This week in Bunaken…. Divers on Bunaken are paying tribute to the littler creatures out on our magnificent walls, highlighting especially the goby! Pictured here is the common fire dart goby most often found in the rubble coral or sandy bottoms of the slopes in and around Bunaken. The goby is too easily forgotten but makes the reef all that more colourful!
Here on Bunaken we are having loads of fun with our keen group of divers from Melbourne, who are doing at least 3 dives per day, including our famous early morning dive at Sachiko. Ken, one of Two Fish’s dive guides, has been pointing out loads of tunas, barracudas and turtles, and even did a search and recovery dive to get back one of the group member’s GoPro camera. See our guides are good at finding all sorts of things!
We also are really happy to welcome back James, a long time repeater to Two Fish Divers (actually he was just here with his family this past June), who is now taking on the challenge of becoming a dive instructor! He’s freshening up on all his dive skill demonstrations, and familiarising himself with PADI course structures, before he starts his IDC (Instructor Development Course) next week with our course director Marlies Lang. Let’s wish him a successful IDC!
It’s not only diving that we’ve been celebrating on Bunaken – this past Sunday was Bunaken’s annual Thanksgiving! All our dive guides and staff from Bunaken village opened their doors to friends and strangers alike, offering food, drinks and good times. People were in the streets, there was karaoke being sung and lots of dancing all day Sunday. Their Thanksgiving is showing appreciation for all the hard work from the previous year and all the fish and other earnings they get from the sea. It’s a day special only to the locals of Bunaken and really cool to see first hand!