Saturday, January 23, 2010

Scuba Dive Hantu, Jan 2010

Was thinking about diving at Hantu over the past few months (previous post), and i've gone for it! Not once or twice, but thrice, and one or two more to come! Here's what i experienced diving in our own backyard...

Pulau Hantu, an island South of Singapore. See map:
Pulau Hantu, South of Singapore
Departing from Republic of Singapore Yacht Club (RSYC) off Clementi Road.
Diving off MV Samudera Quest.
Enjoyed 6 dives over three half-days.
Number of Fish: Few
Interesting sightings 9 Jan: 1 Seahorse, 1 Cuttlefish, Shultz Pipefish, Winged Pipefish
Interesting sightings 16 Jan: 1 Cuttlefish, Octopus Tentacles
Interesting sightings 17 Jan: 2 Seahorses, Octopus Eye
Visibility: Not good

Enjoy these photos taken at Hantu!
Spinecheek Anemonefish at Salu ReefYellow Seahorse under Hantu's North Jetty
Winged PipefishFlatworm
Nudibranch rearing its headCute little (3cm long) Cuttlefish
NudibranchSeahorse under Hantu's East Jetty
Eye of the elusive OctopusCrab

All other photos on Flickr:
Two dives at Hantu, 9 Jan 10
Two dives at Hantu, 16 Jan 10
Two dives at Hantu, 17 Jan 10

I've scheduled another half-day trip to Hantu end-January, and possibly one more in February, then when the Malaysia dive season re-opens, i'll be chartering an LOB for a trip (or two) to Aur/Tioman... stay tuned!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Scuba Dive Bali, 29 Dec - 3 Jan 10

Bali, Indonesia.
Stayed at Taman Agung Hotel (more like a motel) in Sanur.
Enjoyed 13 Day and 1 Night dives.
Days diving in Bali: 4.
Number of Fish: EXTREMELY plentiful.
Number of Dives Filled with coral Carpets: 3 at Nusa Penida
Number of Rip-Roaring Drift Dives: 1 at Lembongan Island
Number of Underwater Fish Tornados: 1 Jacks + 1 Don't-know-what

Travelled 2-3hrs each way, each day, from the hotel in Sanur to the dive sites Menjangan Island (in the North-West), Tulamben (East), Nusa Penida (South East) and Puri Jati (North).

Enjoy these photos from Bali!
Denise Pygmy Seahorse at Menjangan IslandHUGE Barracuda just hovering mid-water at Tulamben
Bumphead Parrotfish at Tulamben's Liberty WreckPorcelain Crab feeding in the current at Nuda Penida
Handsome Octopus at Puri Jati (PJ)Fingered Dragonet at Puri Jati (PJ)

Next dive adventures in the off-season... to Hantu!
...since 14 April 2005