The currents at Bunaken tend to be quite strong, so we usually walk down the beach to find a good entry far enough away from our guesthouse, swim out to the reef and then glide back with the current. Bunaken has so many more types and schools of fish then we have seen thus far. It is like swimming in a tank. After snorkeling we usually check the book to try to get an idea of what we have just seen, but since I whiffed badly on the Togean blog (see comments), I will just post photos and state the obvious.
Apart from snorkeling there is really not much else for us to do on Bunaken, so I use this blog post to showcase our blossoming underwater photography from Bunaken and Togean Islands. Mika has a small fuji digital camera that we can take about 5M (15 ft.) down. It is quite difficult to maintain buoyancy underwater and get fish to sit still for a shot though, I must admit, our skills have improved some as we have traversed through islands in SE Asia. The images are definitely not professional grade underwater photography, but will hopefully give you a glimpse into the creatures and colors that we have been seeing every day while on islands in Sulawesi, Indonesia.
|Fish holding their position by swimming against the current|
|Visiting another world|
|A sea snake|
|Hide and Seek|
|I was one of the few people not to see a turtle. Look closely and you can see Mika's only shot of one.|
|I also made a few enemies in the ocean. This territorial anemone fish is staring me down,|
|while this very territorial damsel fish makes mad dashes at me until I swim away|
|Fox face butterfly fish|
|Like swimming in an aquarium|
|and like floating in space|