Have you tried Sidemount diving? As our guest Simon discovered this week, sidemount diving is not just for serious technical divers (although they love it, too). Benefits include more comfort in the water, better buoyancy control, improved streamlining, and additional safety thanks to having a redundant air supply and a completely separate regulator.
This week we have been diving Senggigi to explore the dive sites just off from the shore a short boat ride away, and let me tell you what amazing dive’s we have been having!! Senggigi has not been dived much by anyone up now actually so it really is an adventure of exploration. The water is warm, clear; we have a selection of both soft and hard corals surrounding our beautiful big bommies on massive plateaus.
The diversity of sea life in Senggigi really did blow me away and I have to say my favourite part was that on nearly all the whip coral I found the truly magnificent Anker’s whip coral shrimp (Pontonides Ankeri).
These shrimps are generally quite small and extremely tricky to find, you really have to look hard to make them out. The colours are so bright; I saw both the green and the orange varieties.
I absolutely love them!!
Among our friends we also saw tons and tons of nudibranch’s, on the first dive within 10 minutes we must have spotted a total of 8 different kinds. There were flat worms scattered around, turtle’s came to say hi, squat lobsters, painted spiny lobsters, moray eels, skeleton shrimps, anemone crabs, boxer crabs…the list goes on!!
It truly has been wonderful diving in Senggigi. We are excited to continue our discoveries and get the word out there to fellow divers that Senggigi is a gold mine of diving variety!
One of the mainstays of Bunaken’s spectacular diving are its dramatic walls, often dropping away to far more than 100 meters, sometimes featuring ledges, overhangs and small caverns. They’re a fantastic playground for beginners and experienced divers alike. Especially for newbies, though, the topography might be a little daunting, so we’ve put together a few tips to help you enjoy your wall dives more.