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This is the third year that our friends Anna and Ned will be offering their brilliantly educational and entertaining workshops at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh.

 

Taking part is absolutely free as Anna and Ned offer the workshops purely out of their desire to share their love of the underwater world with as many other people as possible.

 

 

They are co-authors of the best-selling series of marine identification field guides including Reef Fish Identification - Tropical Pacific and Reef Creature Identification - Tropical Pacific, and the marine life column Encounters in Alert Diver magazine, and Critter Hunt in Scuba Diving.

Come and grab a rare opportunity to spend time in the company of this hugely knowledgeable and exceptionally generous and warm couple, whilst enjoying the wonders of the Lembeh Strait. A dive holiday really doesn't get any better than this. During the days there will be underwater fish and critter hunts for the area's most celebrated species, whilst informal lectures will take place every evening after dinner.

Here's what you can expect...

Underwater Photo/Video Workshop:

  • How to capture winning marine wildlife portraits
  • Tips on getting close to elusive subjects
  • Framing your subject
  • Waiting for the right moment

Special Nightly Presentations include:

  • Cephalopod behavior: The outrageous antics of octopus, cuttlefish and squid
  • Symbiosis and Camouflage: Hiding in plain sight
  • The diverse reproductive behavior of reef fishes

We guarantee that after spending an energizing week of fun and learning with a group of like-minded friends, diving will never be the same!

Dates:

  • Week 1     24-31 May 2014
  • Week 2     31 May - 7 June 2014

There are a few places left, Email info@eco-divers.com and be sure to book your place today!

Fish Geek Week 2013.

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MarkErdmann.jpgWe’re delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Erdmann is coming back to Eco Divers this year, after the success of Fish Geek Week 2012 and the associated first ever Fish Survey of Bunaken National Park.

 

The 2013 dates for Fish Geek Week are the week of 31 August to 07 September. As with last year, our Guest Lecturer will give informative, educational and entertaining free talks each evening after diving.

 

And again, as last year, guests have nothing extra to pay to join this special event – Mark will be sharing his vast knowledge of the underwater realm out of the goodness of his heart.

We are very grateful to him for his generosity and we look forward to welcoming him back and assisting him with his second Bunaken fish survey, which will add to the database of our national park and aid in its conservation. We hope you’ll join us for Fish Geek Week.

To do so, just book a minimum 7-night stay at Eco Divers Manado & Minahasa Lagoon Resort: info@eco-divers.com

Last week our Resident Photo Pro, Sam Lewis of ScubaZoo, was able to capture some truly amazing video of skeleton shrimps.

If you’ve never seen a skeleton shrimp before, you should take a look – it’s may be as close to a humanoid figure as you’re ever likely to see in a marine species - like Worm Guys from the movie “Men in Black”!

Whatever you equate them to, there’s no denying that they’re a VERY strange sight and also absolutely fascinating in their behaviour. Yet another of the many reasons to dive Lembeh. Not that you really needed another reason, did you?

Thanks for this great footage, Sam!


2012-10-04.jpgDr. Mark Erdmann & Dr. Gerry Allen, who were visiting us in Manado as Guest Lecturers for the free biology workshop “Fish Geek Week”, conducted a survey of fish species between 1st and 12th September.

This is the first time that a scientific fish survey has ever been done in North Sulawesi.

 

It was done over a week out of Minahasa Lagoon Resort Manado plus five informal days in Lembeh and it threw up some most absolutely amazing unexpected results.We always knew North Sulawesi had wonderful marine biodiversity, given that it sits at the heart of the Coral Triangle, but... these results we definitely did NOT expect!

Gerry & Mark recorded 967 species from 329 genera and 84 families. That's without even surveying many habitats. They were nowhere near reaching a plateau, every day adding 25-40 new records to the list!

Gerry predicts that further surveys would show somewhere around 1020 species in total for North Sulawesi (Bunaken to Lembeh). To put these numbers in perspective, Komodo National Park has 750 species recorded to date, the Togian and Banggai islands have 819 species recorded to date, Berau in East Kalimantan (including Derawan and Sangalaki) has 875 species recorded to date, and Western Thailand has 775 species recorded to date.

Another very interesting point was the extremely high per-site diversity. In general any count of over 200 species on a single dive is considered a very high diversity site. Of the 9 sites surveyed, 6 were higher than 200 species and two of them broke 300 species (Tanjung Kelapa/Malcolm had 310 species and Satchiko's had 301 species)!

To put this in perspective, in over 40 years' of survey work around the Coral Triangle region, Gerry Allen has only documented three sites that have broken 300 species: Kayoa Island, Halmahera (303 species), Tanjung Papisoi in Kaimana, West Papua (330 species) and Cape Kri in Raja Ampat (374 species). So Tanjung Kelapa/Malcolm is now the 3rd richest fish site ever recorded, and Satchiko's the 5th.

 

For the full report, click here.

FishGeeks.jpgFish Geek Week just took place at Minahasa Lagoon Resort in Manado, as part of the events planned to celebrate the resort’s 10th Anniversary.

Guests had been promised a wealth of new knowledge about North Sulawesi’s umpteen fish species, with talks by three leading authorities on marine biology and ecology: Dr. Mark Erdmann, Dr. Gerry Allen and Dr. Massimo Boyer. They were not disappointed. The famous scientists delivered wonderful nightly presentations on fish identification, biology, behaviour and much more, accompanied by stunningly colourful slide shows.

But what the guests were maybe surprised to find was that the week was not just informative; it was also great fun! This was due in no small part to the amazingly inclusive approach these three amazing Guest Lecturers brought to the event. Each presentation was delivered with unbridled enthusiasm. The passion Mark, Gerry & Massimo have for the magnificent underwater world clearly shone through and the attending guests couldn’t help but be inspired by this, to seek further understanding of the beautiful animals we all see on every dive but sometimes take for granted.

The week was rounded off with a treasure hunt dive on the last morning, followed by a closing party where guests won prizes such as a week’s stay at Minahasa Lagoon, six days of diving with Eco Divers, dive accessories, bath amenities and more.

Every guest attending also received a fantastic free gift - a book on the natural history of Bunaken National Park, by Arnaz Mehta. The Gala Dinner of local specialty dishes was the last chapter in what turned out to be a hugely enjoyable week. We’re immensely grateful to Mark, Gerry & Massimo for taking time to share their expert knowledge with us, our staff and customers.

We’re now thinking we might repeat Fish Geek Week in 2013. Who knows, if we do, maybe next time we’ll allow a few “Nudi Nerds” to join in the fun….

beach_briefing.jpgWe know many of our guests love to dive the world over and we've heard that now is a great time to be diving the clear, warm waters of the Red Sea. And when you do, choose our partners, Emperor Divers.

 

Not least because they're award winners, but also because they are extremely highly rated with guests (Feefo rating is 100%!)

 

Day diving, liveaboards, dive courses and special Resort Packages are all available with Emperor's friendly team of dive experts. Choose from El Gouna, Hurghada, Marsa Alam, Nuweiba and Sharm El Sheikh. Or take a luxury liveaboard on a variety of dive sites from near by to Deep South. Pack your gear for a holiday packed with marine life, corals and wrecks.

 

Looking for unlimited house reef diving or fast RIB trips to some of the best dive sites in the region? Then Emperor Marsa Alam has just the set-up at their new Concorde Moreen Beach centre.

 

Hurry and you can take advantage of their Hot Summer Offers with diving from just 30 Euros a day or visit www.emperordivers.com.

Eco Divers' new promotional video, "Dive the Best of Both Worlds" and featuring our operations at Minahasa Lagoon Resort in Manado and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh, is now available for viewing at YouTube.

The video was professionally produced by Sam Lewis of ScubaZoo.


vertical.jpgThere's still time to join this wonderful free biology week with Eco Divers Manado at Minahasa Lagoon Resort, Manado, with lectures by three of the top authorities in marine biology: Mark Erdmann, Gerry Allen & Massimo Boyer.

Each night free biology workshops will be given, whilst each morning before diving the lecturers will brief divers on the behaviour and habitat of various families of fish, so divers can then have fun that day trying to identify various species.

The lecturers will help to identify any strange fishes spotted and photographed.

Fish Geek Week also includes an underwater treasure hunt with great prizes and a Gala Dinner & Birthday Party Night.

Nightly Workshops

  • An introduction to Manado & Bunaken
  • An introduction to Coral Reef Fishes and their Identification
  • Extreme Biodiversity: in search of Indonesia's marine biodiversity epicenter
  • Biology and Conservation of the Indonesian Coelacanth Fish
  • Advanced Coral Reef Fish Identification and Natural History
  • Highlights of Reef Fish Observations during North Sulawesi Fish Geek Week


The package costs just EUR 1085 (USD 1381) per person and includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a double room, 6 days of diving (up to 3 day-dives per day), all meals, airport transfers, tax & service.

 

 

For full details, click here or send an email to info@eco-divers.com.

ned-anna.jpgYou still have time to secure your place on our biology workshop in June with Ned & Anna DeLoach.


The workshop is free when you book a 7-night dive package at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh. The package costs just EUR 1058 (US$ 1390) per person and includes 7 nights’ accommodation in a double room, 6 days of diving (up to 3 day-dives per day), all meals, airport transfers, tax & service.


Full details of the 2012 Lembeh Fish & Critter Hunt are available here: www.eco-divers.com/special-trips.php or just send a booking enquiry to info@eco-divers.com.

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Minahasa Lagoon Resort is celebrating its 10th anniversary since inception and to mark the occasion there will be three very different Birthday Party Packages, each offering many free extra activities.

 

Book your holiday during one of our Party Weeks and come join in the fun! We’ve got three very different parties planned:

 

  • Month of May - North Sulawesi's Nature & Culture
  • 01-08 September - Fish Geek Week
  • 24 November-01 December - Learn Underwater Photography Week

 

 

The first is throughout the month of May, when we’ll be celebrating North Sulawesi’s natural and culture heritage with a series of nature tours, local cultural dances and traditional Indonesian spa treatments.

01-08 September is Fish Geek Week: Guests will have the opportunity to join an educational week on North Sulawesi’s underwater riches, with nightly workshops by three of the world’s most illustrious names in marine biology: Massimo Boyer, Gerry Allen and Mark Erdmann.

24 November to 01 December is Learn Underwater Photography Week, with nightly workshops by world-renowned photo geniuses Takako Uno, Stephen Wong and Jason Isley.

All three events are completely free of charge when one books a minimum of 7 nights All Inclusive Dive Package at Minahasa Lagoon / Eco Divers Manado. There also promises to be many more free fun activities, competitions, prize-giving and a Birthday Dinner Party Night each week.

Click here for further details: http://www.eco-divers.com/special-trips.php

To make your enquiry, email Eco Divers on info@eco-divers.com

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