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!
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!