This week in Bunaken… we have had a feast of colourful nudibranchs, starting with this great photo of a chromodoris reticular that was take by Annette who has returned for another visit but with a working strobe this time! Other colourful Nudibranchs that we found included Nembrotha Rutilans, Nembrotha Christata, Glossodoris and Janolos.
This week in Lembeh… What a great week for octopus, we’ve had a brilliant selection that was superbly titled by our guests as the Octopus Grand Slam!
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…we have been seeing a lot of pregnant manta rays around the manta dive sights this week, which means it will not be long before we have some mummy manta rays swimming around!
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN …..we have been seen a tornado, but in this case it was of Big Eyed Jacks! Thanks Sandy for this shot.
THIS WEEK IN LEMBEH… The Blue Ringed Octopus makes a comeback! We usually find in Lembeh that Blue Ringed Octopus are either abundant or rarely spotted ( this is to do with their life cycle), and at the moment we have been experiencing the latter… The combination of fewer Blue Ringed Octopus and their superb camouflage make them much harder to find… But not this week! We had a few “orders” for Blue Rings this week from our guests and all were fulfilled!
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…. Guitar Shark, Black Tip Reef Shark, Bamboo Sharks and Melanistic Mantas. All of these beautiful creatures have been spotted at Manta Point this week. Thanks to Karoline for this great photo of the Guitar Shark relaxing on the sand.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN….the Pontohi pygmy Seahorses are hanging out in pairs. Thanks Reto for sharing this photo and it was great to see you back.
This week in Lembeh we’ve been on a mission to find the beautiful Coleman’s Shrimp! They were high on the list for our guests and the dive guides didn’t disappoint finding several pairs on the fire urchins.
Mantas and Mojitos in Lembongan
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…….
A week full of Mantas and an evening with mojitos. Poseidon has calmed the roaring seas in the south to provide us with excellent conditions to head to the two Manta spots every day this week.
The experience for some guest was so moving that they requested to go again the next day and the next day. Sightings reaching 10 mantas in one dive and a total of 40+ through the week.
With all these sightings of mantas through the week, lots of videos and photos were taken and have been handed over to Aquatic Alliance (the manta research program here in Lembongan)
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……… we found a clown frogfish in Bunaken, who says they are only in Lembeh! The weather has been really good and we have had visibility of 25m and more, maybe this is why we have been seeing lots of bigger things like Napoleon wrasse, Baracuda, Whitetip and Blacktip reef sharks, Eagle rays, Yellowfin & Dog-tooth Tuna, and schools of Big-eye Trevaly and Batfish.
THIS WEEK IN LEMEBH…it surely is Frogfish crazy in Lembeh with up to six on one dive! We’ve seen a great variety… Our favourite, the Hairy Frogfish has made an appearance (two of them!) – as well as Shaggy, Clown, Painted, Freckled, Giant and Warty variations.
OCTOPUS COME OUT TO PLAY IN LEMBONGAN
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…… Randy, one of our professional dive guides, has had the lucky wandering eye this week, picking out the rare juvenile Scorpion Leaf Fish, quite a few turtles and a large octopus out for a swim. We have also seen Nudibranchs, Candy Crabs, Porcelain Crabs and Orang Utan Crabs.
We have had some quite spectacular waves on the south side of the island which has only enhanced the excitement and adventure of finding Manta Rays. With many of our guest cursing the waves to spot the beautiful giants while snorkel. One trip was lucky enough to encounter 7 Manta Rays at Manta Bay.
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN…….the turtles have been out in force again with 10 turtles in one dive in Bunaken! Bunaken is generally quieter this week with uncrowded dive sites. The seas are still flat, but the rain is back for a shower around lunchtime and drying up before the afternoon dive.
THIS WEEK IN LEMBEH… We found a Sargassum Frogfish at Hairball hiding in a piece of trash! Normally these are found floating with seagrass just under the surface and we often see them from the shore at the resort when cleaning up surface debris, so this was an unusual to find one completely underwater!
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN……… Manta Rays, Mola Molas and sharks in Lembongan, have been apart of our exciting encounters! Everyone over the last week from, discover scuba divers to experienced divers, have had the chance to dance with these giants. Even getting close enough to snap this perfect Manta Ray Identification photo.
|This week in Lembeh we’ve seen quite a few TINY Flamboyant Cuttlefish which must mean that some of the eggs that we’ve been seeing on several sites have hatched! We’ve been seeing plenty of adults in the past weeks but it’s a real treat to see the freshly hatched ones too!|
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…It’s been amazing again with Mantas in Lembongan. Mantas were in both Manta sites and in a good number. The visibility was good and temperature 30 degrees. MOLA MOLA came to say Hi to our French group. Then Mantis, Shrimp, Swimmer crabs, tones of Nudibranch, Ribbon Eel, Bamboo Shark, Scorpion Fish, Lion Fish, Octopus…
THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……a pod of Pilot whales came to hang out with the dive boat, with some whales passing under the boat giving the divers a great view. A dugong also popped his head up to take a look around, but didn’t stay. These experiences combined with sunny weather and calm seas have made for a very enjoyable week.
Octopus THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…Blue ring octopus which is a rare and totally cool spot here! Giant frogfish, Bamboo shark, Dolphins, Mantas, Mantis shrimp, baby seasnakes and the odd turtle or two. Also had some friends visiting for some epic diving and a few courses and DSD’s. A great week to be in Lembongan! Thanks…
Open Water Course in Lembongan. Congratulations Ralf on your OW course. Also congratulations on your 3rd wedding anniversary yesterday and passing your OW course today on your instructor Jason’s birthday! time for a beer!
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THIS WEEK IN BUNAKEN……..we have been having a Seahorse week with both variety and abundance! We have seen Pontohi, Severns and Denise Pygmy Seahorses. We have also seen Candy, Boxer and Orangutang crabs, Leaf Scorpion fish, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Coral Shrimps, Black & White Tip Reef sharks, Napoleon Wrasse, Tuna, Barracuda, Giant Moray, Nudis including a…
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…. Pygmy Seahorse thats right one of our dive guides spotted a Bergabanti on a sea fan at about 30mtrs; an unexpected treat indeed. Elsewhere we have had a few Whip coral shrimp, Mantis shrimp, beautiful nudis and on the bigger side of things we have had the usual awesome interactions with…
THIS WEEK IN LEMBEH… Lots of specialty courses on the go and we’re seeing some great critters in the process… Harlequin Shrimp, Mimic Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Giant; Painted and Shaggy Frogfish, Velvet Ghost Pipefish, Hairy Octopus, Coconut Octopus galore, Ambon Scorpionfish, plus Bobbit Worms, Stargazers and Starry Night Octopus on the night dives 🙂 Find…