donderdag 31 mei 2012

4 new dive instructors around the Gili Islands

Its over! After 10 days of hard work at Oceans 5 dive resort the Padi Examination was there. The Padi examination took 2 days and its called the IE. IE stands for instructor examination, but many new dive instructors will remeber it as ITs EASY. Because when you finished with your Padi instructor development course (IDC) you are more than prepared for the IE. Oceans 5 candidates, Peet and Hans, did a great job, but they couldnt have done this job without the Padi course directors Camille Lemmens and Alina Conroy. A night of celebrating was the end result, Gili Air was dancing, singing and having fun. Oceans 5 is proud of all of them who helped the candidates to reach their dream to become a dive instructor. For more infomation about PADI IDC's on the Gili Islands: http://www.indonesia-idc.com

zaterdag 26 mei 2012

CAT STERILISATION PROJECT GILI AIR BY GILI ECO TRUST

CAT STERILISATION PROJECT GILI AIR BY GILI ECO TRUST TOMORROW, 26 MAY and 27 MAY, 2012 FROM 10.00 DR. GEDE, THE VETERINARIAN FROM LOMBOK WILL BE ON GILI AIR TO STERILISE CATS. PLEASE HELP US AND BRING ALL THE WILD CATS OR CATS THAT ARE YOURS (MALE AND FEMALE) THAT NEED TO BE STERILIZED. BRING THE CATS IN A STRONG BOX WITH AIR HOLES AND YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND LOCATION WHERE THE CAT IS FOUND TO OCEANS 5 DIVE Resort. Its free! SPREAD THE WORD!

donderdag 10 mei 2012

Bumphead parrot fish around the Gili Islands, Indonesia

Bumpheads parrotfish are one the main attraction during a dive around the Gili Islands. When it is full moon there is a good chance to see them in big groups. The Bumphead parrotfish is the largest of all parrotfishes, growing to 1.3 meters in length and 100 46 kg in weight. Adults are a dull green, with the front of the head pale yellowish to pink; juveniles are greenish to brown with five vertical rows of small whitish spots. This species does not display sex-associated patterns of color change. Adults develop a bulbous forehead and their teeth plates are exposed (only partly covered by fleshy lips). The species is slow growing and long-lived (up to 40 years), with delayed reproduction and low replenishment rates Bumphead parrotfish appear to recruit at low levels throughout the year but are not very selective about which habitats they settle into. They live in coral reef habitats from 1-30 meter depth in the central and western Pacific and Indo-Pacific. They occur in barrier and fringing reefs during the day, but rest in caves or shallow sandy lagoon flats at night. Juveniles are found in seagrass beds inside lagoons while adults are more commonly found in outer lagoons and seaward reefs. This species is gregarious and usually occurs in small aggregations, but group size can be quite large (>75) on seaward and clear, outer lagoon reefs. They sleep in large groups, thus rendering them highly vulnerable to exploitation by spearfishers and netters at night. Bumphead parrotfish is primarily a corallivore, but also eats benthic algae. They use their large head to ram corals and break them into pieces that are more easily ingested (each fish ingests over 5 tons of structural reef carbonates per year), contributing significantly to the bioerosion of reefs. Aggregations of this species are important coral sand producers on reefs and may be important in maintaining ecosystem resilience. They spawn pelagically during a lunar cycle near the outer reef slope or near promontories, gutters, or channel mouths, and utilize spawning aggregations sites. Courtship and spawning has been reported to occur in early morning, although it may occur at other times.

woensdag 9 mei 2012

Oceans 5 dive resort released the last Olive Ridley Sea Turtles.

Almost 8 months have they been at Oceans 5 dive resort
. When they arrived they were only 5 cm tall, now a few months later, they became bigger and stronger. Hopefully they will survive in their new environment. Oceans 5 dive resort released yesterday the last 8 Olive Ridley Sea turtles. They became big enough to go to the ocean. At 17.00 Nun and Udin, the persons who are taking care of the turtles, placed all the turtles in a few baskets and brought them to the beach. Here in front of the water line the turtles were released. After some hesitations all turtles found save the ocean and dived happily under. See you soon turtles…..

zondag 6 mei 2012

Fusball Tournament on Gili Air, Gili Islands

Exciting days on Gili Air again. Twenty seven teeam are trying to become the champion of the Gili Air Fusbal tournament. On.e of the teams is Oceans 5. Oceans 5 played yesterday a very difficult match against FC Gromet from Lombok. At halftime Oceans 5 was in a 2-0 lead. But after halftime Gromet was amazing. In a few seconds the made 2 goals and the game was all open again. Oceans 5 looked defeaded, their game was not smooth anymore. But in a lucky moment out of the blue Gormet made a own goal. The game turned. Oceans 5 made his 4th goal and just a few seconds before the end Gormet made their 3th.
The result 4-3 for Oceans 5. It is a step closer to the next round!

woensdag 2 mei 2012

head of the islands joins beach and reef clean up, Gili islands

The Gili Islands dont have police, dogs, cars and motorbikes. Every island has his own head of the island. This person is the person when you have some problems, when you want to start building, when you want to start a business on the islands. His vote is crucial. The head of the island of Gili and some of his staff air did last year their Padi open water course. They were interested why tourists come to the Gili islands, and how the underwater world looks like. Once in a while the head of the island helps Oceans 5 dive resort with the weekly Beach and Reef clean up. And yesterday he and his staff came again and helped with out local staff to clean the harbor. The result of the beach and reef and reef clean up were another 5 full bags of rubbish. Mostly plastic, cans, bottles and waterbottles. Oceans 5 like to thank everyone who joined the clean up