This week at Bunaken we want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped with our reef clean up. We adopted a dive site called Muka Kampung (meaning ‘in front of the village’ in Bahasa) under PADI’s Project Aware Dive Against Debris. Every month we organized a reef clean up on this reef, logging what kind of rubbish we collect and weighing it, and then sending the information to PADI. With this information, PADI can build a picture of the state of our oceans globally, and how the issue of rubbish in our waters is progressing. This month, we were joined by a wonderful group of 11 divers from Brisbane, Australia, as well as several of our other guests. In total, we had 17 guests helping with the clean up – it’s great to see so many people getting involved! Between us, we collected 37kg of rubbish… Not including a huge section of boat brought in by Coralie! It consisted mainly of fragments of plastic, metal cans and some engine parts, and we’ve notified PADI about the weight and contents of what we found.
Also this week, we’ve had several sightings of frog fish, and some wonderful photos of them thank to one of our guests, Tatu. We’ve also had some CCR guests joining us this week, with instructor Markus guiding them.
As ever, we have been busy with courses – so busy in fact, that we had to draft in instructor Mark, from the Lembeh resort, to help us out! Instructor Hannah absolutely loved teaching her first Junior Open Water Course with 10 year old Victor – they did the course in English, even though that’s Victor’s third language! Hannah was very impressed with his skills in the water, which makes sense given he comes from a very dive oriented family! Keith and Trinity completed their Advanced course this week and are now getting stuck into fun diving for the remainder of their trip, and Lisa and Jonas have also completed their open water course – congratulations everyone!