Written by Katarina Pachnikova our dive-master trainee.
Protect Manta Rays While They Are Still There
The crowd is mix of tourists and locals. They watch the crew of two Indonesian longliners to started dumping large fish over the sides into the shallow waters to be dragged into shore. Fish are dead already but the water still gets bloody as they throw in scalloped hammerheads, thresher, mako, blue, silky, bull, tiger and oceanic white-tips sharks, manta and mobula rays, spinner dolphins and pilot whales. All this load is coming just from these same two boats anchored at Tanjung Luar the largest fish market in Eastern Lombok. Simply one must feel disgusted as Indonesia laws are supposed to protect dolphins and whales but it was obvious that legal protection is not working. No one seems to mind that.
Today was a special day for our guests and also for other visitors of our famous White Sand Beach. They were so lucky to witness turtles hatching on the beach and started to run for their new life adventure in the big blue home. It was fun and we hope that they will like our bay so we can see them often. If you haven’t been here yet, do not miss your opportunity.
Save the Sharks in the Oceans
Not so rarely if you jump in the water all what you can see is: no fish, bare rock and lots of sea urchins feeding on the algae. If you ever try to snorkel or dive in Mediterranean sea you surly know what I am talking about. This was what I saw when I jumped in to the water of the cost of Croatia for the first time. And I thought how beautiful it was. Simply I did not know any better back then. Same like many other people as these days it is not so easy to start your underwater experience on pristine coral reefs. More likely you are going to see death coral, jellyfish, algae overgrowing the corals, lots of bacteria and most of the large animals long gone.
Indonesian Through-flow or The Fifteen Thousand Rivers
Writen by David Picel
If Indonesia did not exist, the earth’s day would be significantly shorter than the approximately twenty-four hours to which we have become accustomed. This would have a dramatic impact on the clock industry, of course, and familiar phrases like “twenty for/seven” would have to be modified. But Indonesia does exist, and its seventeen thousand islands, together with a complicated multitude of underwater trenches, basins, channels, ridges, shelfs and sills, continue their daily work of diverting, trapping and otherwise disrupting one of the most voluminous flows of water on earth, a task that consumes so much energy that s slows the very spinning of the globe.
Sometimes you meet people and even you did not know each other before it feels like you have been friends like forever..One year ago when we first met Zdenka and Martin and heard their crazy traveling banana stories, drunk strange strawberry brandy and went diving together it definitely was like we have done it thousand times already. So when they told us about their plan to come back to Bali and do dive master course with OK Divers you can only imagine how enthusiastic we were when we first heard of it. Six weeks of fun and great diving!After few month of tuning up the details across half of the world we managed to put the distance behind us and at the end of the March we picked both of them up in Denpasar.
Diving is not only about seeing UW creatures, we also do it to have a lots of FUN and honestly when did you last time did a somersault or blow bubbles just for fun? I had the most FUN with 3 little bubble makers last day at our pool. It’s for sure that when the BIG guys are having fun the little one can have it too ;-) Common try it on your next dive a bit ;-) Here are some of our pictures from our fun with torpedo.