I have never muck dived before but have wanted to for some time now. Over the years I have found myself looking less into the blue for big surprises, and more into the corals and reefs for the little ones, and this dive trip certainly didn’t disappoint.
My first dive will remain with me forever, the dive site was chosen for me by owner Zee as my introduction to muck and Lembeh, and wow what an intro!
We descended to the sea bed, around 5m, and immediately something caught the attention of my guide Paulus. He beckoned me over and I couldn’t believe my eyes….. I’d been in the water barely 5 minutes and I was staring at a mimic octopus. Mr mimic was more than happy to display his signature fish for me, the flat fish, then went on to see if I liked his sea snake, which was wicked! He slowly and precisely tucked himself back into his hole, leaving just the top of his head and two tentacles on display, then changed his colour. I must admit I was impressed by the little fella.
During this first dive I was blown away, pigmy squid, countless gobies, peacock mantis shrimps with eggs, seahorses, nudis and a massive hairy frog fish. As we were coming to the end we saw another mimic, this time trying to impress us with his lion fish! 78 minutes later I surfaced with the biggest smile, and all of that in just a max of 13m, I couldn’t wait to get on the next dive to find my bluering.
I won’t recant every dive, but during the following days I saw some of the weirdest, most wonderful and colourful critters on this earth. Sexy shrimp became a firm favourite, along with the oh so colourful flamboyant cuttlefish. Behaviour wise I fell in love with the supper funny coconut octopus, we saw two during our stay and I could have watched them for hours. We were also blessed to see flamboyant cuttlefish hatching from their tiny little eggs and swimming free.
Lembeh is renown for its muck diving, so I was very impressed when I saw the quality of the reefs too! A lot of our dives either began or ended on a shallow reef, all of which had plenty of life, and some very very healthy soft and hard corals, also with their fair share of critters. Diving isn’t limited to the Strait either, on the east side of the island there are some exceptional reef dives available, but this trip for me was all about the muck.