It’s been just over two weeks since I first arrived in Nusa Lembongan and began my Divemater Internship and I can’t quiet believe how fast the time has gone!
North Lombok, the Gili islands this week the water has been calm, clear and perfect for diving!! It has also dropped a bit in temperature, we have averaged at 29 but with all the thermoclines we have been getting 28 and with this we have been spotting a lot more ornate ghost pipefish hiding around the feather stars on various dive sites.
This week here on the Gili’s, North Lombok we have been seeing a rise in Giant Frogfish. The first spot we had was a few weeks ago at Hans Reef and then nothing, but then this week we had a spot of this black variation at Gili Meno slope followed by a Red variation at the Home Reef Gili Air! All of these being a fairly big size hiding with feather stars or sponges and on artificial reefs.
My last and final week of the divemaster trainee was in Lembongan, a small island across from Bali. The switch was a little unnatural at first but turned out to be an invaluable learning experience. Guiding guests diving in current, higher guests turn around, completely different conditions and aquatic life. Indeed, on our dive yesterday we saw TWELVE manta rays! Freaking amazing!!!
This week in Lembongan… An often over looked sea creature by experienced divers and a creature that our guides rarely point out. But very often while teaching PADI Open Water courses or diving with first time divers we get the full finger point and a shrug of the shoulders when passing by these strange sea cucumbers. Sea cucumbers come in many different colors, shapes and sizes, some very plain and others that look like something out of an alien movie.