In Belongas, South Lombok this week we have had one of the most pure natural experiences with the Banded Sea Snake (Laticauda Colubrine), showing off their elegance, flexibility and outstanding hunting skills. Although extremely venomous, the banded sea snake has no interest in us divers what so ever. Their food of choice is mainly eels and small fish which we have an abundance of here in Belongas!
Karen & Tom will be joining us in Lembeh for their 5th trip 4-11 November. Although they are keen muck-divers, they are dead keen to do some exploration diving as well. We are therefore opening an invitation to anyone else who also wants to join us!
We will be running normal diving during this time, but as Karen & Tom want to do as much exploration as possible, we will also be be running exploration trips almost every day!
The current craze in diving is rebreather diving!! With a rebreather, all the air you breath out is captured in the unit on your back and the carbon dioxide is removed, and it is returned to you for breathing again. This means that you do not need as much air, therefore the tanks are only 3liters!
Its not new technology. The “thing” that removes the carbon dioxide is called the scrubber, its just a chemical that reacts with the carbon dioxide and therefore removes it, and was first used in submarines in 1885!
Rebreather diving also offers a different type of diving. During the dives you have to monitor the oxygen content of your air, adding more oxygen to your air if the content gets too low. This is the “technical” aspect with rebreathers, but many rebreathers do this automatically so you just need to make sure that the rebreather unit is doing this properly.
Why do it? Its not about deep diving but about getting up close to the underwater life. When you go diving, the bubbles that you produce scare the fish away, if you produce no bubbles then the fish life will allow you to get closer to them. We can personally verify this with the black tip reef sharks on Rons Point where we had an amazing dive surrouned by 5-10 sharks for ages!
How to get started? As part of becoming a PADI TEC center, we purchased some rebreathers and can offer some try-dives. We will also soon be offering the new PADI rebreather courses aimed at recreational divers:
After this, the next steps are the PADI TEC courses aimed at going on deeper/decompression dives, but thats the subject of another blog!
For more info, keep an eye out on our blog and our website tec diving page.
After our successful explorations last week finding new dive sites, we decided to take a trip to the lesser known Pulau Dua around the back side of Lembeh.
The name “Pulau Dua” stems from it’s appearance… from a distance it resembles two islands, but on closer inspection it is just one.
We were welcomed with a beautiful morning, calm waters & a 45min ride to get there, the island is a picturesque pinnacle stretching up from far below +40m. We found beautiful corals and sponges, amazing visibility, plentiful reef fish and a variety of critters.
The new dive site is nicknamed THREE CORNERS and is a very good dive, the bottom is around 35m and starts out as white sand & rubble, it then turns into really pristine coral wall with lots of sea fans and many whip corals as well as lots of hard & soft corals. There is plenty of life here including all the main coral critters, NUDIBRANCHS aplenty, several ROBUST GHOSTPIPEFISH & also Melly was really thrilled to see her first BLUE RINGED OCTOPUS (Thanks again Leo!!). The new dive site was found by our guides Frans, Sem & Leo. Cheers guys!!