Saturday, September 30, 2006
The Highest Visibility in Lobster Bay
I spent the late afternoon 4:30 - 6:00, in
Among other fishes, I saw some Blue streak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), who did not want to hold still for a picture.
Some of the free diving equipment, I used for the first time. The buoy is from Decathlon. It works great, has some weights to keep it in an upright position, and several D-rings t attach equipment, like my camera. Christel’s dad made a little anchor from stainless steel, on a 10m PP line. When snorkeling around, I snap the anchor to my weight belt, and thus drag the buoy. The weight belt is also new, from Beuchat,
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
The Family Dive
Second dive: Crystal Bay
The thermocline painted amazing pictures of divers, at only about 3 meters distance. I was on top, the picture was taken right through the zone where the different layers of water clash.
Alex the freezing Kangaroo
First Dive on Sunday
Sunday morning, we set out with Bali International Diving Professionals, to scuba dive at Nusa Penida. Our guide Kaddi (Catty?) briefly laughed when we said we brought shorties only. So he gave us 3mm long suits instead. Little did we know how we were going ot freeze.
The first dive took us to Manta Point. The boat ride took about an hour, and I generously donated my half digested breakfast to the sea gods. Manta point, as the name indicates was full of Mantas. We saw the first two directly from the point. Until I jumped in the water, I was really positive (despite my stomach). The water however quickly changed my optimism. The surface was about 22 degrees, the lower areas around 17. With a 3mm suit, no gloves and no hood, this was clearly way to cold.
Visibility was low; we nearly missed to see the family of about 20 bluespotted stingrays below us.
However, when we finally did find the mantas, it soon became clear that all the pain was worth it. Even though, we actually got to touch the mantas, they were too fast to take close-ups, and visibility did not permit any shots over more than 2 meters. Still, very impressing.
the first manta
more of it (see the low viz)
Stingrays. There were a total of about 20 - 30, literally on top of each other.
and another manta
Balin On Land
The hotel, however was a palace, and we greatly enjoyed it.
So much fun with a UW camera.
I must have said something really stupid.
Before spending the Sunday scuba diving in at Nusa Penida, we spent one day exploring Ubud. The town was small, touristy but nice and had plenty of "wild life", in its monkey forest, a medium size park with semi-wild monkeys. They are reasonably friendly, but you should not let them climb on your head. Even the lap is dangerous, as the little fellow on the picture actually peed on my lap.
the bastard who peed on my lap