|Blowing Bubbles in Bali (2020년 3/4월호)|
In December I enjoyed 29 dives with Villa Markisa Dive Resort, one of the world's best, in tropical Bali. I rarely repeat visits to dive venues, but macro life, particularly nudibranchs, is so abundant off Bali's northeast coast, I encounter new marine creatures on every visit(so far, I've done five trips there). Warm water temps ranged from 82-86℉ and visibility averaged 30' feet, often more. The highlight was black water diving.
We waited after sunset and boateda half mile offshore, then launched a buoy with a flashing strobe on top (for the boat to follow). The buoy was affixed to a 60-ft rope, which had a concrete weight at the end. Mounted to the down-line were three powerful light canons, which attracted critters from the deep. The flashing buoy drifted afar, as we waited 15 minutes for marine critters to rise up and congregate around the bright lights. We geared up, pulled close to the buoy and submerged, free drifting with the downline, and met strange and wondrous animals. We drifted about a mile down the channel, but didn't feel the distance, as our velocity matched that of the buoy. After an enjoyable hour, we ascended to the buoy and shined our torches upward, signaling the dive boat to fetch us. By the way, the world's largest migration of animals is not the wildebeests of Africa; rather it is the daily vertical migration of alien creatures from the dark ocean depths.
Some of the oddities we encountered are posted here
Text & Photos Kevin Lee
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