L-R Daniel Stilwell (from Abyss Oceanworld), our very own Cap’n Paul Turley of Sea Rovers, and Paul Brown (from Reef Seen) representing NW Bali Diving at ADEX
If you be in Singapore, check out the ADEX Ocean 17 Festival. You can meet Captain Paul at the NW Bali Diving booth L25. Stop by to shake his hand, down some rum, or better yet–sign up for a trip to dive/snorkel with Sea Rovers in lovely Pemuteran, Bali.
ADEX Ocean 17 Festival
Normally the crossing from Pemuteran to Menjangan Island is a pleasant 25-minute ride on our comfortable boats. For the past 2 days, however, the Port Authority halted trips to Menjangan due to weather conditions. Hopefully weather conditions will improve and diving will resume tomorrow.
UNFORTUNATELY, however, the rubbish that washes in won’t go away as quickly. Our guests earlier this week were disheartened (as were we) to see considerable rubbish along the shore and in the water in both Menjangan and Pemuteran.
We are all saddened when we see this
During rainy season, after strong storms anytime and whenever the seas are high, this is what you will find along coastlines all over Indonesia. It’s an ongoing problem without an easy solution. Sea Rovers and many other dive operators do their part locally to pick up trash in organized beach clean-ups. Our dive guides often return with BCD pockets filled with rubbish they have picked up during their dives. We have a plastic recycling program and do everything we can as a business to minimize our impact on the environment.
We will always do our best to choose dive/snorkel sites with the least amount of garbage, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
Really?! A ‘nature’ phenomenon?!
They have the reproductive organs of both sexes. They can mate with any other adult that happens to pass by—doubles their chances of ‘getting lucky.’ The male and female sexual openings are on the right sides of their bodies.
Can I buy you a drink?
A group of Mexichromis hooking up
Britta & Frank from Germany enjoying Pemuteran reefs
The conditions were perfect in Pemuteran Bay for diving and snorkeling–the surface was like glass and you could see right to the bottom from the deck of the boat. Britta is gaining more experience diving and fine-tuning her buoyancy control with Wayan’s expert guidance while Frank watches from the surface. Their next adventure will be in Menjangan.
Gordon & Barbara spent nearly 3 weeks in Pemuteran and kindly forwarded us some photos of their holiday. Bill and Ann were along some of the days so not sure who shot what.
Beautiful flat seas
A pair of local boats floating in Pemuteran Bay
The captain says everything is A-OK
Enjoying the view from our comfortable boat
Wayan sitting on one of the local boats in Pemuteran Bay
It’s turtle time in NW Bali
Dave be chillin before his last dive of the trip
UK Dave and the resident photo wench had a great pair of dives today in Pemuteran Bay. Abdul showed us tons of critters (several octopi, 2 crocodile fish, mantis shrimp, a pair of aggressive trigger fish, and more nudibranchs than we could count). It was a fittin last day of divin for a 4-time repeat customer. Don’t wait too long before making your way back to beautiful NW Bali.
Previous posts showed photos of nudibranchs and flighty fish shot in March; here are a few more of some other reef denizens. The turtle was in Menjangan; the others were all in Pemuteran Bay.
Get these remoras off my belly!
This poor turtle was being menaced by some pesky remoras (barely visible on his belly in this photo). When the turtle was first spotted, they were riding his back; then he would get under an overhang to knock them off, and they would migrate to his underside. He would squirm on the bottom and they’d move back to his shell. I felt sorry for the guy.
Whadda YOU looking at?
Octopus slipping back into his hole on Temple Wall
Anemone showing its purple underside
The photo wench doesn’t usually shoot fish–especially flighty fidgety ones–but got a few lucky shots this month.
Juvenile Sweetlips are super-challenging to shoot
Juvenile boxfish–I just love these guys
Striped triplefin blennies don’t usually let you get too close
Hypselodoris-bullockii from Menjangan
Halgerda-batangas from Temple Wall
Chromodoris-quadricolor from Menjangan
Flabellina from Temple Wall
Flabellina from Midway
The retired resident photo wench is obsessed with nudibranchs–here are some favorites from the dives made in March.