After the Diving
11.03.2007 36 °C
Lots of photos taken today both above and underwater - but unfortunately there is no way to upload them here :-(
We did two and a bit dives today, both of the big dives were on the outer barrier reef - the first at the cod hole, and the second at another site further in.
The first mini dive we did however was just a refresher, in the bay just near the resort, to remind us of how to do the basics, after that it was onto the boat for the trip to the outer reef.
The trip out was uneventful, and Angela slept most of the way after taking sea sickness tablets. The dive was fairly shallow, at a maximum depth of 14m and we were down for around 45mins. We settled at the bottom and were immediately surrounded by some large and very friendly potato cod - not really cod, but large Groupers, with big blubbery lips.
They were so friendly and allowed you to pat them, and kept swimming around and gently bumping into you to remind you they were there.
We then slowly went along the wall of the reef looking at the many fish and corals that were there. Apart from the potato cod, which didn't leave us alone for the entire time, we saw some giant clams - around 1m across, and many normal small reef fish. We also saw a large - @2m long- white tip reef shark, but (unfortunately?) it didn't come close enough to photograph.
Lunch on the boat was lovely, with large tiger prawns, smoked salmon, roast chicken, ham, salami, tomato and mozzarella salad, humous, cheese and biscuits and chocolate brownies and a fresh fruit salad. We also didn't have to do anything as the crew looked after our every need.
After lunch and a gentle cruise to the next site, it was down under the water again for our next dive. There were not many large fish this time, however there were lots of smaller ones, and there was far more coral here, as the reef was more sheltered. We saw a lion fish, star fish, clown fish in their nest (like Nemo from Finding Nemo), sea cucumbers, and a whole load of others we couldn't identify.
This dive was finished up with more chocolate brownies and soft drinks while we then headed back to shore with Dolphins jumping alongside the boat.
The underwater camera casing has proved its worth, and was definitely a good investment, although I think that next time Angela will want to take a hairbrush with her - just wait for the photos - the ultimate in flyaway hair.