Our Daily Activities
On this page, we will post regular updates of what we do at Joes Gone Diving. These posts are posted from our Facebook page.
On this page, we will post regular updates of what we do at Joes Gone Diving. These posts are posted from our Facebook page.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 24 Oct 2021 -
Woke up to a beautiful sunny Sunday and we were all off early this morning to our secret dive spot with Angelo, our new PADI OWD, Korbi our new EFR & PADI Jr. Rescue, Karolin our new PADI OWD and accompanied by Instructor Riga and Divemaster Komang. Since this spot is off the beaten track we only has access to tiny Balinese traditional wooden Jukung without canopy and can only hold 3 divers at a time! But it was fun! Crystal clear 100 feet visibility, close to zero currents, lots of marine life and a little shipwreck to boot! We are definitely goimg back.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 23 Oct 2021 -
After three hard days, Karolin made it to PADI Open Water Diver and she is happy as a clam as she commented that the ocean is now within her reach! Her 13-year old son Korbi is even happier that he is EFR (Emergency First Response) and PADI Rescue certified. For him it was a gruelling three days but totally well worth the effort. We are so proud of him as this was not an easy course eo complete! We will be seeing more of them in Bali for sure..
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 22 Oct 2021 -
We welcome Angelo to the PADI organization as a brand new Open Water Diver. By career Angelo is a Science Teacher from USA but by passion he is a Freediver and now he has added SCUBA diving. Catch you underwater soon Angelo!
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 17 Oct 2021 - Sabine at Padang Bai with Riga. Very clear water with lots of marine life. Pegasus Seamoth, Ghost Pipefish, Leaf Fish, Giant Cuttlefish, Manta Shrimp, Seahorses, Banded Moray Eel, Nudibranch etc. The marine environment is very healthy in Padang Bai, Bali.. Quite a few divers around as well. Great to see diving activities picking up in Bali.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 13 Oct 2021 - Crocodilefish - Aptly named for it's resemblance to a crocodile, this unusual looking flathead species belongs to the flathead family Platycephalidae (sp. Cymbacephalus beauforti). It belongs to an order which also includes the scorpionfishes and stonefishes. It is a bottom-dwelling ambush hunter, feeding largely on smaller fish and crustaceans and is also known as De Beaufort's flathead or crocodile flathead. It is a medium-sized fish which grows up to 50 cm (19.7 in), but the average size mostly observed is 35 cm (13.8 in). The body is elongated and the head is particular because of its flat appearance like a duck bill. They have lappets at the rear of their globulous eyes, which help to break up the outline of the black iris and improve their camouflage. Juveniles begin black with few white spots and a white line behind the head. The adults have a body coloration which can vary in intensity according to the surrounding. The body is covered with a pattern like a mosaic of beige to brown spots or even greenish to grey separated by an interlacing of blue lines which ideally camouflaged them with their habitat. They are found in Bali waters
Crocodilefish dwell in sandy patch and detritic zone where their camouflage is most effective, usually associated with reefs or mangroves in shallow water and protected areas. They are found in a range of depth from 2 to 30 m. - Google.
It has been listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List since 2007 - so the next time you see one please give it the reverence it deserves.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 10 Oct 2021 - Warty Frogfish or also called a Clown Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) that ranges in the Indo Pacific region. Grows up tp 6 inches. This one is just the size pf a finger nail! It can change colors to adapt to its environment. It is carnivorous and the fastest-known predator. It fishes for food by using its dorsal fin spine at its forehead like an antennae and a lure at the end to "fish". You can find them in Padang Bai, Bali if you look very carefully.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 8 Oct 2021 - We ave confirmed our first IDC dates for 2022!
IDC Online Classroom - IDC 6th – 7th January 2022 = 2 days
IDC + EFRI - Digital IDC 8th – 20th January 2022 = 12 days
IE 22nd – 23rd January 2022 = 2 days
Specialty Inst (MSDT-Prep) 26th – 28th January 2022 = 3 days
IDC Staff Instructor (plus audit) 8th – 20th January 2022 = 12 days
Call us for special Pandemic prices!
Stay tuned to our Bali IDC page for future dates. Contact us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or to sign up. Looking forward to see you here at Joe's Gone Diving.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 6 Oct 2021 - Almost without fail we will find the giant Pacific Manta Rays on our dives to Nusa Penida, Bali. Found in Bali in schooling numbers all year round, Manta rays are large rays belonging to the genus Mobula (formerly its own genus Manta). The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m (23 ft) in width, while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m (18 ft). Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. They are classified among the Myliobatiformes (stingrays and relatives) and are placed in the family Myliobatidae (eagle rays). They have the largest brains and brain to body ratio of all fish. Mantas are found in warm temperate, subtropical and tropical waters. Both species are pelagic.The name "manta" is Portuguese and Spanish for mantle (cloak or blanket), a type of blanket-shaped trap traditionally used to catch rays. Mantas are known as "devilfish" because of their horn-shaped cephalic fins, which are imagined to give them an "evil" appearance but they are beautiful creatures and a wonder to behold when you have the privilege to encounter them.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 5 Oct 2021 - Sunfish also known as Mola-Mola (sp Molidae Mola) can grow up to 1,000 kgs with some exceeding 1,500 kgs and sizes of around 2 meters but can exceed that size. Interestingly some cultures call them Moonfish (.Dutch, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Russian, Greek, Norwegian, and German (maanvis, peixe lua, Poisson lune, pez luna, peix lluna , Pesce luna, рыба-луна, φεγγαρόψαρο, månefisk and Mondfisch, respectively) mean “moonfish”). Contary to popular belief that they like to eat jellyfish, the jellyfishes consist of only about 15% of their diet. They eat small fishes, fish larvae, squid, and crustaceans and they love to hunt at deeper depth of around 200m. They do come to the surface to literally sunbath and this is to recharge their termal energy so that they can hunt in the deep cold water column. If you ever encountered one, they are docile and interact well with divers. They are always found in Bali between August and October when the water is cold
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 3 Oct 2021 -
meet Marcel Jansen, PADI Course Director 474960
- from The Netherlands
- speaks English, German and Dutch
- PADI Instructor since 2003
- PADI Course Director since 2018
- 5000+ dives, 1000+ certifications
Since 2021 I am happy to be part of the team at Joe’s Gone Diving. We can offer IDC facilities that are absolutely unique in Bali and the team at Joe’s Gone Diving is just as passionate about teaching diving and the underwater world as I am.
I love sharing my experience of teaching scuba diving in different countries, without being pretentious! Being a scuba diving instructor for nearly 20 years, I still love teaching all levels of courses and I still learn things myself with every course that I teach!
I hope my courses are about more than just learning the skills and knowledge to become a diving instructor. I hope I can share my passion with you. Passion for diving, passion for teaching, and respect for our underwater world.
Talk to you soon! Marcel
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 23 Sep 2021 - PADI Staff Instructor Chris, PADI Instructor Thomas, AOWD Jeremy & AOWD Camiel going diving bright and early this morning! So 1st dive was at Manta Point, Nusa Penida where they encountered 6 giant pacific Manta Rays. 2nd dive was to a bat cave on the western side of Crystal Bay in crystal clear warm water with lots of juvenile fishes and the 3rd dive was a drift dive at Mangrove Point, Nusa Lembongan where they swam along a healthy coral reef teeming with Hawksbill Turtles, Chevron Barracudas, schooling Bat Fishes and many more species of marine life. The diving was fantastic!
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 7 Sep 2021 - Diving on a Tuesday??? Well that's what Jeremy and Jozua decided to do and we won't ask them why they are not working but suffice to say they had a great time! What about the guide you might ask? Well to be honest he is paid to enjoy himself and please do tell him we said that.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 22 Aug 2021 - Here is a little story. Amy wanted for a very long time to learn diving and since she is here in beautiful Bali, she thought that this would be the perfect place to do this. As it turned out she was right! Amy had a wonderful time with us and she enjoyed her PADI Open Water Diver course tremendously. She said that soon she will try and improve her skills by pursuing the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 16 Aug 2021 - Pandemic or not, muscleman and Hollywood handsome Jeremy decided that now is a good time to get his PADI Open Water Diver and his PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certifications. Jeremy of course completed them with flying or should we say "diving" colors! Congratulations and see you soon at Rescue and Divemaster Jeremy!
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 18 Sep 2021 - Debra, Su Jeong & our guide started out very early this morning and was at Manta Point and saw an incredible gatherings of the giant Pacific Manta Ray. It was so glorious swimming amongst them - never fail to amaze us. We must have spent a whole hour refusing to end our dives but had too unless we grew gills! And the turquoise ocean - heavenly!
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 7 Jul 2021 - Pygmy seahorse (sp Hippocampus bargibanti) are 14–27 millimetres (0.55–1.06 in) long from the tip of the tail to the end of the snout. Bearing in mind that the tail is already half the body length wrapped around the gorgonian trunk, you can imagine how tiny it is...it is almost impossible to see. They are always found on gorgonian corals of the genus Muricella, and live their whole adult life on a single coral.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 6 Jul 2021 - Pink Hairy Squat Lobster (sp Lauriea siagiani) is not really a lobster, but belongs to a group of crabs called Anomurans. It grows up to 7 millimetres (0.28 in) long. It is absolutely tiny and lives in sponges. They are extremely beautiful , hairy, purple, almost translucent and pinkish with white hair covering all over their body. If you ever see one, count your blessing! Makes us wonder how they mate?
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 6 Jul 2021 - Home on the Range, where the Sea Turtle go! The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in the genus Eretmochelys. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Indo-Pacific subspecies—E. i. imbricata and E. i. bissa, respectively.
The hawksbill's appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles. In general, it has a flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like limbs, adapted for swimming in the open ocean. E. imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. Hawksbill shells slightly change colors, depending on water temperature. While this turtle lives part of its life in the open ocean, it spends more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs. Hawksbill shells were the primary source of tortoiseshell material used for decorative purposes. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws the capture and trade of hawksbill sea turtles and products derived from them. It is illegal to collect, harm, or kill them. In addition, many countries have laws and ordinances to protect nesting areas. However, turtles are still in danger due to human activity. In some countries, turtles and their eggs are still hunted for food. Pollution indirectly harms turtles at both population and individual scales. Many turtles die after being caught in fishing nets. In addition, real estate development often causes habitat loss by eliminating nesting beaches. The hawksbill sea turtles are regularly encountered in Bali water.
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 1 Jul 2021 - What a beautiful end to a long lomg weekend! The winter is here in Bali, the temperature is cool and the sky is deep blue! We all did amazing dives these past three days. You see all the smile on the faces? We are all pleased as punch! Time to go diving guys, as soon, the Giant Sunfish Mola2 will be visiting!
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 30 Jun 2021 - To usher in the 2nd half of 2021 and to celebrate our survival through the 1st year of the pandemic (we never close), we have decided to be the first in the industry (that we know of) to offer a "FREE CHECKOUT DIVE" in our swimming pool. As most of us has stayed home dreaming of going back into the ocean, we worry about our water skills. Worry no more! Even before you take that plunge with us, we welcome you anytime at your convenience before your ocean dive, to do a
FREE CHECKOUT DIVE in our swimming pool, with one of our Instructors or Divemasters at no charge and we will even throw the free use of a full set of equipment and air. The only condition is that you must sign up with us for an ocean dive and you will be pleasantly surprised at our pandemic pricing
Joe's Gone Diving, Bali, 30 Jun 2021 - Joe's Gone Diving newest PADI Divemaster Komang. This is DM Komang 7th year with us and he started as a non diver and has developed his love for diving with us. His next objective is to be a PADI SCUBA diving instructor. We are with him all the way! Congratulations handsome Komang and for those who know him, know that he deserves this. Komang is a quiet but determined young man!