Diving in Manado is great for anyone who loves underwater photography – check out my dive logs in Bunaken as well as Lembeh Straits for more pix from the first 4 days. In this dive log, we are back in Manado and Bunaken again where we found the pretty harlequin crab, some strange octopi among other creatures.
Bunaken – Mandolin
This is a shallow reef which drops off into a steep wall dive. Lots of nudibranches here, though the highlight of this dive would be the turtle and large school of jacks that we saw here.
Up close with the passing turtles
How cute is this tiny purple hairy thing – it’s called a Hairy Squat Lobster!
This spotted face moray eel definitely didn’t want us getting closer. They can chomp your fingers off so I kept my distance
I like this nudi shot because of the prominent butt flower (the external gills, but doesn’t butt flower just sound so much more evocative?)
Look at this teeny yellow crab on an orange sponge
I just loved the reflection and the colours happening in this shot – it’s a shallow part of the reef so we got more sunlight but bringing those colours out in the editing really made my day
Manado Tua in the distance. We had really good weather that day.
Manado – Garden Point
This was a similar type of dive to the first site where a shallow reef dropped into a steep wall. There were mild currents so we could drift right along.
This Randall’s Shrimp Goby is very skittish – it was under an overhang so I had to really lighten up the photo and use my full zoom so it wouldn’t disappear
It’s so weird how the bubble coral shrimp is practically transparent. Those pink things that look like guts are eggs!
The spider crab looks like it’s more spider than crab
I got to practice taking shots of many nudis around here, but this is probably one of my favourites for the unusual colouring of the nudis and that they look like train carriages lined up in a depot
This hairy orang utan crab is looking kinda patchy. We saw a hairier one later on in the dive as well.
The lone Broadclub cuttlefish we came across. It let me get really close from behind when it swam away!
This nudi I like for the unusual colouring and shape
Manado – Open Sea Point
This is a sandy sloping reef, a spot in the open water away from the land. Not too many interesting creatures except for the harlequin shrimp and me getting stung by fire coral where the shrimp like to hide.
There might be some inter-species mixing of nudis happening here…
Look at its beady eyes
The elusive harlequin shrimp! Love its distinctive colouring. There was a smaller mate about half its size that hid too well, this was the bigger one which is female.
Ending the day with a lovely sunset and Manado Tua in the distance
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!
Yay pygmy seahorse! Still the size of half your thumb
This one is apparently pregnant so it’s a tad bigger/rounder than most others
I love how goofy this snake eel looks hiding in the sand, mostly because of its weird ass ‘teeth’
Manado – Posi Posi 1
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.
I call this the Tron nudi
The Napolean Snake Eel has such pretty skin
This is a properly hairy orang utan crab
This cuttlefish was about palm sized and was black when calm. It started turning yellow when it felt a bit threatened by us
It turned white almost instantly when it came across an octopus emerging from the sand! See the octopus on the left side?
Want to see more weird animals from Manado? Check out all my Manado posts – I have dive logs from Lembeh and my first 2 days at Bunaken and Manado as well.