This week in the North Gili’s, Lombok our water has finally calmed down. We had a good week of big waves, strong currents and visibility of 10-15 meters. For the diving it was fun as we just flew across the reefs but when it came to parking the boat to offload divers and equipment there we found the challenge. The past few days have been back to crystal clear, calm water with plenty of marine life filling the reefs.
On one of the days diving with Alix, Huw, Stefen and Bergitta we went to the site called Biorocks just east of Gili Trawangan which is generally well known for Cuttle fish, Turtles and Bat fish. On this particular dive we saw the tiniest yellow box fish. It was around the size of my little finger nail, incredibly cute. Usually the small box fish tend to be quite shy, hiding in the rocks and among the coral but this little fella was far from that, he came out nice and close to say hello to myself and the divers, lovely pictures were taken. We must have spent a good 5- 10 minutes with this amazing fish. It really made our dive, who needs the big stuff all the time when you get to admire something so small yet so beautiful and full of character.
Other than our little friend we have been meeting Turtles, Ribbon eels, Garden eels and Giant moray eels. Nudibranchs, Cuttle fish, White tip reef sharks and a huge Stone fish hobbling across the sand trying to find a nice quiet spot to bury himself.
As for the building of the dive shop here on Gili Air, we have now tiles in our swimming pool, doors and windows around our front office and classroom. It really is coming together nicely. The aim is to be finished by the end of this month!!