We were back diving Manado and Bunaken after our Lembeh dives, which gave us an extra hour to sleep in =) Perhaps after the plethora of macro life in Lembeh we were a little spoiled, but there were still some great discoveries here, including the pretty harlequin crab, and how we almost came across a mimic octopus!
Missed the last 2 dive log posts? Check them out here: Part I and Part II
This is a shallow reef which drops off into a steep wall dive. Lots of nudibranches here, though the highlight would be the turtle and large school of jacks that we saw here!
Dive 13/16 (#72) 14th Nov 2012 12.18am (67 mins) 24.9m Manado – Garden Point
A similar type of dive to the first site where a shallow reef dropped into a steep wall. Mild currents so we could drift right along.
Dive 14/16 (#73) 14th Nov 2012 3.33pm (79 mins) 17m Manado – Open Sea Point
This is a sandy sloping reef, a spot in the open water away from the land. Not too much here either, but the most significant thing here was the harlequin crab that we found, and that I got stung once again by fire coral, surrounding the area where the harlequin shrimp chose to hide.
Dive 15/16 (#74) 15th Nov 2012 8.58am (55 mins) 27.2m Manado – Aba Point
Last day of diving! Sadness. We would only do 2 dives, stopping around lunch time so we had enough rest time before our flight the next day. Aba Point is a shallow reef with a sandy bottom and a short wall area. I managed to catch 3 eagle rays in the distance, but they were too far for me to get a picture, and I was pretty out of breath by the time I swam over and saw them! Other than that, more macro for practice… i managed decent pygmy seahorse pictures this time around on my own!
We did our night dive here previously, sandy bottom with dead coral but we weren’t looking for mandarin fish this time around. Some creatures here, and apparently a mimic octopus that refused to resurface sadly, which would have been a really great way to cap off the dive. Despite no mimics, we did run into 3-4 other octopi and little cuttlefish so that was fun.