It’s a few days to Christmas and you can feel it in the air. The lights are twinkling and decorations blowing in the gentle Lembeh breeze, hinting at the exciting days that lie ahead.Below the surface, the marine critters of Lembeh are showering us with early presents in the form of sightings; various octopus coming out of hiding to pose for the cameras and other life doing anything but hiding from their tank-donning visitors.
Blue-spotted stingrays were out in large numbers, with some accompanied by flounders trailing in their wake (probably to try and catch an easy snack)! Many a first for our guests was experienced on some of the dives as well, including a mimic octopus and decorator crab with white embellishments; we even saw a crinoid shrimp get snatched up by a small wrasse before we could even get a photo! The weather has been wonderful, with just enough rain every other afternoon to cool off the sticky Indonesian heat and encourage everyone to gather in the common area for a chat and discussions about the day’s diving, or even for a celebratory glass or two in the festive spirit.
On the 20th December we had a Christmas blessing for the Two Fish staff and their families, which included a visit from the village priest, a candle lighting ceremony, beautiful carolling and activities that everyone got involved in as well as a festive spread for everyone. We may not have a white Christmas in Lembeh but we have sunshine, good food, good company and great diving. What more can one ask for!