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Expanding: Twin Island’s New Dive Centre

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Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

Twin Island Dive’s New Dive Centre in Lembongan

Over the last 6 months, Twin Island Dive has been building a new dive centre in Lembongan. Starting in April, the ground was broken for the foundations of our new dive centre in Lembongan and the chance for us to expand. Conveniently located on Jalan Seaweed, right across the road from where we launch our boat.

We have always had plans of opening another dive centre in Lembongan, that would be closer to the main road and our launch site, to help service walk in guests and as an additional office to that in Twin Island Villa’s dive centre in Lembongan.

As of now, the downstairs office area is open. The upstairs area, will soon be transformed into a ‘speakeasy’ style bar for our divers to relax in after diving and into the evening.

To help us celebrate the opening of our new dive centre in Lembongan, we joined up with World Diving Lembongan for a special dive day and BBQ for Breast Cancer Awareness month. After our amazing dive on World Diving’s Big Boat, everyone was invited to our new dive centre in Lembongan for drinks and food.

How Did We Get Here:

Let’s take a look back at the building process that get us to our amazing new spot:

The land for Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

Finding the right place:

From the end of 2017, Kipp had been quietly looking around Lembongan for a plot of land that would become our new dive centre in Lembongan .

There were a few requirements:

  • The dive centre in Lembongan needed to be in a more visual area to help boost foot traffic and bring more people underwater to experience the beautiful diving around Lembongan.  Don’t get us wrong, we love the amazing location that is Twin Island Villas and the stunning views that this office provides us! That is why we will still be running diving from Twin Island Villas as well as our new office.
  • We also wanted to be close to where we launch the dive boat, to help with logistics.
  • The land also needed to be big enough to fit a office, equipment room, washing area, bathroom, bar and parking.

There were a few other plots that we had looked at, but were not the perfect fit or things just didn’t work out.

The View From Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

Never Ask, Never Know…

There are a few services on Lembongan for when it comes to looking for land. There are 2 real estate agents on the island and then there are private sales. Normally when it comes to private sales, there is a sign on the land with a contact number.

For us, the plot of land was always right there when we got back from diving and we joked how perfect that land would be, but as far as we were aware, the land wasn’t for sale. But if you never ask, you will never know. One day, Kipp and Jenny (Owner of Twin Island Villas) went to the business next door to the empty plot to find out if it was for sale. A few months later and Kipp had signed the land lease.

The Design:

Now that we had a plot, we had to design our new building to make the most of the space that we have.

Kipp designed the building himself and the working drawings were created by an architect in Bali.

The plot was divided in to parts; Office and equipment area (which would be modeled off the Twin Island Villas Office, that Kipp also designed), bathroom and relaxing area. We will also need to build a 2nd level, in order to fit in the all important bar area.

With all of this tucked in the the space that we had, we were left with no space for our water well, water tower and a place for parking. To solve this problem, Kipp meet again with the land owner to negotiate a little bit more land.

The Start of Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

Coming Along with Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

It Begins:

Once the ideas had been put on paper and the plans were made, the building process could start.

This is a lot easier said then done. Almost all the building supplies, builders and equipment, needed to be sourced from mainland Bali or Java. This adds to the ‘adventure’ of building in Indonesia and on Lembongan island. This issue also delayed the building a few times along the way.

Some of you may know that during our build, Lembongan was hit by the biggest waves in 50 years. This meant that a lot of cargo boats were not coming over from Java, resulting in our building supplies not being able to get to the island.

But we got there in the end!

Kipp was on site most days to check on the progress (If the builders showed up). Kipp was also on site to point out corrections and where maybe a languages barrier caused some ‘miss understandings’

Although there were some days where things did not go to plan and there were some compromises, we are very happy with the outcome and to have the doors open!

The Deck Going in at Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

Party at Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

To Finish off:

We are now open! If you find ourselves in Lembongan, we would love for you to pop in and say hi, book some diving or join us for a cold beer.

We would also like to thank everyone who came out to our opening, helped with our charity event and to all of you that have dived with us and supported us over the last 2 years! You are the ones that helped this dream come true!

Group Photo at Twin Island Dive's New Dive Centre in Lembongan

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