This week in Belongas, South Lombok Blue Spotted Stingrays galore once again at our dive Site “Gili Sarang”.
We have often seen more than 25 stingrays hanging around the same spot, some swimming, some resting but all in within a 10 meter radius and to this day we are still mesmerized by it. It is truly wonderful to just hover and watch. I can’t get enough of it and the divers we have come to visit Belongas are the same often voicing the fact that they have never seen so many.
This week in Lembongan… A new young diver explores the reefs of Lembongan. Jack, a 10 year old, who completed his junior open water course with instructor Gwen, had a lot of fun getting his certification. Jack is an active snorkeler and surfer back in his home country of Australia but decided that that was not enough and wanted to get down underwater to explore the reefs.
We have had some great dives this week and have even found a new wreck at Bunaken! Not that I think it will be attracting many divers, just out of recreational range Naomi and myself spotted two pretty new looking engines and long tail props along with some bamboo outriggers, whilst on a tech dive. Possibly the mission for a future search and recovery dive? This was just one of many highlights on a beautiful Mandolin dive; mating big eye trevally, sharks, stingrays, moray eels, massive maori wrasse as well as the reef bustling with life. All of this in beautifully mild conditions; warm water, great viz and a nice drift taking us along the reef. The picture attached shows the lovely scenery that we have to enjoy during our shallow stops; no boring blue water hangs for us.
Belongas, South Lombok this week has been the rise of Great hammerheads.
Down here in Belongas we have the opportunity to see both the scalloped hammerheads and the great hammerheads. The scalloped form in schools where as the great are known to be more solitary.
When we encounter the great hammerheads we usually only see 3-4 on a dive if we are lucky but this week on individual dives we have been spotting 8-10!