Our first trip to Bali, a mostly Hindu island in the Indonesian archipelago. Temples
and sacred monkeys abound, along with wonderful little hand made incense and food
offerings showing up everywhere, could be on your breakfast table or the bar. We
stayed at Scuba Seraya on the North East coast, a great, comfortable boutique dive
resort with wonderful staff and impressive "critter finder" divemasters. Almost all
the dive locations were a five minute boat ride away and the house reef, a beach dive
right in front of the resort, had incredible animals at all times, especially at night.
It's about two and half hours away from the Denpasar airport, the gateway to Bali.
When we first started diving, the schooling colorful fish swirling on sunlight reefs
were the big attraction. Now, 20 plus years later, the odd, strange little creatures
have become fascinating. Most of what I have here are small, less than three inches
long, unless noted. Well camouflaged and blending into their habitat, they are
wonderful examples of how nature adapts to fill survival and feeding niches.
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