Here in Sengiggi this week we have had a few trips out to the northern Gili Islands with courses, refreshers and fun divers. The visibility has been outstanding once again after our green spell and the bat fish have shown their shininess an incredible amount of times. Another great encounter we have had regularly is with the Circular Spade Fish.
The circular spade fish can be identified by a few small black spots on their sides. They usually hang around 2-35 meters in groups of around 5-15 individuals. Robert and Andreas joined us on a day trip and thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by these majestic fish.
Also this week we have encountered hawksbill turtles on nearly every dive, from small to extremely big. Up here in the Gili’s the turtles really don’t mind us divers and just hang about and get on with their own thing. We can stay with them the whole dive and they never swim off. Brilliant for the turtle lovers and fantastic pictures!!
So far up here in the Gili’s this year we are happy to announce that we have certified 4 new open water divers!! A great start to 2016!!
The temperature here ranges from 25ᵒc which is fairly rare to a hot bath of 30ᵒc, it averages at 28ᵒc. We get a variety of fish up here from black tip sharks to the tiny tiny squat shrimps.
Among these we have been spotting porcelain crabs, Frog fishes, cleaner shrimps, peacock mantis shrimps, painted lobsters, blue fin trevally, nudiebranchs, box and puffer fish, Octopus and plenty more.
That is just a taste of what the northern Gili’s have to offer. We look forward to plenty more encounters. We welcome you to join us here in the gorgeous Gili Islands, right off the coast of Lombok and nearby Bali to check out the fantastic variety of underwater wildlife- including, of course, the circular spade fish!