donderdag 31 januari 2013

Results of the Tug of War competition!

Here are the long awaited results of the Tug of War competition, in Gili Air Indonesia. Look at our short video to get in the Groove of Oceans 5 Gili Fun!
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maandag 28 januari 2013

Are you enrolled for Gili Air's Tug of War competition?

Oceans 5 teams are preparing for the Tug of War competition! The competition will take place in Gili Air Indonesia. In Gili Air's harbor, just in front of Oceans 5 Resort. On the 30th of January. If you haven't enrolled yet, contact us to enroll! Read more...

zondag 27 januari 2013

Bump- heads, Black- tip and many many Turtles @ Shark Point this morning

BumpheadsgiliislandsShark Point this morning was absolutely amazing! We saw a group of twenty bump-head parrot fish, at least fifteen turtles, a black-tip reef shark and tons of colorful reef fish!

vrijdag 25 januari 2013

Facts about Eagle Rays

Eagle Rays (Myliobatidae) Eagle rays have a protruding head that is distinct from the disc. Other features includes eyes and spiracles situated laterally, pectoral fins modified to form large trianglular wing flaps,tail much longer than disc, and usually one or more venomous spines near the tail base. They have powerful jaws equipped with large plate like crushing teeth arranged in several rows adapted for feeding on hard shelled clams, mussels and oysters. Read more....

dinsdag 22 januari 2013

Facts aboat Stargazers

Stargazers (Uranoscopidae) Stargazers are named for their peculiar appearance with eyes positioned dorsally on the head, usually with protruding eyes that are directed upward. The body is moderately elongate and depressed anteriorly. The large head is almost entirely encased in sculptured bones and also flattened. The large, nearly vertical mouth is equipped with small teeth and there is a peculiar respiratory valve inside the lower jaw that functions as a lure for attracting fish prey. The lips are fringed with numerous papillae in most species. They are also numerous tiny cirri along the fleshy posterior margin of the operculum. The gill openings are very broad and equipped with dorsal, valve like openings, which aid respiration when partially buried. A stout cleithral spine situated just behind each dorsal gill opening. This spine is venomous in at least some species and serious injuries have been reported. Read more.....

zondag 20 januari 2013

New Padi Divemaster on Gili Air

A few months ago Marcel arrived in the diveshop. He wanted the become a Padi Divemaster. In these months he is around he learned a lot about guiding, assisting and the dive theory. Oceans 5 learned a lot about underwater photography. Because one of Marcels passions is taking pictures underwater. Read more....

zaterdag 19 januari 2013

Facts about Triggerfish

  Triggerfish (Balistidae) Triggerfish are characterised by latterally compressed, rugby ball shape, leathery skin, and small mouth with powerful crushing jaws. Their common name is derived from the peculiar mechanism by which the first dorsal spine can be locked into an erect position by the second dorsal spine. If the pressure is exerted on the trigger like second spine, the first spine can be unlocked and depressed. This device is used to good advantage at night when the fish wedge into a coral crevice and locks itself in. Read more...

woensdag 16 januari 2013

Facts about Blennies

Blennies (Blenniidae) Blennies occur worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas like around the Gili Islands with an estimated 350 species in about 50 genera. They are elongate, laterally compressed fish and most are blunt headed, frequently possessing small tentacles, cirri, or a fleshy crest on the head. There is a single dorsal fin, although the fin may be deeply notched between the anterior spinous portion and posterior soft portion. The mouth is low on the head and not protractile. Jaw teeth are numerous, slender, and close set, either fixed or movable. Read more....

zondag 13 januari 2013

Facts about Goatfish

Goatfish (Mullidae) Goatfish are common in all tropical and warm temperate seas, like around the Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia, forming an integral component of the reef fish community throughout the Indo Pacific region. Their distincive appearance includes a slender shape, relatively elongate, pointed snout, a small. slightly ventral, protrusible mouth with maxilla partially hidden under the preorbital, finely ctenoid, moderately large scales, two well separated dorsal fins ans a pair of barbels or chin "whiskers". Read more...

zaterdag 12 januari 2013

Facts about Bigeyes

Bigeyes (Priacanthidae) Bigeyes are distinctive fish characterised by brilliant red colouration, small scales and large glassy eyes. Additional features include a relatively deep, laterally compressed body, very oblique mouth with a strongly projecting lower jaw, small conical jaw teeth in narrow bands, very small scales that are rough to touch, a scaled head, ans a relatively large pelvic fins, which are joined to the abdomen by a membrane. Although usually red, most species are capable of rapid colour changes, often assuming a heavily blotched, barred, or silvery pattern. As their large eyes might suggest, they are nocturnally active, feeding on a variety of ocropus, crustaceans, and small fish. During the day bigeyes are commonly seen sheltering close to the reef, usually in vicinity of caves or ledges. Some species range into deep water, at least down to 400 meter. They are commonly seen onb the reefs around the Gili Islands.

vrijdag 11 januari 2013

Facts about Cardinal fish.

Cardinalfish (Apogonidae) Cardinalfish are one of the largest families of Indo Pacific reef fish. An estimated 250 species are currently known, of which 150 species occur on or near reefs in the East Indian region, like the Gili Islands. It is also one of the most dymanic groups for new discoveries. Many new species have been described over the past few years and more can be expected. Read more...

woensdag 9 januari 2013

New clinic Gili Air

Gili Air has it! A new clinic! Just next to the office of the head of the 3 islands there will be a new clinic. The building is still under construction. Next to the new clinic is a temporay clinic. This will be closed when the new building is totally finished. The new clinic will be finished in a couple of weeks. Read more...

dinsdag 8 januari 2013

Prerequisites to become a Padi Open Water Scuba Instructor

If you like to live and work as a Padi Dive Instructor and you are thinking to become one you have to met some prerequisites before you will be qualified for training as a Padi Open Water Scuba Instructor. Prerequisites: To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must: 1) Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.) Read more...

maandag 7 januari 2013

Padi instructor development course with Oceans 5 dive

Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? Open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Oceans 5 dive resort starts a Padi Instructor Development Course (IDC) on Gili Air, Gili Islands, Indonesia the 17th of February 2013. Read more....

zondag 6 januari 2013

Snorkeling with a Whale Shark

Yesterday the phone was ringing. At the otherside of the phone i heard one of my dive instructors, Jmal, and he was very excited. The conservation went like this: S: "Hello Jmal" J: "Sander, A WHALE SHARK, we are snorkeling with a WHALE SHARK!" S: "WHAT????" J: "The Whale Shark is next to the boat, is it ok if we stay here for a while?" S: "Sure! Stay as long if you want!" J: "Yeaha, WHALE SHARK" and on the background i heard the excitement of the other divers on the boat. Read more...

zaterdag 5 januari 2013

Facts about Anthias

Anthias (Anthinae) Anthias , much smaller than their grouper relatives, also play an important role in the reef community. Anthias in particular are very abundant in terms of number of individuals and often form huge mid water feeding aggregations, especially adjacent to steep outer reef drop-offs, like when you are diving around the Gili Islands Halik Reef. Read more.....

vrijdag 4 januari 2013

Facts about Hawkfish

Hawkfish (Cirrhitidae) Hawkfish are small, colourful reef dwellers that occur in most tropical seas. They are largely sedentary, remaining motionless on the bottom for long periods, periodically swimming to a new vantage point. They feed chiefly on small fishes, but a`variety of crabs, shrimps and other small crustaceans are also consumed. Hawksfish might best be described as grouper-like in shape with scorpionfish habits. They are characterised by the presence of thickened pectoral rays and one or more frilly treads near the tip of each dorsal spine. The stout pectoral rays are adapted for perching on the bottom or wedging amongst coral branches. The family constains 32 species in 12 genera, the majority of which inhabit coral reefs of the Indo west and central Pacific region. During a dive around the Gili Islands you will find them.

woensdag 2 januari 2013

New Year Eve at Gili Air, Indonesia

Oceans 5 dive resort Gili Air organized New Years Eve a dinner for friends. Friends of all over the world were joining us; Spain, England, Australia, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, Indonesia etc... The dinner was a roasted chicken, specialty of one of our dearest friend Madjid. He prepared the last 2 days of 2012 this meal. Oceans 5 likes to thank all the people who where there and our staff for an unforgettable night. It was a long a messy night afterwards! :-) See you all next year!