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A Week to Capture Lembongan Photography with Cris Zampicinini

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Underwater Photography with Cris Zampicinini

Last month, you may have seen some amazing photography on our Facebook and Instagram pages! These beautiful capturing of the life found around Lembongan and Pendia were taken by Cris Zampicinini.

Cris and Roby had been to Indonesia many times for diving holidays, but this was their first time in Lembongan. Cris and his wife Roby dived with Twin Island Dive for one week. Cris is a very confident underwater photographer and over 12 divers, Cris was able to take some beautiful diving photography.

Cris is a big fan of macro photography. Although Nusa Pendia / Lembongan does have some macro life (Photo Gallery), Cris was here for photographing the coral, manta rays and the mola. Unfortunately Cris did not get the chance to see / photograph a mola, but he did get some amazing photography of the of underwater life.

Colourful Coral

Set with his wide angle lens, Cris was able to capture some amazing photos of the coral landscapes found on the north coast of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida.

Underwater Photography: Coral Reef

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Coral Reef

Photo by: Cris Zampicinini.

Underwater Photography: Coral Reef

Photo by: Cris Zampicinini.

Manta Rays

The manta rays that we find around the south coast of Penida, were one of the creatures that Cris really wanted to photograph.

Upon our first trip to manta bay, we did get some manta rays, but they were all shallow. With the manta rays shallow and Cris below, shooting up towards the sun, getting that perfect photo proved difficult.

The next trip to the manta site did not fair too well with the manta rays on the dive. After a good hour of search, we sadly didn’t find any.

After the dive, we slowly drive the boat around the coastline, to see if we could spot any mantas feeding on the surface. This decision resulted in us spotting 2 manta rays. Cris was then able to jump in with his camera and take some great close encounter photos, while snorkeling.

Underwater Photography: Manta Ray

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Manta Ray

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Manta Ray

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Macro Creatures

Sadly Cris didn’t get the chance to see or photo the molas (Sun Fish). But Cris was able to capture some of the other creatures that can be found while diving around the Penida area.

For most of their dives, Cris took his wide angle, but on one day, for the two dives, Cris tried his macro lens. Now the focus would be on finding the crazy small creatures that are hidden among the reef.

Nudibranchs, crabs and shrimps are all common macro life that we do get here. Once you know where to look and if the current is not too strong, finding these creatures can be easier then you think.

Underwater Photography: Coral Shrimp

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Stone Fish

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Nudibranch

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Other Underwater Creatures

It wasn’t only about the macro creatures. Cris was also able to photograph some of the other friendly creatures that we often find.

Many turtles were spotted while Cris and Roby were diving with us. One of these dives, 4 different turtles were spotted. Seeing all these turtles, gave Cris the great chance to get some great photos.

Another creature that is spotted often here are the clown fish. There are 7 different types found around Lembongan and Penida. One of the 7 types is the false clown fish (Nemo). Cris was able to take his time and snap some great photos of these dancing fish.

Underwater Photography: Clown Fish

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Scorpion Fish

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

Underwater Photography: Turtle

Photo by Cris Zampicinini

PADI Deep Certification and Molas

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Mola in the blue

Molas / Mola Mola / Sunfish!

Molas are the one creature that all divers hope to see while diving Lembongan during this time of the year! We often get asked, how to increase the chance of seeing these amazingly strange creatures? One bit of advice we give people is to take the PADI Deep Diver certification course. We are going to look at a few points about why doing the PADI Deep Diver certification course helps increase your chance to see a mola.

These points are:

  • Where molas spend most of there time
  • Dive sites where we often see the molas
  • Prerequisites for the PADI Deep certification
  • What you will learn in the PADI Deep certification
  • How we link the Deep course and the hunt for molas

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Lembongan – Diving Environments and Dive Training

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Diving Nusa LembonganDiving Nusa Lembongan – Environments and Dive Training

Nusa Lembongan is found in the heart of Indonesia which arguably has the richest biodiversity found in South East Asia. With the open Indian Ocean below and the Bali Sea above, there are thousands of different species of the sea to be discovered. From the big Kings of the Ocean to the tiny critters which require an eagle eye to be found, diving Nusa Lembongan is a hidden gem.

Being open to the elements, the conditions at sea can get moderate, which makes diving Nusa Lembongan a top destination to further your diving education. Water temperatures have stayed slightly lower around Bali and its surrounding islands, and with medium to strong currents of nutrient rich waters. Lembongan is also home to a reasonable size mangrove area.

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2017: Diving in Lembongan Year in Review – Underwater Creatures

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What a year 2017 has been for diving Lembongan and Twin Island Dive.

2017 marks a large landmark for Twin Island Dive. 2017 was our 2nd full year of running and our 1st high season, diving Lembongan, with our new team team. With the exciting new team, an amazingly busy high season and wonderful underwater sights, 2017 has brought joy to so many, while diving Lembongan. Over the next few weeks, we are going to be looking at the highlights of the year.

This first blog will be looking at the underwater creatures we found while diving Lembongan in 2017. Read More

Sharks are Friends not Food – The Issue with Shark Fishing

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Tiger Shark

Sharks are Friends not Food – The Issue with Shark Fishing

We are often asked by are guests, if they will see sharks while diving in Lembongan. Sadly the answer to this is; not often. This is mainly due to Indonesia’s issue with shark fishing.

The point of this blog, is not to point out something our amazing dive sites are missing, but more to rise awareness to issue that is global based.

There are a few reason for this.

The 3 key point that we will be swimming through are:

  1. Indonesia’s issue with shark fishing
  2. The global issue with shark fishing
  3. Misconceptions about sharks in the wild Read More