maandag 18 februari 2013

Padi IDC Gili Islands on the way

When you want to change your lifestyle and you want to live and work on a tropical island, there is an option: Become a dive instructor! Oceans 5 dive resort has started a few days ago a Padi instructor development course (IDC). Oceans 5 likes to welcome Janneke from the Netherlands, Matt from the UK, Iggi from Greece and John from South Africa. Read more.....

zaterdag 16 februari 2013

Oceans 5 helps photograph, identify and protect the world's biggest fish

I read an article a few days back about ECOCEAN. ECOCEAN is a non-profit organization, they undertake research and education activities, to eventually assist marine conservation initiatives. Some of you might remember, a few weeks back Oceans 5 had a magical Whale shark encounter...

Were you on the boat? How did you feel? Read more...

vrijdag 15 februari 2013

Gili air's inhabitants monopolized for a Beach Clean-Up!

Today all the inhabitants of Gili Air island, Indonesia, met in the harbor to perform a Beach Clean- up together. All the kids from the school were so cute, picking up the trash, with big yellow bags that were almost bigger than them. Business owners, bar tenders, island DJ's, Cidomo drivers, ... We all monopolized to help clean the island. Several dive shops jumped in the water, to perform an underwater clean- up. DSC07310 What are the benefits of a beach clean- up? Read more...

donderdag 14 februari 2013

An underwater rose for you...

Have you ever received an underwater rose? Do you have any idea what the underwater rose is? Usually I don't get too worked up for Valentine's day. I'm not the contrary either, saying Valentine's day is the bull- shit commercial lovy- love day, is a bit extreme. I guess I find myself somewhere in between and definitely believe that any day is a good day to celebrate and express your Love to one another.

zondag 10 februari 2013

Why do we do clean up?

If you have a choice to dive in a soup of plastic, the smell of petrol around you, seeing more rubbish than fish or diving in crystal clear water? The choice is easy isn't it? Marine debris also affects reefs in many areas. Marine debris is any human-made object that is discarded, disposed of, or abandoned that enters coastal and ocean waters. Debris may enter directly from a ship or indirectly when washed out to sea via rivers, streams, and storm drains. Hundreds of human-made items end up as marine debris, including plastics (from bags to balloons, hard hats to fishing line), glass, metal, rubber (millions of tires!), and even entire vessels. Plastic debris kills several reef species. Derelict (abandoned) fishing nets and other gear—often called "ghost nets" because they still catch fish and other marine life despite being abandoned—can entangle and kill reef organisms and break or damage reefs. Even remote reef systems suffer the effects of marine debris. This is why Oceans 5 dive resort organizes every week a Beach and Reef clean up in the Harbor of Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia. Most of the time our Divemaster trainees, instructors, divemasters, and diveguides are organizing the event. Everyone can join, divers and non divers. It is free. The goal is to take all the rubbish out of the harbor of Gili Air. This is a hard job because during raining season it looks like that the harbor attracts all the rubbish and that the reefs collect it. But Oceans 5 dive resort believes that something has to be done. And with little help we try to protect a beautiful reef in front of the dive shop. If you are on Gili Air, Indonesia just visit us if you want to know more about the clean ups or if you want to join. Marine debris is everyone's problem. It is a global problem affecting everything from the environment to the economy; from fishing and navigation to human health and safety; from the tiniest coral polyps to giant blue whales. Marine debris also comes in many forms, from a cigarette butt to a 4,000-pound derelict fishing net. Marine debris is a problem we can solve together. Although marine debris is found worldwide, we can all help with the smallest actions. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and participate in local beach or stream cleanups. If we each do a little, together we can make a big difference

donderdag 7 februari 2013

Extinction is NOT an option!

After today's photo shooting for Cites4Sharks, with as theme Extinction is NOT an option. I figured we could get our shark awareness up today. 43 million sharks are killed every year. Which comes out to 5000 per hour! The main reason is the high value of the shark's fin, which are purely added for texture in a Chinese delicacy... Have you ever tried shark fin soup? Care to share your feeling on the exquisite taste? Sharks have been on this planet for over 400 million years. The apex predator is being mass murdered. We are hunting them down to extinction. Special thanks to Project AWARE to remind us Extinction is NOT an option! Lets take action together! read more...

zaterdag 2 februari 2013

Facts about Stonefish

The Stonefish (Leptosynanceia asteroblepa) The stonefish can go from appearing to be a simple, harmless rock lying on the ocean’s floor to a stone-cold killer in a flash, making it one of nature’s most amazing quick-change artists. Known for being the most venomous fish in the world, the stonefish makes its home in the shallow water among the coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans off Africa and the Red Sea to Northern Australia. Here when we are diving around the Gili Islands you can find a few stonefish at the Biorock, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. Read more....