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 been great and for those venturing out we have had sightings to suit all tastes. The past couple of days has seen groups of up to 6 eagle rays at a time playing in the currents; coming really close to the divers, they always seem much more relaxed in a current than in calm water. There has been plenty of shark action too, with a bit of a thermocline down deep getting the blacktips on the go!
On the other end of the scale we are finding ghost pipefish all over the place; ornates in the shallows, the elusive Halimeda has been spotted on a couple of sites and the guides have recently started spotting some slender ghost pipefish. Oke, one of our guides has even been turning up some juvenile frogfish; quite a feat when there is so much life on the reef for them to blend into. I really need to start following the guides more.
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 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.