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Bali Bans Single Use Plastic

Bali Bans Single Use Plastic

The freshly elected Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, has followed up the pledge of his predecessor in starting banning certain kind of single use plastic.

Effective from January 1st, 2019, shopping bags, styrofoam and plastic straws will be banned and businesses in Bali won’t be allowed to supply those to their customers.

Business will have 6 months to adjust to this new law. After 6 months, local officials will be severely taking action against those business who did not abide to the new rules. One of the penalty could be loosing the operating business license.

This much needed strong action has been taken to rapidly reduce by 70 % the amount of plastic entering the marine environment around the Island of the Gods.
This is definitely a major step forward towards the right direction and hopefully it will be embraced quickly by all business.

In the recent year the amount of plastic found around the coast of Bali at the beginning of each raining season has been dramatically increasing to the point of total disaster.

At the Underwater Tribe we have been witnessing first hand the crisis and we welcome the new rules as the beginning of a new era. We are aware that much more is needed to further tackle this crisis but we also believe that the people of Bali will do more and will set an example for other to follow.

Big shout out to Melati and Isabel founders of the Bye Bye Plastic Bag organization who were the first to effectively raise concern and awareness at the Bali local government and, with their good spirit and positive energy, inspire thousands of people in taking actions to tackle the plastic pollution crisis that is not affecting only Bali, but the entire planet.

New Bali Wreck

Are we going to get a NEW Shipwreck in Bali ?

New Bali Wreck

New Wreck Dive For Bali?

Word has it that there is a new wreck dive coming to Bali! Although not officially confirmed with exact dates or details, it looks like Bali will soon have a great new dive site.
The Kri Slamet Riyadh is a 133 meter long decommissioned frigate and it’s the latest in a long line of ex warships now acting as dive sites. Although Bali is home to two outstanding wreck dives, the Kubu Wreck and the USAT Liberty, there is always room for more! With more than 50 years of life as an artificial reef, the USAT Liberty is world renowned as a premiere wreck dive. A bastion of life, this ship is home to countless species of fish and invertebrates. As an easily accessible shore dive, almost every diver who has visited Bali has dived it at least once.

Dive_Bali_Liberty_shipwreck
However, its shallow depth means that this beautiful site has seen deterioration over the years. The Kubu Wreck, just a few miles up the road from the Liberty is a great addition to the Bali dive scene. A properly sunk 133 meter long warship is truly something to look forward to. The sheer size of the vessel means there will be plenty of room for underwater exploration, including tech and penetration diving. It will also help spread divers across more sites, which is never a bad thing!

Of course, it will take many years before this new wreck is covered in spectacular corals like the Liberty is. But this doesn’t mean the wreck won’t be interesting, in a rich environment like Tulamben there are always creatures looking for a place to hide. Fish will make their homes there immediately and fast growing invertebrates such as crinoids will move in quickly.

How does this sound for an interesting trifecta for your next trip to Bali? Already known as one of the best critter dive locations in the world, we will soon be able to offer 3 different wreck dives too! A “Critter and Wrecks” Safari will be just around the corner, a perfect combination for underwater photographers. Combine wide angle photography with the top notch critter finding skills of our amazing guides, all in one fantastic location.

Stay tuned for further updates of this exciting new wreck, hopefully it will be cleaned and ready for sinking in 2019!

Planning to visit Bali soon? Check out our dive package that includes the Liberty Shipwreck!! 👉  BALI BLAST TULAMBEN

Mark Erdmann Podcast

Mark Erdmann – Underwater Tribe Podcast

The Underwater Tribe Podcast #011 with Dr Mark Erdmann

Dr Mark Erdmann Podcast

After a short break during our busy season in Bali, we have launched our latest Podcast.  For our 11th Podcast we are very happy to present over an hour of fascinating discussion with Dr Mark Erdmann.  Mark is the Vice President of Asia Pacific Marine Programs with Conservation International.  During our far reaching conversation, we discuss a wide array of topics including Mark’s history, the history of Raja Ampat as a Marine Protected area, and Mark’s hope for the future.  We are very happy with this podcast and the positive message that Mark gives out for the future.

Click here for the YouTube Version

Cleck here for the iTunes Version

Observant viewers may also notice a few changes in the studio, including a few more photos and a new paint job!  We are hoping to continue with this series of Podcasts for many years in the future.  We are always looking for interesting people who pass through Bali, please let us know if you have anyone in mind to feature.  To be able to continue with the Podcast it makes it a lot easier with support and feedback from viewers.  A great way to do this is to leave a comment on our YouTube channel. We offer the show in two platforms, both a video based YouTube version as well as an audio version on the iTunes store and Soundcloud.  If you aren’t already subscribed to us on these various platforms, please feel free to do so, you will be automatically notified about new content.

Podcasts #1 – 10

Have you missed our other Podcasts? Have a look at our Podcast Page for links and descriptions of all our past episodes. Our previous guests include underwater photographers, conservationists, film makers, free divers, and explorers.  The episodes range anywhere in length from 45 minutes to over one hour of informative and entertaining dialogue.

 

Whaleshark Indonesia Big Animals

Indonesia – Whaleshark Hotspot!

Indonesia – Whaleshark Hotspot

Whaleshark Indonesia

Whalesharks are one of the most sought after big animal encounters in the world.  There are many areas in the world with regular whaleshark encounters:  The Galapagos, Mexico, and the Philippines to name a few.  Did you know that Indonesia is also one of the best places to encounter whalesharks?

The whaleshark is the largest fish in the ocean.  It’s not a fish I hear you say?  It’s true, whalesharks are a cartilaginous species of shark, not an air breathing mammal.  Although they rival many whales in size, the whale shark is actually a fish.  What they do share in common with many whales though is their huge appetite for the tiniest creatures in the sea.  Despite being able to reach almost 20 metres in length, whalesharks feed almost entirely upon microscopic shrimp and other plankton.  Whalesharks are often spotted at or near the surface feasting on blooms of planktonic food sources.  Although more commonly found as individuals, whalesharks can also be found in groups where food is in rich supply.

Whaleshark Silhouette

Encountering Whalesharks in Indonesia

A rich food supply is why Indonesia is a Whaleshark Hotspot.  The great thing about the majority of whaleshark populations in Indonesia is they are usually found in small groups.  Areas such as Tomini Bay, Triton Bay, and Cendrawasih Bay are known for “year round” populations of whalesharks.  What keeps these sharks in the area?  A constant supply of tiny bait fish and shrimp.  For decades, local fishermen have fished at night using lights and large nets to attract all kinds of fish.  In turn, large numbers of whalesharks have been attracted to this “free lunch” and have fed around the periphery of this fishing industry.

Fishing Net Whaleshark

Of course, where whalesharks are, divers will soon follow. Although fishermen have been encountering whalesharks throughout Indonesia for decades, it’s only in the last 10 years that divers have caught on.  There are a few special places in the archipelago where it’s possible for divers to encounter sharks in a relatively consistent fashion.  We won’t list the exact places here but suffice to say, there are areas throughout the country boasting sizable populations of these giant sharks.

Highly Endangered and Protected

Whalesharks are currently listed on the IUCN as an Endangered Species.  Their population has plummeted in the last few decades due to fishing, by-catch, and boat collisions. In 2013, Indonesia declared the whale shark a protected species. Whaleshark tourism is one way to improve the plight of these gentle giants and protect them from over fishing.  The tourism industry is a great alternative to traditional fishing as a way for people to earn a living through sustainable means. This is currently a goal of many conservation initiatives in Indonesia, creating a sustainable tourism industry to support the protection of these animals.

Want to Encounter a Whaleshark?

Two Whaleshark Feeding

We are happy to say that we will soon be hosting a whaleshark excursion.  Due to a consistent population of these fish all year round, Indonesia is one of the best places to swim with them.  With Indonesia being such a large country, there is always a location where the season is perfect for these encounters.  They are found throughout the year as they are virtually resident in their home ranges.  The only thing to consider is moon phase, it’s hard to find whalesharks around the full moon.  Are you interested in diving with these incredible animals in 2019?  Stay tuned to our website or send us an email to get on our mailing list for an upcoming trip.

Lombok Earthquake Update

Lombok Earthquake Update

By the Underwater Tribe

We would like to update all of our friends out there with a brief summary about the earthquake situation in Bali and Lombok. By now, everyone is sure to have read about the news that the Lombok area suffered a 7.0 sized earthquake on the 5th of August.
Thankfully on Bali there was not a lot of damage, in Sanur we are located approximately 130KM from the epicenter of the earthquake. There was some cosmetic damage to some buildings and some debris falling, but mostly Bali was not overly affected. It was an especially nerve rattling experience for people who have never experienced a large earthquake before.

Situation in Lombok

However, the damage on the neighboring island of Lombok has been quite severe. This is the second 6+ earthquake that Lombok has suffered through in the past 10 days and so people were already on edge. This second earthquake was much stronger and the effects on the people and property more widespread. The northern reaches of Lombok, including the Gili Islands, were hit the hardest and many buildings have been severely damaged. Many areas are without electricity and therefore it has been difficult to get information from those areas. The latest count is 92 people have died as a result of this earthquake. There was a brief tsunami warning but this was rescinded not long after being announced. The Indonesian authorities have acted swiftly to bring aid to the region.

On the Gili Islands, there has been an evacuation of tourists and other non essential workers. Many of the people who live on the islands are staying there to help clean up the mess that the earthquake has created. Of course without electricity and water this will not be an easy or quick fix. All over the island of Lombok, many areas do not have power and the roads are damaged, this will mean the recovery may take some time.

How you can support

There are several organizations which are collecting funds and donations to help the people of Lombok in their time of need. If you would like to donate money or goods to the cause then please visit one of the following links. We are not associated with any of these companies and can’t vouch for them, but these are actual on the ground, local organizations which do good work.
Our friends from Freedive Flow in Gili Air have setup an emergency kitchen and a outdoor sleeping area , they now are able to receive funds via paypal with this address : info@freediveflow.com . You can follow live updates about the situation on Gili Air following Oli Christen (owner @ Freedive Flow )  profile on Facebook.

www.facebook.com/oli_christen

What Does This Mean for Bali?

Business is as usual in Bali. There was a shake and some limited damage, but that is not unusual in many areas of the world prone to earthquakes. There is no effect on Mount Agung from this earthquake, so that is nothing to worry about, earthquakes are a perfectly normal phenomenon.

Should I Still Go On My Trip To The Gilis?

At this time we would suggest that this is not a good option. There are reports on social media of many dive centers and resorts closing down for the immediate time being (1 or 2 weeks) in order to make repairs and help out the families of their staff. Again, information is scarce at the moment about this but we hope to know more about it in the coming week. Keep an eye out on the social media accounts of the many Gili based dive operators to find out more information.

Our thoughts are with the people of Lombok at this time, many of whom have suffered loss of family and property.

Ethan Daniels Podcast

Diving Adventure Podcast – Ethan Daniels

UWT Diving Adventure Podacast #009 with Ethan Daniels

Ethan Daniels Podcast

Ethan Daniels is a well known underwater photographer and adventure travel guide.  For more than two decades, Ethan has been exploring the Indo Pacific region both above and below the ocean surface.  Ethan discusses a variety of different topics such as snorkeling with whales, encounters with crocodiles, and his favourite destinations.  Ethan also discusses his snorkeling adventure tours and how anyone can experience the wonders of the Indo Pacific region.  Learn more about Ethan and his company at Coral Triangle Adventures

Click on the photo below for the YouTube video or Click Here for iTunes.

Ethan Daniels Podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

plastic after monsoon.

Bali Bans Single Use Plastic

Bali Bans Single Use Plastic

The freshly elected Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, has followed up the pledge of his predecessor in starting banning certain kind of single use plastic.

Effective from January 1st, 2019, shopping bags, styrofoam and plastic straws will be banned and businesses in Bali won’t be allowed to supply those to their customers.

Business will have 6 months to adjust to this new law. After 6 months, local officials will be severely taking action against those business who did not abide to the new rules. One of the penalty could be loosing the operating business license.

This much needed strong action has been taken to rapidly reduce by 70 % the amount of plastic entering the marine environment around the Island of the Gods.
This is definitely a major step forward towards the right direction and hopefully it will be embraced quickly by all business.

In the recent year the amount of plastic found around the coast of Bali at the beginning of each raining season has been dramatically increasing to the point of total disaster.

At the Underwater Tribe we have been witnessing first hand the crisis and we welcome the new rules as the beginning of a new era. We are aware that much more is needed to further tackle this crisis but we also believe that the people of Bali will do more and will set an example for other to follow.

Big shout out to Melati and Isabel founders of the Bye Bye Plastic Bag organization who were the first to effectively raise concern and awareness at the Bali local government and, with their good spirit and positive energy, inspire thousands of people in taking actions to tackle the plastic pollution crisis that is not affecting only Bali, but the entire planet.

New Bali Wreck

Are we going to get a NEW Shipwreck in Bali ?

New Bali Wreck

New Wreck Dive For Bali?

Word has it that there is a new wreck dive coming to Bali! Although not officially confirmed with exact dates or details, it looks like Bali will soon have a great new dive site.
The Kri Slamet Riyadh is a 133 meter long decommissioned frigate and it’s the latest in a long line of ex warships now acting as dive sites. Although Bali is home to two outstanding wreck dives, the Kubu Wreck and the USAT Liberty, there is always room for more! With more than 50 years of life as an artificial reef, the USAT Liberty is world renowned as a premiere wreck dive. A bastion of life, this ship is home to countless species of fish and invertebrates. As an easily accessible shore dive, almost every diver who has visited Bali has dived it at least once.

Dive_Bali_Liberty_shipwreck
However, its shallow depth means that this beautiful site has seen deterioration over the years. The Kubu Wreck, just a few miles up the road from the Liberty is a great addition to the Bali dive scene. A properly sunk 133 meter long warship is truly something to look forward to. The sheer size of the vessel means there will be plenty of room for underwater exploration, including tech and penetration diving. It will also help spread divers across more sites, which is never a bad thing!

Of course, it will take many years before this new wreck is covered in spectacular corals like the Liberty is. But this doesn’t mean the wreck won’t be interesting, in a rich environment like Tulamben there are always creatures looking for a place to hide. Fish will make their homes there immediately and fast growing invertebrates such as crinoids will move in quickly.

How does this sound for an interesting trifecta for your next trip to Bali? Already known as one of the best critter dive locations in the world, we will soon be able to offer 3 different wreck dives too! A “Critter and Wrecks” Safari will be just around the corner, a perfect combination for underwater photographers. Combine wide angle photography with the top notch critter finding skills of our amazing guides, all in one fantastic location.

Stay tuned for further updates of this exciting new wreck, hopefully it will be cleaned and ready for sinking in 2019!

Planning to visit Bali soon? Check out our dive package that includes the Liberty Shipwreck!! 👉  BALI BLAST TULAMBEN

Mark Erdmann Podcast

Mark Erdmann – Underwater Tribe Podcast

The Underwater Tribe Podcast #011 with Dr Mark Erdmann

Dr Mark Erdmann Podcast

After a short break during our busy season in Bali, we have launched our latest Podcast.  For our 11th Podcast we are very happy to present over an hour of fascinating discussion with Dr Mark Erdmann.  Mark is the Vice President of Asia Pacific Marine Programs with Conservation International.  During our far reaching conversation, we discuss a wide array of topics including Mark’s history, the history of Raja Ampat as a Marine Protected area, and Mark’s hope for the future.  We are very happy with this podcast and the positive message that Mark gives out for the future.

Click here for the YouTube Version

Cleck here for the iTunes Version

Observant viewers may also notice a few changes in the studio, including a few more photos and a new paint job!  We are hoping to continue with this series of Podcasts for many years in the future.  We are always looking for interesting people who pass through Bali, please let us know if you have anyone in mind to feature.  To be able to continue with the Podcast it makes it a lot easier with support and feedback from viewers.  A great way to do this is to leave a comment on our YouTube channel. We offer the show in two platforms, both a video based YouTube version as well as an audio version on the iTunes store and Soundcloud.  If you aren’t already subscribed to us on these various platforms, please feel free to do so, you will be automatically notified about new content.

Podcasts #1 – 10

Have you missed our other Podcasts? Have a look at our Podcast Page for links and descriptions of all our past episodes. Our previous guests include underwater photographers, conservationists, film makers, free divers, and explorers.  The episodes range anywhere in length from 45 minutes to over one hour of informative and entertaining dialogue.

 

Whaleshark Indonesia Big Animals

Indonesia – Whaleshark Hotspot!

Indonesia – Whaleshark Hotspot

Whaleshark Indonesia

Whalesharks are one of the most sought after big animal encounters in the world.  There are many areas in the world with regular whaleshark encounters:  The Galapagos, Mexico, and the Philippines to name a few.  Did you know that Indonesia is also one of the best places to encounter whalesharks?

The whaleshark is the largest fish in the ocean.  It’s not a fish I hear you say?  It’s true, whalesharks are a cartilaginous species of shark, not an air breathing mammal.  Although they rival many whales in size, the whale shark is actually a fish.  What they do share in common with many whales though is their huge appetite for the tiniest creatures in the sea.  Despite being able to reach almost 20 metres in length, whalesharks feed almost entirely upon microscopic shrimp and other plankton.  Whalesharks are often spotted at or near the surface feasting on blooms of planktonic food sources.  Although more commonly found as individuals, whalesharks can also be found in groups where food is in rich supply.

Whaleshark Silhouette

Encountering Whalesharks in Indonesia

A rich food supply is why Indonesia is a Whaleshark Hotspot.  The great thing about the majority of whaleshark populations in Indonesia is they are usually found in small groups.  Areas such as Tomini Bay, Triton Bay, and Cendrawasih Bay are known for “year round” populations of whalesharks.  What keeps these sharks in the area?  A constant supply of tiny bait fish and shrimp.  For decades, local fishermen have fished at night using lights and large nets to attract all kinds of fish.  In turn, large numbers of whalesharks have been attracted to this “free lunch” and have fed around the periphery of this fishing industry.

Fishing Net Whaleshark

Of course, where whalesharks are, divers will soon follow. Although fishermen have been encountering whalesharks throughout Indonesia for decades, it’s only in the last 10 years that divers have caught on.  There are a few special places in the archipelago where it’s possible for divers to encounter sharks in a relatively consistent fashion.  We won’t list the exact places here but suffice to say, there are areas throughout the country boasting sizable populations of these giant sharks.

Highly Endangered and Protected

Whalesharks are currently listed on the IUCN as an Endangered Species.  Their population has plummeted in the last few decades due to fishing, by-catch, and boat collisions. In 2013, Indonesia declared the whale shark a protected species. Whaleshark tourism is one way to improve the plight of these gentle giants and protect them from over fishing.  The tourism industry is a great alternative to traditional fishing as a way for people to earn a living through sustainable means. This is currently a goal of many conservation initiatives in Indonesia, creating a sustainable tourism industry to support the protection of these animals.

Want to Encounter a Whaleshark?

Two Whaleshark Feeding

We are happy to say that we will soon be hosting a whaleshark excursion.  Due to a consistent population of these fish all year round, Indonesia is one of the best places to swim with them.  With Indonesia being such a large country, there is always a location where the season is perfect for these encounters.  They are found throughout the year as they are virtually resident in their home ranges.  The only thing to consider is moon phase, it’s hard to find whalesharks around the full moon.  Are you interested in diving with these incredible animals in 2019?  Stay tuned to our website or send us an email to get on our mailing list for an upcoming trip.

Lombok Earthquake Update

Lombok Earthquake Update

By the Underwater Tribe

We would like to update all of our friends out there with a brief summary about the earthquake situation in Bali and Lombok. By now, everyone is sure to have read about the news that the Lombok area suffered a 7.0 sized earthquake on the 5th of August.
Thankfully on Bali there was not a lot of damage, in Sanur we are located approximately 130KM from the epicenter of the earthquake. There was some cosmetic damage to some buildings and some debris falling, but mostly Bali was not overly affected. It was an especially nerve rattling experience for people who have never experienced a large earthquake before.

Situation in Lombok

However, the damage on the neighboring island of Lombok has been quite severe. This is the second 6+ earthquake that Lombok has suffered through in the past 10 days and so people were already on edge. This second earthquake was much stronger and the effects on the people and property more widespread. The northern reaches of Lombok, including the Gili Islands, were hit the hardest and many buildings have been severely damaged. Many areas are without electricity and therefore it has been difficult to get information from those areas. The latest count is 92 people have died as a result of this earthquake. There was a brief tsunami warning but this was rescinded not long after being announced. The Indonesian authorities have acted swiftly to bring aid to the region.

On the Gili Islands, there has been an evacuation of tourists and other non essential workers. Many of the people who live on the islands are staying there to help clean up the mess that the earthquake has created. Of course without electricity and water this will not be an easy or quick fix. All over the island of Lombok, many areas do not have power and the roads are damaged, this will mean the recovery may take some time.

How you can support

There are several organizations which are collecting funds and donations to help the people of Lombok in their time of need. If you would like to donate money or goods to the cause then please visit one of the following links. We are not associated with any of these companies and can’t vouch for them, but these are actual on the ground, local organizations which do good work.
Our friends from Freedive Flow in Gili Air have setup an emergency kitchen and a outdoor sleeping area , they now are able to receive funds via paypal with this address : info@freediveflow.com . You can follow live updates about the situation on Gili Air following Oli Christen (owner @ Freedive Flow )  profile on Facebook.

www.facebook.com/oli_christen

What Does This Mean for Bali?

Business is as usual in Bali. There was a shake and some limited damage, but that is not unusual in many areas of the world prone to earthquakes. There is no effect on Mount Agung from this earthquake, so that is nothing to worry about, earthquakes are a perfectly normal phenomenon.

Should I Still Go On My Trip To The Gilis?

At this time we would suggest that this is not a good option. There are reports on social media of many dive centers and resorts closing down for the immediate time being (1 or 2 weeks) in order to make repairs and help out the families of their staff. Again, information is scarce at the moment about this but we hope to know more about it in the coming week. Keep an eye out on the social media accounts of the many Gili based dive operators to find out more information.

Our thoughts are with the people of Lombok at this time, many of whom have suffered loss of family and property.

Ethan Daniels Podcast

Diving Adventure Podcast – Ethan Daniels

UWT Diving Adventure Podacast #009 with Ethan Daniels

Ethan Daniels Podcast

Ethan Daniels is a well known underwater photographer and adventure travel guide.  For more than two decades, Ethan has been exploring the Indo Pacific region both above and below the ocean surface.  Ethan discusses a variety of different topics such as snorkeling with whales, encounters with crocodiles, and his favourite destinations.  Ethan also discusses his snorkeling adventure tours and how anyone can experience the wonders of the Indo Pacific region.  Learn more about Ethan and his company at Coral Triangle Adventures

Click on the photo below for the YouTube video or Click Here for iTunes.

Ethan Daniels Podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

plastic after monsoon.

Bali Bans Single Use Plastic

Bali Bans Single Use Plastic

The freshly elected Governor of Bali, Wayan Koster, has followed up the pledge of his predecessor in starting banning certain kind of single use plastic.

Effective from January 1st, 2019, shopping bags, styrofoam and plastic straws will be banned and businesses in Bali won’t be allowed to supply those to their customers.

Business will have 6 months to adjust to this new law. After 6 months, local officials will be severely taking action against those business who did not abide to the new rules. One of the penalty could be loosing the operating business license.

This much needed strong action has been taken to rapidly reduce by 70 % the amount of plastic entering the marine environment around the Island of the Gods.
This is definitely a major step forward towards the right direction and hopefully it will be embraced quickly by all business.

In the recent year the amount of plastic found around the coast of Bali at the beginning of each raining season has been dramatically increasing to the point of total disaster.

At the Underwater Tribe we have been witnessing first hand the crisis and we welcome the new rules as the beginning of a new era. We are aware that much more is needed to further tackle this crisis but we also believe that the people of Bali will do more and will set an example for other to follow.

Big shout out to Melati and Isabel founders of the Bye Bye Plastic Bag organization who were the first to effectively raise concern and awareness at the Bali local government and, with their good spirit and positive energy, inspire thousands of people in taking actions to tackle the plastic pollution crisis that is not affecting only Bali, but the entire planet.

New Bali Wreck

Are we going to get a NEW Shipwreck in Bali ?

New Bali Wreck

New Wreck Dive For Bali?

Word has it that there is a new wreck dive coming to Bali! Although not officially confirmed with exact dates or details, it looks like Bali will soon have a great new dive site.
The Kri Slamet Riyadh is a 133 meter long decommissioned frigate and it’s the latest in a long line of ex warships now acting as dive sites. Although Bali is home to two outstanding wreck dives, the Kubu Wreck and the USAT Liberty, there is always room for more! With more than 50 years of life as an artificial reef, the USAT Liberty is world renowned as a premiere wreck dive. A bastion of life, this ship is home to countless species of fish and invertebrates. As an easily accessible shore dive, almost every diver who has visited Bali has dived it at least once.

Dive_Bali_Liberty_shipwreck
However, its shallow depth means that this beautiful site has seen deterioration over the years. The Kubu Wreck, just a few miles up the road from the Liberty is a great addition to the Bali dive scene. A properly sunk 133 meter long warship is truly something to look forward to. The sheer size of the vessel means there will be plenty of room for underwater exploration, including tech and penetration diving. It will also help spread divers across more sites, which is never a bad thing!

Of course, it will take many years before this new wreck is covered in spectacular corals like the Liberty is. But this doesn’t mean the wreck won’t be interesting, in a rich environment like Tulamben there are always creatures looking for a place to hide. Fish will make their homes there immediately and fast growing invertebrates such as crinoids will move in quickly.

How does this sound for an interesting trifecta for your next trip to Bali? Already known as one of the best critter dive locations in the world, we will soon be able to offer 3 different wreck dives too! A “Critter and Wrecks” Safari will be just around the corner, a perfect combination for underwater photographers. Combine wide angle photography with the top notch critter finding skills of our amazing guides, all in one fantastic location.

Stay tuned for further updates of this exciting new wreck, hopefully it will be cleaned and ready for sinking in 2019!

Planning to visit Bali soon? Check out our dive package that includes the Liberty Shipwreck!! 👉  BALI BLAST TULAMBEN

Mark Erdmann Podcast

Mark Erdmann – Underwater Tribe Podcast

The Underwater Tribe Podcast #011 with Dr Mark Erdmann

Dr Mark Erdmann Podcast

After a short break during our busy season in Bali, we have launched our latest Podcast.  For our 11th Podcast we are very happy to present over an hour of fascinating discussion with Dr Mark Erdmann.  Mark is the Vice President of Asia Pacific Marine Programs with Conservation International.  During our far reaching conversation, we discuss a wide array of topics including Mark’s history, the history of Raja Ampat as a Marine Protected area, and Mark’s hope for the future.  We are very happy with this podcast and the positive message that Mark gives out for the future.

Click here for the YouTube Version

Cleck here for the iTunes Version

Observant viewers may also notice a few changes in the studio, including a few more photos and a new paint job!  We are hoping to continue with this series of Podcasts for many years in the future.  We are always looking for interesting people who pass through Bali, please let us know if you have anyone in mind to feature.  To be able to continue with the Podcast it makes it a lot easier with support and feedback from viewers.  A great way to do this is to leave a comment on our YouTube channel. We offer the show in two platforms, both a video based YouTube version as well as an audio version on the iTunes store and Soundcloud.  If you aren’t already subscribed to us on these various platforms, please feel free to do so, you will be automatically notified about new content.

Podcasts #1 – 10

Have you missed our other Podcasts? Have a look at our Podcast Page for links and descriptions of all our past episodes. Our previous guests include underwater photographers, conservationists, film makers, free divers, and explorers.  The episodes range anywhere in length from 45 minutes to over one hour of informative and entertaining dialogue.

 

Whaleshark Indonesia Big Animals

Indonesia – Whaleshark Hotspot!

Indonesia – Whaleshark Hotspot

Whaleshark Indonesia

Whalesharks are one of the most sought after big animal encounters in the world.  There are many areas in the world with regular whaleshark encounters:  The Galapagos, Mexico, and the Philippines to name a few.  Did you know that Indonesia is also one of the best places to encounter whalesharks?

The whaleshark is the largest fish in the ocean.  It’s not a fish I hear you say?  It’s true, whalesharks are a cartilaginous species of shark, not an air breathing mammal.  Although they rival many whales in size, the whale shark is actually a fish.  What they do share in common with many whales though is their huge appetite for the tiniest creatures in the sea.  Despite being able to reach almost 20 metres in length, whalesharks feed almost entirely upon microscopic shrimp and other plankton.  Whalesharks are often spotted at or near the surface feasting on blooms of planktonic food sources.  Although more commonly found as individuals, whalesharks can also be found in groups where food is in rich supply.

Whaleshark Silhouette

Encountering Whalesharks in Indonesia

A rich food supply is why Indonesia is a Whaleshark Hotspot.  The great thing about the majority of whaleshark populations in Indonesia is they are usually found in small groups.  Areas such as Tomini Bay, Triton Bay, and Cendrawasih Bay are known for “year round” populations of whalesharks.  What keeps these sharks in the area?  A constant supply of tiny bait fish and shrimp.  For decades, local fishermen have fished at night using lights and large nets to attract all kinds of fish.  In turn, large numbers of whalesharks have been attracted to this “free lunch” and have fed around the periphery of this fishing industry.

Fishing Net Whaleshark

Of course, where whalesharks are, divers will soon follow. Although fishermen have been encountering whalesharks throughout Indonesia for decades, it’s only in the last 10 years that divers have caught on.  There are a few special places in the archipelago where it’s possible for divers to encounter sharks in a relatively consistent fashion.  We won’t list the exact places here but suffice to say, there are areas throughout the country boasting sizable populations of these giant sharks.

Highly Endangered and Protected

Whalesharks are currently listed on the IUCN as an Endangered Species.  Their population has plummeted in the last few decades due to fishing, by-catch, and boat collisions. In 2013, Indonesia declared the whale shark a protected species. Whaleshark tourism is one way to improve the plight of these gentle giants and protect them from over fishing.  The tourism industry is a great alternative to traditional fishing as a way for people to earn a living through sustainable means. This is currently a goal of many conservation initiatives in Indonesia, creating a sustainable tourism industry to support the protection of these animals.

Want to Encounter a Whaleshark?

Two Whaleshark Feeding

We are happy to say that we will soon be hosting a whaleshark excursion.  Due to a consistent population of these fish all year round, Indonesia is one of the best places to swim with them.  With Indonesia being such a large country, there is always a location where the season is perfect for these encounters.  They are found throughout the year as they are virtually resident in their home ranges.  The only thing to consider is moon phase, it’s hard to find whalesharks around the full moon.  Are you interested in diving with these incredible animals in 2019?  Stay tuned to our website or send us an email to get on our mailing list for an upcoming trip.

Lombok Earthquake Update

Lombok Earthquake Update

By the Underwater Tribe

We would like to update all of our friends out there with a brief summary about the earthquake situation in Bali and Lombok. By now, everyone is sure to have read about the news that the Lombok area suffered a 7.0 sized earthquake on the 5th of August.
Thankfully on Bali there was not a lot of damage, in Sanur we are located approximately 130KM from the epicenter of the earthquake. There was some cosmetic damage to some buildings and some debris falling, but mostly Bali was not overly affected. It was an especially nerve rattling experience for people who have never experienced a large earthquake before.

Situation in Lombok

However, the damage on the neighboring island of Lombok has been quite severe. This is the second 6+ earthquake that Lombok has suffered through in the past 10 days and so people were already on edge. This second earthquake was much stronger and the effects on the people and property more widespread. The northern reaches of Lombok, including the Gili Islands, were hit the hardest and many buildings have been severely damaged. Many areas are without electricity and therefore it has been difficult to get information from those areas. The latest count is 92 people have died as a result of this earthquake. There was a brief tsunami warning but this was rescinded not long after being announced. The Indonesian authorities have acted swiftly to bring aid to the region.

On the Gili Islands, there has been an evacuation of tourists and other non essential workers. Many of the people who live on the islands are staying there to help clean up the mess that the earthquake has created. Of course without electricity and water this will not be an easy or quick fix. All over the island of Lombok, many areas do not have power and the roads are damaged, this will mean the recovery may take some time.

How you can support

There are several organizations which are collecting funds and donations to help the people of Lombok in their time of need. If you would like to donate money or goods to the cause then please visit one of the following links. We are not associated with any of these companies and can’t vouch for them, but these are actual on the ground, local organizations which do good work.
Our friends from Freedive Flow in Gili Air have setup an emergency kitchen and a outdoor sleeping area , they now are able to receive funds via paypal with this address : info@freediveflow.com . You can follow live updates about the situation on Gili Air following Oli Christen (owner @ Freedive Flow )  profile on Facebook.

www.facebook.com/oli_christen

What Does This Mean for Bali?

Business is as usual in Bali. There was a shake and some limited damage, but that is not unusual in many areas of the world prone to earthquakes. There is no effect on Mount Agung from this earthquake, so that is nothing to worry about, earthquakes are a perfectly normal phenomenon.

Should I Still Go On My Trip To The Gilis?

At this time we would suggest that this is not a good option. There are reports on social media of many dive centers and resorts closing down for the immediate time being (1 or 2 weeks) in order to make repairs and help out the families of their staff. Again, information is scarce at the moment about this but we hope to know more about it in the coming week. Keep an eye out on the social media accounts of the many Gili based dive operators to find out more information.

Our thoughts are with the people of Lombok at this time, many of whom have suffered loss of family and property.

Ethan Daniels Podcast

Diving Adventure Podcast – Ethan Daniels

UWT Diving Adventure Podacast #009 with Ethan Daniels

Ethan Daniels Podcast

Ethan Daniels is a well known underwater photographer and adventure travel guide.  For more than two decades, Ethan has been exploring the Indo Pacific region both above and below the ocean surface.  Ethan discusses a variety of different topics such as snorkeling with whales, encounters with crocodiles, and his favourite destinations.  Ethan also discusses his snorkeling adventure tours and how anyone can experience the wonders of the Indo Pacific region.  Learn more about Ethan and his company at Coral Triangle Adventures

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