Polly and Francis Lau are two of our many return guests here at NAD. The couple visits and dives with us and in Lembeh at least once a year, usually staying around 10 days. Polly and Francis love diving with dive guide Marnes because he is still able to find and show the couple new critters every time they visit – even after the 7th stay!
July surprised us with many different species of nudibranchs and sea slugs. We’ve also had some (little) sharks paying us a visit. A bunch of (Hairy) Frogfishes is still around. And on top of that: lots of Flamboyant Cuttlefish in different stages. We’ve spotted quite a few new Blackwater Night Dive subjects.
In general, the water temperature is back to 28 degrees. That without any rain and the visibility is almost at its best for Lembeh. So fantastic wide angle opportunities as well!
Lembeh is famous for some world class muck diving, also called the critter capital! I admit it, it’s not necessarily something you get into after your first open water dive. However, when it comes to easy diving conditions, Lembeh is a great place. And therefore, also perfectly suitable for diving with kids.
This month still had lots of cephalopods ready for us. Mainly Coconut, Mimic and Mototi Octopus as well as Flamboyant Cuttlefish got spotted on the dives. I’ve been shooting more video than stills this month. Therefore, here comes a short movie with our June highlights.
It’s one of the signature critters of the Lembeh Strait: The Hairy Frogfish. Colors can highly vary to match their environment. Therefore, we have had Hairy Frogfish in all different shades of brown, orange, yellow, white and black. Best dive sites to spot them at the moment in various sizes are Rojos, Kareko Batu and Aer Bajo.
It was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever watched underwater, seeing these 1cm small creatures changing colors and breaking through the eggs. It looked like a bit of a struggle for some of them, but eventually most of the little Flamboyant Cuttlefish hatched during the 20 min. I was watching them.
To see Mototi or Blue-Ringed Octopus is nothing unusual at the moment. There’s a big number of cephalopods around during that time of the year. However, seeing two Mototi Octopus fighting was quite something!
This month’s highlight are truly special because it doesn’t happen every day that we see a Whaleshark, Rhinopia, lots of Sargassum Frogfish and Flamboyant Cuttlefish eggs hatching diving in Lembeh!
The beginning of the year is when it’s normally a bit quieter in the Lembeh Strait. However, we’ve been busy during the past few months regardless of the typical “low season” but we still found time for some renovations and upgrades of the resort!
Since the conditions at the dive sites in the North of Lembeh are perfect at the moment, I have been focusing mainly on wide angle photography. Sites like Yiko Yansi, Dante’s Wall, California Dreaming, Angel’s Windows and Pulau Putus offer some fantastic wall, coral reef and cavern dives! Although diving in Lembeh is dominated by finding small critters and creatures, they can also be found on sites where both wide angle and macro subjects are present.