It has been a busy week with life-changing adventures for the 8 candidates doing our PADI Instructor Development Course in Lembongan. Over the last week and a bit, these 8 candidates have been working hard to get themselves prepared for becoming PADI instructors. Today is the first day of the PADI Instructor Exam, Mikko, Tristan, Flora, Nicole, Prashanti, Rhome , Sherrine and Matteo are all prepared for the two days of exams.
Are we teaching orang-utans to dive underwater in Bunaken? Not just yet, but we’ve been spotting plenty of orangutan crabs (picture by Alex Schade) this week. And what a busy time it has been, thanks to an Indonesian bank holiday. Instructors and dive guides got plenty of in-water time and all of our boats were called on, too. The result? Lots of smiling divers and many congratulations all around as we’re adding more certified divers to the underwater world.
This week on the Gilis, north Lombok we did our first night dive on our house reef just in front of Villa Kerang, and what a fantastic new experience for us, not just for the student Firdaus but myself included. The night dive was led by our instructor Kuss, a local instructor that has been working on these islands for at least 15 years.
The big news from Amed this week is we can now offer you 3 different styles of diving entries. You may or may not know that many of the dive entry in Amed & Tulamben can be done as shore dives. With decent facilities on land, easy entries and exits and often not too much current, this often makes sense. Other than that nearly all centres are limited to using Jukungs – the local fishing boats. In traditional outrigger style, this is definitely the most authentic way to travel at sea here, but it is not necessarily the most comfortable. So we’re pleased to announce our third option.
We want to welcome Scott and Robyn to the Two Fish Lembeh Management Team, and as semi-pro photographers they promise to help you improve your Underwater Photography Skills!
OMG! Finally diving in Belongas, South Lombok is open again and ready for a, hopefully, spectacular season. During the low season the staff has been out training and searching for more dive sites. It has been fun and we have discovered a lot that we will dive with our guests starting this season.
This week in Lembongan… With the condition that we have had, we have tried our best to get out to the manta locations as much as possible. Here in Lembongan, there is a manta research team that often joins us for our trips to the manta sites to gather research information.
In Bunaken this week, we couldn’t decide where to look – the blue for big stuff or the reef for small creatures. There have been plenty of both, including another Mola-Mola sighting! And just as our dive manager and instructor Dion is off to get to know our Bali and Lombok dive centres better, we’ve been busy teaching PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses.
In the North Gili’s, Lombok this week we have started our move to our dive centre on Gili Air. Our equipment room is stocked, our second boat nearly ready which can seat 25-30 people. A extremely exciting time. The season is picking up now and we have had our Zoey boat everyday with courses as well as fun divers. The water up in the North is still extremely clear and the sea life abundant.
“TK II” is our featured Lembeh Dive Site of the Month. All black-sand, algae growth and desolate landscape, Teluk Kembahu II is definitely not one of Lembeh’s prettier dive sites. But does that old trick really fool anyone anymore? When we take a closer look at TKII it comes alive; it is absolutely overflowing with some of Lembeh’s coolest critters!
This week in Lembongan… We been seeing lots of manta rays at Manta Point and the water is getting a wee bit cooler. This week has also been really busy with lots of people coming asking about diving at the manta ray dive sites and we have been very lucky with seeing a lot of them at Manta Point.
This week has been fantastic for both large and small marine creatures in Bunaken with a particularly lucky group seeing a pod of ten eagle rays on one single dive! All around the island we’re seeing plenty of ornate ghost pipefish on many of our favourite dives. And there is a new face around as well!
We have had lovely clear, warm water again when diving in North Lombok lately. The Gili’s are famous for the scenery, night life, and surfing. Diving over the past few years has become extremely popular. We may lack the colour from soft coral but the north does attract such an adverse amount of sea life such as one of my favourite’s…bat fish!!
It’s been time for fun and some magic muck diving in Amed, Bali this week. As well as our frequent trips to the USAT Liberty and other places we welcomed returning Two Fish guest Simon for 5 days who wanted to see what all the muck diving fuss was about here. And we delivered in style 🙂
Looking to take an Underwater Photography Course in order to improve your photography skills on your next trip to Lembeh?
Divemaster in Training Tristan Stafford took Scott’s Digital Underwater Photography course this week, with amazing results! Here’s a wonderful account of his experience…
I am about to finish my time in Bunaken, and again I am not at all ready to say goodbye. Although, I have almost finished checking all the boxes for completing my Divemaster program! With my last two weeks so near, I really have no idea where the time went, and I am not ready for it to end. The past two weeks have been quite action packed, finishing up more specialty courses and assisting with guiding and other courses.
This week in Lembongan… The north coast conditions have been spot on this week and to mix things up with the manta sites, we have been spending a lot of time this week, diving the north coast of Penida and Lembongan. One dive site that has stood out for our guests has been the dive site called Mangrove.
This week in South Lombok, we had a strange visitor to the dive center as he wondered across the road and straight through the gates and we have not been able to work out what he is. We have checked all the fish books we have and have come to the conclusion that he is a shrimp lobster.
It’s been a very lucky week for sighting big stuff in Bunaken with Mola-Molas and Dugongs being seen by our guests. In fact, one lucky open water diver student saw not one, but two Molas right at the end of her very first open water dive! How do you top that?
In the North Gili’s, Lombok this week once again we have been swarmed with Turtle’s. It is almost 99% guaranteed that you will bump into at least one on a day trip of two dives. Usually we spot from 5 mixed hawksbill and Green Turtles to what can be 20 individuals.
The North Gili’s have something for everybody, from beginners who all they want is to see their first turtle to pro’s with camera’s wanting a bit more macro or a little more challenging dives with currents.
We have been seeing a fascinating variety of Phyllodesmium Nudibranchs when diving in Lembeh this week. This beautiful and widely varying species of nudibranch is commonly referred to as “Solar-Powered” because of its unique relationship to the algae it ingests.
Technical diving Bali with Two Fish Tech!
Two Fish Tech is expanding into Amed, Bali so we can now offer technical diving in Bali! We will be offering technical diving courses and technical diving from our base in Amed, whilst our Bunaken base will remain available to qualified technical divers for guided decompression diving.
We will be based in the north-east of Bali within Two Fish Divers’ brand-new dive centre in Amed and, although we will not be starting operations until June 2016, we are taking bookings for courses and diving now.
Here are five reasons why you should come diving with our tech team in Amed.
PRESS RELEASE: Discovering Bali at Depth – Two Fish Tech expands technical diving operations in East Bali
For immediate release – Leading Indonesia-based dive operator Two Fish Divers is expanding its technical diving division, Two Fish Tech, to Amed in north east Bali.
What a week it’s been over here on Nusa Lembongan!!! We have had heaps of manta sightings and even a Mola Ramsayi, as well as all the other exciting colourful exotic marine life found in these rich waters. Mixed in with all this, we have had lots of cool people fun diving and completing courses with us too. Well done to all of you for completing courses from scuba diver to rescue diver!!!