This trip came about kind of by accident.
As spring 2008 was approaching we realized we needed to plan a trip or the year was going to get away from us. A friend suggested we join him and a group on another Nekton trip, heading out of Ft. Lauderdale to the Bahamas. I started looking at some airfare costs as we started thinking about it and stumbled across some great deals on airfare to Indonesia and not so great deals on airfare to Florida. This got me thinking about how much we loved the diving we had done in Indonesia last fall.
We had talked about going back in order to dive Lembeh Strait but weren't really considering it so soon. After discovering the deals we could get on airfare I did a bit more research, got some recommendations, checked pricing and availability at my choice of dive resorts, put together an itinerary idea with options and started talking it up to Bill. What started as an idea of a week long live-aboard in the Caribbean had morphed into a full blown three weeks of diving around North Sulawesi, Indonesia. And Bill didn't need very much arm twisting to get as excited about the prospect as I was.
We decided to head back to Bali, spend a couple days getting over our jet lag and then go on to Manado. Based on the availability we ended up with 5 full days at Lumbalumba, diving Bunaken Marine Park; 6 full days at Divers Lodge on Lembeh Island, diving the Strait, travel days in between and a final 4 days in Bali. Apparently Bali is very busy compared to last year at this time. Hotels on the beach in Legian and Seminyak were either booked or priced quite high. We decided to stay on the Sanur side for the last 4 days as we did not visit that part of the island last year and we were hoping to dive Lembongan and Nusa Penida. It's the right time of year for mola mola sighting and this was the plan. Turned out that I picked up a bit of a head cold after leaving Lembeh so we chose to just relax and not dive while staying in Sanur. We did manage 39 dives in two weeks so I'm certainly not complaining.
The report is broken down by area and contains complete reviews of the Bali accommodations, the Sulawesi dive resorts and the diving including details from each dive site. Just click on the tabs at the top of this page. There are several photo albums and links included with each page. Here are a couple short movies to entice you to check out the reviews, photos and movies on the additional pages. Just click on the photos to play the movies, enjoy!
Juvenile Many Spotted Sweetlips ~ Bunaken Mimic Octopus ~ Lembeh Strait
If you just want to see the diving photos click HERE for an album organized by day and dive site.