This week in Bunaken…. dive guides have been showing off to our divers Bunaken’s little wonders underwater, including ornate ghost pipe fish, Potoh’s pygmy seahorse and the usual range of candy & orang-utan crabs, skeleton shrimps and whatever else is smaller than the normal eye can see. Pictured here is the ornate ghost pipe fish (black & yellow variation) hanging upside-down next to a feather star.
We’ve been enjoying some really fish full dives these past days due to the full moon and all the plankton rich waters! We’re hoping to see some of the rarer creatures this month (the typical time they make their guest appearances) such as the mola-mola or once more the infamous whale shark. In the meantime, we’ll make due with our little wonders of creatures that make the reef so colourful.
On Bunaken this past week we also had an advanced open water course running, as Yolanda from the USA practiced mastering her buoyancy and navigation with instructor Dion. She also got her first chance to go night diving and make her first underwater pictures! In addition to her course, we had a few refreshers running in the pool with Dutch guests Linda & Jamie and also Shayne from Australia. Afterwards, everyone hit the reefs around Bunaken with a lot more ease of mind and got to see tons of fish after doing the necessary skills in the pool.
This upcoming week we have a day trip planned up to barracuda point to try our luck with the big stuff! More to report on next week!