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The Coral Reefs of Buyat Bay

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15 – 17 October 2009

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A relatively unknown dive destination not far from Lembeh is slowly getting its share of the limelight. Buyat Bay is about five hours from Manado located south of Lembeh. It used to be a gold mining operation that shut down recently. Now the mining facility’s skeleton staff are seeing a different face – the face of divers vs. that of miners.

Danny Charlton of Lembeh Divers insisted we include Buyat Bay in our North Sulawesi itinerary, and now we understand why he didn’t take no for an answer. It was a coral reef revelation!

Here are several images to show how different it was from Lembeh’s muck.

Monstrously big hard boulder coral in 5 meter depthMonstrously big hard boulder coral in 5 meter depth Crinoid studded sponge decorating the reef floor of Buyat BayCrinoid studded sponge decorating the reef floor of Buyat Bay Cabbage coral forestCabbage coral forest that went on and on and on Bright red soft corals definitely posed well for usBright red soft corals definitely posed well for us


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  • Glenn Chickering

    Great photos guys! Keep up the good work and be sure to stop by Green School on your way through Bali. We’d love to have you!

    enjoy the journery

  • Glenn Chickering

    Great photos guys! Keep up the good work and be sure to stop by Green School on your way through Bali. We’d love to have you!

    enjoy the journery

  • http://Nil James Toh

    I am blown away by these great pics of such beautiful corals growths. Pristine, unbroken, prehistoric. Hope they are kept this way forever …..

  • http://Nil James Toh

    I am blown away by these great pics of such beautiful corals growths. Pristine, unbroken, prehistoric. Hope they are kept this way forever …..

  • http://www.underwater-art.com Clay Wiseman

    Hi Stella and Yogi! You had mentioned to me how special Bayut Bay is and after 6 trips to Lembeh I think it is time to explore Bayut Bay (based on your wonderful pictures). It is great to see a mining town evolve into a sustainable ecotourism destination. Where should we stay in Bayut Bay that has a good dive operation as well as nice rooms? Does this exist yet? Further, have you blogged on Gangga? We need to go there as well! Danny Charlton knows the lay of the land (and sea) pretty well?? Missing your wonderful slide shows, talks, and visits. From Santa Cruz with love, Clay

  • http://www.underwater-art.com Clay Wiseman

    Hi Stella and Yogi! You had mentioned to me how special Bayut Bay is and after 6 trips to Lembeh I think it is time to explore Bayut Bay (based on your wonderful pictures). It is great to see a mining town evolve into a sustainable ecotourism destination. Where should we stay in Bayut Bay that has a good dive operation as well as nice rooms? Does this exist yet? Further, have you blogged on Gangga? We need to go there as well! Danny Charlton knows the lay of the land (and sea) pretty well?? Missing your wonderful slide shows, talks, and visits. From Santa Cruz with love, Clay

  • http://www.crittersatlembeh.com Danny Charlton

    Clay – We have the only dive center in operation in Buyat. Divers stay in the simple accommodations which were once miner quarters. Have a look at our site for more info: http://www.crittersatlembeh.com
    Cheers

  • http://www.crittersatlembeh.com Danny Charlton

    Clay – We have the only dive center in operation in Buyat. Divers stay in the simple accommodations which were once miner quarters. Have a look at our site for more info: http://www.crittersatlembeh.com
    Cheers

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