Two Fish Dive School, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi Indonesia

The view from 2 Fish Lembeh

The view from 2 Fish Lembeh

So here I am at last at the ‘Two Fish’ dive school in the Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi. This has been a long-awaited and excitedly-anticipated leg of my journey because I’m here to learn how to scuba dive and (hopefully) pass my Open Water PADI course, something I’ve wanted to achieve for years now.

I’ve only been here a couple of days, but already it feels like home and I have my own little dive family at this beautiful location. There are stunning views over the water, with lush green forests of palm trees everywhere and hazy volcanoes disappearing into the clouds. It’s back-to-basics in the ‘budget’ room where I’m staying but I’ve come to really like my little wooden room where I can wake to the sound of the waves lapping at the shore outside.

Sunset view from the dive centre

Sunset view from the dive centre

The people here are friendly and I have the luxury of having my own one-to-one English instructor (Helen) who is good fun, very patient and clear and likes a good gossip between dives.

We’re completely in the middle of nowhere (we had to take a boat over from the mainland to the dive school when I arrived) which is proving to be blissful. I’m starting to feel cut-off from the ‘real world’, which is pretty damned nice actually!!

Launching the newly-painted dive boat

Launching the newly-painted dive boat

Learning to dive has been so exciting and rewarding so far. Two days into the course and I’m through the ‘confined water’ and ‘open water 1 and 2’ elements without hitches (except for my first time breathing with a regulator, where I had a brief stress-out and found it hard to get air). Ten minutes later I’d calmed down and went on to breeze through the other tasks. I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit in a short space of time and am still buzzing from my first ‘real’ dives this morning off the boat (the first site was a coral reef – ‘Nudi Retreat’ and the second was ‘muck diving’ – dark volcanic sand at ‘Jahir’). I spotted all sorts of great little creatures, but the highlight at Jahir was seeing an Eagle Ray cruise gracefully past. This was an amazing piece of beginner’s luck as they are rarely sighted here. Helen was practically screaming with excitement and clapping her hands. I also saw a ‘flambouyant cuttlefish’ who put on a colourful display for us, along with dozens of other weird and wonderful critters. Very cool.

It's not too stressful here!

It's not too stressful here!

I’m now considering doing my Advanced Course while I’m here too!! I feel myself becoming slowly addicted to diving and am enjoying the experience so much!

More news soon.

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About lucygriffith

Off to seek adventures backpacking in Asia between September and December 2010
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5 Responses to Two Fish Dive School, Lembeh Straits, Sulawesi Indonesia

  1. Claire W-D says:

    I just found some photos of Eagle rays on the Internet – what beautiful creatures – a real stroke of luck! Thinking of you every day sis, I’m so glad that diving suits you (I knew it would!) xxx

  2. Berniemac says:

    Well Lucy, it sounds like you’re having a fantastic time, just like I knew you would. This great adventure of yours will get you into trouble girl, you will discover a couple of new itches, that of travelling and diving 🙂

  3. Anna Bergstrom says:

    Wow girl, this sound absolutely wonderful! After barely getting you out of the water snorkling I knew you would fall in love with diving!
    I’ll work on some gossip back home and send you an email soon. In the meanwhile I will enjoy reading about your adventures on the blog!
    Kramar Anna

  4. Jenny Bothwick says:

    Hi Lucy – wow! Sounds fantastic! I really felt I was there with you in the warm water – my nearest memory was snorkelling off the Barrier Reef for one day twenty years ago, it was the best ever – but to swim with an Eagle Ray must be amazing, you lucky thing! Can’t wait for the next instalment! xxx

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