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 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!
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.
Well, the last week of my divemaster course in Lembongan was bittersweet. I was so excited to finally journey to the breathtaking Bunaken I had heard so much about, but could not shake the melancholy I felt for leaving Nusa Lembongan Island. I did however get very lucky, as my last week there was full of guests and scuba diving courses, which meant a lot of daily fun diving for me! I thought eventually I might get tired of the reef walls along the north coast of Nusa Penida, or eventually my wonderment for Mantas might dwindle but I am now quite sure, that is impossible.
I had the pleasure of doing my Wreck and Night Diver specialities this week. Having not been on a night dive for over 5 years, I was reminded of why I loved it so much. Bunaken night diving is amazing; enormous crabs lurking in the reef, mandarin fish hiding in the corals, and beautiful Pleurobranch displaying their splendid purple colour in the torch light. On the final dive, when I was required to turn my torch off for 3 minutes, I was lucky enough to be diving on a near full moon, and found that my body movements activated the bioluminescence. This made the three minutes rather enjoyable, this also served as entertainment for a student taking her advanced course night dive who commented on the light show she witnessed whilst all was dark.
While things around the resort calmed down a bit after Easter, our instructors Dion and Yvonne have been busy teaching right across the spectrum of PADI courses for the past few days. They’ve been introducing first time divers to the underwater world, explored shipwrecks and worked with our divemaster trainees to perfect their skills both underwater and on land. And they even managed to re-introduce a guest to the underwater world after a 13 year break who was most impressed by the number and size of turtles on our walls (picture by Alex Schade).
This week in Lembongan… Our instructors have been busy teaching new students about the wonderful world of diving. We have had Rowan jumping between teaching an Open Water course with the help of Yayan, to teaching discover scuba divers. Bryce and Fred have been out panicking and screaming for help while teaching a rescue course. Yayan has popped over to Bali to teach another person Open Water course and Fred has just started a deep specialty course.
Here in south Lombok we find a wide variety of Scorpion fish from the bearded to the Indian Ocean Walkman to the Ambon. Although we have so many here at times they can be difficult to find due to our abundance of reefs and places to hide.
After a few days of fun diving and completing his PADI EFR and Rescue course in Bunaken, Tristan has now embarked on his Divemaster course here at Two Fish Divers, which will also take him to our Lembeh resort in a few weeks. Until then, he’s getting to grips with dive logistics, among other things.
Two years ago, Simon completed his Divemaster course with Two Fish Divers Bunaken. This year, he returned to take the next step and become a PADI instructor. After his course, he decided to stay on for a couple of weeks and complete an instructor internship. Here’s how it went….
A little while back we asked for your help in choosing our new t-shirt colours, you voted, we listened and here are the winners: Light Blue and Dark Red!
We are very pleased to announce that all three of our resorts have been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014!!
We are very excited to present our brand new dive centre in Lembeh! Our new, larger dive centre was started in late October 2013 and completed in January 2014, with some final touches added in April 2014!
Once again Two Fish Divers Lembeh have received a CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE YEAR OF 2013 with a 5 star rating. Thank you to all of our guests for their reviews and contributions to help us receive this award, and also thanks to our staff who helped make this happen. Find out more about…
THIS WEEK IN LEMBONGAN…Mola mola. Our lucky divers were fortunate to see a mola mola yesterday. Great news as the sightings have been getting more regular. Mola season is almost upon us it seems. We have also been to see the mantas and caught sight of a shark or 2. Had some wonderful vis and…
VIRTUAL TOUR!!! We have just created a virtual tour of Two Fish Divers in Lembongan – take a 360-degree virtual tour of the resort, its the next best thing to being here with us!
You will also find the tour on our website, together with other details about the resort.
Find out more about diving in Lembongan with us.
Our resort in Bunaken has just been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2012 from Tripadvisor!! The Certificate of Excellence is for 4+ star and it is a fantastic result. We would like to say thanks to all our guests that helped us with this, as well as all our staff who made this happen.…
Our resort in Lembeh has just been awarded 5 Star Certificate of Excellence for 2012 from Tripadvisor!!
We would like to say thanks to all our guests that helped us with this, as well as all our staff who made this happen.
Find out more about diving Lembeh Straits with us.
We are really please to announce that our new swimming pool in Bunaken is now complete and ready for use!
We started it in Jan with the digging and transport of materials, and it was finally finished on 27 July. We had an official opening by the local village head and community leaders such as the village priest, and we invited all the workers to come and have a swim! Soon after this it was open to guests.
We are very pleased to announce that we have opened a new resort in Bali! We are open for resort guests right now and our dive operations will start in early-June 2012. This means that from June 2012, you can enjoy an Indonesian dive safari with one operator offering some of the best diving in…
We have just been awarded the rating of PADI 5 Star dive Center by PADI. We are the only resort in Lembeh who has this rating and we are proud of it!! The official description of a PADI Five Star Dive Center from PADI is: PADI Five Star Dive Center Membership is awarded to progressive…
In Lembeh our guests enjoyed a roasted pig dinner – BABI PUTAR. Our staff prepared and cooked the pig. It was slowly spit-roasted over a fire made from coconut husks and wood for around 4 hours until cooked to perfection (cheers Enggi)! It was enjoyed by all – Delicious!