December 14, 2010

Temple Wall - Pemuteran

This small wall which is close to shore which some times makes for poor visibility, but ist an interesting dive with a good selection of crustaceans. Coral cover and sponges proliferate along the far end where the wall sharply curves into the Bay beyond. The wall bottom ranges from 16 to 35mtrs and crosses into the deep where a fascinating maze configuration heads out across the next bay. This second deep dive offers some large Gorgonians and a spooky dive experience. A very good night dive location but can be tricky if the tides are running. Good snorkelling location.

Just lately at this dive spot - a temple itself became reality. At 30 meters of depth you are diving through a temple door which is looked after the common god statues at the sides. You will first reach the smaller temple where you are eye to eye with the elephant-god. This temple wall is looked after on both sides by turtles out of stone. Right after that you can finally surround the big Buddha at the wall at the back.

The whole area is grown over by beautiful gorgonians. At the right light it almost got a mystic atmosphere around it. Marine Life: usual, Snapper, Sweet lips, blue spotted Rays, Painted Lobsters, Squat Lobsters and Fusiliers. Unusual stuff: Frogfish, Pipefish, interesting Nude branches, Scorpion fish, Stone fish, Electric clams, octopus. Occasional stuff: cuttlefish, rays.

November 27, 2010

Nusa Penida-Bali Marine Protected Area Declared

Klungkung District Commits to Conservation and Sustainable Resources Management

NUSA PENIDA, BALI, INDONESIA — November 21, 2010 — Indonesia’s Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad and District Head of Klungkung I Wayan Candra officially launched Nusa Penida Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Penida Island, The Nature Conservancy announced today. The 20,057-hectare Nusa Penida MPA, established by Klungkung District Ordinance No. 12, is aimed to protect the area’s rich marine and coastal life and to support local marine tourism and fisheries. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Klungkung District Government together with the people of Nusa Penida, the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Affairs and The Nature Conservancy’s Indonesia Marine Program, with assistance from the USAID Coral Triangle Support Partnership.

Minister Muhammad said that the Nusa Penida MPA will contribute to the government's target of protecting 20 million hectares of coastal ecosystems and marine areas by 2020. “The establishment of MPAs in some areas in Indonesia, including Nusa Penida, is a concrete step taken by the government to implement the plan of action under the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security,” says Fadel. The Initiative is a commitment led by the Indonesian Government along with the governments of the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

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Indonesian Minister for Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Fadel Muhammad launches the Nusa Penida MPA
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Candra, the District Head of Klungkung, explains that the waters around Nusa Penida have the highest marine biodiversity in Bali. “You can encounter Mola mola [oceanic sunfish], which is a rare and unique treat. They average about two meters in size and they appear between July and September. Mola mola sightings are a big draw for divers from around the world, who come to Nusa Penida just for the occasion.”

According to a marine ecology study by international marine experts . Emre Turak and Gerry Allen in 2009, there are about 296 species of coral reefs and 576 species of fish in Nusa Penida,. A Conservancy-led survey found there are 1,419 hectares of coral reefs, 230 hectares of mangrove forest containing 13 different species of mangroves and 108 seagrass fields containing eight types of seagrass.

Next steps for the Nusa Penida MPA include zoning, long term planning, forming managing bodies and developing a long-term funding mechanism that can ensure local ecological and economic resources continue to enrich the region’s people and wildlife. With the support and involvement of stakeholders in Nusa Penida and the District of Klungkung, the effective and sustainable management of the Nusa Penida MPA is a real possibility.

“We appreciate the District Government of Klungkung and the people of Nusa Penida for establishing their area as a conservation zone,” says Arwandrija Rukma, the Conservancy’s Indonesia Country Representative “We will continue our successful cooperation with the community government and international development agencies to create effective MPAs that benefit people.”

Also present at the launch were the U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, the Governor of Bali, village leaders, fishing and seaweed farming representatives, marine tourism operators, local teachers and students and representatives of local and international NGOs.

Source: The Nature Conservancy

October 31, 2010

Explore Kubu Reef

Kubu is a small village in the neighbourhood of Tulamben. The Kubu reefs are easily accessible from the rocky lava shore. The reef starts right off the beach in shallow water about 2-3mtrs deep featuring huge pinnacles of glassfish-covered coral heads. This site is a good snorkeling spot, too. The coral garden leads into a beautiful ridge covered with fields of staghorn coral (Acropora sp.) and some good sized soft coral (Dendronephthya spp.) which sometimes host rare crustaceans like porcelain crabs and tiny little cowries snails (Pseudosimnia sp.). Please check for pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) on the deeper gorgonian sea fans (Muricella sp.)! Nearly any kind of reef fish is abundant, schooling species like sawtooth barracudas (Sphyraena putnamiae) or large schools of fairy basslets (Pseudoanthias spp.), but also individuals like large groupers can be seen. A very highlight would be the gorgeous juvenile pinnate batfish (Platax pinnatus) which hides in the dark of crevices and holes. This fish is rarely seen by divers but occasionally and, of course, with a bit of luck we can discover this beautiful animal on the Kubu reefs. Especially “macro freaks” will like this site since we have discovered many rare species of nudibranches and sea slugs, some of them not yet described, probably even unknown.

October 16, 2010

Bali Diving - Menjangan Island

Visibility around the Island is almost always excellent. Combined with the protected environment, Menjangan has become renowned as a great location no matter what your ability level. The wall diving cannot be beaten for both depth and variety. Those seeking a challenge can try out the Anker Wreck. Corals are omnipresent in Menjangan with an excellent range of both hard and soft. Cold currents are largely anonymous here which makes for outings that are more comfortable.

September 27, 2010

PADI Open Water Diver course

Student Divers studyingNow is the time to dive into the PADI Open Water Diver course, the most popular dive program in the world! This is your ticket to a lifetime of intense adventure with PADI, the dive company that sets the standards in the global diving community.

Why PADI Open Water? As a certified PADI Open Water Diver, the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world, you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional. If you already tried a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience or are PADI Scuba Diver certified, check with your instructor to see how credit from these courses may apply to the open water program. 

What do I need to start?  Virtually anyone who is in good health, reasonably fit, and comfortable in the water can earn a PADI Open Water Diver certification. You must be older than the age of 14 to begin the PADI Open Water Diver program. For those of you who are not above the age of 14 and would like to participate in the PADI Open Water Diver Program, then the PADI Jr Open Water Diver program is available to you. If you are between 10 and 14 or have a child between these ages, there is a PADI Junior Open Water Diver program available.

What will I do? Throughout the course, you’ll learn fundamentals of scuba diving, including dive equipment and techniques. You earn this rating by completing five pool dives and knowledge development sessions and by making four open water (ocean or lake) dives.

September 25, 2010

Bali Diving - Nusa Penida Dive Trip

Nusa Penida is a large island off the Southeast Coast of Bali. There are numerous good dive sites to choose from but it is recommended that only experienced divers use this region. This is because of the strong and unpredictable currents that affect the area. However, experienced drift divers continually flock to the Island for some of Bali's most thrilling dives. An impressive array of fish is on display as well as a vast range of Sponges and Corals.

Dive Site: Manta Point, Crystal Bay, Toya Pakeh, Ped, SD Point, Sakenan

Event: 11 - 13 October 2010

Wanna join? contact me

September 02, 2010

EFR and Rescue Diver Course

Congratulation to Mohammad and Kasra who just finish their EFR (Emergency First Response) course and PADI Rescue Diver course @ Nusa Dua Resort

August 30, 2010

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course

Gito and Maria just finish their PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course
Location: Tulamben Liberty Wreck

August 28, 2010

PADI Open Water Diver Course

Congratulation to Roland and Natashe for Open Water Diver certification and Roland Junior for Junior Open Water Diver cetification

June 13, 2010

Dive Tulamben 13-06-10

Dive at Tulamben Liberty wreck with Tobie and Bless. Tobie make two last dives of his Open Water Diver training program, while Bless join with his brother to dive at the wreck for the first time.

Congratulation for Tobie for Open Water Diver rating...

June 10, 2010

Ocean Day at Nusa Dua - Bali

Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua Bali for Beach & Reef Clean Up
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia (June 15th, 2010)

To celebrate World Ocean Day, divers and many people around Bali, Indonesia, will join together on the event Beach & Reef Clean Up, take place in the Tanjung Benoa and Nusa Dua beach on June 15, 2010.

This event sponsor by Bali Watersport Association Badung Chapter, Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia, and Nusa Dua Reef Foundation.

Presented by: Nusa Dua Reef Foundation

June 03, 2010

Dive at Manta Point - Nusa Penida

Manta Point is a specialist dive site for people who want to see Pelagics. There are no Corals or small schools of fish. The area is primarily used as a feeding point with many Rays grazing on the abundant Plankton. Take good advice on the right time to go, as it will be very boring otherwise. If you get lucky this is a fantastic location to observe some wonderful animals. Being amongst a number of feeding Manta Rays is an experience not to be missed.

May 30, 2010

PADI Beginner Course

PADI Open Water Diver course with Belajar Diving Dot Com at Mimpi Resort Tulamben
( 26th - 30th of May 2010)

Tulamben Bay is the most visited dive location in Bali. There are 3 dive sites in the area and offer challenge to every level of diver. All sites are stunningly beautiful in there own right due to the myriad species of fish and Coral. The variety and amount of flora and fauna is explained by the teeming plankton that is swept through the bay. Bali?s black sand beaches attract countless photographers every year because the pictures are refreshing and new. These environments are unique and provide an absorbing contrast with the marine life. Snorkel fans will be pleased to note that there are many opportunities for them at each of the Tulamben sites.

May 17, 2010

BDDC Dive Course

Belajar Diving Dot Com - PADI Dive Course at Tulamben (12 - 17 May 2010)

USAT Liberty Shipwreck, This is one of the most popular dive sites in Southeast-Asia and certainly amongst the best in the world. There are huge amounts of options for divers of all abilities. The wreck experiences only the smallest of currents meaning that conditions are usually conducive to excellent diving. Photographers will be in heaven with over 500 species of fish regularly visiting the wreck, the corals are equally as impressive, just be sure to take enough film. Night diving is also a treat with many and varied animals to be seen.

May 08, 2010

PADI Open Water Course

PADI Open Water Diver Course @ Padang Bay and Tulamben

Blue Lagoon The Blue Lagoon is a multi-purpose site that will appeal to divers of all abilities. Many novices take their dive courses here and certain places have excellent snorkeling. There is a massive range of marine life on show including some rarer species. If the currents are not too strong then a night dive around the full moon could be exciting. Wonderful colours and many schools of fish will make endless photo opportunities.