Still time to meet Captain Paul at ADEX in Singapore

Sea Rovers, Abyss Oceanworld & Reef Seen representing NW Bali Diving at ADEX

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.


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ADEX Ocean 17 Festival

Weather shuts down Menjangan trips and Rubbish Alert

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.

Plastic rubbish washing up on the beach

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.

Since when did Mother Nature become a litterbug?

Really?! A ‘nature’ phenomenon?!

Brethren wettin’ their whistles

Surface interval hydration

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.

Photos sent by brethren Gordon & Barbara

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.

Flat seas on Pemuteran Bay

Beautiful flat seas


Another beautiful day in Pemuteran

A pair of local boats floating in Pemuteran Bay


The captain says it's OK to go diving

The captain says everything is A-OK


Relaxing on the flat seas

Enjoying the view from our comfortable boat


Wayan waiting for the next dive

Wayan sitting on one of the local boats in Pemuteran Bay


A turtle entertains our divers & guide

It’s turtle time in NW Bali

Saying goodbye to brethren Dave

Surface interval smiles in Pemuteran Bay

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.

Coming to Singapore and an ADEX near you

promoting NW Bali at ADEX

Final Preparation for ADEX 2017, Singapore 7th, 8th & 9th April @Suntec

Getting ready for ADEX, this weekend where, left to right, Daniel (Abyss), Chris (Reef Seen) and myself, the infamous Captain Paul of Sea Rovers 😉  Will be doing our best to promote Northwest Bali Diving & Snorkeling.

There will also be a special prize draw. So come on down to Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Level 4, Halls 401 – 404, and sign yourself aboard.

You’ll find us opposite the Ocean Gallery at booth L25.

Other Sightings in March

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.

Turtle trying to rest on the bottom

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.

Orangutan Crab (Achaeus japonicus)

Whadda YOU looking at?


Octopus at Temple Wall

Octopus slipping back into his hole on Temple Wall


Half-opened anemone

Anemone showing its purple underside


Fidgety Fishes from March Dives

The photo wench doesn’t usually shoot fish–especially flighty fidgety ones–but got a few lucky shots this month.

Juvenile Many-Spotted Sweetlips

Juvenile Sweetlips are super-challenging to shoot

Juvenile boxfish

Juvenile boxfish–I just love these guys

Striped triplefin blenny

Striped triplefin blennies don’t usually let you get too close

Nudibranch Notebook of Northwest Bali-March 2017

Pink & Yellow Nudi sitting on top of a sponge

Hypselodoris-bullockii from Menjangan

Orange polka-dotted nudi Pemuteran

Halgerda-batangas from Temple Wall

4-colored nudi from Menjangan

Chromodoris-quadricolor from Menjangan

Flabellina from Temple Wall Pemuteran

Flabellina from Temple Wall

Flabellina in the muck at Midway

Flabellina from Midway


The retired resident photo wench is obsessed with nudibranchs–here are some favorites from the dives made in March.

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