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Two Fish Divers, Lembeh and Bunaken, Indonesia

a two-resort budget combo with tip-top diving

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Dear Fellow Diver:

Two Fish Divers offers a great high-value "budget" opportunity to dive both the world-class muck of the Lembeh Strait, and, at their second resort, the splendid walls of Bunaken. I jumped on the deal, knowing it would be without the luxurious add-ons found throughout Indonesia for the high-end diving market. However, traveling alone, I didn't need much. And, what a price! About $150/day for accommodations, meals, and three dives a day, including nitrox. This would be my third trip to these Two Fish Divers resorts.

Cottages are similar at both resorts

First stop, Two Fish Divers, Lembeh, with perhaps the best muck diving in the world, and Two Fish guides did a great job leading me to the many critters there. (I spent three days there and 11 days at Two Fish Divers Bunaken). For my first Lembeh dive, I climbed aboard their sturdy, wooden Indonesian dive boat with five other divers for a ride (10-15 minutes normally) to the dive site. After being put into groups of three, each with a guide, I dropped to 50 feet(15m), where immediately I began seeing muck's famous critters: first a colorful painted white frogfish; then, while my buddies were busy with a ghost pipefish, I got good shots of a blue-ringed octopus, a highly toxic little fellow, should one stick a finger in its mouth. A few yards farther, a football-sized cuttlefish lay half-buried in the black volcanic sand, and then I came upon a beautiful purple anemone nesting two Clarkii clownfish. After that dive, it was biscuits and cookies, fruit, tea, and water before the next.

Lembeh MapDuring the slow and relaxing Lembeh diving, I encountered exciting varieties of frogfish (the hairy species was especially fun), ghost pipefish, common and pigmy seahorses, anemone and clownfish, cuttlefish (flamboyant and regular), dragonettes, waspfish, gurnards, nudibranchs galore, stonefish, scorpionfish, two-spotted gobies, spearing mantis shrimp, whacking mantis shrimp, tiny boxfish, squid, and the wonderpus and mimic octopus....

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