These past three weeks, Blue Label Diving has been busier than ever decompressing in crystal clear waters and hanging with hundreds of different fish species as we have run back to back decompression dive training on Bunaken. We’re happy to welcome Xinwei, Julian and Matthias to the ‘dark side of diving’ and are proud by the personal progress you have made during all the different courses – TDI Advanced Nitrox, TDI Decompression Procedures, PADI Tec Sidemount and PADI Tec 50. Looking back at all the hours we’ve spent with you underwater here are some of the highlights that stick with us:
During a 45 meter dive at Lekuan III, Hiro and Julian saw three black tip sharks and a huge Napoleon pass by in the violet blue waters. During another dive the same week at Lekuan III, Matthias, Julian and Hiro looked up from the depths of 50 meters and saw the gorgeous silhouette of an eagle ray and the elegant zig-zagging movement of a shark above. Certainly an interesting perspective of looking up and not down.
After Julian’s PADI Tec Sidemount course, Sandy and him ventured off to Sachiko on a 45 meter dive and had a mind-blowing experience – several black tip and white tip sharks, more huge Napoleon wrasses, 5 great barracudas hanging in the current as well as a couple of giant trivially on the last 6 meter stop.
The top experience of the past two weeks has to be the oceanic manta that Julian and Matthias saw during one of the training dives of their PADI Tec 50 course. Actually, both of them had their masks off and were sharing air while following a guide line – a little skill in stress management – and they would have missed it if their instructor hadn’t told them to put back on their masks. They were privileged with an amazing 10 minute dance by the giant manta before it left.
Going deeper for longer certainly has its advantages for encountering some rare and awesome fish!