Bunaken island is one of the best places for diving in Indonesia and it is relatively easily accessible from Manado. I never have dived before and since I was already at North Sulawesi it seemed a perfect opportunity to give it a try. After an internet research I decided to go with Two Fish Divers, a small Bunaken based resort run by an English couple Nigel & Tina. It turned out a great choice.
Since I was late to Manado to catch Two Fish boat I decided to get to the island in “economy” style using public boat. Nobody could tell when departure is so I rather stayed with the boat not to miss it. It was damn hot and humid and I was already very tired from travelling to Manado from Tangkoko nature reserve. After three hours of waiting (and having fun with locals) the boat finally moved.
Two Fish diving resort is placed on the Eastern side of the island in a beautiful setting with dense Mangrove forest.
After settling in to my room I met Lucy my PADI instructor. She was very professional explaining me every detail of Open Water diving course. We agreed to start next day. It took me three days to complete it and I had the privilege to be the only student. After completing the course I stayed four more days diving. Wonderful time!
Before my trip to Indonesia I purchased Ewa Marine underwater camera bag (or housing as they call it). I heard from a friend that it does the job. Must admit that I was a bit sceptical at the beginning. Well this was a great opportunity to test it properly. U-BXP100 housing is tested for 20m depth but I only took it to about 6-7m. No problems whatsoever.
Well I am certainly not an underwater photographer (yet) and cannot give proper review of Ewa Marine bag but I will share some thoughts about it. It is much cheaper than all serious camera underwater housings very basic but it does the job – keeping camera dry. If you are planning to buy one get a version where you can put hot shoe flash unit in. The drawbacks of this underwater bag is that you cannot use all of the camera control and its difficult to see through viewfinder. I ended up shooting with live-view mode which is a bit clumsy but still better than not seeing anything. Also the front glass of the bag causes heavy distortion and loss of sharpness in the corners of the image when using wide angle lens (maybe you will notice it in the photo above). But in the end I am glad I bought it – it comes handy from time to time. It was indispensable when we were shooting canyoning in July.
And a sunrise as seen from Two Fish dive resort. I really liked their service and the resort itself was very nice with friendly staff and excellent Indonesian food. Highly recommended!