Friday, August 27, 2010

Lars and Bertine make their 09:30 turtle meeting at Menjangan Island

We called the agent but the Whaleshark and Mola Mola where at another engagement. High season, they're in high demand. But we did manage to book a turtle. Fortunately as usual things ran smoothly and Lars & Bertine made the 09:30 appointment with video camera in hand.



Thanks for the link guys, loking forward to seeing your Underwater temple garden video when its finished.

The Captain

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Another nice Review @ undercurrent.org

Thank you for submitting your reader report. It is available now on the web at http://www.undercurrent.org/members/UCnow/dive_reviews/Indonesia/SEAROVERS_NORTHERNBALI_report_5663.html

SEA ROVERS/ADI ASSRI, PEMUTERAN, Indonesia(NORTHERN BALI), 2009/09, Jon Anderson
Phoenix, AZ.
Experience: 501-1000 dives
Vis: 30 to 150 Feet. Water: to Fahrenheit, calm, currents.

Dive your own profile: yes
Any dive restrictions: During our shore diving, we had no limits or restrictions. Most of those dives were shallow and close to shore. On boat dives, our guides were cautious about watching our air consumption and depth, as were we.

This was our second trip to Sea Rovers and Adi Assri. As it is a bit off the beaten path in Bali, this should tell readers that it was well worth the gorgeous drive up north to stay and dive with Sea Rovers at Adi Assri in Pemuteran. The dive shop is right on the resort property with only a few, easy steps along the sand and into the sea. We were impressed with the entire region and its commitment to the environment. Since many of the local people come from a long line of fishermen, they have been educated in the importance of preserving the reefs in the area. They have clean up projects as well as a 'reef gardeners' (see more about them on the web site) project to inject new life into the reefs. With the island of Menjangan, and its 'gin-clear' waters nearby, a boat trip over there was made on both of our trips to Pemuteran. It was so beautiful to see such clarity, although there can be currents here. I am not good at estimating visibility but, for the dives at Menjangan, I'd have to say you could see 'forever'. We also did several other boat dives, most notably to an underwater temple! That being said, I have to say that the highlight of our trip to Sea Rovers and Adi Assri was the shore diving. Although this is not Lembeh, my husband and I had a great week just treasure hunting in the 'muck' in front of the resort with NO current at all. Visibility here was not great but after every dive, we returned to the dive shop, wildly enthusiastic over some new critter we had found such as tons of pipefish, ornate pipefish, frogfish, snake eels, scorpionfish, crocodilefish and sassy anemone fish and damselfish for a start. If you're not into muck diving, the shore diving could be skipped, I suppose. But WE LOVED IT! I especially loved being greeted by the friendly "Dita' with a cup of hot ginger tea after every shore dive. The staff, led by 'Pirate Paul' was kind and helpful and loads of fun (see photos of all of us on their web site). They made suggestions to us of dive possibilities and allowed us to choose what we wanted, where we wanted to go. I have to say that I enjoyed every dive with this crew (and without them on our shore dives; of course, if you need some guidance, as we did on our first visit, they are there to help you and point out various odd critters). The resort is quiet and peaceful and a far cry from the action of Kuta or even Ubud. The seas in front of the resort were flat and welcoming. The rooms were so pretty and well cared for and the resort staff was helpful with all of our needs (internet, extra table, etc.). The whole atmosphere was great. This is an extremely relaxing and peaceful place with an aura that is difficult to describe. We did not feel the need to leave at all during our week here. I also received the BEST massage I'd ever had at Adi Assri and I've had quite a few in Bali. It was also deeply satisfying to find a place that was so dedicated to conservation and the environment. I dream about the tranquility and I long to return.....

UW Photography Comments: There was adequate rinse water on shore and it was easy to rinse camera equipment after a shore dive. The boats are small and fast do not have a rinse tank but most dives were close to the dive shop so we used their facilities, which were fine.

Thanks Jon & Linda, look forward to having you back here soon for more critter hunting. Garr!

The Captain

Its not just about the Temple Garden

Jon & Linda Anderson sent me a couple of photo's from the 'Temple Garden' proving that the temple is not the only thing worth seeing down there.

This tiny little pygmy seahorse blending right in with some of the gorgonians that are all over the 'Temple Wall', along with pipefish, nudibranch and many more interesting little critters.

Denise Pygmy Seahorse
Look at me, I'm Tiny.

Denise Pygmy Seahorse
Where'd he go?

Thanks guys

The Captain

The Underwater Temple Garden 'The Movie'

Thought I'd have a bit of fun with the camera. Not exactly HD quality but it was nice to get back into some video instead of stills.

Enjoy



The Captain

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Underwater Temple Garden, Bali

The Photo that started it all

The original Underwater Temple Garden of Bali

And here is the original story.

Indonesian Archeologists to investigate potentially phenomenal discovery

Apparently someone took my photo, posted it on twitter and claimed an archeological discovery off the coast of Bali. This went global, thanks to the internet and thus a urban legend was born. :-)

the follow up story helped to clear up the matter but some journalists still got it wrong.

Mystery of underwater hindu temple in bali solved

Its funny, so far I have been interviewed by the BBC, Daily Telegraph, Metro TV, amongst others. Oh and a couple of hundred strangers now want to be my friend on facebook. Cancel funny lets say crazy.

But still I find it amazing that one photo can bring so much attention to our little corner of the world.

However I feel that I have to set some facts straight.

I didn't build this for Sea Rovers guests!

Though I have been in Pemuteran for 14 years now and was involved in the creation of the Reef Gardeners, I can't lay claim to being the person with the dream. I was part of the team who made the dream a reality.

At the time I was working with Chris Brown along the beach from us. The original concept was his. Over the years, every now and again, we'd talked about the idea of an Underwater Temple Garden, but never had the funds to put it together. And what with the revolution, crisis, birth of true democracy in Indonesia, Bali Bombs and the ensuing loss of tourism we had other things matters to take care of. Then a friend of Chris's suggested approaching the Bali Rehabilitation Fund (Aus Aid) with the idea of a social and enviromental project that would become the 'Reef Gardeners'.

For more information on the Reef Gardeners project and the creation of the Temple Garden and also the Biowreck, kuberan Kapal (Ships Graveyard), plus Coral Canyon wreck. You can download the brochure on this page Save our Reefs (Hug a Fish) of our website.

divers descending to the underwater temple gardens of Bali

The truth is out there, if only people would take the time to read it and listen to what is actually being said. Or learn how to Google properly ;-)

The now famous Captain Paul M Turley, at your service. Ha Harrr!

P.S. Underwater Temple Garden tours and wedding services now available :-)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Say hello to my new little friends.

Paul takes up residence in his Super Deluxe sea View room
After a tiring time predicting the world cup results Paul the Octopus takes a well earned vacation in Bali

Gone Fishing
This is his mate Fred the Angler fish. Hello Fred

Once again some nice finds in Mucky Pirates Bay.

The Captain