Lembeh Straits is a great place for night diving and this week we have had some awesome ones! I have been out completing a Night Diver Specialty and also Adventure Night Dives towards the Advanced Open Water course and the students have got to see some real cool critter action!
Serena is always great for a night dive – no current and plenty to see in the shallows and it is also a great place to see different types of Hermit Crabs, Decorator Crabs, Waspfish and cuttlefish.
A personal favorite night diving spot of mine is Jahir ( which is also awesome during the day!) and it turned out be a winner the other night which us seeing a Stargazer, Bobtail Squid, Frogfish, Octopus, Flamboyant cuttlefish and huge Pleurobranchus nudibranchs ( one was about 30cm across!) as well as Scorpionfish galore and more Glossodoris nudibranchs.
Here’s a few photos that Marianne ( buddy of one of my students!) took during the dive Jahir! Thanks for the photos Marianne!
Lighting was bad as it was cloudy and late-pm so the camera was a bit difficult, but still managed to get some good shots of a couple of scorpionfish, nudibranchs, nemo fish, school of razor fish, a dragon net and an orangutan crab.
Cheers – Nigel
Robin just finished his open water course and I decided to tag along on a couple of fun dives he did with one of our dive guides – thanks Robin for being my buddy!
Cheers – Nigel
What did you do last Sunday morning? I decided to go for a dive with my camera and our new DM student, Phillipa, and we came across some mating turtles. This is the first time I have seen this in 11 years of diving here, and it was amazing!
I managed to get some close up shots of the female before the male arrived and Phillipa got some distance shots of the action – I had my macro lens on so was lucky to get the close-ups!
Lets hope its not another 11 years before we see this again!
Cheers – Nigel
Ben, a regular annual visitor at Two Fish for the past six years, spent another four weeks with us recently with his lovely wife, Amandene and children Loyanne and Kenno. Ben is an experienced diver who regularly dives in Switzerland in much colder conditions requiring a dry suit. The near perfect conditions here in Bunaken meant he was just in shorts and rash vest the entire time!
While Ben spent most of his time diving and searching out subjects to photograph (one of which was the elusive Marbled Shrimp!) Amadene and Loyanne joined him for a a number of dives too. Unfortunately Kenno is only nine years old so is unable to dive just yet but his Dad is thinking of bringing him back in December to complete his Open Water course! However, this didn’t deter him from joining everyone on the boat every day to snorkel and enjoy the beautiful Bunaken weather and water conditions.
In addition to the fun dives Ben spent some time with Brendon, our Course Director, doing some technical diving down to 50m. This required a bit of extra planning and logistics but it meant Brendon was in his element with two tanks on his back and a technical diving buddy.
With Ben having spent so much time at Two Fish he has come to know all the staff over the years and threw an impressive party for everyone the day before returning home. There was an abundance of food, drinks and an entire roasted pig for everyone to enjoy. Thanks Ben for your hospitality, we hope to see you again soon.
A selection of Ben’s best photos can be seen attached. He has only just got his G10 but is already getting some great shots.