After stepping on the boat and saying goodbye to Bunaken, I started my little trip towards Lembeh.
After a short boat ride and a two hour drive by car I arrived at the harbour. Where i could see the boat that was to pick me up in the distance. In my imagination was the distance to Lembeh much greater but it took around 10 minutes to get from the one side to the other.
In the last week of my course I found time to relax a bit and mix “business with pleasure”. I made a creation to put into the artificial house reef and sunk it.
I particularly liked the scuba review: all of a sudden you’re the one that’s teaching skills to others. Realising this put a smile on my face and I had a great time doing it.
My last week and a half (yes, I extended my stay by six days because I couldn’t bear to leave) in Lembeh has been absolutely fantastic. I got the rest of my course requirements completed – guiding certified divers, scuba review, assisting on continued education and my skills and rescue assessment.
Just after I had finished my second blog, a telephone call from Bunaken brought good news:
There had been a last minute request for an open water course. So I got over there the next day and that was the beginning of a great week.
To summarize my second week in Lembeh: it was very busy, tons of fun, in some times very disgusting (but rewarding) and I learned a lot.
The week started off with a beach clean up. When we came up from a dive on the house reef that morning, a truckload of rubbish had washed up on the beach. So during our service interval we organised a spontaneous beach clean up. In the afternoon we sorted everything (this was obviously the disgusting part) and collected data to send to Project Aware. We collected 53 kilo’s of trash, mainly consisting of plastic drinking cups (approx. 1000) and food wrappers. We did also find a yellow plastic rooster, a toy truck, 3 diapers and other weird stuff.