Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Diving in Bunaken

Life on Bunaken was pretty simple.

I sampled it immediately the moment I hit the shore.

Basically, it's only three words here: Dive, dive and dive.

bunaken island

I was told to chuck my bag to one side (even before getting to my room), ushered to change into my swimsuit and was walking out to sea to get on the speed boat waiting for me with the rest of my diving friends who have been there for the last few days having a blast diving in various dive spots.

jason and erik
Jason and Erik

divers on board
Gerald sleeping

Talk about diving straight in from 30,000 feet above ground into 30 meters under water.

me in wei suit
Still pretty jet-lagged

First time for everything.

The sea at Bunaken was blue.

azure sea

Really blue. A good sign of non commercialism. (for how long, god knows)

manado sea

There were many foreign divers on the boat, mostly Europeans, some Japanese. I tell you, foreigners do have the weirdest sense of fashion underwater.

Like this Swedish guy for example.

gerald and funny orange suit guy

His dry suit was like a big bright orange jumpsuit construction labour worker wears on a rainy day when working on muddy road.

Maybe it kept him warm, but Indonesia is a pretty warm country and waters there were just great for leisure warm weather friends. Or maybe he thought it looked cool.

Then there's the odd Japanese.

shark headed japanese

This dude has a shark fin shaped hood!

I wonder if he thought it was funny to be swimming at the surface with it?

Thank god we Malaysians still have our fashion sense intact. :-O

gerald wearing his wet suit

Plain normal blue wet suit.

The world of underwater is a magnificent sacred place.

underwater world in bunaken

Diving into the sea is like entering into another realm, it offers a world of different views, creatures, living things and colors.

green coral

Hearing is dimmed down to almost mute, where the only sound you hear is your own breathing, your visual senses are darkened as you dive deeper, sometimes all you see is blue, or bluish gray.

coral and shrimp

Nothing speaks down here, everything is serene.

But if you look closely, you might just find that it's not such a lonely world down here.

cleaning shrimp

Surprises are always around the corner, in the cracks, on a stone when you least expected it.

camouflage fish

sea slug
sea slug

bone fish

And it's these constant surprises that makes diving so fascinating.

murray eel
Murray Eel


fish coming out from the sand

After some time, you'll realize the sea can get pretty crowded.

sand fish

sea slugs

Sometimes it's almost like watching divers commanding an orchestra underwater.

commanding an underwater ochestra

Other times, it's just a market place down here.

traffic jam

Because communication can't be carried out like normal underwater, most of the time we (divers) uses a lot of hand signals to tell each other something.

One of the most used signs, by yours truly, is the Look-At-Me....

picture perfect

I-Want-To-Take-Photograph sign.

Whereas the second most used signs, I guess, is my most signature sign, on or off land.

v sign

The V Sign.

v sign again

me diving on a bed of corals

diving next to coral

I mean come on! How else can you pose underwater?!

I tried to sleep on the sea bed for photography sake, but the result showed as if I was trying to bend a half curl while floating few inches above the sand.

sleeping on the sea bed

We also tried taking our mask off to show off, but could never do it in time at the same time.

me and gerald cam whoring under water

Either one of us will run out of breath first.

There's also another thing I realise when you dive, you always get this neutral stare from other divers which I always wonder what the hell they're trying to tell me.

erik underwater

I mean, I can conjure a thousand things this guy is trying to tell me when he looked at me that way.

"Hey! Look at me, I'm so cute in this outfit"

"Hey, why are you looking at me?"

"Hey, you scared the bejesus out of me creeping up on me that way"

"Hey, are you okay? you look constipated."

"Hey, let's have sex right now by the corals there, I'm so turned on now"

"O, hey... what are you trying to tell me with that look of yours"


What do you think he's trying to tell me? huh?
See what I mean.

But we always managed to act silly in the water.
Afterall, divers are fun people. Right? right? *wink to all divers*

blowing bubbles underwater
blowing bubbles

underwater stalker
I'm a Stalker! Muahaha

acting silly underwater

buddha pose
Call me floating buddha. I've reached nirvana!

swimming upside down

Sometimes mother nature decides to join in the fun with her pranks.

sea snake

Click video to see us in action.

The problem was, we had so much fun, we almost forgot to watch our air gauge.

oxygen low bar
Super low on air

we both rock

Still, it was a great dive. :D

me and erik and dive leader

But you know what's more exciting than all those of the above?

Yes, more than going crazy underwater with thousands of marine lives surrounding you, more crazy than being attacked by a snake underwater,

It's diving underwater....

me going night diving

in the dark.


  1. Only one word : ENVY - When will i have such an opportunity???

  2. this post is pretty cool, better than all of those of the recent.

    haha love those pics and captions underwater.

  3. Luv those underwater pics. They r really rare picts to set eyes upon.

  4. I'm not so familiar with snorkelling thingy. Is it expensive and how long can we stay underwater?

    By the way, I like your videos... Try to stick your tongue out for 5 minutes~

  5. should try to make ring bubbles underwater. any photos for night dive?

  6. omigawd! actually i oni done it in perhentian .. cant go for night dive tho'

    oni for advanced divers ..

    and i took so much pictures!! nice ..

  7. very nice underwater pics.. what camera do u use?

  8. such an awesome trip.. *jealous*

  9. awesome !!!!!
    havent done night diving ^^ miss diving !!