Diving Bali 2013. I hope to add to this as time goes on but the current internet access is a bit slow.
We are now in Candidasa Bali (the south east corner) on the mainland inshore from Nusa Penida the 5 mile off shore island we shall dive tomorrow. The travel from the UK was as painless as travelling half round the world can be and the combination of Heathrow Singapore Airlines and transit in Chennai did not loose our luggage. We are here with complete sets of dive gear fully functioning and a green light on the Housing Sentry indicating a water tight housing. RESULT!
We are diving tomorrow with Aquamarine Diving, who claim to be the only British owned/run dive centres on Bali, we were met by them at Denpasar conveyed to our Hotel who were expecting us and we have even selected lunch for on the boat tomorrow. All they need to do now to get A+ is show us a Mola Mola or two, but it is the end of the season soit may not happen. The three weeks involves three different resorts and dive centre seamlessly stitched together by Divequest. Watch this space for pics and reports.
Aquamarine picked us up as promised at 0730 (some might think this early our clocks are so screwed that it might be bedtime or midday) nice minibus. I takes us 5 miles up the road dodging motorbikes and lorries (Memo donít drive in Indonesia you donít understand the rules and might kill someone (or worse a whole family on one bike)).
The boat is very nice with twin 250 Suzuki outboards that push us over a calm sea to Nusa Penida (imaginatively the Big Island) And drops us in at Crystal Bay to look for Mola Mola, sadly it is the end of the season and they have gone (deeper or away) non are seen but a reasonably friendly Cuttlefish stays around, and lots of large Sweetlips, try again tomorrow.
Second dive is on Manta Point2 fairly murky water (5-15m vis) greets us on entry but almost immediately a Manta is seen and after a one hour dive with up to six feeding in the area of significant surge we are out and ready for lunch on the boat, this is part of our three dive day package.
The boat is well shaded and the ladder scores 8 out of ten, excellent for a hang it over the side type, Betsy is against a higher score as she feels the rungs are a little far apart. (the only 10/10 is a diver lift)
The third dive Tim is chased off by two different Titan Triggerfish, must have nests. Never experienced this before quite scary given the size of the teeth.
Then back on shore by 1500 hours with an hour between dives a slick operation, they have taken our gear to rinse and store, judgement tomorrow on whether it all returns or gets mixed up and confused with the rental gear.
Marta our dive guide turns up trumps all our dive gear appears in a van from the dive centre in Denpasar and we shoot across the strait to Nusa Penida, we are Aquamarines only customers so the boat is ďcodesharedĒ with a group of Germans and their dive guide from another outfit the first dive is a drift along a reef slope a fairly standard nothing special dive out here and we fail to spot any Mola Mola. For the second dive however we return to Manta Point 2 the same dive as yesterday. The German group stay and play for their full hour with the Mantas feeding we swim quite hard out to a 20+M plateau where Bluespotted sting rays gather to mate (most of the year apparently) and find them in untidy hMore latereaps littering the bottom.
On the way out we also spot a large Blotched Fantail Ray then a swift swim back leaves us with 5mins of air for another look at the Mantas. The vis here is still around 10m (attractive to Mantas). For lunch today we have Nasi Gareng (Fried Egg noodles and fried egg) and very good it was too. The last is another excellent drift dive along a reef slope at about 15m with many different hard and soft corals with sponges and crinoids and a multitude of fish. Plus right at the end a small Hawksbill turtle.
More tomorrow Muck diving.