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 the world in Indonesia – Bali, Bunaken AND Lembeh.
The resort is based on an island called Nusa Lembongan, a small island 15 kilometres East of Sanur, south east of Bali. The distance from Sanur to Lembongan is the same as Manado to Bunaken, thats 30-40 minutes by boat so its not far!
Close to Nusa Lembongan are the islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan, and around all three islands are great sites for diving.
Find out more about the diving Bali and Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida are home to Manta’s and Mola-mola, this is what initially made Bali famous for diving! There are more than 15 dive sites around these islands, offering a mixture of fantastic hard-corals, colourful soft corals and a range of critters from macro to pelagics, and large schools of fish.
The mainland is about 30-60mins away by boat (same distance as Manado-Bunaken!) and offers 15+ more dive sites for those who are staying longer, including the world-famous Liberty Wreck at Tulamben.
Find out more about the dive sites of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
We are renting an existing resort and converting it to our needs, and adding a dive center, compressor room and restaurant. The resort contains 10 rooms so can accommodate 20 guests, and all the rooms will have a/c and hot water. It also has a swimming pool and pool cafe for relaxing after diving!
Prices for staying with us will be similar to our cottages in Bunaken and Lembeh, but we will only be offering breakfast at the resort as there are many restaurants nearby for lunch and dinner.
There is a selection of budget accommodation on the island as well, so we can cater for all tastes!
Find out more about the resort and facilities on Nusa Lembongan, Bali
What makes us special in Bunaken & Lembeh is our 5 star service and mixture of experienced western instructors/managers and local staff, and Two Fish Divers in Bali will be no different.
A few of our staff from Bunaken and Lembeh will help set up the operation in the beginning (eg dive guide Frans from Bunaken, and Ivon who is reception/admin in Lembeh) but we will be hiring mostly new staff supported by regular visits by Two Fish management (Nigel & Febryo):
With this team we will be able to offer fun diving with experienced dive guides according to our normal high standards, as well as PADI courses with experienced instructors. One exciting thing that we also want to offer are 2-month DM internships over all three locations, more about this later!
Triple-M Package (Muck, Manta’s and Magnificent walls) - for the rest of 2012, if you book 4nts or more in all 3 of our resorts then you will get a 10% discount on accomm/dive packages in the 3rd resort! Check out the package prices for staying and diving in Bali with Two Fish Divers. To make it easier for you, we can book internal flights for you, therefore taking all those travel-hassles away from you!
PADI Courses - 10% Discount on Beginner and Advanced Courses in 2012!! Check out the prices for PADI courses in Bali with Two Fish Divers
Many people comment that Nusa Lembongan must be similar to how Bali used to be before major tourism took off – no hawkers, no traffic, relaxed atmosphere and magnificent scenery! It is fast becoming one of Bali’s most popular attractions, a paradise that is a world away from the pollution, hassles and hectic pace of Bali, and the perfect place to put your feet up and relax. Popular with families weary of travel warnings, this island is a safe little spot to enjoy a perfect Bali diving holiday.
Find out more about Nusa Lembongan Island.
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 PADI Dive Shops that excel in providing scuba divers with a full range of scuba certification programs, scuba gear selection, and scuba experience opportunities. To qualify as PADI Five Star Dive Center, a dive shop must meet elevated service and business standards and both promote and offer only PADI scuba diving lessons as their recreational scuba diver training. These dive shops also actively promote underwater environmental awareness and embrace the PADI System of diver education, with a commitment to providing quality training, products, services and experiences.
Additionally, PADI Five Star Dive Resorts excel in providing traveling scuba divers with memorable scuba diving experiences, customer satisfaction, scuba diver safety and underwater environmental awareness by providing professional and outstanding service.
In summary, the rating denotes a high level of dive service with respect to:
- good air – regularly maintained tanks and compressor
- good equipment and boats
- experienced dive guides
- dive courses – we have a full-time PADI Instructor on-site, and can offer the full range of PADI courses from intro dives to divemaster courses
- commitment to our environment – all divers are asked to watch the Lembeh Video which describes how to muck dive, and we conduct a number of conservation programs such as our DM/Coral Reef Internship program where our DM candidates help with our coral transplanting and propogation program on our house reef
We want to congratulate our resort manager Danny & our instructor Matt. We think that the rating also denotes a great dive team, and they have done a great job of putting together a great team that works together to provide a great service. Its no accident that we are the #1 Speciality Lodging in the Manado area on TripAdvisor!
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!
Dani will be looking after our resort in Lembeh, building on her experience of looking after small resorts over the last few years. Matt will be running our courses in Lembeh, as well as ensuring the smooth running of our dive operation.
We wish them all the best.
At Two Fish Divers we eat fresh fish from the local catchs. We only buy pelagic fish and never buy reef fish! Yesterday we had a great surprise! A local fisherman came to our beach and showed us his catch of the day: a two meter Sail Fish (Istiophorus platypterus,)! Apparently, this is a very common species here in the Bunaken area. We have seen many small traditional boats fishing this beautiful animal with great success. It is really amazing to see how this little boats can bring up such a big and strong animal.
This time, we bought the whole animal and we had a treat for dinner last night! Grilled steaks of Sail Fish in Coconut saouce! mmmm! yes, it was delicious.
Sailfish are a native of warm regions of oceans worldwide, so they are truly an international entity among sport fishes. They are easily recognized by the large fin that runs from the back of the head to the tail, known as a sail.
Spawning is thought to be in the warmer summer months in water that is fairly shallow, where mating males and females will swim side by side.
Sailfish grow extremely quickly, reaching a length of almost one meter in just a single year. They can live as long as 16 years, a highly migratory species, they have been known to travel as much as 200,000 miles or more in their lifetime.