Hairy Squat Lobster Lands in Lembeh

Hairy Squat Lobster Lands in Lembeh

The Hairy Squat Lobster is one little critter our guests delight in seeing here in Lembeh. This photo was taken by our guests, Victor and Lynn. The scientific name for this guy is Lauriea Siagiani but they are also known as Anomura Crab, Fairy Lobster, Hairy Pink Lobster, Barrel Sponge Crab and Fairy Crab. They…

Halimeda ghost pipefish

Halimeda Ghost Pipefish our favourite fish in Bunaken this week

The Halimeda ghost pipefish was our favourite fish in Bunaken this week. We have a couple of divesites around Bunaken where the trained eyes of our diveguides find that cutie-pie! Here is some info about the rarity from Wikipedia: “Halimeda ghost pipefish, Solenostomus halimeda, is a species of false pipefishes belonging to the family Solenostomidae.…

dugong

Amazing week in Bunaken with the Dugong

What an amazing week in Bunaken! We had sunshine and calm seas the whole week and one amazing creature after the other was spotted! At Mandolin we saw four Dugongs in the shallows including a baby Dugong! At Fukui we had the nice surprise of a Mola Mola which gently cruised by! And to top…

padi instructors

Three New PADI Instructors and 1 Staff Instructor Are Born!

Three new PADI Instructors and 1 Staff Instructor are born! On Nusa Lembongan, 19th of April, was the beginning of another great IDC program along with Platinum course director Marie. A nice mix of 3 different personalities, 3 different countries, 1 staff instructor trainee and Marie…5 people getting together for their 13 days of Instructor…

Bunaken DMT Michelle Tells You More About Her Experience

DMT Michelle - PoolMowing the pool

If the pool in the resort would have been the yard, I would have mowed the whole area at that time. One of the Divemaster assignments is to be able to demonstrate the confined water skills and one of them is the BCD removal and replacement. The first time I practiced the skills, I used my pocket weights instead of a weight belt. Well, I will never make THAT mistake again…

DMT Tram “The Business of Diving”

Week 2 of divemaster trainee Tram! “The Business of Diving”Divemaster trainee Tram – Week 2 with The Business of Diving

Chapter 7 of the divemaster manual has this sentence: “Being a PADI divemaster trainee, you are in the transformation business”. Hahaha, it couldn’t ring a louder bell to me. Here I thought I was special, not doing the divemaster to start a career in diving, but in the end PADI knows best. LOL, it’s all about the love of diving and personal transformation.

The story of divemaster trainee Tram

divemaster traineeThis has been a week since I arrived at Two Fish Divers as a Divemaster trainee. I first spent 4 days in Lembeh, a small island off the coast off north Sulawesi (another bigger island of Indonesia). It effectively means that I am at the EDGE of the world. It “only” took me 50 hours to get there. But man, it’s well worth it. It’s heaven. Here’s a cheesy sunset picture as teaser … but let’s backtrack a little bit…

Marco’s update on his divemaster course

marco-blog2As training continues, I feel I am getting more autonomous every day. It’s really nice to feel your knowledge, skills and confidence level growing – both in the water and on land. I now have a more precise idea of how the dive center operates, what there is to do with divers from check-in to check-out. I also realize I know the diving spots better – I gained in spatial awareness underwater and I’m better at finding stuff.

Bunaken divemaster trainee Marco introduction

Bunaken divemaster trainee Marco introductionSpent months figuring out where was the best place to do my divemaster course – I wanted to find a good balance between 1. quality of diving, 2. quality of training and 3. level of comfort. Bunaken scored good in all three areas. After hesitating between some resorts, I choose Two Fish because it seemed the best equipped operation for educational purposes.

Dive Against Debris With Our Bunaken Guests

dive against debris with our Bunaken guests!Our guests joined us for a “dive against debris” on our adopted dive site “Muka Kampung” in front of Bunaken village.
Everybody had an amazing dive seeing lots of turtles and did a great job in picking up debris on the way.
12 divers collected 17 plastic bags, 18 plastic beverage bottles, 2 buckets, 3 food containers, 11 cups and plates, 8 diapers, 10 fishing lines, 22 food wrapers, 27 pieces of rope, 9 plastic fragments, 4 glass bottles, 1 beverage can, 1 food can, 4 towels, 1 head torch and 3 shoes. This amounted in a total 8.5 kg of debris which got removed from that beautiful dive site.

Galungan Greetings From Lembongan

Happy Galungan From Lembongan EverybodyHappy….. What is it?? This week in Lembongan… there is a special time, called Galungan, a 10 days Balinese festival period. Full of Hindu religious ceremonies which culminates at Kuningan. This week started all the preparations in Lembongan, with many bamboo and palm leaves ornaments arriving to the shops and ready to be sold to the villagers. Temples where adorned and locals started to prepare their beautiful and unique ceremonial attires.

Why our guests are choosing Lembongan?

Why our guests are choosing Lembongan?This week in Lembongan… We are starting our high season, and this year as previous years, we are having an increasing amount of visitors in our tiny paradise island. Curious about what is it that brings people over to Lembongan, we decided to go ahead and ask to some of those visitors the reasons why they included Lembongan in their holiday itinerary. The answers were so diverse that it surprised us! We thought it would be interesting to share some of these thoughts. Of course, manta rays and mola-mola or sunfish are some of the main reasons why divers come to Lembongan.

Tom’s divemaster course in Bunaken…

13689470_10154251085938162_2101283460_nHi, my name is Tom, welcome to my first ever Blog.
I’m 35 years old and on many days, still feel I have the wonder of a child. Diving helps maintain this wonderment..
I am a British lad, born in Belgium and now have a home in Spain surrounded by grapevines..
I have left this hot dry place to come to the hot wet place called Bunaken, to learn the ways of the diving masters.