This week in Lembongan. Once a year it gets quiet around Bali as we celebrate Nyepi the Balinese New Year. It’s also called the Day of Silence and this year it was celebrated on March 21st. It may have been a silent night but never a dull moment at Two Fish.The day before is celebrated by a big parade where all the devils are chased away. The day of Nyepi is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese. So everything that might interfere with self-reflection is restricted. This means that we were not allowed to leave the resort and also there was no electricity on this day. Even the busy airport in Denpasar is closed for this day, unthinkable in Europe. We passed the day in the resort while relaxing in and around the pool and playing cards. Once the sun set everything turned very dark and with no lights from the streets and houses all the stars seemed to shine even brighter than on other nights.
The day after Nyepi everything is back to normal and the streets are bustling with people once again. So this also means back in the water for the staff of Two Fish and back to finding great underwater life. We have seen quite a bit of exciting creatures in the last week. It seems to be the time where a lot young fish are around. We have seen baby spotted garden eels, little redtooth triggerfish, tiny stripped catfish, juvenile oriental and other sweetlips and a minute frogfish.
Sadly we had to say goodbye to our freshly baked DMT Angela who moved on to Lembeh to get on with her Divemaster course. We will miss our little monkey queen but fortunately Phil is still here to entertain us all and help us get over the loss. We also have Simon visiting us, he did his Divemaster course with Two Fish in Bunaken last year.