This week in Lembongan… Our guests and guides have been very lucky with another week of big creatures. A shockingly rare sight was spotted by one of our dive guides as well as a few other dive centres on the island. While diving, one of our groups spotted a humpback whale passing by. This is a very rare sight in the area, so these divers are extremely lucky!
Besides the humpback whale, our guests have also been greeted by other large creatures passing by. Instructor Fred had the amazing chance with his PADI Advance open water student to spot a whale shark! This was Fred’s and his students, first ever whale shark, so you can only imagine how excited Fred was in the water with this sighting!
The start of the mola season has been a little slow, with us only spotting around 1 mola a week out of all our groups and all our boats. A few other dive centres saw a few molas on the north coast of Nusa Penida yesterday but today was our chance to see them. While diving at Sental, the divers on the boat had the great opportunity to spot the weird but wonderful mola on the dive. Not only did our divers see 1 mola but a total of 3 on one dive. They spotted 2 molas together being cleaned and a little further on during the dive, they spotted one more by itself also being cleaned.
The mola season normally runs from July until around the end of October. Crystal Bay is a dive site that a lot of people think is the only place to see the mola but so far, during this season, all our mola sightings have been in the north! During the mola season, Crystal Bay can be packed full of snorkel and dive boats, this means there are many people on and under the water, so when you do see a mola there, you are 1 of many dives trying to get that perfect photo. The north coast of Penida is very different. It is likely when you see a mola, it will only be your group or you and the other people on your boat that see it, giving you a lot better chance to experience and take a nice photo.