October 2010 Archives

The 2nd half of October has been a crazy two weeks for Blue-Ringed Octopus sightings, almost every single day! Along with a whole host of other critters:

3 Wonderpus
Cardinal fish with eggs
Hairy Frogfish
Ambon Scorpionfish
Painted Frogfish
2 Mimic Octopuses
Melibe Nudibranchs
Giant Frogfish
Mantis Shrimp with eggs
Pygmy Cuttlefish
Long Arm Octopus
Porcelain Crab
Devil Fish
Baramundi Grouper
Box Crab
Cleaner Shrimp
Orange Mantis Shrimp
Ribbon Eel
Flamboyant Cuttlefish laying eggs!!
Orang-utan Crab
Sea Moth
2 Harlequin Shrimp
2 Thorny Seahorses
4 White-Eyed Moray Eels

Ned and Anna De Loach Critter Hunt Week

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in the picture there are some of the highlights of the critters we could see. 


The First Annual Critter Hunt week has come to the end. Very difficult to express how magnificient the week has been Ned and Anna have taken along all of us in this beautiful journey and new way to look at the marine life underwater.

Ned with the evening presentations that kept all of us entratained, giving not only new knowledge but also very interesting story behind the pictures that he was showing to us.

Anna with her sweetness, knowledge and passion has been enlightining all of us during the diving days making the surface intervals flying by in a brink of an eye.


The dive guides have done an incredible job refering to the tips that Ned and Anna where giving all of us the evening before and finding a huge diversity of marine subjects to keep all of us excited during every dive.

Eco Divers team made it very nice and easy handeling many divers with big Cameras helping with the transportation of the gears in and out from to boat ensuring safety for all divers as always.

We are a looking for the next 'Critter Hunt" with Ned and Anna de Loach. Make sure you keep checking our news on the website to know when the next seminar will be on.



Eco Divers' is delighted to announce the appointment of Scubazoo to manage The Digital Centre, the only dedicated photo and video centre in North Sulawesi at Kima Bajo Resort & Spa and Lembeh Cottages, from 1 October 2010.

As South East Asia's leading underwater filming and photography company, Scubazoo has strong credentials in this speciality having been involved in underwater filming for the BBC, National Geographic, Discovery, Animal Planet, CNN, and ITV. The team has been running resort-based film studios since they were founded in 1996 and their service and video quality is second to none. Having videographers in the water with High Definition cameras means the best possible DVDs are on offer to diving guests.

Christian_Loader.jpgThe Digital Centre will be managed by Christian Loader (pic left), a very talented underwater photographer who has been with Scubazoo for more than four years. Christian's growing passion for underwater photography has seen him score several online awards as well as the cover of Asian Diver magazine.

Jim Yanny, Managing Director of Eco Divers, explains, "Working with Scubazoo will add a whole new dimension to the services that Eco Divers will be able to offer its guests, instantly setting us apart as the centre in North Sulawesi most able to offer support to photographers and videographers.

Scubazoo has earned their worldwide reputation as being one of the very best in the business for making underwater still and moving images. Having their knowledge and experience in-house means we'll can attract more people who want to learn from true professionals. We'll be looking at increasing the number of seminars and workshops we offer and having lots more fun with underwater photography from 2011 onwards. In preparation we are building new photo centres at Kima Bajo Resort and at Lembeh Cottages."

The Centres are fully equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software, providing an enormous range of photo, video, editing & printing services including:

  • Guest filming and DVDs
  • Daily diving & North Sulawesi 'hilites' - DVD with 20-30 minutes of edited video of your best moments diving plus 20 minutes of the best footage of Bunaken/Lembeh all edited to music
  • North Sulawesi 'hilites' - DVD with 20 minutes of the best footage of Bunaken/Lembeh all edited to music
  • Personal filming such as private dive films, weddings, snorkelling etc
  • Guest diver photography
  • Underwater videography & photography courses
  • Underwater camera rental - D200 in Nexus housing with strobes
  • Download your digital images to CD or DVD-R

For more information, visit www.digitalcentreindonesia.com or email info@eco-divers.com

Come and meet us at Dive Shows in UK and USA

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Join us at two great dive shows:
1010 dive 2010.jpgDive 2010: NEC, Birmingham, England, 30-31 October. 

Stop by to chat to Jim & Cary Yanny on stand 830.  Be sure to book for Cary's seminar "The Wonders of the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia - a Macro Photographer's Paradise" at 3.15-3.45pm on Saturday and Sunday, Room 22.

PLUS - WIN a dive holiday to Eco Divers' Lembeh Cottages
7-night all-inclusive dive package worth up to £870

Stay and dive at the fabulous Lembeh Cottages with Eco Divers. All the convenience of a liveaboard and all the comfort of a resort
Prize includes:
* 6 days diving
* Up to 3 dives per day
* Accommodation
* All meals 
* Tanks, weights, weightbelt
* Airport transfers 

1010 dema logo.jpgDEMA, Las Vegas Convention Center, USA, 17-20 November.

Allan & Barbara Jones will be at Booth 3612 (Indonesia Pavilion) with all the latest news and diving low-down for Eco Divers. Take a seat at Allan's seminar, "The Wonders of the Lembeh Strait, Indonesia - a Macro Photographer's Paradise" at 3.00-4.00pm on Friday 19 November, Room S203.

Ned De Loach.jpgThe first Annual "Critter Hunt" with Ned and Anna De Loach is on. Last night we have had the first presentation, introducing what is going to happen during this week and we have had an introduction to the "Coral Triangle area.

Ned with his huge underwater exeperience and great passion
for the marine life have delighted us with an hour of very intrataining talk combined with a great underwater slide show.

The "Citter Hunt" will be from Saturday 17th until Wednsday the 20th.

During the day Ned and Anna will join our boat trip gladly sharing their knowedge with anyone on the boat who would like to know more about marine life behaviour.

In the evening Ned will give an hour presentation about the following subjects:

-Saturday: Introduction to the "Critter Hunt" and presenattion of the Coral Triangle.

-Sunday: Sorting out the see (an introduction to fish & critters identification).

-Monday: Sex on the Reef (the name says it all :-) )

Tuesday: Symbiosis and camouflage ( an introduction to fish behaviour, skills, and their habitat)

Wednsday: The wonderful Cephalopods (Octopus, Cuttlefish and Squids).

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 Also our diveguides have joined the presentations as we all understand that we have a wonderful opportuinity to share our knowledge with the bests in the field and get some interesting answer to the many questions we all have.

We are all excited to have Ned and Anna here for the week and we all look forward their presentation but most of all to be with them as they are very nice people.


Our critter encounters for the 1st half of October 2010:

Three Seahorses
Pegasus Sea Moth
Pinnate Batfish
Mimic Octopus
Snake Eel
Mantis Shrimp
Yellow Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus Denise)
Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus Bargibanti)
Ambon Scorpionfish
Spiny Devilfish
Elegant Squat Lobster
Blue Ribbon Eel
Electric Clam
Worthy Frogfish
Emperor Shrimp
Giant Frogfish
Bobtail Squid
Commensal Shrimp
Whip Coral Shrimp
Leaf Fish
Baby Cuttlefish
Stingray Fish
Moray Eel
Blue-ringed Octopus
Pygmy Filefish
Lacy Scorpionfish
Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Painted Frogfish
Crocodile Fish
Long Arm Octopus
Banggai Cardinalfish
Harlequin Shrimp
Mushroom Coral Pipefish
Long-snout Pipefish
Robust Ghost Pipefish
Cockatoo Waspfish
Porcelain Crab

2010 student trainees with Eco Divers

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This Year too we are very happy to have with us 4 young boys and girls from the nearby high school. Ema, Jenita, Analfi and Fahmi will stay with us for few months learning how it is like working  in the diving industry.

This is the 3rd year in a row that Eco Divers is joining this program with School. We have been always very happy about the attitude and sweetness shown by the trainees and have to say that they have been always hard working and fun.

Eco Divers fully support this program as it is very good for the local community and for the local diving industry.

You can see the fun they are having  jumping from our Jetty, our philosophy is that diving is work but also is fun :) .

Our critter encounters for the 2nd half of September 2010:

Worthy frogfish
Black Ribbon eel
Banggai Cardinalfish
Mushroom Coral shrimp
Coleman shrimp
Zebra Crab
Long arm Octopus
Baby gurnard
Cleaner shrimp
White Zaggy frogfish
Coin beering frogfish
Chromodoris Nudibranch
Moray Eel
Mandarin fish
Orang-utan crab
Pygmy Cuttlefish
Mantis Shrimp with eggs
Mimic Octopus
Pontoh Pygmy Seahorse
Sea Moth
Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Ambon Scorpionfish
Emperor Shrimp
Electric Clam
Leaf fish
Crinoids Shrimp
Snake Eel
Red Octopus
Blue-ring Octopus

Eco Divers PADI training.

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DSC03245.JPGCongratulation to Nicole from South Africa to have compleated the PADI Open Water Diver course. Nicole has been wondering for a long time whether try to do the course or not. She finally decided to have a go and she was rewarded with one of the best experience a person can have. Well done!!

Nicole has come to Eco Divers at Kima Bajo as member of the group organized by Simply Bookings , South Africa.


Congratulation to Fransisca to have compleated her PADI Advanced Openwater Diver course with Eco Divers at Kima Bajo. 


Fransisca is originally from North Sulawesi. During the course she has been diving in the dive sites of the Bunaken Marine Park, appreciating in it  all the pristine reef that her place of origin can offer. Fransisca is based in Kalimantan, Borneo and we are sure we will see her back soon ;-) .






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