We had a great dive at Close Encounters in Pemuteran–negligible current, good visibility and lots of critters to see. The expert eyes of dive guide Abdul pointed out creatures great and small. We even saw a shark wedged under a ledge–in a space too small to get my camera into (wish I had a tiny GoPro for that shot). Everyone comes to the pirates of Sea Rovers in Pemuteran to dive Menjangan, but be sure to allow enough time in your holiday to check out our great local reefs as well.
Hairy squat lobsters live in the crevices of barrel sponges
This moray wasn’t too shy and kept poking his head out when I was shooting the sweetlips
This photogenic sweet lips was sharing space with the moray eel. Had to keep an eye on my fingers while shooting
Anemone crabs have long hair-like projections on their arms to filter food from the water
With extra magnification, you can see the eggs inside this cleaner shrimp
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!
2 of the 3 frogfish that were sitting on a big sponge
A shy zebra eel on the wall at Underwater Cave
Dive guide Abdul showing Emma a tiny orangutan crab
One of our snorkeling guests enjoying the reef
The photo wench takes her new camera for her first shore dive at Mucky Pirates Bay
After being sick for most of May, I was excited to take my new camera for my first dive to Mucky Pirates Bay with Abdul from Sea Rovers. We enjoyed a very leisurely 120 minute dive checking out the residents below the pier and out to the moorings. Here is some of what we saw.
You don’t always get to see under the skirt of a nudibranch
This lionfish was too big for my lens, so I got a closeup of his face
I thought Abdul pointed me to a clump of sand until I looked at it with the 10x diopter–a TINY scorpionfish
Who doesn’t love Nemo? There’s a nice anemone with false clownfish at 6-7 meters so it’s a great place for your safety stop
All the pirates be making the equipment ship-shape
Abdul is teaching regulator repair
Now how do I put this back together?
Keeping all of our rental regulators in top shape so you can just focus on diving and having a piratical good time.