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
Cap’n Paul bestowing C-card to Emma
Emma, a nurse from London, came to Pemuteran only to dive Temple Garden; but she leaves as an Advanced Open Water diver. Here are some photos from her course and training.
Captain Paul is going through the deep dive skills with Emma at 33 metres at Temple Garden
Emma ready to meditate or maybe she’s just narc’d next to a statue at Temple Garden
Emma likes the tiny critter that Abdul showed her
Emma expertly hovering next to a colorful orange sponge in Menjangan
Captain Paul is taking Emma through the skills of the deep dive portion of her Advanced certification
Emma from London came to Sea Rovers to dive Temple Garden, and decided to go ahead and get her Advanced Open Water certification. Today she worked with Captain Paul starting with the deep dive, and later was slated to do her Navigation and Night dives at Mucky Pirates Bay. Tomorrow she will finish up at Menjangan.
Captain Paul and Emma are all OK at 33 meters
Emma in Lotus with Captain Paul in the background
Captain Paul posing next to a Buddha statue
Ann poses along the wall at Pos II and gets photo-bombed by brethren John & Gwen
Ann hovers like a pro along the wall at Dreamland in Menjangan
Ann came to Sea Rovers in NW Bali after getting her Open Water certification a few years ago. Since she didn’t have any diving experience beyond her OW class, she did a refresher course with instructor Wayan in Mucky Pirates Bay before continuing with her 3-day dive package that included diving in both Pemuteran Bay and Menjangan. As you can see from the photos, her improved buoyancy skills allowed her to really enjoy the impressive wall dives at Dreamland and Pos II in Menjangan. Hope you will back to see us again soon, Ann, now that you are officially one of the Sea Rovers Brethren.