This week in Lembeh we’ve had some star finds with lots of Lembeh Sea Dragons, plus some extra special critters – Mototi Octopus and Randall’s Frogfish.
This week in Lembongan…. Father and Son enjoy some manta train spotting. Guided by Yayan, junior open water diver, Matthew is blessed with the experience of witnessing a Manta mating train
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!
Hi there Bloggers!
The last week as a Divemaster Trainee (DMT) has flown by!
First, a big welcome to Chris from Norway, who started his DMT this week. It’s great to have a DMT buddy to work and dive with!