What can be nicer than diving on nice locations, looking for critters and most of all nudi’s! I was happy to be able to travel to Sulawesi and in particular Pulau Lembeh and Pulau Bangka to do soe very nice diving. What as on my wishlist? Lots of colourfull small animals living in the sea. And Lembeh is according to many the best place to go to. Well, the hotels were already top to start with.
This is the place, muck, bit of coral, small walls… but most of all critters! And for me a heaven full of nudibranchs, or better nudi’s. In many shapes, sizes, colours. We made many dives, on each dive seing something new. The camera was flashing and even more flashing. For me, imagining the large numbers of species, in many sizes, colours but most of all, shapes. Small animals with deadly poison, larger ones mimicking something else. And mother nature makes this. Gives it a purpose and bright colours. How boring are we humans?
Bangka was different. The diving maybe less spectacular at first, but we had the hotel to ourselves. Very relaxing, together with scruffy the dog, some rather large monitor lizards, a large whale carcass and the memory of a little dugong who died there. The sea was rough, the Island beautiful, the people friendly and relax was the word. Dive in the morning, read a book on the porch, hike the old coconut plantation, find some cashew nuts and do another dive. The dive guide managed to show us a seahorse of just 5 mm. Well, we did not see it really. There was this small blak curved thingy and zooming in on the camera later on learned it was a mini seahorse. And then… diving the Sahaung pinnacle. Wow, just wow. So much soft coral, white tip reef sharks, nudi’s, and a spectacular rock formation resembling a buddhist tempel. Simply amazing. One tank of air was not enough!
Yes, people are not made for flying and living underwater, however…
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever – Jacques Yves Cousteau
See some more pictures on http://www.scubajo.nl/pictures.htm.