We have been retraining our guides to treat critters with more respect and a lot gentle.  It is not easy to break old habits as to start a new one, but they are trying really hard, and getting a lot better.

The fact is, most of the time the critters will pose nice for photographers if we approach them gently and slowly and calmly. If we do not get a good picture of them this time, we can always come back, maybe they are more approachable the next time. For there is always the next time.

We have a request for blue ring this week. It sometimes happens we found blue ring on the day the guests left. Madelaine and Geoffrey had one critter left to see, the legendary blue ring. We have looked and looked and looked every where and had no luck seeing any.  The day they left, Beary and I decided to join the second dive. And sure Beary, with his brilliant eyes, found this 7 cm tall blue ring at 12 metters dept in Aerbajo.

The spot blue rings appear when the octopus agitated or provoked. In this picture you will not see much of the rings appeared on his body, but it’s a good thing, it means he was not feeling threatened.

This poisonous beauty had his head out from his hole with the rest of his body inside . He was checking around for a second.


The next second he slowly pulled the rest of his body out, and there he stood straight like a warrior.


Then artistically took his dance steps, swimming from one spot to another, and just letting us admire his friendly pose.


What a dive!!!



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It is not rare underwater to cross path with pair of critters. They stick together side by side, move from one spot to another.


This one particular pair of cuttlefish swam from one spot to another and camouflage from one color to another  right before our eyes.

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We have been seeing 4 babies sharks swimming in shallow water in our bay. Too bad they won’t let me take pictures of them, they ran away anytime we got close to them.

Now, what do you do when you got bitten in the bottom?


A vase shell bitten the giant clam from the back.  (Here is below picture from the top)


More we got from underwater this week ….

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Grilled steak a la Russian

It’s nice to know that our guests feel at home here at KBR. Many feel it is a second home all along. Sergey got his hand dirty in the kitchen to grill steak a la Russian. They looked good, and they were all happy with the way they turn out.


Just like underwater, simpler things in life often nice for a change.


They are rarely in the wish list of our divers. Many guides called them Pegasus fish. To me, they are likely shape a tiny dragon of the sea. I don’t see many of them here in Lembeh strait, so cross path with them underwater is unique. With their beautiful body-patterns look, perfect wings in both sides, big gleaming eyes watching us, and the long toothless jaw can form a tube-like mouth ready to suck tiny invertebrates from their burrows, list them in one of many beautiful critters here in Lembeh. They have modified pelvic fins to allow them to walk the sea bottom. Sadly their beauty lured people to sell them for aquarium.


It’s a little difficult photographing them when they are not in pair or in a group. They are calmer when they are together, you will have more chance to photograph them better. We happened to find this handsome when he was swimming alone in Sarena Patah. He was running around and only luck we got picture of him when he passed by in the front of our camera.


What are you celebrating this week? Here at KBR, it’s Sergey’s Bday, he got the surprise Bday underwater and above water.

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How far do we want to go?

In the last 6 months we have planted over 400 coral stands in our nursery right in our beautiful house reef. The house reef provides very healthy environment for the coral to grow. Just perfect amount of sun during the day enough to help the coral grow healthier. We saw dead corals regenerated and grew new healthy colonies.  Such a great news motivate us to keep planting. How far do we want to go? As far as we get  ….

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The house reef is just rich with variety of coral fishes, shrimps, lion fish, scorpion fish, nudibranch and a lot more.

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You can encounter this huge cuttlefish just resting right in the middle of our coral block.


Very often we dive under an umbrella of fishes.


Such a privilege to take care of this beautiful site.

The Ghost pipe fish

This one of a kind pipe fish is known the master of disguise. They are very good at mimicking leaves, soft corals or hydroids, algae to sponges and seagrass they are in that made many divers can possibly passed them by and missed them. The juveniles are almost transparent and usually stay with the mother. They are very shy and will run away from camera, but if you calm enough and patience enough to give them sometime to get used to you around them, you pretty much can get the best shot of them.

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Sleeping Beauty

Summer starts. Water temperature is just perfect.


Bumped into this sleeping beauty in the afternoon dive, she did not even move an inch … I noticed she was trying really really hard to open her eyes, but just could not …

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Some, are just wide awake ….


What the South Wind brings

This is the time of the year when the wind from the south starts to blow. Sunday night was the first night it came to its existence. With it brings the trash and a lot of things across from the island of Lembeh, including the sargassum plants carrying many beautiful babies’ sargassum frogfish with them to the shore. We found over 20 of them, many did not survive, we rescued as many as 11 of them. These babies washed up to the shore, many of them trapped in fisherman net and died. The boys did a great job watching and checking every sargassum plants washed to shore and rescued every tiny one they found. We have been watching the shore now that we might rescue more of them.

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Now, what did you do in the weekend? Did you take time for yourself after one long busy week? Such putting your feet up and having a long foot massages would not be too much to spoil yourself ….

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We found this handsome when he was very little. He is growing now and was chewing something when we passed him by. Once in a while allow us to post pictures of him unedit, just the way he is.

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And what’s cooking in our kitchen? It’s the night to smoke our homemade bacon.