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Everyone loves Nemo

Always a crowd-pleaser, everyone loves Nemo. Anemonefish is the more accurate name for these guys–although most folks just call them clownfish. There are more than 30 different species of anemonefish.

All of these photos were shot in Menjangan. Let the expert guides of Sea Rovers find some for you so you can delight your non-diving friends with your pics.

False clownfish, anemone, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater Photos

False clownfish

 

Pink anemonefish, anemone, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia

A pair of pink anemone fish in their purple-tipped anemone

 

Orange anemonefish, Mangrove, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, underwater photo

Orange anemonefish

 

False clownfish, Box Reef, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

False clownfish pair

 

A Glorious Day at Menjangan

Hawksbill turtle, Eel Garden, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia

A Hawksbill turtle resting in the sand at Eel Garden

It was a glorious day at Menjangan for both snorkelers and divers. Emma from London, who was completing her Advanced Open Water course, said these were her best two dives ever.

While taking in the dramatic walls at Eel Garden and Underwater Cave, we saw both bigger critters (giant frogfish, eels and some even saw a shark), and Abdul was busy pointing out tiny creatures like orangutan crabs and pygmy seahorses.

An amazing day was had by all. Come to NW Bali and join the pirates at Sea Rovers for your own ocean adventure!

giant frogfish, Eel Garden, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia

2 of the 3 frogfish that were sitting on a big sponge

 

Zebra eel, Underwater Cave, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia

A shy zebra eel on the wall at Underwater Cave

 

Divers, Underwater Cave, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia

Dive guide Abdul showing Emma a tiny orangutan crab

 

Snorkeler, Underwater Caves, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia

One of our snorkeling guests enjoying the reef

 

 

 

Menjangan Memories 30May17

Box Reef, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, wall dive

First shot of the dive–(decent composition, good exposure) sometimes I surprise myself

Dive guide Edy was tasked today with finding interesting subjects for 2 underwater photographers (Dave from London, and the photo wench) at Menjangan. Our first dive was at Box Reef, and the current was strong–both Dave & I tucked in our cameras and drifted along. Eventually, the current lessened and strobes started firing. I took the opportunity to frame both of them against the lovely wall for a couple of portrait shots.

Box Reef, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, wall dive

Here’s Edy working on his modeling skills.

 

Box Reef, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, wall dive

Here’s brethren Dave posing for the camera

 

After a surface interval including drinks and lunch, our second dive was at Mangrove. This was a much more relaxed dive with little current, great visibility and lots to see. I spent much of the dive trying to get a shot of a lone bumphead parrotfish who would have nothing to do with me–camera-shy I guess. So, after fighting with a subject that’s so uncooperative, it’s always nice to find a lovely anemone filled with false clownfish–always a crowd-pleaser and a great way to end a 73-minute dive.

Mangrove, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, anemone, false clownfish

There was lots of activity at this purple anemone.

 

 

Menjangan Island Underwater Clean Up

Sunday at West Bali National Park a team of 60 divers (Sea Rovers included) assembled to collect the plastic waste that had got stuck on the reefs around Menjangan island.

Apparently a whopping 128 kilograms of plastic waste was removed from around Menjangan Island in West Bali National Park over this weekend.

The divers came from West Bali National Park, East Java’s Alas Purwo National Park, the Perancak Marine Observation and Research Agency, plus divecentres around the Northwest Bali area, particularly Pemuteran bay.

Most the waste was food and drink plastic packaging. The rubbish was collected and transported off Menjangan Island by boat at the end of the day.

“Within an average week, the total amount of garbage transported out of Menjangan reaches approximately 300 kilograms which doesn’t even include the trash removed from the reef,” Tribun Bali.

“The total garbage collected from February to May 2017 reached three tons for Menjangan Island. The entire West Bali National Park area reached five tons,” West Bali National Park Manager Wiryawan told Tribun on Sunday.

Sad that much of the rubbish that tourist complain about also comes from the tourists doing the complaining. Sometimes directly and more often indirectly. Dispose of your waste wisely and use companies that do the same.

Here at Sea Rovers all our plastic bottles are collected for recycling, our lunchboxes are Tupperware style reusable and softdrinks come in glass bottles, which we own and just buy the refills for. A common practice here in Indonesia. As Pirates we wipe the with our t-shirts and drink from the bottles. No plastic straws for us!

So next time you’re at Menjangan Island and you see trash, do your bit. Pick it up and bring it back for proper disposal. Be part of the solution instead of mourning about it online.

One day at Menjangan–Eel Garden & Dreamland

Green, black & orange nudibranch (Nembrotha kubaryana)

3-D Nudibranch face

 

Menjangan Island isn’t just about dramatic walls–there are lots of other small critters to see there if you look (or stay close to the observant dive guides). All of these photos were shot on the same day. The Sea Rovers crew along with guide Edy took us to Eel Garden first, followed by Dreamland. Long dives (60+ minutes) at both sites offered many photographic subjects–here are some of the best shots.

3 false clownfish in their anemone

A trio of Nemo’s

 

Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) at Dreamland

Is that a baby bump on this pygmy?

 

Giant frogfish (Antennarius commersoni) on sponge at Dreamland

Giant frogfish waits patiently for dinner to swim by

 

Triple fin gobie (Helcogramma striatum)

A striped triple-fin gobie perched on an orange sponge

 

Pink anemonefish pair above purple-tipped anemone

A pair of pink anemonefish above their purple-tipped anemone

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